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Russia Ready for Hardball, Obama? No Balls

As I have written before, I fully back Russia’s play in the Crimea and Ukraine. We are not confronted with an ideological foe. The Communist inspired Soviet Union is in the dustbin of history. Good riddance. Nope. We are back to good old fashioned Russian nationalism. Candidly, it is none of our damn business.

Russia distrusts the West for a reason. None of us can recall the Crimea War of the 19th Century but this fact is certain–Britain and France intervened and attacked Russia. They were worried about “power politics.” I believe that Russia is entitled to the same rights and considerations that we, the United States, insist on for ourselves.

If we want to play this bullshit game of moral superiority then let’s start by returning California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to Mexico. We fucking stole those states. Only in our delusional fantasy world can we pretend that we somehow “liberated” them.

Putting hypocrisy aside for a moment, let’s focus on real politic.

Until recently, we were working with Russia to contain Iran’s nuclear threat. In light of our weak attempt to bully Moscow, I would not be surprised to see Putin and Company tell us to fuck off and go all in with helping Iran acquire and solidify its own nuclear capability.

And what would we do? Nothing. There is nothing we could do? If you’re one of those crazies who believe we can bomb our way to victory in Iran then you have not spent the time that I have working on US military war games on this issue. The outcome is ugly and, lest we forget, despite having complete air superiority in Iraq, we were still limited in what we could accomplish militarily on that front.

Time for Obama and Kerry to shut up and stop pretending to be tough guys. They are playing poker and holding no cards worth a damn. Pathetic.

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Larry, The United States didn’t “steal” California from Mexico. We wanted it, so we conducted a three prong invasion and kicked the Mexican Army out. As for Texas, the Texians bought it fair and square after defeating a Mexican army unit and capturing the commander.
    This is the way the world works, 19th century or the 21st.

    • Justine00

      [This Alaskan would like good terms with Russia.]
      .

      • Retired_from_SPOnaj

        Relax. After Putin knocks off the Ukraine, Estonia is next as a place where Russian speakers are allegedly being mistreated. Oddly, here in California, the Russian consulate is trying to increase the exposure of places that used to be under Russian ownership in Mendocino County north of San Francisco for “cultural exchange.”

        • Justine00

          Thanks, Retired, for the assurance. :)
          .

        • Popsmoke

          Do the Russians want California? Hell we’ll throw Arizona in as incentive!

    • DianaLC

      Thanks for saying it in plain terms, which some of the robotic obots need to understand since their comprehension abilities are quite limited. I think Larry was in many ways being a bit sarcastic, sardonic, or subtle (there I’ve used some s words).
      I appreciate your efforts to keep the nasty obots away.

  • KlugerRD

    So when Putin was distracted by the Olympics, the EU incited the uprising in Kiev and forced out the President.

    Russia has major economic and strategic interests in Ukraine that they have a right to protect.

    So he makes a chess move into Crimea (which essentially is Russian) without firing a bullet.

    That’s it.

    Now you have hyperbolic loose cannons on both sides the aisle freaking out that Putin is Hitler and is on a quest for world domination. Has this country lost it’s mind?

    How long has it been since this started? And we have yet to ask Putin “what do you want and will settle for?”

    What the hell happened to intelligent statesmen in D.C.?

    Enough with the imaginary red lines and war drums.

    • KenoshaMarge

      And since they must make WW2 comparisons couldn’t they at least use Stalin instead of Hitler? After all the Russians did have their own dictator responsible for the murders of millions, including some right in Ukraine.
      Or am I expecting too much from the “news” people?

      • S7teen70six

        I see a bunch of sleight of hand at play. Notice that those backing the Neo-Nazis claim that it is Putin that is like Hitler? In a remarkably similar fashion, Obots claim that Tea Partiers, Republicans in general and anyone that doesn’t buy 100% into their bullshit are racists. This from the actual party of racists. Like two peas in a pod these folks is.

        • KenoshaMarge

          I certainly agree about the party of racists. Both historically and with their obsession with race. To me if you simply don’t care about race then you are free of racism. If you are obsessed with it – you are not.

