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(War on the Rocks)   Putin is playing chess in Crimea... and losing   (warontherocks.com) divider line 61
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2014-03-19 10:38:38 AM  
8 votes:

way south: [dl.dropboxusercontent.com image 768x543]

"Putin's desperate, losing move will ultimately be overcome by the tides of history."

Translation: We're losing now, but someday it will look like we won.
History tends to not work that way.

/I want to see Putin go down in flames and I have no objection to Obama being the man who does it.
/But until we get a few W's up on the board I'm not convinced Obama can do it.


Russia's economy cannot handle serious sanctions from the EU/US, let alone a world war. Why should Obama do anything while Putin throws money down a hole just to wave his dick around? Never interrupt your enemy while he's making a mistake.
2014-03-19 10:12:21 AM  
8 votes:

Peter von Nostrand: He has legions of Republicans as fans, so he always has that going for him. Hell, I'm surprised he didn't win the last cpac straw poll


i wonder what reagan would say if you told him that republicans were praising a russian dictator while attacking our president at the same time.
2014-03-19 10:35:21 AM  
7 votes:

FLMountainMan: FlashHarry: Peter von Nostrand: He has legions of Republicans as fans, so he always has that going for him. Hell, I'm surprised he didn't win the last cpac straw poll

i wonder what reagan would say if you told him that republicans were praising a russian dictator while attacking our president at the same time.

He'd ask why there were so many strawmen in front of him.


Clearly, you don't know what 'strawman' means.

Republicans have been saying Putin is a 'stronger' leader than Obama. They have said Obama should emulate his leadership style. They have been attacking Obama non-stop since day one of his Presidency. These are documented facts.

Really, why SHOULDN'T Republicans like Putin? He's strong,  corrupt as fark business-friendly, aggressive, anti-gay, pisses off 'libs'....If he was American rather than Russian, he'd be the GOP front-runner.
2014-03-19 10:34:25 AM  
6 votes:

KAVORKA: How is he losing?


Maybe read the article? Short answer: NATO and the EU have whittled down his sphere of influence to the point that he has no choice but to undertake this conflict. While he does retain a goodly amount of residual strength, he is not acting from a position of strength.
2014-03-19 10:09:07 AM  
5 votes:
that... was well-reasoned.
2014-03-19 11:07:31 AM  
4 votes:
img.fark.net

Medvedev: So, are things going well on the Western Front?

Putin:
Oh yes, very well. So far we've:
Lost the Ukraine
Invaded a country
Violated treaty agreements
Now Turkey is ready to lock our fleet up in the Black Sea
The world is freezing bank accounts, cutting trade
Ukraine and Europe will be buying a lot more fuel from the west
and nobody believes Russia will honor it's agreements anymore

In return we occupy an island the size of a postage stamp

Medvedev:
We really need to talk, Vlad.
2014-03-19 10:48:33 AM  
4 votes:

Yakk: Getting everything you want = a loss now?


He got a territory that is going to be a massive money sink, their stock prices have already taken a hit, and he's gonna push other nearby territories towards the EU that much faster.

He's also given the EU a huge imepetus to get off their ass and get their gas from somewhere else.
2014-03-19 10:41:10 AM  
4 votes:
This is very similar to the argument I was making with the Mrs. last night about the Crimea crisis.  While the West has been coalescing around the self-determination ideals of modern Libralism, Russia has been trying to figure out how to best consolodate what power and influence it possibly can.  It just so happens that their fleet is parked in an ethnicly Russian place.  Military and cultural ties overlapped and historical claims (regardless of what we think about them) were sufficient to trust that such a move would stick.

