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(Washington Post)   Biden goes to Europe to "reassure our allies". Welp, we're boned   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 35
    More: Interesting, Biden, Europe, Russia, Ukraine, East Ukraine, military threat, Members of NATO, Vilnius  
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2014-03-18 08:54:46 AM  
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he does have a way about him.
 
2014-03-18 09:29:56 AM  
he'll just go over there and tool around in his sweet trans-am.
 
2014-03-18 09:55:31 AM  
dear the internet:

can this "welp" thing end, please?

thanks,

flashharry
 
2014-03-18 10:42:31 AM  
Where all the white women at?  I'm kidding, you're all white.  He, can we get some music in here?  And not that weird German techno crap.
 
2014-03-18 10:56:40 AM  
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2014-03-18 10:57:32 AM  
And to think a few million votes the other way and a real statesman like Paul Ryan could have been reassuring our European allies.

Do Randians also have a hard-on for Russia the way Dear Leader did?
 
2014-03-18 10:58:26 AM  
Waving his hands around, blustering, interrupting and laughing mockingly are the perfect response to Russia's aggression.
 
2014-03-18 11:05:18 AM  
Still trying to figure out what the GOP thinks Obama should do instead?
 
2014-03-18 11:05:25 AM  
Which Biden? Reality Biden or GOP Caricature Biden? If it's the former, we're fine. If it's the latter, well the latter doesn't exist so we're also fine.
 
2014-03-18 11:05:58 AM  

FlashHarry: dear the internet:

can this "welp" thing end, please?

thanks,

flashharry


I blame Bender...
 
2014-03-18 11:06:44 AM  

FlashHarry: dear the internet:

can this "welp" thing end, please?

thanks,

flashharry


Please. PLEASE
 
2014-03-18 11:20:45 AM  
"Hey Angela, why don't I show you what a real man does with his hands?"
 
2014-03-18 11:21:00 AM  

Cletus C.: Waving his hands around, blustering, interrupting and laughing mockingly are the perfect response to Russia's aggression.


"Stop invading yourself. Stop invading yourself. Stop invading yourself."
"I'm sorry, Vladdy. Landthiefsayswhat?"
"Whoof, someone find me some Febreeski. I just dropped a WICKED Putin in the bowl."
*Moe Howard noises* *Pokes Vlad in the eyes* "Nyuck, nyuck."

But I think the coup de gras will be the double titty-twister he lays on Rogozin. That's the equivalent of decking the biggest guy in the cellblock.
 
2014-03-18 11:22:51 AM  
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2014-03-18 11:31:34 AM  

Cletus C.: Waving his hands around, blustering, interrupting and laughing mockingly are the perfect response to Russia's aggression. childlike, almost Republican tantrum.


The Sochi Olympics were terrible, and now the G8 summit won't be there. All because someone doesn't want to look like a biatch.
 
2014-03-18 11:31:38 AM  
He's just going to show them how to fire a warning shot.
 
2014-03-18 11:35:01 AM  

max_pooper: Which Biden? Reality Biden or GOP Caricature Biden? If it's the former, we're fine. If it's the latter, well the latter doesn't exist so we're also fine.


If it's Onion Joe he'll deal with the whole thing by starting a drinking contest, getting a drunk Putin to bet the invasion/pull out on an arm wrestle, and win while "Winner takes it all" plays in the background.
 
2014-03-18 11:39:51 AM  

Mrtraveler01: Still trying to figure out what the GOP thinks Obama should do instead?


Resign, make Romney president, or something like that?
 
2014-03-18 11:40:33 AM  

Dr Dreidel: *Moe Howard noises*


That's Curly, not Moe, ya chowderhead. Why I oughtta...

www.offscreen.com
 
2014-03-18 11:42:11 AM  
I'm sure they'll be completely reassured that nothing we did stopped Putin from repossessing Crimea.

And don't bother asking what we should have done instead. How the fark should I know? I'm not a diplomat and I doubt any one blathering about this on the Internet is either. What I do know is the facts: the US didn't want Putin to annex Crimea, we threatened him with sanctions, we imposed sanctions, he did whatever the fark he wanted anyway.

I'm glad we aren't fighting over it with lives. Not glad that we blustered and cajoled and talked tough to no effect. Regardless of what party is in the Whitehouse. Idk what Romney would have done that would have been better...my guess is nothing, in fact he probably would have done something worse. That doesn't mean what Obama did was good, if we actually care about Crimea.
 
2014-03-18 11:47:34 AM  
I feel much better about the former Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee being over there than an airhead, half term governor of a minimally populated state/failed reality TV star or a hateful, lying shiatbag like Ryan who would chomp at the bit for us to go to war again.
 
2014-03-18 11:50:32 AM  

Kevin Lomax: That doesn't mean what Obama did was good, if we actually care about Crimea.


Crimea becoming part of Russia has no effect whatsoever on the US. Saying the sanctions were a bad idea because Putin went ahead and broke international law to annex foreign territory is ridiculous. It's akin to saying that because penalties against criminals don't prevent all crimes, penalties against criminals are a bad idea.
 
2014-03-18 11:53:07 AM  

Spaced Lion: Dr Dreidel: *Moe Howard noises*

That's Curly, not Moe, ya chowderhead. Why I oughtta...

