Putin Throws Down the Gauntlet and Obama Shrinks Away

putin-and-obamaRussian President Vladimir Putin minced no words when he signed on March 18th a treaty with Crimea to signify the absorption of that territory into Russia. Defending the referendum held Sunday in Crimea in which those voting approved the absorption overwhelmingly, Putin declared in a televised address in front of both houses of the Russian parliament and Crimea’s purported leaders: “In the hearts and minds of people, Crimea has always been and remains an inseparable part of Russia.” 

Responding to President Obama’s stale incantations about international law and “consequences” if Russia does not adhere to its norms, Putin turned around and accused the United States of practicing the “law of the strong.” He said that the current central government of Ukraine in Kiev consisted of “fascists, anti-Semites, nationalists and radicals who seized power in a coup d’état backed by western patrons, and do not legitimately represent the people of Ukraine.”  All from the Russian dictator who sent his shock troops throughout Crimea to ratify an engineered coup d’état in the break-away peninsula. In a veiled threat, Putin said that Russia will do what it has to do to protect the interests of ethnic Russians of Ukraine “diplomatically, through laws and other means.” (Emphasis added) As if to underline his point, a Ukrainian soldier was reportedly killed on Tuesday when a base came under attack by Russian or pro-Russian forces.

Addressing crowds after his parliament speech in Moscow’s Red Square, Putin exclaimed: “Glory to Russia.” Obama and his partners in Western Europe, after much hand-wringing and talk of severe consequences if the Crimean referendum proceeded towards annexation by Russia, decided to impose the weakest of sanctions against a few individuals who couldn’t care less. Their mockery of Obama, and by implication the United States, was palpable. Putin went so far as to joke that Russia was ready to take on NATO forces in Crimea and Ukraine at any time.

The trouble for President Obama is that Putin actually believes his grandiose talk about Russian pride and might. Putin addresses his countrymen in fiery language meant to instill hyper patriotism and explains his rationales for his actions in terms that Russians and Russian-speaking people in Crimea can understand and relate to.

Obama embraces no core principles in defense of freedom. He shies away from muscular diplomacy – peace through strength- and is actually proposing to downsize the U.S. military to its lowest level since U.S. involvement in World War II. Rather than speak to the American people in a prime time address from the Oval Office and explain clearly what he thinks is at stake for international peace and security and American interests if Russia continues its aggressive ways, he plays golf and shops at The Gap.

Putin firmly believes that the West operates on a double standard and, to some extent, he has a point. We certainly do not always practice what we preach. But in using Kosovo as an example of such a double standard, Putin displays Russian doublespeak in action as he tries to defend Russian aggression with a bogus moral equivalency argument.

NATO intervention in Kosovo followed extensive attempts over a decade to persuade Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to reverse his decision to sharply reduce the autonomy that Kosovo had enjoyed since 1974 and cease his human rights violations. This was happening against the backdrop of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia breaking up as Slovenia and Croatia declared their independence. The Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina was admitted as a member state of the United Nations on May 22, 1992 following a bloody war involving Serbian and non-Serbian factions. After Kosovo sought to go its own way and Milosevic cracked down to keep Kosovo part of Serbia, including by the commission of gross human rights violations against civilians, NATO finally intervened in March 1999 with air power.

Although Russia opposed NATO’s military intervention, it actually helped in the final resolution of the conflict. President Boris Yeltsin’s chief Balkans envoy, Viktor Chernomyrdin, along with Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari presented NATO’s demands to Milosevic in Belgrade on June 3, 1999.

When the war was over, Kosovo was not absorbed into any NATO country. It was not made a protectorate of the United States nor occupied by U.S. soldiers by virtue of a unilateral decision of the U.S. government. Although its status as an independent country or as an autonomous part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia remains disputed, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1244, placing Kosovo under transitional UN administration and authorizing a NATO-led peacekeeping force. Russia supported this resolution.

In other words, contrary to Putin’s attempt to rewrite history with his double-speak, while Russia did object to the NATO bombing campaign, it supported working through the United Nations Security Council to help resolve the Kosovo conflict. Putin is now thumbing his nose at the United Nations Security Council when it comes to Crimea, insisting on what amounts to his claim of a unilateral right for Russia to occupy and then absorb Crimea as a fait accompli. There is no moral equivalence between Kosovo and Crimea.