The funny thing is that "the will of the people" across the world is straining existing borders of nation-states, leaving them succeptible to change to fit cultural and economic boudaries as opposed to lines on a map.  This is a much deeper issue for the world to grapple with than the political theater that orbits around an outdated cold war view.
2014-03-19 10:06:19 AM  
4 votes:
He has legions of Republicans as fans, so he always has that going for him. Hell, I'm surprised he didn't win the last cpac straw poll
2014-03-19 10:46:49 AM  
3 votes:
Since we're all armchair experts on the intricacies of foreign affairs, here's my $0.02:

Putin is hoping he can wait out the world's outrage without anyone firing a shot. He basically annexed parts of Georgia because the world stopped caring, this is more serious, but not very different. As long as he can withstand the international outrage, and as long as nobody dies, the western part of Ukraine gets to side with the west, which is what it wanted, and Russia gets the Crimea, which helps Putin with his apparent dream of reforming the Soviet Union. The question is how much will Ukraine fight for its majority Russian populace? Because if they stop caring, the rest of the world isn't going to care for them. If Ukraine wants to start a shooting war over it, I think Putin has to quickly withdraw, because then it'll be much more costly than he is willing to endure.
2014-03-19 10:41:46 AM  
3 votes:

LordJiro: way south: [dl.dropboxusercontent.com image 768x543]

"Putin's desperate, losing move will ultimately be overcome by the tides of history."

Translation: We're losing now, but someday it will look like we won.
History tends to not work that way.

/I want to see Putin go down in flames and I have no objection to Obama being the man who does it.
/But until we get a few W's up on the board I'm not convinced Obama can do it.

Russia's economy cannot handle serious sanctions from the EU/US, let alone a world war. Why should Obama do anything while Putin throws money down a hole just to wave his dick around? Never interrupt your enemy while he's making a mistake.


This
2014-03-19 10:40:34 AM  
3 votes:

KAVORKA: How is he losing?


Bilions of dollars lost in the Russian economy and sanctions have not even started. A faltering NATO suddenly finds some spine.
2014-03-19 11:04:01 AM  
2 votes:
"Putin is compelled to carry water for the lisping sociopath Bashar al Assad..."

Okay, that was beautiful. I like his analysis. But I am really worried about the population there. They have run out of cash. The tourism industry (all they have) is dead. And the Tatars are in serious danger. Russia doesn't have the money to support Crimea as a client state and they get nothing out of it. Putin's just insane and posturing for no good reason. Like when he shot a drugged and caged tiger so he could pose with it.
2014-03-19 10:54:51 AM  
2 votes:

FLMountainMan: Be honest, how much Fox News have you watched since the Crimean invasion? And why?


No one watches Fox News unless they wish to become dumber.
2014-03-19 10:42:31 AM  
2 votes:

QuesoDelicioso: KAVORKA: How is he losing?

Maybe read the article? Short answer: NATO and the EU have whittled down his sphere of influence to the point that he has no choice but to undertake this conflict. While he does retain a goodly amount of residual strength, he is not acting from a position of strength.


This. He was cornered and he reacted.
He has apparently bought himself some breathing space and is in a slightly better position today than he was yesterday... but he is still losing the long game (if you want to perceive geopolitics as a zero sum game).
2014-03-19 10:34:28 AM  
2 votes:
Sorry, libbos, but Putin is a global chessmaster.  Russia is a strong and proud nation and its robust and diversified economy cannot be damaged by your so-called "sanctions".  Once Putin takes over all of Europe, your "leader" Homobama will be begging for mercy.  This is what happens when you elect someone that wears momjeans.
2014-03-19 10:34:04 AM  
2 votes:
Peter von Nostrand:
He has legions of Republicans as fans,

...according to leftist Democrats, who can't ever seem to find any actual legions...
2014-03-19 10:33:19 AM  
2 votes:

svanmeter: Obama fiddled while the Ukraine burned.


Exactly what responsibility or authority does Obama have when it comes to Ukraine?
2014-03-19 10:31:53 AM  
2 votes:

FlashHarry: that... was well-reasoned.


Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised at how objective it was, considering the usual shiat that gets posted to Fark.
2014-03-19 10:29:57 AM  
2 votes:
So I see things this way:
The world has 2 options
1  Let putin have whatever portion of Ukraine he wants
2  Do not let him have it

Putin has 2 options:
1  Give it back
2  keep it

If both pick #2 we are going to shoot it out.

I will be investing in defense stocks.  Anyone know the ticker symbol for Halliburton?
2014-03-19 10:29:55 AM  
2 votes:
Putin is, and always has been playing poker. He loves a good bluff.
2014-03-19 10:29:51 AM  
2 votes:

Peter von Nostrand: He has legions of Republicans as fans, so he always has that going for him. Hell, I'm surprised he didn't win the last cpac straw poll


No kidding. Republicans have been hounding President Obama relentlessly from Bengazi to Syria to now Crimea. No wonder Putin felt improved to move on Crimea when the President isn't being supported by Republicans and others totally, to include left leaning Democrats.
2014-03-19 10:25:47 AM  
2 votes:
Losing? Really?
2014-03-19 12:01:51 PM  
1 votes:
Laobaojun: "Even if we "win", the US and NATO looks ineffective and like a poor choice as an ally because Ukraine was "invaded" in the first place."

Yeah, no.  Firstly, the Ukraine wasn't part of the EU/NATO before this started.  Russia was their close ally. Being invaded by your supposed ally isn't a black mark against a third party.  It's a giant warning sign to anyone else who might be torn between the two suitors, that they need to factor in what an alliance with Russia is likely to *mean*.

Further, Putin's move pushed western Ukraine into the arms of the EU/NATO so strongly that they can't be *allowed* to fail.
And as Western money continues to pour into the Ukraine to prop it up, it's going to be West Germany/East Germany redux.
Which is only going to further-weaken Russia's pitch to any other countries.

And Putin knows this. But he didn't have a choice.

Putin grabbed Crimea because he *had to*.  If it was a move of strength Russia wouldn't have sent troops without markings, nor spent weeks denying it.
Putin did *that*, because he was still hoping the 'revolution' would fail, Yanukovich could be reinstalled and could use the unrest as an excuse to side more-strongly with Russia.

It was only when it became obvious the 'revolution' was not going to fail, that Putin admitted the Russian presence and dropped the charade that Yanukovich was legitimate. 
None of that is consistent with a Russian move of strength.
2014-03-19 11:55:25 AM  
1 votes:

FLMountainMan: Livinglush: I'm sure you aren't talking about the US economy, which is stronger than it has been since the Clinton years, and has record stock market pushes monthly.  Surely you must be thinking of somewhere else.

Yes, surging stock markets, huge bonuses for Wall Street, and high unemployment, record numbers on Food Stamps, and ever-increasing income inequality, especially in blue states.

Seriously, the Obama Administration has been an oligarch's wet dream.  But I know it's all the fault of those damned House Rethuglikkkans and the Koch Bros.!


It's been Republicans that have fought, tooth-and-nail, against anything that would speed up the recovery for the lower classes or shrink unemployment, such as minimum wage increases which would do both. It was the GOP that watered down the stimulus, which economists said should have been significantly bigger. It was Republicans and Republican-lite Blue Dogs who turned the ACA from a fiscally responsible public option into an insurance company handout. And it was Republican policy that skullfarked the economy in the first place.

Anyone who tells you Republicans are fiscally responsible are liars.
2014-03-19 11:40:46 AM  
1 votes:

Slaves2Darkness: Dr Dreidel: LordJiro: Russia's economy cannot handle serious sanctions from the EU/US, let alone a world war. Why should Obama do anything while Putin throws money down a hole just to wave his dick around? Never interrupt your enemy while he's making a mistake.

Slaves2Darkness: Yes. The whole reason he invaded Crimea is that Russia can't have NATO so dam close. Essentially the same reason that the US has punished Cuba for 60 years is the reason that Russia is invading Crimea. Secondly Russia's economy is taking a beating. If the US turns up the economic pressure on Russia all it will take is time before Putin folds or is replaced.

