Dems Had Their Cake And Impeachment Too

The Democrats have had their way and now an impeachment inquiry too. (I don’t know why they call it an inquiry, it is an impeachment) I trust anyone seeing this has likely seen Mark Levin on Fox lay out his excellent summary of the show trial.over Ukraine – or faux trial. So I won’t try to relate it all here.

Just that Levin blew a hole in Democrats’ partisan prosecution the size of the Titanic. He walked through the testimonies that somehow did not add up to any quid pro quo, let alone the bribery they now assert happened. And all their hearsay crapola.

Well, anyone who watched any of the so-called “required” American Impeachment viewing saw the deflation of their entire argument case against President Trump.

But leave it to Levin to drive the case home. He said stunningly that Obama did nothing as former President Poroshenko pleaded with him for arms against Russia’s invasion and aggression. Surely, Obama happy to accommodate the requests? No, he refused in 2014 and throughout to provide weapons. Among Democrat allies, no one held his or Joe’s feet to the Ukrainian fire.

And that happened, too, as Russia was cranking up its meddling campaign in our 2016 election. Well, was Obama actively opposing that Russian political interference? No, he wasn’t. Intelligence was lobbying him, with other countries, to do something. MIA.

Then Joe was delegated to handle Ukraine. (Obama kept his hands clean yet was his administration’s position) Joe does the famous quid proquo threat when the prosecutor was on Burisma, while his son was on the board. Injecting, “call Obama and ask him.”

Funny about that: now the word Burisma is suddenly a synonym for Joe Biden or Biden investigation. Any mention of Burisma is an instant political attack on Joe Biden. How do Democrats do this shit, and get away with it? Joe was VP at the time, not close to running. Yet he is somehow immune from investigation or criticism. Reminds me of Hillary too.

So Democrats had their cake, boy did they. When at the time we were under cyber interference from Russia, which we knew, Obama was refusing aid to Ukraine. This actually helped empower Russia’s aggression. Even at the same time, Ukraine officials were actively involved in opposing Trump. And there was collusion between Ukraine, the DNC, and the administration.

But there is more in the way of facts. ISIS got more arms and equipment from Obama’s administration than Ukraine. ISIS got weaponry from US om Obama’s watch. And remember the 100’s of millions of lost aid in Iraq. (or billions) In fact, Obama armed Libyan rebels more than Ukraine. Leading up to what? Benghazi.

Democrats have played these shell games and now want to blame Trump for everything. In fact, so impeach him for trying to withhold aid from Ukraine. He only wanted that corruption investigated as required by law. Was Joe Biden part of that past corruption? That is not our fault. Running for president does not whitewash what he did.

Then it goes further. Biden does an interview with CNN where he was asked about Lindsey Graham’s doc request from State Dep. on his Ukraine operation. Joe admits he is angry and says Lindsey is going to regret doing this. Now he threatens Lindsey Graham, chair of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, which also will handle the impeachment.

Then Joe Biden suggested of course Trump should be pushed aside for being totally corrupt. Get that? So now the new definition of corruption is investigating corruption.

So it appears Democrats have had their way all along, playing election politics, and now are having their impeachment too. But they are using it in their political dirt-digging operation. They are doing Joey’s and DNC’s dirty work for him.(much like 2016) And he is only too happy to receive the help. What a tangled web.

Of course Joe Biden’s other big problem is that he has to campaign. He doesn’t think he should have to do that. Sounds familiar. The government should help him.

Then there are still questions as to what Sen. Lindsey Graham will do. Are we seeing another faux investigation we have become so used to getting? Here’s an interview with Graham for his opinion of Biden. It’s very descriptive. I smell a soap opera theme.

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Restorative Injustice

In keeping with the question theme lately, I’ll toss another one out there.

When did US policy become protecting corruption and the corrupt?

I could probably write a whole paper on that one, but it is self-evident.
Think about that one the next time you hear of “restorative justice.”