That said, President Obama needs to make a choice. He can put some teeth into his oft-repeated threat of consequences for Russia’s violation of international law by providing arms to Ukraine and installing sophisticated military equipment such as missile defense systems in Poland, the Czech Republic, and perhaps the Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia as well as Western Ukraine. Alternatively, he can decide that, for the sake of more important strategic interests that would benefit from Russian cooperation in dealing with Iran, Syria, the aftermath of the war in Afghanistan and the fight against global jihad, he will work behind the scenes with Russia to contain the damage from the Ukraine crisis and move on. If Obama were to follow the latter course, he would need to nail down significant commitments from Putin with demonstrable actions to back them up – something he failed to obtain when he unilaterally decided to cancel the ballistic missile defense systems the United States was to place in NATO members Poland and the Czech Republic.

As of now, President Obama does not have an effective strategy in either direction. He is acting like a shrinking violet while Putin struts his stuff on the world stage.

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  • Gamal

    Part of the problem here is Obama’s leftist mindset that we are the bad guys and our enemies are reasonable people who we can talk to and as long as we reform and become the good guys they will be good guys too. This is self serving logic that justifies taking money from the military and redistributing it to left wing causes. The way to deal with Putin would have been to build up American forces and spread American bases throughout Eastern Europe and the Ukraine a long time ago. Now even if we send arms to the Ukraine we can’t stop Russia from invading. It may not be too late to defend Eastern Europe but who knows. Russia is on a roll. While Obama has been spending billions we don’t have fighting the phony monster of global warming, and stifling our economy, Putin has been building up the Russian military. Putin wasn’t joking when he said Russia could take on NATO.

    • Ellsworth Toohey

      Russia DIDN’T INVADE Crimea ! Crimea IS Russian, administratively connected to Ukraine by the soviets ! Crimea is back to Russia !!!

      Anyway, as a European who lived and worked in the US, I see the US becoming less and less civilised. The US of obama is NOT the US I knew and liked ! Reagan would not be elected by today “americans”.

      • A Z

        There was the treaty of 1994, where Russia said it belonged to the Ukraine.

        Yet Democrats are enamored with President Wilson. He would base nation states solely on ethnicity. From that standpoint Crimea is Russian. Assuming Russian women can can keep birthing 2 or more kids and men are willing to support them.

        “Russia says U.S., EU have violated 1994 agreement on Ukraine”

        http://news.yahoo.com/russia-says-u-eu-violated-1994-agreement-ukraine-111105484.html

        Putin may have a point. Do we know what the CIA or the State Department was doing at this time? Do we know what they were doing in Ben Ghazi?

        My fear is that bedside providing weapons to the Free Syrian Army they were providing large quantities of sophisticated Russian manpads while making a great big dog & pony show of destroying non functional ones (i.e one not stored correctly and were ruined) for the benefit of the cooing MSM.

      • truebearing

        Yes, the US is becoming less civilised, thanks to our education system being degraded by leftists who follow the schemes of European communists.

        Reagan would likely get elected by today’s Americans, but it is a different country than when he pulled us back from the Carter malaise.

        Europe is becoming less civilised, too. Overrun with Muslims. Ruled by socialist idiots and mutant political correctness, it is on the verge of economic collapse. Europe can’t even defend itself, nor does it have its own energy supply.

        While we fight the Left here, i suggest you do the same in Europe. If you don’t rid yourself of the current leadership, Europe will become a battleground for a fight for dominance between Putin and the Muslims.

        • Drakken

          Your forgot one thing, the left are now losing support amongst the native European and the left is now running scared, sooner rather than later this is going to come to a very nasty conclusion.

          • truebearing

            Some Europeans are starting to fight back. The question is whether enough will unite under a rational quest to free Europe of the Left and Islam. It could easily result in splinter groups, each with a different agenda, kind of like the American Right. There is already an increase of neo-Nazis, which is just another form of socialism and not truly on the Right, but the Left will claim they are, just like they have since pre-WWII Germany.

          • Drakken

            Their economy is unsustainable just like ours is but they will go under first and after that, nationalism will go through the roof and they will fall on the left and the muslims like a ton of bricks. Frankly, what they end up with in the end will be a crap shoot but it sure won’t be democracy as we know it.

