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March 13, 2014 - 10:03 am
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Meanwhile, in eastern Ukraine…

“I’m for living in one country, with no borders, like we used to. Like the fingers on one hand,” said 60-year-old Lyudmila Zhuravlyova, who signed a petition asking for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military invention to stop “political persecution and physical annihilation of the Russian-speaking and Orthodox population.”

In Luhansk and other eastern Ukraine cities, some men have formed militia groups such as “Luhansk Guard,” the “People’s Auxiliary” as Russian news broadcasts swarm with alleged atrocity stories about attacks on ethnic Russians and Jews in Ukraine — helping to spur the secession drive and the anxieties that underlie it. The Associated Press and other international media have found no evidence of victimization.

On Sunday, in a possible portent of more trouble to come, pro-Russian demonstrators overran the regional government headquarters just off Soviet Street and forced Gov. Mikhail Bolotskih to sign a resignation letter.

“Among them were young aggressive people in an intoxicated condition, inappropriate condition, with bats, sticks, and it was obvious they were armed with some other kinds of weapons,” the governor, who is appointed by Ukraine’s central authorities, said Tuesday.

Ethnic Russians are pining for the days when the Soviet Union made them a world power. Putin seems agreeable to that.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Geopolitics is never about just one thing. Why did this brush fire start in Kiev. I know about the corrupt government in Kiev, but I don't think there is any non corrupt government in the world.

Geopolitics evolve around energy, and money, not spreading Homosexuality, and paganism. So, I think there is something much deeper going on, and I think it involves Syria, and the birth of region 4 of the WTO.
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Four NATO countries share a land border with the Ukraine: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. NATO members Latvia, Estonia, and Norway share a land border with Russia. Seems to me that the US should be making clear our support for these allies.

Rand Paul raised an interesting issue for Russia and the Ukraine. Take the areas with large Russian population out of the Ukraine and the remaining people who want closer ties with Europe win every election. Even removing just Crimea from Ukrainian elections tips the power balance away from Russia. Russia gains political control around its warm water naval port in exchange for losing a buffer state between it and the EU.
20 weeks ago
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Seems to me that the US should be making clear our support for these allies.

Operative word is should.

Subotai Bahadur
20 weeks ago
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Thus we see the bitter fruit of Obama's transformed America. Those who sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind...may God forgive us for last year's vote.
20 weeks ago
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McCain wants a war with Russia and/or China. He is mentally damaged, probably from being tortured in Hotel Hanoi. He wants revenge.

Obama is disgusting and I can attack him all day. But asking for McCain is insanity.
20 weeks ago
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This can't be any good.
20 weeks ago
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Oh, you know Larry, once Putin has swallowed Crimea, he'll be satisfied and we'll have peace in our time.
20 weeks ago
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Why would we expect anything from European social democracies? They flubbed the diplomacy leading up to the Great War, failed to stop Hitler, and went to social democracy, which is simply a milder sort of statism than Communism. See http://clarespark.com/2011/04/09/jean-francois-revel-and-father-mapple/, all about how weakly the West resisted the Soviet Union. Nothing has changed.
20 weeks ago
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Clearly, we aren't going to do anything but jaw about it, so, are the massive armies of the Continent massing to thwart the Russian Bear? Will the Dutch send both companies or leave one at home to keep looters out of their barracks? Will the French drop their weapons a third time? Will 'Marching through Georgia' become the Red Army's new theme song?

This isn't going to end well....
20 weeks ago
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If Putin is anything like his predecessors he won't rest until he has the English Channel view for his front yard.

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Nope. They're waiting for their whipping boy to come and help. And it just isn't going to happen.
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