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Live Stream || Obama Statement on Ukraine

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    • Yep, the Russian stock market is booming over fearless reader’s weak-kneed response. He takes more pleasure in picking basketball brackets on ESPN than he does explaining his administration’s foreign policy positions to the American people.

        • He reminded me of high school, when a member of the doper gang was made to stand and read a passage from a book. No emotion, no emphasis, just reading words from a page. I just know his ESPN performance will be animated and he’ll take great interest in describing the reasoning behind his picks.

          • You hit the nail on the head, Susan. Worse yet, his delivery has not improved one iota in 5.5 years! If anything, it’s worse.

            Several years ago I read that he had applied for three separate judicial internships/law clerk positions, and was rejected three times! No wonder his grades are sealed.

  1. Concluded? It must have happened when I stepped away to get my cereal. Anyway, I wanted to know if he was still wearing a green tie, and if so, was it for St. Patrick’s Day or for jihad in honor of his special guest today.

  2. He talks about “the Ukrainan government”, conveniently excluding that the present regime came to power after a violent coup and that it includes members of the ultranational ( some say Nazis ) Svoboda. Oh no, don´t confuse the people with the facts. I simply do not understand why some leading EUpoliticians, backed by Obama, are meddling in a sphere outside the EU. Why are they so eager to provoke Russia ? I certainly do not want to be represented by the horrible Ashton and Barrosso, please get me out of this undemocratic topheavy institution , the EU. What´s their hidden agenda ? All along the conflict France continues to sell ships and weapon to Russia, Britain has discreetly told Russia that Russian investors in London won´t be disturbed, Germany is eager to keep their Russian gas. And all along the Special Olympics is peacefully going on in Sootchi, with international athletes participating and with live broadcasting. This is smoke and mirrors. I think Barry sounded defeated and tired in that speech, I guess that he and his EU conspirators now have realized that they are defeated and that they now will let Mrs Merkel , the only grown up here, take care of the rest.

      • Thanks Julie. Poor Vlad, invited the world to the astronomically expensive Olympics, not many invited came to the party, instead they were busy conspiring behind his back. Of course he is a angry. I still don´t understand why it´s not better for all of us to make friends with Russia as long as it behaves. Ukraina is in the Russian sphere, Crim was Russian not long ago. Why meddle ? Russia is Russia, the history book tells of many violent affairs with it, even my country was once a powerful nation involved in many wars with Russia. But Russia is our eastern neighbour, we want to live in peace with it. But stay off the Baltic states, my red line.

        • And what about our feckless, gay caballero leader…using the LGBT nonsense to derail the events at Sochi. Well, it backfired – big time. And when he cancelled the G8 mtg, it was probably b/c he was petrified of being ridiculed again. It’s no secret now that he is an economic illiterate.

        • Your redline is the Baltic states. And for many former Soviet Republics, their redline might be Ukraine.

          I am appalled by the handing over of Ukraine to Russia, with nary a bat of an eye by the EU or the US. Whenever Russia is on the move, it is never a good thing for its neighbors.

          If you are content in the interest of peace with Russia having its former Republics and a buffer on its West as well as a foothold in the ME and warm water ports, then you are going to be very happy with the future.

          And one hopes that Russia stays out of the Baltics. Although if I was Lativia, Estonia and Lithuania I would be a little uncomfortable.

          Will Sweden, Norway, Denmark m the EU come to their defense if need be? What about Poland in EE — is that a step too far for Putin? What exactly is acceptable?

          • Grace, you and I differ somewhat on this issue.
            The Baltic states, and Poland, are members of the EU and Nato while Ukraine is not. They were welcomed and entered into the western sphere when the window was open in those wonderful years after the Cold War. Now I think that window is closing, at least for a while. There may be many reasons for this, for example events far away such as Syria. Of course also because Putin is a hawk, not a dove like Gorbachev.
            This is a diplomatic disaster and the fallout would not have been this if the west had handled it better. Remember Victoria Nuland and her comments? Impossible to imagine that Putin would accept the meddling lying down. Now is the time for less amateurish politicians to enter the scene, it´s time for first class diplomacy.

          • I agree with you regarding contemporary events since the fall of the USSR. And I agree even more regarding Nuland’s comments which the US compounded by backing her up.

            That said, history looms large.

            And we are bereft of adequate diplomats, let alone first class ones.

            Outside of Europe and Russia — Ukraine agreed to give up its nuclear capability development in return for “protection”. Iran and North Korea take note as do a myriad of rogues.

            Appeasement for whatever reason is never a good response and lights a fire for aggression.