    • kasandra

      What an excellent comment. Right on every point. I fear things will be increasingly like we’re passengers trapped in the back seat of a car being driven by a lunatic through the mountains of West Virginia at night in a blizzard. Foreign ministries around the world are sure to have studied the administration and concluded that they have a window of a couple of years in which to take actions (e.g., China-Taiwan; China-Spratleys; North Korea-South Korea; Russia-Ukraine; Russia-Poland; Iran-Israel, etc.) before the pendulum swings back and the U.S. elects serious leadership. It’s going to be a very bumpy and dangerous ride for us passengers before we can get another driver.

      • truebearing

        Given the ease with which Obama could force Putin to back down, it becomes obvious that Obama doesn’t care what Putin does. If you’ve ever watched the sport of boxing, this is Obama throwing the fight.

        All Obama needs to do to yank Putin’s chain is restore the missile shield in eastern Europe, approve the Keystone Pipline, stop strangling the American energy industry, including coal, announce that we are reneging on any arms treaties that reduce American nuclear or conventional arms, initiate modernization of our nuclear warheads and delivery systems, re-commission ships, scuttle troop reductions, and restart our missile defense program. Actually, any three or four of the previous suggestions would get Putin’s attention.

        If that doesn’t work, invade Cuba and hang the Castros. Putin will get that message.

        Of course, Obama will do none of these.

  • LightningJack

    Conspiracy theory:

    I frankly believe that Vladimir Putin informed Obama over a year ago that he was planning to annex Crimea back into the Russian Federation not only because he felt that Crimea legally belonged to Russia, but because he was concerned about the geopolitical direction in which the Ukrainian government in Kiev was headed.

    I also believe that Putin warned Obama not to interfere in Russia’s military intervention and annexation of Crimea because he would face catastrophic geopolitical consequences for United States, himself, his administration and Western Europe (NATO).

    I further believe that not only was Obama complicit in Russia’s invasion of Crimea, but that his minions were also involved in the funding and incitement of radical opposition groups in Kiev which violently overthrew Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, thereby giving Putin justification for invading and annexing Crimea.

    Anyway, its just a conspiracy theory. Up next…sanctions on Putin’s toilet paper.

    • A Z

      The 1st half might be true.

      The last paragraph is speculative, but maybe our children or grandchildren will find out if we last that long.

      What was “F-ck the EU” Ambassador Nuland doing? Progressives are so careful about how the military should act. How careful is the State Department and liberal NGOs & 501 C(_)s in encouraging dissident groups and democracy (?) groups?

    • Johnny

      I doubt your theory is correct, but given how we have been acting it could actually be true.

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  • Bamaguje

    “NATO intervention in Kosovo followed extensive attempts over a decade to
    persuade Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to reverse his decision
    to sharply reduce the autonomy that Kosovo had enjoyed since 1974″ – Joseph Klein.

    Why should NATO dictate to a sovereign how it should run any part of its territory? The hyped ‘human rights abuses’ were provoked by Islamist insurgents supported by the West.
    Why didn’t NATO bomb Russia for ‘human right abuses’ in Chechnya and Dagestan?
    You can rationalize NATO aggression against Serbia all you want, but it was wrong on so many levels… and was against UN resolution that recognized Kosovo as integral part of Serbia.

    • salty2012

      You are so right, it was wrong on so many levels!
      Clinton and his lying media pushed NATO into action.
      Serbia was fighting against the Muslims from Albania that were committing genocide against the Christians in Kosovo.
      The hundreds of thousands of Muslims that Milosevic was supposed to have killed turned out to less than three thousand.
      Serbia was destroyed to please Clinton’s Arab brothers!

  • Ellsworth Toohey
  • JVictor

    Obama’s legacy? One of the most conniving charlatans to have ever lived. With the charm and deadly coils reminiscent of Kha in The Jungle Book, he hypnotized the uninformed, gullible masses, including the Nobel Prize Committee, while squeezing the life out of them in America and other nations who trusted the United States government. The hypnotic ruse of his “messianic” (what a disgusting assertion) career has literally destabilized the civilized world and emboldened the tribal mentality of warlords, dictators, and tyrants. The man is a menace and deserves to be tried for treason.