Along with this asinine jackknife of justice, when before in history has impeachment actually been the “cover up,” instead of the consequence for corruption?

Hey hey, ho ho…….

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Impeachment Irony

I’m sorry, Democrats, but you want to impeach President Trump over Ukraine. You could hardly ask for more foreign interference in elections and the politicization of government or foreign policy than that.

Yeah, that looks like Ukraine is the most important thing to voters and a reason to try to overturn an election. What they are really trying to impeach is the will of the people.

Then Democrats can’t even conduct their DNC impeachment on any honored process established over decades. Who needs to follow established procedures?

Sure, the Constitution says it right there: The president can be removed “on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors [*or foreign communication Congress finds objectionable].” — there revision complete.

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How many ways can Democrats be offended?

The Democrats reveal their true nature every time they complain about something. It doesn’t matter what it is because everything offends them, in some way.

Trump makes a statement or a tweet and whaaaaah! It’s like a million babies crying all at once. Trump uses the word lynching and whoa, it is national headlines. “How dare he! He should never ever have used that word… THAT WORD!!”

Trump makes a phone call to Ukraine, all the sirens go off and the whistle blowers come out in force. He said what? Sure, it’s impeachable because Trump said it. In fact, just admit it that anything Trump says is impeachable.

He calls for withdrawing troops from Syria and even former Governor Kasich runs out on CNN calling on congress to investigate and get to the bottom of it. Everything is worthy of an investigation too. No, we aren’t in ridiculous season. We are way past that season.

We are now in the season of insanity.

When Trump first came in, Al Green went to the floor and demanded the House start impeachment proceedings. So he called for a vote but he didn’t get their approval vote.

Not to worry, now they just start impeachment inquiry without a vote. Who needs it? We tell Pelosi to call for a vote and she says “we don’t need a vote” for that. We can start an impeachment whenever we like.

Of course that means in any future administration, a congressperson or committee can just start an impeachment and we are on the way. Due process is now no process. Too bad Al Green didn’t know that. What’s to vote on, just do impeachment?

Meanwhile, Democrats continue to be outraged and offended by everything the president does or says. He is in office which is the real offense. And every day he is in that office they grow more offended. If the objective is to drive the Left crazy, we finally succeeded. There is no road back from that. Actually, there is no up or down and no right or wrong anymore. There is only one state, to be perpetually offended by everything.

Addendum: I should have included that early on when Trump said his campaign was under surveillance, the Deep State-defending Dems squealed like pigs. How dare he claim in any way that Obama’s administration conducted surveillance on Trump.

Comey lied telling Trump he was not under surveillance. It then went into Deep State denial and claimed if any surveillance took place, it must have been warranted, legal and necessary. But it was not directed at Trump, and certainly was not political.

Well… that very Deep State of very offended denial.

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Narratives Demean Motives

On a serious note, I’m going to do something I never like or want to do but in the interest of critical understanding, I think I must do. It is a shame that circumstances should require that someone say these things. Yet those are the times we are in.

It is important to know why and I think that in itself is the reason to do it. I don’t do it out of animus for the country or what US stands for. It is for perspective in fighting the narratives radical leftists have foisted on us. We must know the enemy.

So with all the outrage about what happened with (A) a phone call to Ukraine and now (B) a report on what Trump told Kislyak in the famous White House meeting after Comey was fired and (C)Pelosi’s unilateral “official impeachment inquiry” started; there are a few loose ends and statements that need to be examined further.

Most of this is not new, but what is new is the level of the Left’s frenzy surrounding it all. Media is doing their level best to roll this into one big mud pie to fuel their impeachment efforts. Almost on cue as expected. They have no real concern or loyalty to the nation, nor do they care about the damage it does. They are willing to sacrifice everything about our country to try to get Donald Trump.

