Diogenes: Not a hit piece on Obama? From Forbes?I had to check my cable to make sure I was connected to the normal internet.
Fano: It's how they took down Al Capone
under a mountain: The sanctions are really working in Cuba.
He's a man's man.
karnal: The objective of these sanctions are to get Russia to change its behavior.....'unlikey' tag goes here
DeaH: Russian version of the mafia
volodya: Yeah, let's see how this works. Check back in one year to see how this worked out.
semiotix: I'd like to think this is true, or a good guess in any event. Maybe it is.But Putin's endgame may not be one in which Russia emerges stronger, wealthier, and a bigger player on the international scene. If he emerges with an even tighter grip on a weaker country that feels less obliged to play nice with Europe, he'll probably call that a win.Then again, if that's the move he wants to make, there's pretty much no stopping him--at least from outside the country.
Wooly Bully: volodya: Yeah, let's see how this works. Check back in one year to see how this worked out.This says nothing but implies that you know something. How about you make your prediction and then we'll see how clever you were in a year?
cirby: It sounds fun, but it also brings up the way people said Germany wouldn't got to war with France in 1914 because France was their largest trading partner.And the way people said Germany wouldn't invade France in World War II because, well, the same reason.Economics as an applied war preventative has a long history of being deeply, deeply wrong.Even after wars start, people keep trying to find reasons why war "can't work." Like the ones who said World War I would end in just a few months because everyone would run out of money. It didn't.
DubtodaIll: So out of curiosity, when assets are "frozen" where does that money go?
Voiceofreason01: Germany in 1914 had one of the most powerful militaries in the world. Russia doesn't
Langdon_777: The good ole days seem dandy until you remember what the good ole days were actually like.
Voiceofreason01: DubtodaIll: So out of curiosity, when assets are "frozen" where does that money go?it doesn't, hence "frozen"
Necronic: These sanctions seem pretty powerful, but on the other hand if Putin goes all "BLERG I'M A DICTATOR NOW AND ITS US AGAINST THE WORLD" then they won't do much. So, it stops him from maintaining the current path, but the far more frightening path is still wide open.
BiblioTech: Interesting read. Thanks, subby.
Orgasmatron138: A collapsed economy is essentially what killed the Soviet Union.
Bonanza Jellybean: if we do this too much though, arent we just going to spur the creation of a shadow financial system where the financiers of terrorism or organized crime or rogue states just funnel their cash through ostensibly clean, but scruple-less bankers?
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