    • bob smith

      Klein is so delusional that he does not even realize what he is asking.

      he is asking that a person who has successfully and with complete disregard who uses the IRS, the NSA, the CIA, the FBI, and EO to strip Americans of their rights and freedoms, to spy on their citizenry and their friends, to promote and foster the enemies of the free world, to wilfully disregard the Constitution AND I CAN GO ON….he is asking that this very traitor and fool whose acts pale in comparison to Putin’s that he take action against Putin who has acted to protect his people?

      find me one example where the muslim resident of the white house has acted to protect ANY American. Just one!

      Klein is an IDIOT!!!

      • Joseph Klein

        Putin, the ex-KGB guy, protecting his own people? You mean like putting dissenters in jail or having them assassinated, cutting off access by his people to independent sources of information on the Internet etc. etc.? I am no fan of Obama, as my book Lethal Engagement and many of my articles make clear. In fact I have been one of his harshest critics on a whole host of issues from day 1, including on many of the issues you cited above. But that doesn’t mean you have to overlook or whitewash what Putin is doing. It is possible to walk and chew gum at the same time.

        • bob smith

          on the face of the transgressions committed by each and those for which a reasonable minded person would have anticipated, the muslim in chief is by far the greater danger of the two.

          he has in fact committed worse and he still has 2 plus more years to screw us over even further to the point of no return.

          thank God there is an overt tyrant such as Putin if for anything at least to stoke the conscience of Americans and inept EU fools that leftist idealism will take it in the teeth from the hammer & sickle lest we stand for what made us great.

        • Drakken

          Your entire read on the Balkans is completely wrong, Kosovo and Bosnia are a hive of Islamic activity and is the major corridor of drugs, white slavery, islamic jihad and arms to Europe. The West made a huge mistake to allow Bosnia and Kosovo to be muslim enclaves and we are going to pay for our feckless leaders idiocy. What no body is talking about is, what are all those Russian advisors doing in Serbian areas of Bosnia and Serbia?

          • Joseph Klein

            I wasn’t intending to defend what we did in Kosovo and Bosnia on policy grounds. I was only trying to make the point that Putin’s use of Kosovo to justify his own actions in Crimea is without any basis in the facts or the law.

    • Channelman

      It’s okay to HATE what President Obama’s doing, but it’s not okay to lie about it!

      Conservatives didn’t criticize Bush for weakness

      No matter how hard I search, I can’t locate a Gary Varvel cartoon
      that suggests that Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 because President
      George W. Bush’s weak foreign policy encouraged them to do so. Likewise,
      no amount of time on Google turns up a column by George Will, nor a
      diatribe by Sen. Lindsey Graham castigating Bush for his feckless
      policies in the days after the Russian Army decimated its tiny neighbor.

      Once upon a time, the idea of bashing a U.S. president in the midst
      of an international crisis was considered unpatriotic, if not
      treasonous. Unfortunately, the knee-jerk impulse to blame President
      Obama for anything that goes wrong anywhere in the world, no matter the
      circumstances, has become the right’s default position. There can be no
      more pathetic evidence of the depths to which America’s Conservatives
      have sunkhas sunk.

      The Taliban began taking control of those countries after we began
      lowering the number of troops we had present. Same thing happened in
      Vietnam. And everyone wanted us to pull out, cannot whine now.

      Congress passed a bill allowing the selling of weapons to Syrian
      rebels, something I do not support but, yeah, they did. So, they are
      doing something to bring down Assad, just the rebels are still out
      gunned.

      How is Israeli soldiers dying in combat Obama’s fault? They have been
      in a virtual state of war since their country was founded. No way to
      blame that on him.

      He sent a dozen air-craft and three hundred infantry to Norway and
      there is talks of joint military exercises with our allies in those
      regions aimed at discouraging Russia from advancing further than Crimea.

      There is no proof Iran has any nukes at their disposal and nothing
      Obama does will stop them from getting nukes. I mean, we could not even
      stop the impoverished North K. from doing it.

      Okay…

      Seriously?

      Russia will do what Russia wants and have only themselves to blame.

      I get it now, everything is Obama’s fault. I tripped on a toy while
      going up the stairs today, and missed my bus and had to wait an hour for
      the next one in the rain.. Goddamn it Obama!

