Yes, the U.S. should
No, the U.S. shouldn't
If you really want to stand by what you "meant" then maybe you can provide some proof that Russia refused to allow outside election observers professional or otherwise into crimea? I didn't see you provide any and I can't take your word for it now because you keep changing what you mean. So please prove that Russia refused to allow outside election observers in Crimea. NOTE: I said and meant "election observers".
I say that because it looked like you were deliberately confusing the issue with OSCE observers that were invited by Ukraine to monitor the miltary in Crimea......with the OSEC observers invited by Russia and Crimea to observe the election. Did you do it on purpose? I don't know, I can't read your mind but thats what it looks like.
Did Russia invite foreign outside election observers? Yes, they did. That is ALL I had to prove and I did that inspite of your objections. Russia invited outside observers..thats it...thats all I had to prove based on your claim that they wouldn't allow "any outside observers" at all. Anything else beyond that is just you "raising the bar". Wiseman: "I didn't mean outside observers.....I really meant professional, qualified, US approved, international observers with a decidedly pro-ukraine stance and only belong to liberal political party and and no russian sources because I don't like russia, only US can have free speech." What you did is a classic "raise the bar".."move the goal post"...logical fallacy combined with attack the messenger and a litany of other fallacies. Sad thing is you still don't see it....so unless you have proof of the claim you first made about Russia not allowing any election observers into Crimea, then I think I'm going to let this be my last post to you and your crony on this issue. I don't want to get reported again.
"... Moving The Goalposts (Raising The Bar, Argument By Demanding Impossible Perfection): if your opponent successfully addresses some point, then say he must also address some further point. If you can make these points more and more difficult (or diverse) then eventually your opponent must fail. If nothing else, you will eventually find a subject that your opponent isn't up on.
This is related to Argument By Question. Asking questions is easy: it's answering them that's hard.
If each new goal causes a new question, this may get to be Infinite Regression.
It is also possible to lower the bar, reducing the burden on an argument. For example, a person who takes Vitamin C might claim that it prevents colds. When they do get a cold, then they move the goalposts, by saying that the cold would have been much worse if not for the Vitamin C.
Last edited by Moot; 03-19-14 at 10:19 PM.
As for the disagreement over whether it counts as Russia inviting observers if they do so through Crimea their puppet, well I think its an important distinction because often in information operations and psychological operations the person who gives the message is often just as if not more important than what the message is. I think it was important for Russia to have this invitation come from Crimea not Moscow to preserve both the message that Crimea is doing all this mostly by itself and that its an independent country, or at least was for a brief period according to Russia.
What I meant by my original comment that the Russians would not allow observers in is that they wouldn't allow unbiased and honest observers in, now you can either accept the clarification of my argument or you can continue to be upset that you don't think I clarified it well enough the first time I made it. I'm telling you that I have no problem admitting when I think I'm wrong, I've done it plenty of times here, and you aren't even one of the people I'd hate admitting I was wrong to more than most. I mean if you were someone like Turtledude or Zimmer, both of them who I have no positive opinion of whatsoever, it would really suck to have to say I was wrong but your not one of those folks, you're just annoying like this little chirping bird or screeching cat and I wouldn't feel upset if I had to admit my error to you at all because I really don't care what you'd think.