Someone said today on CNN that Russia would not be a super power without the Ukraine.
Reading up on the Ukraine thing, its hard to not maybe think Putin has let his power go to his head.
The Kremlin’s own pollster released a survey on Monday that showed 73% of Russians reject it, which is kinda astounding considering how much the Russian people seem to be controlled by their government. Its killing their economy. And even its closest ally has spoken out against it.
There just doesn't seem to be a reason for this other than ego and a big middle finger to us.
LTS, I need to read up on Waco again, to be honest I was more concerned with chasing tail than politics when that happened!
asknot, you may wish to rethink your impossible. while there is no pathway for leaving the uniion in the constitution, there have been at least 3 states that have sent a petition just to do that. now if we consider what happened in Waco to be an example at what length our Federal Government will do to it's citizens should they think they are even slightly independent, how measured would the response be if a state the size of texas did leave. i think you would see a rather quick military response within minutes and not hours. that is what i believe. those that protect us have the power to control us.
LTS, it seems Putins "concerns" about his people being in danger are definitely not the reason this is happening or the impending escalations! The Ukraine and it's apparent lack of a military are certainly no threat. It seems to me like this is just Putin attempting to draw his own line in the sand and seeing how far it'll go.
Not sure I really agree with ya about our own states being threatened for wanting to secede, as it's almost impossible in the constitution, but let's hope we don't find out.
asknot, frankly at this point in time i am not certain that the President could or would do much more than what we are witnessing. Russia, like ourselves have the right to protect their assets around the world. this incursion does not wholly seem to fit that description. i think it has been a thorn in their sides ever since the break-up of the Soviet Union. i also firmly believe that should any States decide to leave our Union, you would see the same feelings expressed and probably a quick military response against our own people. i read where some have labeled this the "Pink-Line" moment for the president. he as well as the country seems to have placed themselves in a rather gnarly situtaion. this like the Syria is really out of his hands and his league. Perhaps Ambassador Rice could lend Putin a hand in the P.R. Department....it worked well here.
LTS, this Putin thing seems to be getting out of hand! Ugh, I'll give you that Obama has kinda let Putins balls drop if ya will and embolden him lately(backing down on the missile defense shield, Syria and Iran) and then doing nothing!
"Postal Press Association" that kind of speaks for itself doesn't it?
I can be a patient man with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.—Ed Asner, Postal Press Association Conference, 8/2/03
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you are most likely correct and i agree..especially with Putin.
LTS, I agree, its been a slow decline over a few decades. The UN is a joke. But I'm not sure the rise of other countries to power was avoidable. 1 Billion people, eventually they were gonna start flexing their muscles, being indebted to them, well, yeah that's a problem we should have never gotten in. Our foreign policy has been broken for awhile now, and Putin may just be crazy enough to find out how broken it is.
asknot, with the ineffectiveness of the United Nations and the willingness of the dictators and other two prominant world powers willing to fill the void, i would say that the only thing that changed was the United States. we allowed ourselves to be indebted to another world superpower, we have begun to give our sovereignty over to the United Nations, we have allowed our allies to be weakened due to our weakness, we have allowed a religion to instill fear in our citizens and we have allowed our enemies to fortify their military & develop nuclear weapons to be used agains us and our allies. we no longer lead but simply roll over.
LTS, I agree to a point, but clearly as times changed, we couldn't really continue our ruling with an iron fist mentality. But as the world shrinks, we should be more proactive with our foreign policy and better with it! Our hypocrisy with foreign nations is doing nothing to help our view in the world. Millions die there, no big deal, government kills 1000's and lets its people starve to death and no big deal really, Russia invades Ukraine with not one shot fired and we're ticked off, but we will see if we just kinda forget about like we have Syria.
my typing stinks as bad as the Presidents foreign policies at the moment. time for a shower.
asknot...the world is at a boiling point and think we in the past have been...good or bad...like the dictators in the middle-east. since we have backed off and given the world the impression that we had rather lead the world by concensus, i think it has done the opposite and embolded those that either feared us or waere simply lying in wait. either way the President may neeed someone to tell him that his "Red-Line" doesn't mean squat. as an American..it saddens me to even say that.
I'll agree that Obama isn't looking to good about this Ukraine thing so far, eek.
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Putin will school obama "AGAIN" on how it is done.
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