      Man, these people really have the “I HATE OBAMA” blues. I have lived
      under 12 presidents. And let me tell you the sky has been falling for
      years. Johnson signing medicare and civil rights would end America. Come
      on, man. He got Bin Laden.

      The stock market has more than doubled under his watch. Nixon is the
      one who opened trade with China that cost America manufacturing jobs.
      You are looking at the small picture.

      This deal with Russia is as old as time itself. People who have not
      lived long seem to blame everything on what happened in the recent past.
      When in reality you have to view America and the world from decades and
      decades. You hate Obama and want to find reason for that. You can make
      this list about every president.Who was to blame in the years before
      Obama. You’re not going to tell me things were fine are you?I guess
      Obama is responsible for 50k we lost in Vietnam.

      No Obama is not destroying america that has already been done.It is
      not all of his fault,the things that have happened had to pass through
      other people as well.Sure he has let some bad things happen but hasn’t
      almost every president has down something wrong.He is not destroying our
      country once again that was Bush’s fault.(that what i believe)

      2. No,he does not if he hated America why would he be running it.Have you ever thought that maybe he is just stressed out?

      3. No. Obama is not a homosexual, and if he was being honest, he
      probably doesn’t care much about their issues beyond getting votes.

      4. He’s not evil, he’s just an arrogant

      He’s not a muslim, most of the things he said were understood wrong,
      and the muslim words he said he uses them because he respects Muslims
      and other religions.

      I think the fact that Obama is an even mix of black and white is half
      the reason conservatives are so frightened and confused. They really do
      not know what to make of him, other than that they FEEL he is a
      foreigner.

      Sheepublicans deny that their hatred of him has anything to do with race!

      • JVictor

        You had a pretty amusing rant going until you brought up the race card. Why can’t people disagree with him and his policies without liberals playing the race card? Probably because they know his policies will not ever stand the test of time; but, they can’t call him out on it because they are afraid to be labeled ‘racist’ by their fellow lunatic libs. You guys are pathetic.

      • TheOrdinaryMan

        Oh! The unbearable lightness of being…how wonderful our POTUS is! Really, now…Obama should take responsibility for S-O-M-E-T-H-I-N-G, don’t you think? Maybe he’s just tired, you say? Yeah, from all those expensive vacations.

    • guest

      You are right.

  • BagLady

    after much hand-wringing and talk of severe consequences if the Crimean
    referendum proceeded towards annexation by Russia, decided to impose the
    weakest of sanctions against a few individuals who couldn’t care less.

    Like I said. Why would they shoot themselves in the foot?

    • Guess

      I bet you’ve got tattoos as silly as some of your comments.

      Winnie Baggo? Hmm, yeah that’s you.

  • BagLady

    Rather than speak to the American people in a prime time address from
    the Oval Office and explain clearly what he thinks is at stake for
    international peace and security and American interests if Russia
    continues its aggressive ways, he plays golf and shops at The Gap.

    What, like Bush did with the threat of the Bogyman?

    Which American interests are at stake here?

    • A Z

      - What American interests were at stake when Germany took Czechoslovakia?
      - What American interests were at stake when Germany took Poland?
      - What American interests were at stake when Germany took Norway?
      - What American interests were at stake when Germany took Denmark?

      Answer your own question, then we answer yours. It will be a corollary to your proof.

      Do you know the real odds of WW2? Granddaddy was an officer in the Royal Navy in WW1, so of course Bag Lady knows all about the workings of war to include tactics, operational art and strategy.

      Do you know when the United States entered WW2? Here is a hint. It was not December 7, 1941 or thereafter

  • BagLady

    NATO intervention in Kosovo followed extensive attempts over a decade to
    persuade Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to reverse his decision
    to sharply reduce the autonomy that Kosovo had enjoyed since 1974 and
    cease his human rights violations.

    Oh aren’t we the humanitarians.

  • BagLady

    NO! It was a masked, unidentified sniper that picked him off.

    Putin has absolutely nothing to gain from introducing dead soldiers and much to lose. The west, on the other hand, has much to gain.