They have already referred to Trump recently in choreographed mobster terms. (Aka Don Corleone) When have we ever seen this before? Never. And they have their other favorite tool used to attack Trump, our intelligence — however they can use it and say whatever against a sitting president to hurt him. Another narrative is that Trump is somehow green-lighting the Russians to meddle in other countries’ elections. The idea Trump would have equated or admitted to Russia that, essentially, we meddled in elections and was not upset by what Russia did in our elections sounds damning. (the gaining media narrative)

Leftists are offended saying we don’t meddle in elections. Well, let’s just take Obama for example. He meddled in Egypt, Israel, and even his team in Canadian elections. He also basically intervened in the Brexit vote. I’m sure that is only scratching the surface. If it is one thing Obama liked to do, it was intervene in elections. I’m sure there is much to Putin’s claims of Hillary meddling in Russia’s election. At least most people in Russia believe State and Hillary did. And we know how some of that meddling turned out – not well.

We meddled in the control of the dictator, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, in Libya by sanctioning his killing. To hell with elections, there’s always Plan B.

Let me cut the chase here with a bigger narrative yet to roll out. Whenever there are skirmishes or deep disagreements anywhere in the world, Russia is plotting on how it can extort the situation for their gain. Putin as I noted before is the consummate opportunist. Years back he took on an aura of a conservative leader causing people, like Pat Buchanan, to compliment what seemed a more traditional domestic approach. What’s not to like?

But not to be fooled, he was not the Harley-riding conservative fellow conservatives here may have envisioned, but only an opportunist who was carefully feeding people what they wanted to see and hear. He had family plans with incentives for having more children and a friendlier outreach toward Christians. Welcome changes one would think, in contrast with what we saw from Obama. The Planned Parenthood saint of death with an anti-Christian bigotry. He was happily riding a Sherman Tank over American traditions.

Now in the present situation, we are presenting more opportunities to Putin. The Left has brought impeachment, Trump hatred, controversy and a slice of corruption to the Ukraine. What better place for it? You might say controversy and corruption are no strangers there. And all is within Putin’s operating realm in the last few years. For people to get so choked up on corruption or domestic politics there, then be thrust in with a scandal involving the US, is made to order fodder for the opportunist Putin.

Just days ago the word spread that Putin has Russians dispatched in Libya operating in that current conflict where ISIS or terrorists are gaining a foothold and vying for political power. Sound familiar? Russia parlayed Syria into a net gain over humanitarianism, and the ISIS crisis into a greater strategic plan for Russia. Thanks John Kerry.

Now their attention is back on Ukraine, his long time nemesis. A new president taking office on an anti-corruption plan offers yet more opportunity for Putin’s insatiable appetite. In so many ways Democrats are once again playing right into the hands of a conniving Putin, with little restraint for involvement. As the smoke of controversy rises in the Ukraine, the cloud of Putin will gravitate to it like bees to honey. Cleaning up corruption, you say? We shall see what eats away at that agenda.

For the worst part in it all: what does Putin think, or what talking points might we expect to hear from the Kremlin on the subject? (it pains me to think it) You don’t have to worry about giving them ideas because they are old experts on propaganda. He might simply inject himself as a level mediator to all sides. He might propose some sort of deal to get the ball rolling, and emphasis off fixing corruption. He might make some offer to volunteer some help or guidance. But all those would be open holes created by zealous Democrats who’s only interest is attacking Trump. Putin doesn’t have to worry, because Democrats will provide him more opportunities than he could ever create for himself.

That’s what they did for him from the 2016 elections. To this day, Hillary and Democrats credit Russia — and particularly Putin — with achieving the outcome of our election. They credit Putin with more influence than he could have hoped for.

Not to ever leave out the king of corruption and influence in countries and elections, George Soros. In Ukraine, there have to be many connections along with the DNC. Soros and the orgs he supports are certainly not non-political either. More Soros influence will ooze out. A corrupt political system, what a fertile ground for Soros to operate? He can do a lot of damage there. So the Soros effect on Ukraine probably cannot be overstated.

