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A military personnel member, believed to be a Russian serviceman, stands guard outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol, CrimeaReuters

A military personnel member, believed to be a Russian serviceman, stands guard outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol, CrimeaReuters

Crimea votes to join Russia, accelerating Ukraine crisisBig power talks on Ukraine crisis make little progress

Ukraine Crisis: China Backs Russia in ‘Cold War’ over Crimea


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THE PROGRESSIVE’S 8-STEP GUIDE TO FOREIGN POLICY VIA STRONG DIPLOMACY: 

1. Announce that the country’s behavior is unacceptable.

2. Should they continue behaving unacceptably, we tell them that their unacceptable behavior cannot be allowed to continue.

3. Should the unacceptable behavior continue anyway, then we tell them that we really mean what we said.

4. If they’re still behaving unacceptably, then we remind them that we really, REALLY do mean what we said, and that we’re not just saying that.

5. Should this result in only more unacceptable behavior, we tell them that this time, we’re serious.

6. If that doesn’t work (and it usually doesn’t, but we Progs pride ourselves on retaining faith in the inherent goodness of our fellow man and our own ability to make others see reason), then we inform them that we may have to consider scheduling an appointment to go to Geneva, where we will meet with fellow peace-loving Progs to discuss the possibility of approaching the U.N. with a request for permission to advise the offending country that we may have to impose sanctions.

7. If that doesn’t work, then with the help of our minions in the news media, we distract the masses from what’s going on with cute photo-ops like the creation of yet another White House initiative like My Brother’s Keeper, and speeches by the First Lady on the crisis of too many moms clogging the grocery aisles as they furrow their brows over nutrition labels and agonize over whether a product has too much or too little riboflavin.

8. If, by this time, the offending country’s unacceptable behavior has spread and can no longer be contained, go back to Step 1 and start over, and have faith that this time, we’ll get different results.

– See more at: http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/the-progressive-s-8-step-guide-to-foreign-policy-t13239.html#sthash.njR2QHNP.dpuf


Victor Davis Hanson

Posted: March 3, 2014 in Commentary, Images, News, Social Media

The Stepping Stones to the Ukraine Crisis

“Again, each incident in and of itself was of little import. None were the stuff of crises. But incrementally all these tiny tesserae began forming a mosaic, fairly or not, of the Obama administration as either weak or clueless or perhaps both.”

THE BLAZE: Washington Post: global democracy ‘receding’ under Obama

“President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality.”

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An Interesting Take

Posted: March 3, 2014 in Commentary, Images

Theodore Dalrymple: The Wisdom of the Ukrainian Plumber

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Real Power

Posted: March 3, 2014 in Commentary, Images, News, Social Media

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~ SAITH TEH BINKS: As I recall it, Ronald Reagan warned Europe NOT to become economically and industrially dependent on Russian oil & gas. Too late. Now we see why that prudential warning is now coming home to roost. The USSR died in 1991. Too many people thought it was the End Of History, and peace, love, flowers, and Kumbayah would break out everywhere. Now, Russia has a Tsar again.. just a reminder, that means “Caesar”. Europe has unelected chinless wonder Herbert Van Rompuy, and America has Mom-Jeans & his Funtime Commie Club. Mom-Jeans is only good at riding unicorns, torturing sick people, business people, Tea-Partiers, and setting up a proto-tyranny in the United Police States of America.

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Real world with hard men? Not so much.

Russia has taken Obama’s measure, and found him to be what he is: a cowardly bully with little spine, wisdom, cojones, or real-world hardball skills. His judgement & foreign policy misadventures have sent messages loud and clear around the world– unless you’re on the drone-hit list, or the domestic mysterious death list, you’ve very little to fear from Mr. Soetoro.

Writes a Facebook observer: “‘Soft power’ is a myth of postmodern wishful thinking. It means nothing in the face of those with arms AND the will to use them. The world has not fundamentally changed from the days of “horses and bayonets” that Barry so self-importantly disparaged.”

~ Binks

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Russia capitulates, annexes itself to Greater Ukraine

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Palin 2008 Ukraine Prediction: Completely Delusional

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Five Questions and Answers That Tell you Everything You Need To Know About US Response to the Ukraine Crisis

National Post’s Kelly McParland: “Obama’s reluctance to carry a big stick on the international scene — in Syria, in Egypt, in Libya, in Iraq and Afghanistan — is an invitation to the warlords and autocrats of the world to fill the void. Putin’s brash move will only encourage them to abandon any fears they still have that there might be a high cost to pay

Obama’s Foreign Relations Surrender

Kerry Disputes That Putin Seized Crimea Because He Thought Obama Wouldn’t Respond

Surrender or ‘face storm,’ Russia tells Ukraine as Duma prepares a bill to annex Crimea (plus videos, other links)

How Ukraine’s revolution went from triumph to torment when Russia seized Crimea

Stock markets tumble around the world as Ukraine war threat spooks investors

It Is To Laugh: Ukraine: Russia Condemned By G7 Over Crimea. What next.. harsh language?

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Obama sings ‘Crimea River’ and other all-time favorites:

  • Putin on the Ritz
  • It’s Ukrainian Men
  • What’s Kiev Got To Do With It?
  • Have You Ever Seen Ukraine?
  • I Just Called to Say it’s 3AM
  • Singin’ in Ukraine
  • Brand New Kiev
  • Blame It On Ukraine
  • With a Little Help From George Soros
  • Barack in the USSR
  • Ukraine Drops Putin on My Head
  • Who’ll Stop Ukraine?

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Western Information Agency: USA, Russia confirm guarantees of security to Ukraine

“In a joint statement on December 4, 2009 the presidents of the United States and Russia, Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev, confirmed the assurances of security to Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus given on the heels of these countries’ consent in 1994 to give up their nuclear weapons.”

It’s Chamberlain & Poland all over again.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_weapons_and_Ukraine

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America: Screwed?

Posted: March 3, 2014 in Commentary, News

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Bluffers Assume Everyone Else is Also Bluffing; and Why Putin Invaded Ukraine (Three words. Because he could.)

~ True Dat: The Only World Leader Who Fears American Power Is Obama

~ “The United States will stand with the international community and… look, a squirrel!”

Obama Skips National Security Meeting on Russian Invasion of Ukraine

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Meanwhile, in Golfistan….

Posted: March 1, 2014 in Commentary, News

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Minutes After Russian Invasion Press Conference, Obama Celebrates ‘Democrat Happy Hour’ 

REACTION: Krauthammer: ‘Ukrainians, Everybody Shocked By The Weakness Of Obama’s Statement

And in unrelated news,

Hey Remember When That Crazy VP Candidate Lady Said Putin Would Invade Ukraine If Obama Was Elected?

UPDATE: As Russia takes over Crimea, Kerry, Carney warn Putin not to cross the “line”; and in related news,

Ukraine: Putin’s Crimea aim is to make the West look weak

Ukraine: The Haze of Propaganda by Timothy Snyder