Isn't the monkeywrench in all that the fact that Putin/Russia basically control the European continent's natural gas supply?

So we can sanction Russia, and risk them either jacking up the price on or simply stopping the NG supply altogether. It's my understanding (admittedly thin) that it'd take the US several weeks to a month at least to make up that lost supply.

The problem Russia has with stopping the NG supply is once you do it there is no going back. Your European customers have to find some other source of heating fuel and while it may cost more they will never trust Russia to supply them again. Stopping the NG also will increase the economic loss as people who are not receiving product don't tend to pay for said product.


Norway's already said that they can and will be able to cover short-term oil needs.  Germany, likewise, has made talk about kicking their nuclear reactors back online as needed.

Between the two, especially since winter is just about over, if Russia cuts off the fuel, Europe will be okay and Russia will have cut off their largest supply of foreign currency.  Their economy would melt down.
2014-03-19 11:34:46 AM  
1 votes:

ikanreed: FLMountainMan: Be honest, how much Fox News have you watched since the Crimean invasion? And why?

No one watches Fox News unless they wish to become dumber.


You would think.  My exposure is incidental - it seems to be playing in every single small business I ever go to.  But I'm amazed at how many liberals on Fark seem watch it religiously.
2014-03-19 11:32:16 AM  
1 votes:

cameroncrazy1984: Thunderpipes: Bush was not a big government pussy, Obama is.

This is what the GOP actually believes! The guy that turned a surplus into a deficit, started two wars that took 12 years to resolve, created the Patriot act and NSA spying programs IS NOT a big government "pussy"?

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!


He also created the largest bureaucracy in history. Then again you aren't responding to someone who is in touch with reality
2014-03-19 11:30:59 AM  
1 votes:

Thunderpipes: Bush was not a big government pussy, Obama is.


This is what the GOP actually believes! The guy that turned a surplus into a deficit, started two wars that took 12 years to resolve, created the Patriot act and NSA spying programs IS NOT a big government "pussy"?

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
2014-03-19 11:26:17 AM  
1 votes:

Anayalator: KAVORKA: How is he losing?

He's plaing Czechers


cdn.pastemagazine.com
2014-03-19 11:21:33 AM  
1 votes:
Does anybody really think Russia can afford to stop gas exports?  That's pretty much the only revenue source they have going at this point.

A lot of people are saying that if large-scale hostilities break out, we can cripple Russia without firing a shot by releasing a small amount of our strategic oil reserves to disrupt the energy market.
2014-03-19 11:13:55 AM  
1 votes:

plcow: LordJiro: brandent: JK47: LordJiro:

Russia's economy cannot handle serious sanctions from the EU/US, let alone a world war. Why should Obama do anything while Putin throws money down a hole just to wave his dick around? Never interrupt your enemy while he's making a mistake.


Yeah, comprehensive trade sanctions against Russia would flatten their economy.  Natural Gas exports alone comprise nearly half of the Russian GDP.

Yes yes. By all means Europe should threaten to stop buying gas. I wonder why Europe hasn't already fixed this obvious oversight. They should get right on it. I mean really. You would think they would have already done such a simple thing.

Yes. Russia is the only exporter of oil/gas on the planet.

As far as Europe is concerned, it's them and Norway.  They don't have the import facilities to accept gas from anywhere else.

Oil can sort of be found elsewhere.  It's not actually fungible like everyone thinks it is.  And Russia is a MAJOR exporter of oil (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_oil_exports) good luck absorbing that supply shortage with prices alone.  They will go through the roof.

Refusing to purchase Russia's Oil & Gas would be so devastating as to not even really consider it an option.  Energy is their Queen.  Not Crimea like the article would like people to believe.  They have most of Europe, and especially Ukraine by the nut sack.  Ukraine has almost no production of their own and for the last couple of years keeps boycotting anyone who tries to drill on their bland wasteland.