  • HELENK2

    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/61874

    remember when backtrack gave away NASA? now it is costing $424 million to get our astronauts back from space, and gee Russia gets paid to bring them back

    • KlugerRD

      That’s what it used to cost. But with ole blood and guts Obama you better believe the price is going way up

  • HELENK2

    Russian billionaire sanctioned by US sold shares in Gunvor on Wednesday, reportedly in anticipation – @Gunvor

    read more on gunvorgroup.com

    how do you think they stay billionaires. looking ahead maybe?

  • foxyladi14
  • buckeyeman

    The O gang ( and I include the US media in this ) is still working hard to try to stir things up in Ukraine, now that things are not going their way. Standard MO for them. My worry is their hired guns. They care not for Ukranians, Russians, or Tatars, only in setting the country against itself to accomplish their own selfish agenda.

  • HELENK2
    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Although this may be applied to Larry (I’ve sent the White House a link to this item just in case they missed it), Larry doesn’t fear it. “Bring it on,” says he.

      • HELENK2

        that pen don’t scare him none.

        BTW needs some lyrics written and sung to the tune of dueling banjos on the backtrack and putin dueling pens

  • HELENK2

    off topic

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2014/03/20/boom-local-reporter-goes-on-record-regarding-collusion-between-media-and-obama-white-house/

    collusion between meda and backtrack’s white house

    OH OH someone spilled the beans

  • HELENK2
  • deehra

    This is so stupid in every way. A clever and wise President or S of S should have been able to see that in important matters, Russia is our natural ally. Oclown has had five years of ignoring Russia, he has no one to thank but himself and Hillary for this…
    Maybe if he hadn’t wasted his time running around apologizing to Muslim monsters…..he could have focused on the long term benefits of a mutually beneficial relationship with Putin.
    He insults Israel on a near daily basis as well.
    At bottom, Putin and Bibi are grownup men whose loyalties are to the countries they lead. Our child-in-chief is only capable of turning everything into a pissing contest, because he will never, ever, understand men such as they.

    • S7teen70six

      Pushing Russia toward China is a huge mistake.

  • HELENK2

    off topic

    http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/ken-blackwell/exodus-ii

    Exodus 2

    some really good questions about backtrack’s priorities

  • Dave L.

    Kinda explains it all !!

    • KenoshaMarge

      Dixon Diaz often puts everything in perspective. Love it!

  • binky354

    O/T: This is a must watch if you don’t know anything about Agenda 21, already in place in some cities and areas. It’s been adopted by the US via George H. Bush’s Executive Order:

    http://tinyurl.com/o2dcpvh

    • stodghie

      thanks binky354. i just found out about it yesterday. scary!

    • DianaLC

      Thanks! You’ve depressed the hell out of me by providing this link. I kept thinking that the FEMA camps and all the militarization of FEMA was just hair-brained Openand phone’s idea. I keep having to tell my anti-Obama friends not to forget GW’s reign.
      It’s clear to me that we need to throw all the old bastards out and get in new young people who have NOT been sullied by liberal ideology.
      I really worry about the way of life my grandchildren will inherit.

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Old news snore burger.

      • binky354

        Might be old to you but not to me. Some of the cities in my home state have adopted Agenda 21. Land is being taken away all the time by the EPA; I don’t think it’s anything to ignore…creep, creep, creep.

  • KenoshaMarge

    I think we all need to just calm down. All will now be well with Biden in charge.

  • HARP2

    Barry should learn that sometimes you’re the pigeon and sometimes you’re the statue.
    Putin is the pigeon right now.

  • S7teen70six

    Totally OT comment concerning the Ban Bossy movement…….

    If they can ban words they can ban books.

  • KenoshaMarge

    It gives me no pleasure to see the POTUS portrayed as weak and a fool. It’s embarrassing at the least and frightening at the worst. What we have is what voters who think cool is better than competent voted for. And thus stuck the rest of us with.