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2014-03-18 12:02:45 PM  

Wooly Bully: Kevin Lomax: That doesn't mean what Obama did was good, if we actually care about Crimea.

Crimea becoming part of Russia has no effect whatsoever on the US. Saying the sanctions were a bad idea because Putin went ahead and broke international law to annex foreign territory is ridiculous. It's akin to saying that because penalties against criminals don't prevent all crimes, penalties against criminals are a bad idea.


That's not entirely true. What's at stake here is relevant to international diplomacy for any country that has nukes or is considering developing them. The treaties protecting the sovereignty of Ukrainian territory were the impetus to compel them to give up Soviet-era nuclear weapons. If Crimea is allowed to be absorbed into the Russian Federation (and especially if the Russians push deeper into eastern Ukraine) without serious contention, it sends a message to the rest of the world: hold on to your nukes.
 
2014-03-18 12:08:45 PM  
Whatever. Biden will be slinging back vodka shots with Putin in a few hours. They're gonna stumble out to the street and into the nearest bar. There they'll spend a few hours teaching each other drinking songs. After that the bodyguards will let a few autograph hounds through to geek out in front of the duo.

One of those people will be a State Department official with a document recognizing Crimea as a part of the Ukraine in perpetuity, because Biden is a cunning bastard.

/At least, that's my dream
 
2014-03-18 12:12:01 PM  

UrukHaiGuyz: If Crimea is allowed to be absorbed into the Russian Federation (and especially if the Russians push deeper into eastern Ukraine) without serious contention, it sends a message to the rest of the world: hold on to your nukes.


That's true, but I think the world already knew that, which is why this doesn't really change anything.

Now there's a very real possibility that this is just the beginning of much bigger trouble that really could affect other countries. If it devolves into another Yugoslavia, that would indeed be a "big f*king deal", as Joe Biden would say:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/18/opinion/bittner-is-crimea-the-next -y ugoslavia.html?hp&rref=opinion
 
2014-03-18 12:36:20 PM  

Wooly Bully: UrukHaiGuyz: If Crimea is allowed to be absorbed into the Russian Federation (and especially if the Russians push deeper into eastern Ukraine) without serious contention, it sends a message to the rest of the world: hold on to your nukes.

That's true, but I think the world already knew that, which is why this doesn't really change anything.

Now there's a very real possibility that this is just the beginning of much bigger trouble that really could affect other countries. If it devolves into another Yugoslavia, that would indeed be a "big f*king deal", as Joe Biden would say:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/18/opinion/bittner-is-crimea-the-next -y ugoslavia.html?hp&rref=opinion


Thanks for that article, it was very thought-provoking, if depressing as hell. If the Ukraine disintegrates into factional warfare among militias split along ethnic/religious lines, things could get very messy indeed. I hope that doesn't happen, it could lead to serious instabilities and a high likelihood of a broader war.
 
2014-03-18 12:48:02 PM  

UrukHaiGuyz: it was very thought-provoking, if depressing as hell.


Oh yeah, that was I-need-a-drink depressing.
 
2014-03-18 01:27:42 PM  
Ukraine? I thought he said cocaine!


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2014-03-18 01:58:21 PM  
When Russia invaded Georgia, and de facto made South Ossetia and Abkhazia independent of Georgia, and nominally tied to Russia, without the US, or Europe doing much to stop him, likely made Putin more comfortable going after Crimea in Ukraine. President Bush did even less than Obama has done so far, and the Europeans, even less than that. Putin was fine leaving Ukraine whole so long as Yanukovitch remained in power, it took the Russians quite a bit of trouble to get him there in the first place (remember the poisoning of Yuschenko when he was running for President?). With him gone, and the tide in the country turning pro-NATO, he sought to safeguard what he could, this being Crimea and Sevastopol. Granted, the US and EU had a role in pushing him to this by aiding the opposition in overthrowing the democratically elected President of the country. That said, the country has had many overthrows in recent history. Russia tried to do it to Yuschenko, and Timoshenko after him, Russia finally succeeded by subverting the democratic process and rigging the election that brought Yanukovitch to power. So, the game has been going on for a long time, and this is Russia's latest move. It remains to be seen what the US will do. So far, the response has been meek, but it is unclear how it can do more, short of pushing Ukraine's accession into NATO itself and the EU. This would have the effect of chilling relations further, and ensuring that Russia understood that any further meddling in Ukraine would be met by a military response from NATO. I doubt they'll go that route as it is the harshest move the US and Europe can take.
 
2014-03-18 01:58:33 PM  
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2014-03-18 02:48:56 PM  
What's the other option?  Kerry?  Seriously, send Joe over there.  Can't hurt.
 
2014-03-18 04:48:50 PM  
I think his advice to our allies over there will be to fire a shotgun off in the air to scare away the Russians.
 
2014-03-18 05:40:26 PM  
Biden at his worst is still even better than the GOP at their "best".
 
2014-03-18 06:22:28 PM  

Shadow writer: aiding the opposition in overthrowing the democratically elected President of the country. That said, the country has had many overthrows in recent history. Russia tried to do it to Yuschenko, and Timoshenko after him, Russia finally succeeded by subverting the democratic process and rigging the election that brought Yanukovitch to power.


WW?
 
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