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Tread Carefully On Crisis in Ukraine

March 3, 2014

U.S. officials’ blustery but empty reaction to Russian intervention in Ukraine sums up failures in foreign policy by President Barack Obama and his administration....

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littlefox

Mar-05-14 11:29 PM

freezes

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littlefox

Mar-05-14 11:29 PM

Lame duck Obama will "Tread Carefully" when he|| frees over.

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daWraith

Mar-05-14 1:10 PM

OOPS, budman beat me to the punch!

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daWraith

Mar-05-14 1:08 PM

Obama sycophants: there is ONE big difference between Georgia and the Ukraine: your buddy BJ Bill Clinton signed a DEFENSE TREATY with them!!!!

"The United States and Britain “reaffirmed” their commitment to protect Ukraine’s borders in exchange for the nation giving up its nuclear weapons in a little-known agreement known as the “Budapest Memorandum signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1994. The Daily Mail notes reports “if Russia has invaded Ukraine then it would be difficult for the US and Britain to avoid going to war.” Sir Tony Brenton, who served as a British ambassador from 2004 to 2008, said war is certainly on the table if it’s determined that the Budapest Memorandum is “legally binding.” According to the Daily Mail, Kiev has asked that the agreement be honored as it claims its borders have been violated.

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Thebudman

Mar-05-14 12:43 PM

Deeply worried politicians inside Ukraine's parliament have pleaded with Britain and the United States to come to their rescue, after Russia was accused of launching a series of raids in the Crimea region.

The two Western powers signed an agreement with Ukraine in 1994, which Kiev's parliament wants enforcing now. The Budapest Memorandum, signed by Bill Clinton, John Major, Boris Yeltsin and Leonid Kuchma – the then-rulers of the USA, UK, Russia and Ukraine – promises to uphold the territorial integrity of Ukraine, in return for Ukraine giving up its nuclear weapons.

Article one reads: "The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine ... to respect the Independence and Sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine."

And Kiev is now claiming that their country's borders are not being respected.

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Thebudman

Mar-05-14 10:14 AM

Where have you heard this before?

By Karen Robes Meeks, Long Beach Press Telegram Posted: 03/04/14, 9:25 PM PST | Updated: 16 secs ago Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves as she enters the courtyard at the Union Bank Building where she spoke at the annual Boys and Girls Club fundraiser luncheon in Long Beach, Calif., on March 4, 2014. (Photo by Brittany Murray/Long Beach Press Telegram) LONG BEACH >> Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday compared recent actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Ukraine to those implemented by Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s.

Putin’s desire to protect minority Russians in Ukraine is reminiscent of Hitler’s actions to protect ethnic Germans outside Germany, she said.

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Thebudman

Mar-05-14 9:58 AM

....just days after Russian tanks entered Georgia to support separatists in its provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, President Bush sent US military transport planes with humanitarian and medical supplies to Georgia, coupled with a warning to Putin not to obstruct the aid effort. And possibly even more significantly, he sent Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Tbilisi in a bold show of support for Georgian territorial integrity.

Read more at *******libertyunyielding****/2014/03/04/bush-airlift-rice-stopped-putins-georgia-invasion-s-ossetia/#Gf5qKrsr5sAOhDSx.99

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Thebudman

Mar-05-14 9:48 AM

From Fox News, fair & balanced:

Katie Pavlich disagreed, noting that the Georgia invasion happened in Aug. 2008 when Bush was on his way out and Obama on the way in. She argues that Putin sees a "power vacuum" that he has wanted to step into for a long time.

"He's seeing his opening now as President Obama pulls back the military and isn't doing much to prevent things like this from happening. Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin were absolutely right," said Pavlich.

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Thebudman

Mar-05-14 9:25 AM

Memories:

"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..." -- Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force -- if necessary -- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." -- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

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Thebudman

Mar-05-14 9:24 AM

"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction." -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

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Thebudman

Mar-05-14 9:24 AM

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." -- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

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Thebudman

Mar-05-14 9:19 AM

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she's "usually not one to Told-Ya-So," but when it comes to her prediction in 2008 that Russia President Vladimir Putin would one day invade Ukraine, she's claiming her bragging rights.

Palin, on her Facebook page this weekend, said that when she was campaigning in 2008 as Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate, she was "derided" for predicting that the Ukraine would be invaded should then-Sen. Barack Obama be elected.