    • S7teen70six

      I dig where you are coming from, but if anyone deserved to be portrayed as weak and a fool it is POTUS. It’s actually a relief from the constant sycophant mania plastered about on the airwaves. The current crisis is a direct result of dear leader’s incompetence. It’s not such a bad thing if people come to realize this.

      • elizabethrc

        Now the White House is limiting press access, limiting photographs, pushing their own WH approved photographs and allowing questioning of only 4 minutes per reporter. They must also stand when asking their questions. Where is the outrage from the media?
        This might be a good thing, given how untrustworthy Obama’s statements are. Imagine if the press got up and walked out as a group at these strictures. Might there be a lesson there for the White House? I know. doubtful, but it would make a good photograph!

        • KenoshaMarge

          What do they expect? They treated him like a Rock Star and now they are being treated like groupies. Screwed and dismissed.

          • elizabethrc

            He reminds me of Justin Bieber, only not as smart or talented.

          • S7teen70six

            One of the most astute observations I’ve read. I like it a hundred fold.

        • S7teen70six

          Meanwhile the vast majority of the populace is blissfully unaware of the conspiracy. The actions of this Administration mirror some of the worst abuses of power in human history. Deception is being used to control the masses. The propaganda infusing nearly every instance of our daily existence. Myth making itself complete.

          Forget outrage from the media. Where is the outrage from the citizenry?

      • KenoshaMarge

        He certainly deserves it. And yes it’s wonderful to see some coverage if Obama in which the media is not humping his leg.
        I hope Obama voters realize just what a disaster they voted for – twice. But I doubt it. Anyone could have made a mistake in 2008 and got carried away in the Hope and Change frenzy. (Well adults with a brain couldn’t and wouldn’t but that’s a topic for another day.) But when they compounded their foolishness by voting for him again in 2012 they were, and are, responsible for the United States now being laughed at around the world.

        • S7teen70six

          I’d say that probably 15% of Obots realize the disaster they have wrought. The rest are so disillusioned by the lack of clear leadership that they are unable to formulate a coherent organized thought. Like lemmings without a cliff.

          • KenoshaMarge

            That’s what happens when the young are indoctrinated instead of taught to think for themselves. You get a cult of cool instead of competence.

    • binky354

      Eric Rush has a good commentary today on the political elite in Washington and hope that today’s 20-somethings may be waking up. He has hope.

      http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/the-ruling-class-unmasked-on-youtube/

  • DianaLC

    You are absolutely right. We need to learn about history and from history. when something has passed, we need to take lessons and try not to pretend the present is the past but to wipe the board, so to speak, and apply the lessons we’ve learned.

    But some of us do know about the Crimean War. I can’t believe people here didn’t read this in school:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzCOL6ewpPw
    ]

  • piattq

    Larry you say Putin is no “ideological foe”, just a nationalist. I agree he is not going back to Communism. But I do think Putin has very different ideas about political speech, freedom of the press, gun ownership, the rule of law in regulating business etc. I do think these things are important to us in the long run. I do think US patrol of the high seas and trade routes generally works—may not be perfect but I think it is important to international trade. And I agree that pursuit of national interests is not our unique entitlement. But Obama’s retreat on so many fronts right down to walking out on managing a more or less level field on the internet is not good, not in our national interest. I don’t think I want Putin taking over the Internet and I do not trust him or his words. The very wide open field Obama has given him to grab power is by itself an intoxicating attraction and not likely to result in any good outcomes for us.

    • elizabethrc

      Maybe Congress will come to the internet’s rescue. Nah. This is just another Obama Folly that’s going to be bad for America.

    • binky354

      Speaking of Internet, I don’t understand how Obama can give that away without approval from the American People who paid for it. Does Congress not get a vote?

      • foxyladi14

        Only the King gets to rule.

  • stodghie
    • stodghie

      if you look at agenda 21 closely obamacare and the global warning dog and pony show are tied to this. it is all about losing power and being controlled. also bush1 brought this in and was supported by clinton.

