View Poll Results: Is Putin "in another world" as Angela Merkel of Germany claims?

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  • yes: he thinks he is Peter the Great -clearly delusional

    5 13.51%
  • yes; thinks he can play with the world without real consequences

    6 16.22%
  • no: he is playing 'realpolitik' ; thoughtful gambits

    19 51.35%
  • no: he does what he wants, without any consequences

    7 18.92%
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    Re: Is Putin "in another world"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    CIA Factbook identifies the following:



    If there's a better estimate than 2006 can you link it?
    Well, the Ukrainian census of 2001 has different numbers. Maybe because of the way it's broken down?

    The site wiki links: 2001*Ukraine Census

    Breakdown according to wiki:

    Autonomous Republic of Crimea - 2,024.0 (100%)

    Russians - 1,180.4 (58.3%)
    Ukrainians - 492.2 (24.3%)
    Crimean Tatars - 243.4 (12.0%)
    Belorussians - 29.2 (1.4%)

    Sevastopol' - 377.2 (100%)

    Russians - 270.0 (71.6%)
    Ukrainians - 84.4 (22.4%)
    Belorussians - 5.8 (1.6%)

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    Re: Is Putin "in another world"

    Yea, he is.

    But, then again, it's Putin.

    It's hard to be surprised with him anymore.
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    Re: Is Putin "in another world"

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    10% of the ethnic population of Crimea are Tatar, and they are Muslim. They are also well organized.
    Arm them. Sniper rifles. Expiration date software and GPS location software functionality limited shouldered surface-to-air low altitude missiles. RPGs capable of piercing Russian armored vehicles. Use 3rd party brokers. Deny direct involvement.

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    Re: Is Putin "in another world"

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Arm them. Sniper rifles. Expiration date software and GPS location software functionality limited shouldered surface-to-air low altitude missiles. RPGs capable of piercing Russian armored vehicles. Use 3rd party brokers. Deny direct involvement.
    Let Russia wallow in its own mistakes.
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    Re: Is Putin "in another world"

    This issue is not Crimea. It is future nuclear proliferation.

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    Re: Is Putin "in another world"

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    Let Russia wallow in its own mistakes.
    The issue is future nuclear proliferation, not the Crimea. My messages states how we could insure it is a mistake. We could inflame the entire region to the West and South of Russia, plus within Russia. Then it would be "a mistake." Unless we get Russia out of the Crimea expect a world of rapidly increasing world totalitarian thugs with nuclear weapons. It would be a joke a this point to even pretend we have a reason for Iran not to accelerate its nuclear program ASAP, as should every country with a responsible government.

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    Re: Is Putin "in another world"

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    This issue is not Crimea. It is future nuclear proliferation.
    I don't see how.

    It appears to me Russia is supporting the succession of Crimea from the Ukraine.

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    Re: Is Putin "in another world"

    Quote Originally Posted by annata View Post
    The Russian occupation of Crimea has challenged Mr. Obama as has no other international crisis, and at its heart, the advice seemed to pose the same question: Is Mr. Obama tough enough to take on the former K.G.B. colonel in the Kremlin? It is no easy task
    . Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany told Mr. Obama by telephone on Sunday that after speaking with Mr. Putin she was not sure he was in touch with reality, people briefed on the call said.
    “In another world,” she said.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/03/wo...ref=world&_r=0
    The article had this in it. I think it has merit.
    Some regional specialists said Mr. Obama should ignore the talk-tough chorus and focus instead on defusing a crisis that could get much worse.
    I would spout realistic tough talk, talk that I knew I could back up but stay away from talk that everyone knows I couldn’t. Then offer to mediate sort of like Putin did on Syria.

    Is Putin mad or out of this world, no he isn’t. I think he is a calculating SOB and knows exactly what he is doing. The Ukraine has only been a nation since 1991 and is probably more Russian than most of Russia that lies in Asia. I think one has to be realistic.
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    Re: Is Putin "in another world"

    Anyone see this yet? Today:

    'Crimea secession likely': Ukraine expert

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    Re: Is Putin "in another world"

    No, its the opposite, its the western politicians that are in another world, Putin and the Russians are doing what they have always been doing- protecting his nation's interests and he has been doing it ever since he came to power: he was part of the Chechen conflict and his victory there made him president, all the way to the Georgia conflict and now this. The west needs to bring back Cold War politicians who are tough and can stand up to him if they want peace and stability in Europe.

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