Ukraine doesn't 'need' oil production.  They're one of the top producers and suppliers of agricultural goods in the world.  Just behind Canada and the US.

And Russia is still a net importer of food stuffs.  And no, Russia does not have Europe by the short and curlies.  The winter is ending and they're already arranged for alternate fuel supplies by way of Norway's oil and Germany's nuclear reactors.

Meanwhile, in America, we're frantically arranging legislation that will allow the US to sell LNG to Europe, while simultaneously arranging for experts to begin drafting plans for a LNG pipeline across the Atlantic.

Russia has farked itself well and proper this time, and for 'nothing.'
2014-03-19 11:12:52 AM  
1 votes:

Dr Dreidel: Laobaojun: Even if we "win", the US and NATO looks ineffective and like a poor choice as an ally because Ukraine was "invaded" in the first place.

This is silly.

"I punched you, and even though I need a doctor now, everyone knows that your face's weakness is fists. HAHAHA, I win."?


The Wimp-Lo strategy.

/
2014-03-19 11:10:47 AM  
1 votes:

FLMountainMan: FlashHarry: Peter von Nostrand: He has legions of Republicans as fans, so he always has that going for him. Hell, I'm surprised he didn't win the last cpac straw poll

i wonder what reagan would say if you told him that republicans were praising a russian dictator while attacking our president at the same time.

He'd ask why there were so many strawmen in front of him.


We're assuming that the Reagan we're talking about was before the Alzheimers.
2014-03-19 11:09:42 AM  
1 votes:
"It started with Benghazi Georgia. "When you kill Americans annex your neighbors and nobody pays a price, you invite this kind of aggression. #Ukraine."

-Lindsey Graham
2014-03-19 10:59:26 AM  
1 votes:

brandent: JK47: LordJiro:

Russia's economy cannot handle serious sanctions from the EU/US, let alone a world war. Why should Obama do anything while Putin throws money down a hole just to wave his dick around? Never interrupt your enemy while he's making a mistake.


Yeah, comprehensive trade sanctions against Russia would flatten their economy.  Natural Gas exports alone comprise nearly half of the Russian GDP.

Yes yes. By all means Europe should threaten to stop buying gas. I wonder why Europe hasn't already fixed this obvious oversight. They should get right on it. I mean really. You would think they would have already done such a simple thing.


If the EU and the U.S. can move to quickly close that Iran deal and lift those sanctions, new oil will be flowing into the market and they can pivot to somewhat cut off their dependency on russia. then again, if I was the Iranian negotiator, I'd anticipate this potential move and try to leverage better conditions for my country, stalling the negotiations and trying to get the most from both the West and the ruskies.
2014-03-19 10:55:18 AM  
1 votes:

Rwa2play: netcentric: A former Marine's Marine Core blog....

Nothing better than the Core's view of Foreign Policy.

So it's "a former Marine's blog" when it doesn't suit your worldview?



A meme isn't as funny if I have to highlight it or point it out to you.

This isn't the Harvard debate club.   Don't ovethink things with perceptions of someones 'worldview'.

Welcome to Fark.
2014-03-19 10:54:49 AM  
1 votes:

stevetherobot: FlashHarry: Peter von Nostrand: He has legions of Republicans as fans, so he always has that going for him. Hell, I'm surprised he didn't win the last cpac straw poll

i wonder what reagan would say if you told him that republicans were praising a russian dictator while attacking our president at the same time.

"Help me out of this box, I can't breathe in here. Help, let me out."


img.fark.net
2014-03-19 10:51:55 AM  
1 votes:

KAVORKA: How is he losing?


He's stuck with Crimea?
2014-03-19 10:50:23 AM  
1 votes:

JK47: LordJiro:

Russia's economy cannot handle serious sanctions from the EU/US, let alone a world war. Why should Obama do anything while Putin throws money down a hole just to wave his dick around? Never interrupt your enemy while he's making a mistake.