Then there is the glaring takeaway lesson we gave to Russia on the 2016 election: that we don’t really care about or respect elections. When it comes down to it that is just talk. Actually Hillary just reminded us, once again, in the media that the 2016 election was illegitimate. How can you have more contempt for the electoral system than that?

Further troubling is the movement afoot to throw out the electoral college process — an inherent blueprint in the Constitution. Well, who really cares about the Constitution anyway? So the election did provide many benefits to a meddling Russia. If you have people in America who don’t even accept their own election process, or final results of it, then one serial meddler in Russia would have a whole lot to work with.

There remains a lot of space to fill by Russia’s narratives. And they are the masters at saturating the air with them and diverting public scrutiny. First off: is this an example of how America operates in other countries? See how they enrich themselves while really caring nothing for democracy they claim to love. That’s a great narrative.

And there are pleny more narratives the Russians can plug into current circumstances, custom created by the left, and our political feuds here. Just like all the foreign interference the left dabbled in with our last election. Call that a meddlers stew.

What really undermines our national security and credibility are Democrats. Everywhere you look they compromise our security. The claim that a phone call with Ukraine threatens our national security is ludicrous. But they want to impeach Trump over a foreign call, which is way too much foreign interference over our elections for me.

Imagine that — just as domestic policies at home are finally going in the right direction — they try to take Trump down over a foreign phone call. Do people care about it?

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Obama, the judge of weakness

Obama’s standard response to our foes’ aggressive attacks on its neighbors, or throwing their weight around, is….. wait, ready for it….they are operating “out of weakness.”

Now that Russia has sent it’s military and air force into Syria to help Assad, Obama and the administration claim Russia acted out of weakness.

“Mr Putin had to go into Syria not out of strength but out of weakness, because his client, Mr Assad, was crumbling and it was insufficient for him simply to send them arms and money. Now he’s got to put in his own planes and pilots. Iran and Assad make up Putin’s coalition at the moment. The rest of the world makes up ours. So, these are hard challenges, they are ones we are going to continue to pursue.” He predicts Russia will get into a quagmire.

The line gets as old and tired as any of Obama’s tactics do. But its the standard line whenever he is challenged that the opponent is operating out of weakness. There could be an incoming nuclear warhead and he’d declare the source is weakness. Hopefully we won’t have that proved. At least now every enemy and ally of ours knows what the verbal response will be.

Putin invaded Crimea, Obama said he was acting out of weakness. Russia bullies its neighbors and Obama defines it as weakness. Once in a while, Obama could try a new script. Change it up a bit at least.

And when Romney suggested Russia is still a threat and a foe, Obama said the 80’s called and wants their foreign policy back. But Obama’s foreign policy, if you can call it one, is making such great strides isn’t it? Right after Putin annexed Crimea he set his sights on Ukraine. Evidently feeling weaker than ever, he injected Russia there.

Sure desperate people do terrible things. But opportunists are willing and ready to seize an advantage at the proper moment, for maximum gain. That someone gives and creates those opportunities for them is an egregious error.

In March 2014, Kerry ran out to deliver the talking point on ABC’s Face the Nation:

“You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country…. That’s not the act of somebody who’s strong.“ Kerry said Putin was acting out of “weakness” and “desperation.”

Obama claimed Putin and Russia was “acting out of weakness, not out of strength,” regarding their annexing of Crimea. Countries usually invade other countries when they feel weak. So the script, regardless what Putin does, is to say he’s operating out of weakness. Obama can’t change their narrative.

Now Obama is flexing his mouthpiece, again. Josh Earnest lectured:
“Russia is not flexing its muscles when it comes to Syria, but it’s propping up an investment about to go south.”

Obama said on Putin’s intervention in Syria:

“I want Russia to be successful. This is not a contest between the United States and Russia. It is in our interests for Russia to be a responsible actor on the world stage that can share burdens with us … because the problems we have are big.”

Just once, I wish Obama wanted us to be successful. But that could make us appear exceptional, and we can’t have that.