    Putin can now kiss goodbye to the $2/3 billion he lent to Kiev when they, the $million/billionaires who run the show, begged for help. Moscow has been gazumped by the IMF:
    2008 – $16.4 bn
    2010 – $15.1 bn
    Needless to say, these ‘loans’ have made not a jot difference to the dire financial situation but have massively increased unemployment and cut services. The old have probably suffered most. The cost of heating their homes has doubled and, with the forthcoming ‘help’ from the IMF in the sum of $50 billion, further cuts to services and the sale of national treasures will ensue. Half of the ‘bailout’ will never reach the country but paid to European banks in interest. Logically, the country will sink into an abyss of gloom, followed by an uprising.

    It would be nice if, for once, the world removed weapons from the equation and did the deal round the boardroom table where decisions are always made. Killing our kids in their game of thrones should be anathema to all of us.

    • A Z

      All Russian solider that we have seen in pictures are masked.

      Maybe you have given food for thought. OR Maybe not.. Maybe like a defense lawyer all you have done is introduced doubt, but at the same time you do not have to have any coherent competing thesis.

      But I doubt you are a barrister. If you were, you would not be a bag lady.

      • Guess

        “But I doubt you are a barrister. If you were, you would not be a bag lady”

        Haha. A bag lady indeed.

  • BagLady

    hat said, President Obama needs to make a choice. He can put some teeth
    into his oft-repeated threat of consequences for Russia’s violation of
    international law by providing arms to Ukraine”

    No finesse whatsoever. Just cowboy, gung-ho machismo. How very gauche.

    • victoryman

      As I’ve stated in the past, Obama will declare both Putin and Russia itself on double secret probation. Lurch will be announcing this as early as Friday, but only if he can convince Teresa to reinstate his allowance.

    • A Z

      What it means is that Obama might have realized he got b_tch slapped by reality hard.

      He thought he could gut the military, play nice on the world stage and people would leave him alone to play American dictator with domestic politics.

      Now events have overtaken him and threaten his legacy and his political party from which he garners power. Without the party he is Joe Schmoe. if they go down, he goes down and he knows it.

      REPUBLICAN TIDAL WAVE 2014!

  • bob smith

    Dear Joseph,

    you are delusional and quite seriously you should give up baying at the moon over what you view as such a great transgression which is nothing more than a pant load of nocturnal prematurity.

    All of Europe and now the US is being infested and overrun by islamofascists who are craftily taking over and successfully hammering away at the core of the very principles of western values and cultures while idiots like you continue with your intellectual jerk off sessions over Putin’s actions which are not only correct but long overdue.

    My only problem of Putin’s actions are those of sending the military into the territorial sovereign lands of the Ukraine.

    However, there are scores of precedents for which the US has done the same to secure its own citizens in times of strife. To wit, Crimea which is primarily inhabited by Russians held a referendum to annex with mother Russia.

    You would serve the faithful here within fpm by hopping off your high horse and perhaps writing how the actions of Putin are in fact quite positive for the long term prospects of re-teaching the American people the dangers inherent in electing a community activist with no real work experience not to mention the role they desire in having their country play on a world scale.

    After all, if Putin is fighting against the ‘transformation’, ‘the new world order’ that the Bilderbergers are chiming after such as Soros, it is refreshing to have a fly in their ointment. Fu*K them!

  • A Z

    Putin Throws Down the Gauntlet and Obama Shrinks or Slinks Away?

  • BagLady

    As of now, President Obama does not have an effective strategy in either
    direction. He is acting like a shrinking violet while Putin struts his
    stuff on the world stage.”

    Now don’t let’s be naive. Let’s look at Obama’s ‘forces’ many of whom wear no uniform, abide by no international laws and move sneakily into areas of US interest. You can’t seriously believe that he is going to share his strategy. Secrecy is of the essence.

    We are speaking of a man carefully chosen for his sociopathic tendencies. Do you really believe he is caving?

    Who benefits from this forthcoming downing of yet another country? The oligarchs will do well and all those millionaires/billionaires running things from their global bubble.

    You can stick up for their killing, but I certainly shan’t and I don’t care whether it’s Russia or any other country in the firing line.

    RIP Ukraine

    • A Z

      Granted that Obama and Putin are sociopathic. But there is a key difference. Putin is much more competent.

      I believe that the the State Department & CIA were in Ukraine slipping groups money and egging them on. Difference is that if Obama loses several rounds, he is going to pick up his marbles (most of them any way; he’d probably leave Americans behind) & go home. Putin is in it to win it.