Yeah, comprehensive trade sanctions against Russia would flatten their economy.  Natural Gas exports alone comprise nearly half of the Russian GDP.


Also:  Wouldn't be surprised if Obama is coordinating with the EU on a plan to make up for a potential loss of NG from Russia.
2014-03-19 10:49:14 AM  
1 votes:

FlashHarry: Peter von Nostrand: He has legions of Republicans as fans, so he always has that going for him. Hell, I'm surprised he didn't win the last cpac straw poll

i wonder what reagan would say if you told him that republicans were praising a russian dictator while attacking our president at the same time.


"Help me out of this box, I can't breathe in here. Help, let me out."
2014-03-19 10:49:10 AM  
1 votes:

wxboy: LordJiro: Russia's economy cannot handle serious sanctions from the EU/US, let alone a world war. Why should Obama do anything while Putin throws money down a hole just to wave his dick around? Never interrupt your enemy while he's making a mistake.

The question is whether the EU is really willing to go along with such sanctions, at the cost of losing access to Russian oil/gas.  Perhaps it will be more palatable in the short term since winter is coming to a close now, in the hope that the situation can be resolved before the end of the year.


They can drill for their own dam oil and gas, rather than pretend that they are all enviro friendly while buying it all from their enemy.

Same with the rest of Ukraine.  They get ALL of their energy from Russia and then boycott every O&G company that has ever tried to drill.  They are going to end up back in the stone ages very soon where this is going.
2014-03-19 10:48:20 AM  
1 votes:

LordJiro: Russia's economy cannot handle serious sanctions from the EU/US, let alone a world war. Why should Obama do anything while Putin throws money down a hole just to wave his dick around? Never interrupt your enemy while he's making a mistake.


Pretty much; it's amazing how Republicans/war hawks in general keep beating Obama with the "weak on foreign policy" stick.  Then, something like Bin Laden getting killed happens and they all look at each other and say (in unison) "We farked up here didn't we."

So, memo to the war hawks:  never stick your head into a hungry lion's mouth.
2014-03-19 10:48:08 AM  
1 votes:

doyner: The funny thing is that "the will of the people" across the world is straining existing borders of nation-states, leaving them succeptible to change to fit cultural and economic boudaries as opposed to lines on a map. This is a much deeper issue for the world to grapple with than the political theater that orbits around an outdated cold war view.


No! The ONLY thing that matters is a narrative that says Obama is weak, weak, weak!!!!!1!

Because freedom, and furthermore.
2014-03-19 10:46:21 AM  
1 votes:

LordJiro: Russia's economy cannot handle serious sanctions from the EU/US, let alone a world war. Why should Obama do anything while Putin throws money down a hole just to wave his dick around? Never interrupt your enemy while he's making a mistake.


Slaves2Darkness: Yes. The whole reason he invaded Crimea is that Russia can't have NATO so dam close. Essentially the same reason that the US has punished Cuba for 60 years is the reason that Russia is invading Crimea. Secondly Russia's economy is taking a beating. If the US turns up the economic pressure on Russia all it will take is time before Putin folds or is replaced.


Isn't the monkeywrench in all that the fact that Putin/Russia basically control the European continent's natural gas supply?

So we can sanction Russia, and risk them either jacking up the price on or simply stopping the NG supply altogether. It's my understanding (admittedly thin) that it'd take the US several weeks to a month at least to make up that lost supply.
2014-03-19 10:44:24 AM  
1 votes:

Yakk: Getting everything you want = a loss now?


KAVORKA: How is he losing?


I can tell you two didn't RTFA.
2014-03-19 10:43:04 AM  
1 votes:
LordJiro:

Russia's economy cannot handle serious sanctions from the EU/US, let alone a world war. Why should Obama do anything while Putin throws money down a hole just to wave his dick around? Never interrupt your enemy while he's making a mistake.