Lenin turns up in Germany

Lenin makes a return. I think there’s a lesson here.

A giant Lenin ‘head’ was unearthed in Germany

September 10, 2015 | Washington Post

Vladimir Lenin’s German comeback on Thursday did not look very majestic. Fixed with straps attached to an industrial crane, a gigantic granite Lenin head was unearthed in a forest near Berlin.

Shortly afterward, the statue was transported back to the city from which it had been banned about 24 years earlier.

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In light of current events, interesting how it has new significance and meaning in the evolving landscape, particularly in relation to Russia.

Russia under the gun

The incredible shrinking Ruble.

The ruble’s collapse is disastrous for Putin – and bad for you too

by Geoffrey Smith |December 15, 2014 | Fortune

A financial crisis would make the Kremlin more unpredictable, wreck western banks and heap misery on the Russian people.

Russia’s ruble is melting down faster than you can say “Vladimir Vladimirovich”. That’s nothing short of disastrous for him–but it ain’t good for you either.

The ruble fell a jaw-dropping 11% against the dollar Monday. Even when seen in the context of the dollar routing all emerging market currencies (Brazil’s real fell 1.2% and South Africa’s rand 1.5%), a move like that is straight out of the Financial Crisis Handbook–completely unsustainable. Russia has seen nothing like it since it defaulted on its domestic debt in 1998.

Given President Vladimir Putin’s status as the West’s new bogeyman, the temptation to rejoice ….

See details and the possibilities:

http://fortune.com/2014/12/15/the-rubles-collapse-is-disastrous-for-putin-and-bad-for-you-too/

At the risk of celebrating someone’s demise, it couldn’t have come at a better time. (late as it is) Be honest, if it were us they would be dancing in the streets. Sorry, I don’t see a good reason to temper my exuberant glee. This article cautions that. And the message their tentacles send to every enemy of ours will be swift.

The important thing to remember is this is absolutely not Obama’s doing. Though like Obama, Putin has a good blame game — probably even better at it. Obama’s regime and Democrats have forgotten what a threat Russia is(has been) — if they ever knew.

However, Obama is as ill suited to correctly deal with Putin and the effects this will cause, as he has been all along. Obama cannot afford another hit on his credibility, while Putin is still riding high on popularity. If Putin seemed out of control before, he’s about to get more unpredictable. The forecast already was a 4.5% shrinkage next year in their economy.

Nuttier than squirrel food

Having a look around tells you there is lots to leave you scratching your head, even giving you a chuckle.

The big production on Keystone that was Landrieu’s Hail Mary went bust. She was shutdown by her own offense. The defense on the other side couldn’t save her from her own linemen.

A befuddled Obama overseas said ‘I am just now hearing about this” to the montage of Johnathon Gruber quotes. Makes you think Gruber must have been the life of the party at those secret Obamcare meetings. I bet he was a hoot.

Harry Reid allowed the Keystone vote while his henchmen organized the vote to prevent its passage. However, Harry still manages to pass gas with no trouble.

In Australia, someone actually had the chutzpah to tell Putin to get out of Ukraine, to which he responded ‘Russia is not in Ukraine.’ Seems he is as good at whoppers as Obama is.

A little-known ‘fanged deer’ was found in Afghanistan, thought to have been extinct. Seems it did not cave to the common perceptions.

Obama announced a need for peace talks following Palestinians’ terrorist attack in a synagogue. I’m quite sure lack of peace talks was the cause.

In a presentation, Gruber said “It’s an exploitation of the of the lack of economic understanding of voters.” That translates to ‘an exploitation of the ignorance of voters,’ which boils down to ‘exploitation of voters’. Someone finally admitted it.

The odd part in Grubergate’s truth was that so much of the public had pointed out many of the fallacies and obfuscations with Obamacare only to be dismissed by media as wackos, or conspiracy theorists. Somehow that all sounds more credible from the architect of Obamacare. So it was the economically versed people they tried hardest to conceal the truth from. He also proved the stupidity of government for paying him that much money to help them lie.