      People might have a just cause, but it makes no sense to find a friend who is only going to 1/2 azz back you.

      • Joseph Klein

        Very well said! One of my earlier columns on Ukraine about a month ago posited that the Obama administration might have been trying to divert Russia from extending its reach into Syria and other parts of the Middle East by forcing Putin to pay attention to changes going on in Kiev that were much more significant to Russia’s national interests. Whether that’s true or not we can’t say. But either way, Putin has shown he far more competent in the game of geopolitics. I said back then what has become very obvious since: “So far, however, Putin appears to be winning with little cost and no discernible effect on his involvement in the Middle East or power at home.”

        http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/joseph-klein/cold-war-rematch-in-kiev/

        • Drakken

          Putin has an IQ of over 160 and plays chess and is ten moves ahead, and Comrade Obummer and company can’t figure out how to put the pieces on the board for a game of checkers. Putin has also told the Saudi’s, who love to meddle in others affairs these days, where to go pound the sunshine and if they cross him, they will get the Russian treatment.

    • Drakken

      Spoken like a true communist with full party membership, no wonder the education system in the UK is such a bloody mess, useful idiot utopians are running things. The one thing you dumbazzes always fail to understand and realize is that the more you try to avoid war, the more you make it likely.

  • bob smith

    Dear Joseph,

    you are delusional and quite seriously you should give up baying at the moon over what you view as such a great transgression which is nothing more than a pant load of nocturnal prematurity.

    All of Europe and now the US is being infested and overrun by islamofascists who are craftily taking over and successfully hammering away at the core of the very principles of western values and cultures while violin aficionados such as you continue with your intellectual masturbation sessions over Putin’s actions which are not only correct but long overdue.

    My only problem of Putin’s actions are those of sending the military into the territorial sovereign lands of the Ukraine.

    However, there are scores of precedents for which the US has done the same to secure its own citizens in times of strife. To wit, Crimea which is primarily inhabited by Russians held a referendum to annex with mother Russia.

    You would serve the faithful here within fpm by hopping off your high horse and perhaps writing how the actions of Putin are in fact quite positive for the long term prospects of re-teaching the American people the dangers inherent in electing a community activist with no real work experience not to mention the role they desire in having their country play on a world scale.

    After all, if Putin is fighting against the ‘transformation’, ‘the new world order’ that the Bilderbergers are chiming after such as Soros, it is refreshing to have a fly in their ointment.

  • rbla

    Fifteen years ago a coalition of knee-jerk cold warriors and liberals who found a new Muslim victim group to protect cheered on the arch-degenerate Clinton as he bombed and dismembered Serbia. This is not to justify Putin’s arbitrary actions but it looks like, in the words of Obama’s surrogate father Wright, “the chickens have come home to roost”.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      As an old cold-warrior, I did not “cheer on” Mr. Clinton. I knew that the result would be a Muslim country in the heart of the Balkans.

      I do agree with you that Clinton was an “arch-degenerate”. If you know what was being done to him while he was on the phone, ordering American warriors into action, you will understand …

  • Habbgun

    We like to look at these things through a geopolitical lens but a cheap machine politician is a cheap machine politician. Local politicians in NY and NJ were famous for ending up in the pocket of the Mafia because they learned too late that the threats of the mob were real and not the silly games that politicians play. Looks like Obama crowd sees what trained troops really are. They are secure where they are but it would be interesting to see how they would react if the guns were pointed at them.

  • http://www.ducksoupe.com DuckSoupe

    It’s a dangerous world we live in . Seems like never before were so many
    against us openly, because we are the paper tiger.I wish for a third or
    maybe more parties running in the next election if possible. We need
    new leaders.George Washington would never cower to a foreign dictator, or let our borders be so weak.

    • 11johnmac66

      George Washington would realise that it wasn’t Americas borders that were weak or under threat. He would also surly realise that the Crimean people have spoken and recognised their right to be Russian – seeing that is what they are and were for hundreds of years before some Soviet dictator decided to hand it over to his fellow soviet Ukraine for the convenience of administration…

  • Rebel

    i think obama has done too much.. not sure why we need sanctions when the people have voted for Russia. We need to take care of matters at home

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      All is done in “the name of the people”. That’s been the excuse for every atrocity committed over the last 150 years …

  • http://www.apollospeaks.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    WHAT BEGAN AT MUNICH WITH BIDEN ANNOUNCING OBAMA’S RESET-APPEASEMENT POLICY WITH RUSSIA

    took an ominous turn for the worse yesterday with Putin annexing Crimea on the 145th anniversary of Neville Chamberlain’s birth. And if that wasn’t ominous enough Biden was in Poland.

