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The Obama Morning News || March 3, 2014

Kerry to visit Kiev; warns of sanctions . . . Washington Post
Obama approves a series of responses . . . New York Times
Obama’s actual options on Ukraine . . . Politico
Ukraine crisis threatens Obama’s agenda . . . Bloomberg
Rogers: Putin running circles around U.S. . . . Fox News
Obama ignored Putin warnings . . . Bloomberg
Gates: Obama must calibrate moves . . . Reuters
GOP pressure Obama for strong response . . . Newsmax
Editorial pages rip Putin – and Obama . . . Politico
Obama to Israel: Stop killing Iranian scientists . . . CBS
Lawmakers and staff can escape Obamacare . . . The Hill
Obama meeting with Netanyahu . . . Fox News
Waiting for Jeb . . . The Hill
Ellen breaks Obama’s tweet record . . . Politico

31 Responses to The Obama Morning News || March 3, 2014

  1. Putting on my tin-foil hat for a moment:

    Is it possible the Obama regime orchestrated this entire mess to neutralize Russian influence? More reason for world leaders not to attend the Sochi Olympics…assuming they had advance notice of the uprising. It’s beginning to smell.

    Exposed: Viral “I Am a Ukrainian Video” Produced by PR Company Linked to ‘Regime Change’ NGO

    The stage was set for the Ukraine revolt to become violent in December when US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Victoria Nuland announced that the U.S. would invest $5 billion in order to help Ukrainians achieve “a good form of government.” The true nature of that government was revealed earlier this month when leaked phone conversations emerged of Nuland conspiring with US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt to pick Ukraine’s future puppet leaders, making good on John McCain’s vow to neutralize Russian influence.

    • I appreciate the video.
      If this is not a wake up call for all American Citizens!
      The reason why I noted that, is because of the intrusion of our personal privacy in this Country.
      As well as all the other scandels, and nothing happening.
      I would love to hear what older people from Poland think of this as well.

    • I believe you are right there, Girly . Barry ,some EU politicians and their concealed big business buddies didn´t manage in Syria even though they brought in Al Qaida, now they are trying in Ukraine. I do not think they will manage this time either. Who in their right mind thinks that the west can meddle in Russias backyard without consequences ? Why shouldn´t Putin defend the Black Sea fleet in Crim, why should he not defend the Russian speaking people in Ukraine ? I hope it´s time for diplomacy, no more provoking, no more war rethoric.

      • Victoria Nuland & Co also have the blood of 70 ‘protesters’ on their hands. For better or for worse, oligarch or not, the ousted PM was legitimately elected. Which is more than I can say about Obama.

        • I agree with your ‘tinfoil’ hunches I have to admit. The fact that this ‘uprising’ started during the Olympics stinks to high heaven. And I’m tired of John McCain running his own rogue personal State Department, Department of Defense, and CIA combo. Someone posted a similar comment to yours a few days ago and was accused of seeing black helicopters so I guess I’ve seen them too– wearing my tinfoil hat.

          This is why I keep waiting for Angela Merkel to speak out. She is one world leader whose opinion I value.

          • I value her opinion too, Julie, and I think that she is the only one Putin listens to. However, she will be very careful, Germany is buying gas from Russia. There are giant pipelines just off our Swedish coastlines.

      • Russian speaking peoples or not, Ukraine was a nominally independent country. There is an issue of sovereignty.

        Just a wild shot here. But if there was a Hispanic uprising here in the US and a president was ousted could the Mexican government cross our borders to defend their “people”?

        Maybe be a ridiculous example, but….Is it really any different than the Sudetenland. Or Georgia?

        • Excellent example, Grace. Many tend to forget that there was actually a coup d´état a short while ago in Ukraine. After all, Ukraine is, almost, in Europe. The support of a coup here could create a dangerous precedent.

        • I don’t know what the percentages are, but it’s not just a matter of Russian speaking people. Some supposedly want to join the European Union and others do not. I don’t know ‘what’s in it’ for Ukrainians to join the EU. Again, ‘some’ say the west leaning ones are looking for a bailout a la Greece as Ukraine is in terrible economic shape, and who knows what western investor nations are looking for.

          I’ve also read that the former imprisoned president, Timoshenko, had made a huge energy pact with Putin which she botched through corruption and that was why she was replaced. Finally, the Russians want to protect their access to the Black Sea. Unfortunately, Ukraine, like Syria, has become a chessboard whereupon the pawns, the people, will pay the price. I may seem unpatriotic but I can no longer automatically support the so-called white hats. Rand Paul is right in that we need to stop interfering in every country and start tending our own garden.