  • HELENK2

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/03/19/fresh-from-crimea-victory-putin-aims-to-cause-trouble-elsewhere-including-iran/

    fresh from Crimea victory, Putin aims to cause trouble elsewhere including Iran

  • S7teen70six

    Purely politically speaking, this event has moved me away from Ted Cruz and much closer toward Rand Paul who is actually attempting to grow the base.

    Delivering a rare speech for a Republican at this bastion of liberalism, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday was given multiple standing ovations by the left-wing audience after railing against government surveillance and warning the students: “Your right to privacy is under assault.”

    “I am here to tell you that if you own a cell phone, you’re under surveillance,” he told the crowd.

    Paul’s address at the Berkeley Forum on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley focused on the National Security Agency’s collection of telephone metadata and the debate over privacy.

    • KenoshaMarge

      I tend to move away from any chest-thumping, saber rattling type. The ones who are willing to fight to the last drop of someone else’s blood.

      I know we have to send our young men and women into harm’s way from time to time. And I know that they are willing and able to answer the call. But they must never be sent recklessly or without a real and specific danger to the country they fight and die to protect. Ever! Certainly not by some loud mouth politician who is only trying to make political points.

  • Savannahlawyer

    Putin and company are letting Obama look not only if foolish, but completely out of his depth. I am deeply concerned how our statements and empty words make us appear not only to our allies, but to other countries that are rivals in various parts of the world.
    I think Larry is correct, and I’m sure the Tehran government is feeling really good about the future.
    I don’t really care about the Crimea. It just troubles me as an American to see American prestige and influence erode at an ever increasing rate.

  • S7teen70six

    The Openphonema Theme Song:
    I Left My Balls in San Francisco

  • S7teen70six

    National Geographic has decided to include Crimea in Russia on New Maps.

    “We map de facto, in other words we map the world as it is, not as people would like it to be,” Juan José Valdés, National Geographic’s geographer and director of editorial and research for National Geographic Maps, told U.S. News.

    “As you can only surmise, sometimes our maps are not received in a positive light by some individuals who want to see the world in a different light,” Valdés added.

    An interesting development.

  • KlugerRD

    Agree but this does need to be defused and neither Obama or Kerry are remotely capable of that.

    • 0getfitnow1

      The worst and weakest POTUS ever.

  • KlugerRD

    “let’s start by returning California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to Mexico”

    Can we first start with California? I would vote for that.

    • stodghie

      well dang i do speak some spanish lol. but texas was a free republic and we would go back to that first i suspect.

  • HELENK2

    State Department: Wendy Sherman will travel to
    Ukraine from March 20-22 to meet with senior Ukrainian officials and
    representatives of civil society – @ZekeJMiller

    see original on twitter.com

  • HELENK2
  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/179996-kerry-whines-to-netanyahu-your-defense-minister-called-us-weak/

    kerry whines to Netanyahu ” your defense minister called us weak”

    maybe because Israel might feel a little bit like the Ukraine knowing that when it comes a showdown, they are on their own under the backtrack bunch

    • KlugerRD

      Of course that also came after Kerry said he was against a condition that the PLO recognize Israel as a Jewish State which, by the way, was the underlying reason for U.N. recognition in the beginning.

  • S7teen70six

    I believe that Russia is entitled to the same rights and considerations that we, the United States, insist on for ourselves.

    And that is the heart of truth.

  • HELENK2

    http://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-making-plans-pull-troops-crimea-174509311.html;_ylt=AwrBJR9U2ClTwT8ATrXQtDMD

    Ukraine making plans to withdraw troops from Crimea.

    sounds like it is a done deal and the Crimea is now part of Russia

    • HELENK2

      so how many other countries will trust us when we say hey just lay down your arms we will protect you?

  • KenoshaMarge

    It wouldn’t make any difference if Obama did have some decent cards – he would be too busy running his mouth Between Two Ferns, or discussing how sharp he looks in his jeans with Ryan Seachrist or dancing with Ellen DeGeneres or filling out his “brackets”. How can anyone take this clown serious?
    No depth, no dignity and idea of WTF he’s doing.

    • http://noquarterusa.net Larry Johnson

      Love you gal. Love you.

      • KenoshaMarge

        Back at ya!