Yeah, comprehensive trade sanctions against Russia would flatten their economy.  Natural Gas exports alone comprise nearly half of the Russian GDP.
2014-03-19 10:42:58 AM  
1 votes:

FlashHarry: that... was well-reasoned.


Very; wouldn't be surprised if the President viewed Ukraine situation in the same way.
2014-03-19 10:40:30 AM  
1 votes:
I thought he was playing Risk....
2014-03-19 10:39:17 AM  
1 votes:

naptapper: Losing? Really?


Yes. The whole reason he invaded Crimea is that Russia can't have NATO so dam close. Essentially the same reason that the US has punished Cuba for 60 years is the reason that Russia is invading Crimea. Secondly Russia's economy is taking a beating. If the US turns up the economic pressure on Russia all it will take is time before Putin folds or is replaced.
2014-03-19 10:37:17 AM  
1 votes:

cirby: Peter von Nostrand:
He has legions of Republicans as fans,

...according to leftist Democrats, who can't ever seem to find any actual legions...


Yeah this hasn't been a talking point on FOX News or anything.
2014-03-19 10:36:56 AM  
1 votes:

netcentric: A former Marine's Marine Core blog....

Nothing better than the Core's view of Foreign Policy.


0/10

You said "core" twice.
2014-03-19 10:36:21 AM  
1 votes:

Rapmaster2000: Sorry, libbos, but Putin is a global chessmaster.  Russia is a strong and proud nation and its robust and diversified economy cannot be damaged by your so-called "sanctions".  Once Putin takes over all of Europe, your "leader" Homobama will be begging for mercy.  This is what happens when you elect someone that wears momjeans.


Lots of win with this post.  I like it.
2014-03-19 10:36:19 AM  
1 votes:
The exacts same "shell of a former self" argument could have been said about Germany before WWII.

The problem with carrying a chess analogy too far is that a Chess game has a definitive end.  In the article's metaphor, all the Chess pieces have been eliminated and can never return. Not true with real life.  You can always come back from almost nothing.  And it happens all through history.  Either through strange allies, an unexpected windfall of resources, or some other element.

I am not really well read on this issue enough to give an opinion on the whole, but articles like this certainly aren't helping.
2014-03-19 10:33:04 AM  
1 votes:
A former Marine's Marine Core blog....

Nothing better than the Core's view of Foreign Policy.
2014-03-19 10:32:46 AM  
1 votes:

Peter von Nostrand: He has legions of Republicans as fans, so he always has that going for him. Hell, I'm surprised he didn't win the last cpac straw poll



I thought it was republicans who said that Russia was the greatest geopolitical threat during the debates?
2014-03-19 10:32:08 AM  
1 votes:

FlashHarry: Peter von Nostrand: He has legions of Republicans as fans, so he always has that going for him. Hell, I'm surprised he didn't win the last cpac straw poll

i wonder what reagan would say if you told him that republicans were praising a russian dictator while attacking our president at the same time.


It does boggle the mind. But it does bring to mind an old cold-war era saying: If they don't like it, they can move the hell to Russia.
2014-03-19 10:31:19 AM  
1 votes:
How is he losing?
2014-03-19 10:30:15 AM  
1 votes:
Just because

i.kinja-img.com
2014-03-19 10:25:25 AM  
1 votes:

FlashHarry: Peter von Nostrand: He has legions of Republicans as fans, so he always has that going for him. Hell, I'm surprised he didn't win the last cpac straw poll

i wonder what reagan would say if you told him that republicans were praising a russian dictator while attacking our president at the same time.


He'd ask why there were so many strawmen in front of him.
2014-03-19 09:41:00 AM  
1 votes:
Putin had this site taken down. It was "insolent".

dailypicksandflicks.com

Your move, War on the Rocks.
 
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