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"Yes, I could see this one from Alaska," Palin posted on Facebook, saying she said "told-ya-so" in the case of her "accurate prediction being derided as 'an extremely far-fetched scenario' by the 'high-brow' Foreign Policy magazine.

"Here’s what this 'stupid' 'insipid woman' predicted back in 2008," Palin said. "After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama's reaction was

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TrollSlayer

Mar-05-14 8:59 AM

wvhoopie "When Russia invaded the Georgia republic in 2008, GWB went fishing and ignored Russia. What's the difference?"

Obamboozler doesn't fish, he golfs. And Obamboozler isn't ignoring Russia, he's making the USA look foolish. Other than those? No difference; the end result will be the same.

mmm mmm mmm, hope and change

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TrollSlayer

Mar-05-14 7:40 AM

Gooseman “Iraq...oh right, that war was a right wing extremist war”

"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force -- if necessary -- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." - Sen. John F. Kerry (DEMORAT), Oct. 9, 2002

Yep, that John “Winter Soldier” Heinz-Kerry is definitely a right wing extremist, too. Funny to see him bumbling around with the Obamboozler regime now. LOL

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TrollSlayer

Mar-05-14 7:38 AM

Gooseman “Iraq...oh right, that war was a right wing extremist war”

"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..." - Sen. John F. Kerry (DEMORAT), Jan. 23. 2003

Apparently Obamboozler’s Secrebarely of Stupid is a right wing extremist, too. LOL

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TrollSlayer

Mar-05-14 7:36 AM

Gooseman “Iraq...oh right, that war was a right wing extremist war”

“Iraq both poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region and remains in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations by, among other things, continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations.” - Sen. Hillary Clinton (DEMORAT), Feb 5, 2003

Yep, Hillbutcher is a right wing extremist, for sure. LOL

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TrollSlayer

Mar-05-14 7:35 AM

Gooseman “Iraq...oh right, that war was a right wing extremist war”

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." - Sen. Hillary Clinton (DEMORAT), Oct 10, 2002

So Hillbutcher is a right wing extremist? LOL

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wvhoopie

Mar-05-14 7:14 AM

When Russia invaded the Georgia republic in 2008, GWB went fishing and ignored Russia. What's the difference?

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BushCrimeFamily

Mar-05-14 12:21 AM

Another post from the GOP clown car. Republican arm-chair QBs are a dime a dozen.

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Gooseman

Mar-04-14 12:37 PM

"U.S. officials' blustery but empty reaction to Russian intervention in Ukraine sums up failures in foreign policy by President Barack Obama and his administration. In effect, the White House has made the mistake of attempting to shoot first - with an empty gun - while not even asking questions later."

Too funny. Take a look in the mirror to see who is really shooting an empty gun. I dont think many in the valley expect the NR to support this President in ANYTHING he does on orders from the KochBros but this silly little piece really shows a degree of "peanut gallery" logic. Gee, I don't remember the NR being so emphatic for that useless and unprovoked war in Iraq...oh right, that war was a right wing extremist war.

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caltransplant

Mar-04-14 12:32 PM

Truth, course Myer has a special insight on this. He's an expert on every issue. That's the result of years being an editor for this small town rag. I just hope that the President and Kerry have the good sense to contact him to seek his advice and counsel. lol.

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Thebudman

Mar-04-14 11:17 AM

This article is correct. obama and kerry need to slowly back away. They missed their chance.

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thetruthforonce

Mar-04-14 7:06 AM

It's interesting that Mike has unique knowledge of the Ukraine that has somehow slipped under the radar of all U.S. intelligence, the State Department, and the Dept. of Defense. Where did you take all those courses about Crimea and the Ukraine and its complicated history? Wait, don't answer. Let me guess: The University of Fux News?

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uglyassmf

Mar-04-14 3:52 AM

Seriously..the writer thinks that USA officials have no clue. What a slap in the face. Neither one or the other corrupt political parties are ignorant as to what is going on over there. what we see on our*****boxes is political posturing for an election. WAKE UP!!!! pay attention..think..read..use other sources of information like CSPAN. It's free public broadcasting. you will get the truth there. Certainly not here.

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Thebudman

Mar-03-14 4:41 PM

Hitler did something like this prior to the start of WWII under the guise of protecting German speaking people.

Putin using Reagans tactics against us now! Welcome to Cold War II.

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