We saw the administration finally recognize a 21 day quarantine for Ebola risks. But amnesty for illegals that have been here over ten years just can’t wait a minute longer. I guess the amnesty virus needs no incubation period.

In the midterms, Dems had a communication gap with working class Americans that resulted in a mass firing of Democrat pols. From the unemployment line, they still claim to represent the working class.

Lois Lerner is glad Gruber came along.

The VA is taking immediate actions on the scandal. “We’re acting aggressively, expeditiously and consistent with the law,” McDonald said. The VA secretary says it will take some time. I guess government employees have more rights to stand on than those Vets.

IBT: Disciplinary action was taken against 5,600 VA employees this year, he said, including some who are still with the federal agency. “We’re acting aggressively, expeditiously and consistent with the law,” McDonald said.

A NYT article on Ferguson found a new way to describe the violent protest efforts as “less passive” than older generations’.

Barack Obama officially declares himself an Emperor by issuing an Executive Order of amnesty. He said he could not do it before because he was not an emperor

Obama surprised everyone with his gift of telepathy, reading the minds of non-voters and telling leaders of Ferguson protests that he knew what it was they were advocating. Then he said the majority of Palestinians want peace. His mind reading hasn’t been so helpful on the Islamic State, who he says are not Islamic.

Judging by how nutty fall has been, it is going to be a heck of a winter.

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Putin’s official Ukraine status

Leaked transcripts reveal Putin’s secret Ukraine attack

By Bill Sanderson | September 21, 2014 | NY Post

Giving lie to Vladimir Putin’s claims that Russia isn’t fighting in Ukraine, up to 80 Russian troops were killed in a skirmish there last month, according to information released by an opposition politician.

Members of an elite Russian paratroop force talked about the brutal battle near Luhansk, a city in eastern Ukraine, in telephone transcripts leaked to politician and newspaper publisher Lev Shlosberg.

“We’re f——g walking along looking for these f—–g Ukrainians,” one paratrooper says in an account reported by the Sunday Times of London.

“We get out into the open and are seen, kapow!” the paratrooper says.

“We dashed out onto the road, there was a field, sunflowers, and a checkpoint,” he continues. “They started to bomb it — bam bam bam — and they destroyed it.”

“Eighty guys were killed,” said the paratrooper, who was wounded in the attack. He added: “I was told only 10 made it out.”

He related the story to a fellow soldier in a phone call from a hospital where he was being treated.

More at NY Post: http://nypost.com/2014/09/21/leaked-transcripts-reveal-putins-secret-attack-in-ukraine/

From secret missions to secret funerals

Never a dull moment for Russia or Putin over Ukraine. Now they are tasked with covering up and hiding deaths or wounding of some four hundred Russian soldiers, on a mission that didn’t exist. Then Putin gives an award and praise to valiant heroic soldiers of a nation at peace.

Looks like a duck…

Putin: “This tragedy would not have happened if there were peace on this land, if the military actions had not been renewed in southeast Ukraine,” Putin said, according to a Kremlin statement issued early Friday. “And, certainly, the state over whose territory this occurred bears responsibility for this awful tragedy.”

Obama: “’Before I begin, obviously the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border. And it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. Right now we’re working to determine whether there were American citizens on board. That is our first priority.’

“It looks like.…….it may be.…….a terrible “tragedy”” ?

At least he didn’t say “see Valerie Jarrett for our statement.

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Russia halts gas to Ukraine

Russia cuts gas supply to Ukraine, tensions grow

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Monday cut gas supplies to Ukraine as a payment deadline passed and negotiators failed to reach a deal on gas prices and unpaid bills amid continued fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The decision does not immediately affect the gas flow to Europe, but could disrupt the long-term energy supply to the region if the issue is not resolved, analysts said. Ukraine’s Naftogaz company head Andriy Kobolev said Russia had cut the supply of gas to Ukraine, but that Ukraine can manage without Russian gas until December.