          • Julie, As to “what’s in it ” for Ukraine to join the EU. Economically and resource wise, probably not much.

            But no matter how history marches or the reality of the working EU the “West” signifies greater freedoms to many people who have lived with authoritarianism all their lives. It is, like many incomprehensible things, an innate human yearning to be free.

          • I don’t believe in the spontaneity of these uprisings anymore. In Ukraine anymore than in the ‘spontaneous’ response of the pro-Russians in Crimea. I’m sure that there is a minority in every mob who are genuinely idealists, but I believe that they are taken advantage of and driven hither and dither by the forces who have the real power. They are being played, but I would like to stress that I am not taking Russia’s side either.

          • Very interesting, Julie. Politicians, who have their lobbyists, their special interests, are often very keen on expanding the EU whereas we the people, who carry the costs, usually are not. Nobody asked us about, for example, whether Romania and Bulgaria should join, suddenly they were members. We are not happy about yet another costly member. I am more and more of the opinion that the EU is an elite project. The Ukrainans , some of them. probably want access to the free borders within EU. I can understand that and I wish them well, but the pricetag and the political price for membership will be to big. The Ukrainan politicians probably want money to line their pockets with..

          • It is the same with us in the US regarding amnesty, SwedishLady. Neither the Democratic Party nor those Republicans who are pushing amnesty have the interests of Latino people at heart, and neither care whether we ‘Anglos” like it or not. We will be forced to lump it. Black mood this a.m., inspired by the article on Jeb Bush which I haven’t even got around to commenting on.

          • Oh, Jeb our next presidential nominee? :) Yeah, that.

            And re. another of your comments. In no way do I think you are taking the Russian side. To my mind, your comments are well thought.

        • On another tread Sunday, I noted I read on BBC tweet, that 27,000 Russians protested in Moscow. They were made to do so either by their Govt. Employers or by large Corps.
          As far as the Russian speaking people in Ukraine,
          So I do not know why the people who still speak Russian in Ukraine are protesting. They may have relatives that still live in Russia who have jobs, etc.

          • In general, in all the Soviet Republics, Russian was the “official” language. When the republics gained independence there was a rush to re instate the national language. But many people in their own land could not speak their national language — and there were dialects also. Tough to actually do. When Ukraine first became independent there were many reports of border guards and others not knowing enough of their own language.

            I do not know the “official” language of Ukraine today– that which is used to conduct business and the affairs of state.

            There were many signs etc. among the protesters they were ethnic Russians, spoke Russian, but were Ukrainians.

            Because of its strategic importance to Russia, its lack of resources, and the lack of any backing from the West, these people are doomed to become Russian lackeys whether they want to or not.

            And, I am of the mind, that it will not stop at the Crimea, or even Eastern Ukraine.

          • Grace, I have read/heard about nervousness in the Baltic states and in Poland. Even in my phlegmatic country are discussions about rearmament of the defense. But I do not believe that Putin wants more land to defend ( gosh, just look at the Russian map ). He just does not want any meddling in the Russian backyard and if so, he has to flex his muscles. i hope I am right.

          • Here is the cheater answer to Poland/Ukraine. At one point Ukraine was ruled by Poland, and then later in history went to the Russians. However, since independence from Russia they have worked out many issues. The Poles, as you know, are very outspoken about their freedoms and just recently either the President or PM of Poland made a not very flattering public comment about Obama’s leadership.

            The Poles and much of EE and even WE are threatened by this. Russia holds the gas card but they will go only so far as they are “allowed” to go by the Western community, such as it is.


  2. Surprised MO didn’t show up to give 12 Years A Slave it’s Academy Award. Thank goodness it’s not becoming a tradition for her.

    It does remind me how easy (and cheaper) to get the Obamas on a remote screen before audiences, instead of shutting down entire towns and roads to give speeches about nothing :D

    • I’m guessing they had their own private Oscar bash last night…any excuse to invite the B list celebs over to the house for a partay…

      • Oczars!
        Yesterday at Breitbart, showed a cartoon that was circulated in Lalaland prior to the 86th Academy Awards. Of course, I can’t find it now to link it. It complemented the other artwork in S. Cali of a photo of Obama and the words “below par.”

  3. Rep Mike Rogers: “Putin is playing chess, and I think we’re playing marbles.”

    I bet Putin’s still laughing after their 90 minute phone call Saturday. I give credit to Palin, because she called this is 2008. Obama, the most brilliant man ever to walk the earth, is nothing more than an incompetent and disgraced Chicago thug.