32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
Obama.. Not so much. First he hears about world matters from the media, then he sits and waits, and waits, and dithers some more, and then waits, and then waits.. Dithering even more, and then waits... You get the idea. We can't engage Russia directly, but then again, we already knew that, so then what to do? How do we win without engaging Russia and China. Oh I know, we have another problem in Iran, and boy when we look at the operational consequences, we see a whole lot of win in that strategy. It shows Russia, and China, we're not foolin either tough guys, and it will cause them to pause, in the meantime we take care of a nuclear hungry Iran.
Marv Levy once said that when you start listening to the fans, it won't be too long before you're watching the game from the seats right along with them.
I know we're a war weary nation right now, but people need to understand that the world isn't going to take a Gatorade break just because we need too.
“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” - P. J. O’Rourke
“Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money” Margaret Thatcher
I am beginning to suspect that the Russian giant, though undoubtably fearsome on the defensive, has feet of clay:
- Russia has already relaxed boycott of some food products (Giant cant feed itself)
- Russia turns to China to finance bridge to Crimea (Giant has limited amounts of extra cash, even for national priorities)
Now, new sanctions are going to make things even harder for the giant- and the west can take the pain longer.
Furthermore, Russian generals have purportedly advised Putin that invading and controlling even two provinces, let alone the rest of Ukraine, would invovle large numbers of conscripts and assosciated difficulties. Bad news is that Putin maybe as unwilling to listen to his generals as Bush was to his.
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"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
"Five Day War". What was him name again?
To her Wall Street owners: Hillary Clinton: “But if everybody's watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. so, you need both a public and a private position.” - Hillary Clinton: "I'm kind of far removed from the struggles of the Middle Class"
Almost certainly, Putin was repeating existing nuclear weapons doctrine but in a simplified fashion concerning his audience. He also wanted to remind his audience that Russia is secure from such attack, because its nuclear arsenal is a deterrent. If Russia were invaded and were facing a real prospect of defeat, it would use all weapons in its arsenal to try to stave off that outcome. There is virtually no prospect that a war limited to Ukraine would lead to a nuclear exchange. In short, I don't believe his remarks represent any meaningful changes in Russia's existing foreign policy and security posture or new threats toward NATO.