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Anyone not see that coming?

Putin vs. the broach lady

…sans the steel cage.

The Russian leader who tests the West

by Madeline Albright | April 23, 2014

In 2008, in these same pages, I wrote that Putin would “remain an irritant to NATO, a source of division within Europe and yet another reason for the West to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.” I was wrong. It’s worse.

Through his illegal actions in Ukraine, Putin has reminded us that leaders of great countries are most dangerous when they make up their own facts. Putin’s worldview is colored by toxic fictions.

Putin’s ultra-nationalistic instinct has upped his poll numbers, but his increased influence will be temporary. Russia has acquired territory but lost credibility. Putin has bought himself a pile of problems at the cost of the international ties Russia needs to prosper. He has betrayed Russia’s best resource — its people — who will eventually realize his rhetoric is nothing more than a fantasy inside a delusion wrapped in a tissue of lies.

To some, Putin has “won” Crimea. Will he recognize his “victory” is Pyrrhic — or try to repeat it? History is filled with aggressors who triumphed for a moment. Then failed.

Albright served as the 64th U.S. Secretary of State

http://time.com/70855/vladimir-putin-2014-time-100/

 

This was hailed by Bill O’Reilly as a great, short hard-hitting piece. Not sure why.
With the formalities out of the way, as they say, time for a closer look. Sure, Putin’s poll numbers support him, not that it matters to him. It’s up to him and the Kremlin what they do with that popularity.

Putin would “remain an irritant to NATO”? That was so prophetic. Even if he got in NATO he’d be an irritant. He’s a spur in the West’s heel, but what is new? Putin’s rewriting of the Russian Constitution was a big help and say nothing of his calculated political maneuvering. He might not quite be a Clinton, but you get the idea.

Who could not have predicted that at some point he would once again be a big problem for the West? Yet here it is in living color, almost on cue. Good for Madeline speaking up, for what it’s worth. Now the only persons who would have been surprised by Putin’s behavior were Obama and his circle of enablers. They were in cosmic denial from way back.

When Mitt Romney mentioned Russia in the debate, Obama went to ballistic snark attacking him for it. Then said the 80’s wants their foreign policy back as a punch line. See no evil, hear no evil… It is a pattern for them. So nice that Albright speaks up but apparently not to the right people, ahead of time. Sure its easy to point out now how Putin was a predictable problem, but she’s preaching to the choir, after the fact.

Romney Told Obama “I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses on this, when it comes to Russia or Putin.” Romney also was treated to a snarky scolding about horses and bayonets. Albright said:

“Russia has acquired territory but lost credibility. Putin has bought himself a pile of problems at the cost of the international ties Russia needs to prosper.”

Sort of specious reasoning. “Acquired territory” equals credibility to Putin, no matter how you got it. All that matters is expansion. Diplomacy or other domestic policy concerns come in a distant second. And then it will be used to negotiate for further gains.

Now I know Albright is a respected diplomat, but does she not understand that? Or is she just trying to spin the web of explanations after the fact? Maybe they can create an exit strategy that will work for Putin? That must be it, they just didn’t stumble onto the right combination of appeasements yet. Turns out this is another empty shell, CYA statement. Might as well seek advice from the broach.

If he’s “testing” the West, then what grade does the West get?
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Russian bear out of hibernation

The cost of stopping the Russian bear now is high—but it will only get higher if the West does nothing

The Economist | Apr 19th 2014


FIRST Vladimir Putin mauled Georgia, but the world forgave him—because Russia was too important to be cut adrift. Then he gobbled up Crimea, but the world accepted it—because Crimea should have been Russian all along. Now he has infiltrated eastern Ukraine, but the world is hesitating—because infiltration is not quite invasion. But if the West does not face up to Mr Putin now, it may find him at its door.