    Click my name then my website for the story.

  • PouponMarks

    A fine, expository article, with one exception. In the title, change “Shrinks” to “Slinks”.

    I’d give anything to have the recordings of Putin and his circle talking about “America’s First Gay President”, And LGBLT shrill shill. Pee Wee Herman has more cojones than this hermaphrodite.

  • randy harrison

    The US is spying on its own citizens, trying to disarm them, militarizing federal agencies. It’s in an inverted war.

  • Donald J DaCosta

    Remember, he told the Russian Prime Minister, Medvedev, to tell Putin he could be more flexible after he was elected in 2012. Maybe that promised flexibility manifests as weakness. As far left as Obama leans this would be no surprise and no less damaging to the United States which is likely not bothering “The One” at all. He and his handlers are doing a pretty good job of that all by themselves.

  • kasandra

    And for an encore, today our president had a Dean Acheson moment and basically told Putin that we wouldn’t oppose him militarily should he decide to take over the rest of the Ukraine. He said this in an interview on NBC Channel 7 in San Diego. Isn’t that how the Korean War began? What a bunch of idiots we have running our foreign policy. What a disgrace.

  • 11johnmac66

    ” There is no moral equivalence between Kosovo and the Crimea ” No there isn’t…
    The action in the Crimea have been effectively bloodless. Because quite simply the people of the Crimea are overwhelmingly in favour of reunion with Russia…being truly Russian. This is more like the break up of Czechoslovakia rather than Yugoslavia, both territories cobbled together – as with the Ukraine – from external political manoeuvrings rather than from an their own natural converging.
    ( I’m with Russia on this one… that’s where the Crimea belongs. However the line can be drawn on any real invasion of the Ukraine ”proper” )
    One can only imagine, and one should try to think, of how America might react -not only if some area that was vital to its own security was threatened but that the great majority of the people there voted to unite with her. )
    However Joseph Klein suggests that Obama has two alternative positions on which he can move…the latter one is by far the very best one that he should work on. – he might even be able to get more leverage from Putin in some real-politic and cooperation in the near future .

  • veritaseequitas

    Well you have to understand. Vlad caught Barry at a bad time; right when he was working on his brackets. Since Barry is clueless about what is going on in the real world anyway, and he cannot multi-task, Vlad felt free to go ahead and invade Ukraine, knowing that Barry had no interest in anything but his own self serving b.s. Jeez, the smelly skunk is such an embarrassment to the US.

  • MattMarriott

    To get why it took 12 days for Obama to Make the first Public Comments On Missing Plane:

    13 March 2014, Obama’s detonation imminent:

    Obama Bin Laden resurrects in front the missing Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines: Obama’s very last video as Osama in an Afghanistan cave.

    After the impossible flight, the impossible unsucessful search will be explained by “Obama denying authorization to release the infos about the location”.

    BASICS

    http://end-times-prophet.blogspot.com/2014/03/osama-bin-laden-resurrects-next-to.html

    ===

    As for “Putin”:

    Fake Putin: Crimea similar to Kosovo = illuminati agent selling the BIG LIE that the criminal bombing and occupation by NATO of Serbia’s heartland is the same as the return of Crimea to where it always belonged to.
    GOOGLE
    VLADIMIR PUTIN, wife, daughters killed 2010 and replaced with doubles: Illuminati greatest coup in Armageddon

    • Hass

      WTF are you on? You need professional help.

  • AnnMarie

    Obama’s legacy will be that he was the worst president the United States ever had and possibly ever will have. He will also be the one known to have tried to destroy America along with his Islamist Muslim friends.

  • LoneRangler

    This is what happens when a KGB thug goes up against a metro-sexual.

  • kumiral

    Powierzchowne usługi są wykonywane przez dobre firmy. Nasze spawanie Katowice jest usługą najwyższej jakości.