          • There is a good plausibility that Putin may have moved into Crimea and Ukraine eventually down the line, and if so, the onus would have been squarely on him. As it is, there were some stirrings in Ukraine (we don’t know by whom, CIA. US State Department, don’t tell me, freedom fighters?), and there are upcoming elections in Ukraine itself in which at least one Neo-Nazi candidate is making noise. Had Obama waited until then, Putin probably would have made a move.

            I would draw an analogy with American football: Obama and Putin were staring at each other across the ball, and Putin drew Obama offside first.

          • I think Putin knew Obama was weak. Rolled the dice. Won that one. I do not think Putin is a one strike guy. He has a plan for Russia and it doesn’t stop here. If he perceives the US to stay weak, and the EU also, then he will move accordingly.

            Elections in the US are distracting and Putin knows that. Heard much about Iran lately? And look how Obama and Kerry are treating Israel. The field is open.

            I don’t know about the off sides thing — all I know about football is touchdowns. So, from that perspective, Putin scored.

          • Here’s another analogy. I think Obama, for whatever reason, wagged the dog. He wants to upstage Putin so badly, but they’re just not in the same league. Woe to all of us while Obama is in office.

    • David Ignatius and that Richard Haas of Foreign Rels Somethingorother said grabbing the Crimea is one thing, but now Russia has to assimilate it and pay for it, which is another story.

      • Star, I believe that the Crim is an attractive peninsula, many partybosses had datjas there during the Soviet era. The majority on Crim is Russian.

      • Star, all due respect, but you know Russia does not assimilate. Ethnic Russians assume all positions of power alongside Ukraininian vichy enablers, the Russian language is imposed, local customs, traditions and unapproved religions are beaten down etc. As for the economy, military spending is paramount, as are slush funds for those in power and their partners. A viable economy with working people receiving a sustainable wage is not an issue.

        All the tension that was present remains. Russia will simply quash dissent and rebellion. And it has been greenlighted to do so.

    • Thanks for your thoughts Swedishlady !

      Obama sure sounds way out of his fighting weight and bored with it all. Lucky us, huh?

      I’m told to ignore everything positive coming out of Russia because it’s all PROPAGANDA, yet look at our US media continually propping up Obama. I fear Putin less.

      • What is astounding to me is the proganda. They had so many people cheering for Russia. Did they get a letter in the mail from Putin to cheer or else? Another thought is those people trust their gut feeling and cheer on their own, knowing their will be bad results if they are caught not cheering.

        Anyone have any knowledge or thoughts, from Keith or fellow readers would be appreiated.

        • Lee, are you talking about the Crim referendum ? The result was not at all surprising, the majority on Crim is Russian, Crim was Russian until 1954 when Chrustjev on a whim ( ? ) “gave” it to Ukraine, then included in the Soviet empire.

          • Thanks for your response. I feel that a lot of the people respect their heritage. However all those people cheering in the street, have had a taste of freedom. How can they be cheering to go back and be included to Russia.
            I think their has been threats made upon them. Their job, their health coverage, their family that still live in Russia may be what they are worried about.
            What I mostly do not understand is why isn’t this issue I brought up being discussed. Their has to be someone who know who his twisting their vote.

      • Thank you Denise, I know , there is a lot of propaganda going on but Russia is not far away from us so maybe it´s more difficult to straight out lie here. I don´t trust Putin but I can understand his actions this far. It was a mistake to meddle in his sphere in this manner. When the EU trade deal was suddenly rejected by the Russian friendly former president, the EU should have backed out and said, sorry, maybe we could deal later on and in another way ?

        • swedishlady, thanks for your comments. It’s good to hear from someone who is closer to the action than we are. I’m not as well versed on the topic as many are on this site. I heard that muslims in the Ukraine are all for joining the EU, and that scares me, because it seems like they would be flooding into Europe if the Ukraine was to join. And in my book, anything that muslims support, must be bad.

  3. Well worth the read and a reminder of the history of the Crimea.

    Why do so many Russians live in Crimea?

    Now that Crimeans have overwhelmingly voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia: Fireworks exploded and Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds… [as] the United States and Europe condemned the ballot as illegal and destabilizing. There is no question that many ethnic Russians live in th

    • Interesting Sadie, and a sad, sad fact. The deportations under Stalin. But the Russians are there ( and in other former satellite states ) since more than 70 years , it can´t be undone. However, it makes you think about the ongoing mass immigration here in Europe. When will other groups be in majority ? Muslims ? Well, then, goodbye Europe. The politicians in the EU should be more interested in this problem than in destabilizing in the east.

      • Europe’s borders have changed hands many times over many centuries. I don’t agree that it cannot be undone, it’s only a matter when, how and why it will change again.

        From Texas to Transjordan and Prussia to Persia, not to omit the new maps drawn up following WWI.