The storming of police stations in eastern Ukraine over the weekend by pro-Russian protesters (see article) is a clever move, for it has put the interim government in Kiev in an impossible position. Mr Putin has warned that Ukraine is on the brink of civil war. If the country’s government fails to take control, it will open itself to charges that it cannot keep order within its own borders. But its soldiers are poorly trained, so in using force (operations were under way as The Economist went to press) it risks escalation and bloodshed. Either way, it loses.

The West has seen Russia brush off its threats and warnings. It looks feeble and divided. Yet, after the destabilization of eastern Ukraine, even doves should grasp that the best chance of stability lies in standing up to Mr Putin, because firmness today is the way to avoid confrontation later.

Red lines and green men

Russia insists that it has played no part in the seizure of towns such as Sloviansk and Gorlivka. This is implausible. The attacks were coordinated, in strategically useful places that had seen few protests. Just as in Crimea six weeks ago, troops in unmarked uniforms and with Russian weapons carried out the initial assaults. Russian agents have turned up in custody and in reporters’ notebooks, organizing the protests and, some say, paying for them. Russia has been meddling in eastern Ukraine for weeks, occasionally with results from the pages of Gogol. On April 6th “local people” stormed what they thought was the regional administrative headquarters in Kharkiv only to find that they had taken control of the opera house.

Russian diplomats counter that they cannot be behind what is going on, because instability in eastern Ukraine is not in Russia’s interests. True, normal countries benefit from peace and prosperity next door. However, mindful of its own claim to power and the outlook for Russia’s stagnant economy, the Kremlin has much to fear from the pro-European demonstrations that toppled Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yanukovych. It appears determined to see the new Ukraine fail.

See more at Economist.com

Instability in Ukraine is not in Russia’s interest? Really. Stand by to watch Ukraine be digested by Russia. If not in ‘name’, then surely by most principles. But the bear is not hibernating.

Flashback (refresher)

Readers here would know early this year I posted on Putin’s elaborate state of the nation address. How strange it sounded even then.

Coverage on Putin’s December, 2013, address:

“Vladimir Putin pointed out the well-known attempts in recent years to impose an allegedly more progressive development model on other countries. But the result was invariably retrogression, barbarity and a high price in blood. On the other hand, the situation around Syria and now around Iran, too, proves that any international problem can and must be settled exclusively through political means, without ever resorting to the use of force, which, the Russian leader is certain, has no future and provokes rejection in a majority of world nations.” VoR

Here is the text of Putin’s remarks:

The Syrian crisis, and now the situation in Iran as well, clearly demonstrate that any international problem can and should be resolved exclusively through political means, without resorting to forceful actions with little potential that are rejected by most nations in the world.”

At the time, it made for a great rhetorical soundbite. Note the words “any” and “exclusively.” I said he was channeling FDR. Some like Pat Buchanan applauded it.

What a difference a few months make. That’s completely at odds with the picture now.

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Protesters in Kiev – “Hang the Commie!”

This is what happens when politicians ignore reality and try to turn back the clock. Give them credit, is something similar in our future?

Look at the “deal” they made with Iran. The regime sees congress as a bigger threat than Iran. It’s a matter of misguided priorities and willful ignorance.

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By Terresa Monroe Hamilton – the NoisyRoom

Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

Madness, mayhem and commies… Need I say more? Oh, but you know I will as this is where I believe we are heading. The Ukrainian people, cheering loudly, pulled down their Lenin statue and took a hammer to it that Thor would have been proud of. Good times:

KIEV, Ukraine — Public protests thundered into a full-throttle civil uprising in Ukraine on Sunday, as hundreds of thousands of protesters answered President Viktor F. Yanukovich’s dismissiveness with their biggest rally so far, demanding that he and his government resign.

At the height of the unrest on Sunday night, a seething crowd toppled and smashed a statue of Lenin, the most prominent monument to the Communist leader in Kiev. The act was heavy with symbolism, underscoring the protesters’ rage at Russia over its role in the events…

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