Posts Tagged ‘Vladimir Putin
Back in 2008, following Obama’s less than compelling reaction on the campaign trail to Russia invading neighboring Georgia, Sarah Palin remarked that Ukraine could be next. The left attacked her, mocked her, called her comments “strange” and “far-fetched”.
Today, the scenario is very real. Russia’s puppet parliament just voted unanimously to approve military action against Ukraine. This after paramilitary forces, likely of Russian origin and backing, have already seized government buildings and airports within the Crimean region of Ukraine.
Which means, all those fawning, sycophantic, Obama-protecting liberals… all those self-righteous, self-described “experts” on foreign policy… all those talking heads on the television were WRONG.
Sarah Palin was right, folks.
I wonder which of those supposed experts has the guts to admit it.
I’m sure most of you have seen this photo already. It’s from the G20 summit. Supposedly, this had something to do with the discussion over Russia’s involvement in the Syria conflict.
I thought we’d try something a little different. This photo just looks so ripe for some snarky captions. Post your captions below!
Or, you can add some cartoon bubbles to the image using http://superlame.com like so:
Or, you can pop over to http://diy.despair.com and make one of those demotivational posters like so:
The thing no one is talking about today: Putin takes first step towards invasion of the Ukraine by setting natural gas trap
Technically, this really isn’t the FIRST step Vladimir Putin’s taken towards his planned invasion of the Ukraine. It’s probably step 1,002, with almost all of them unreported in our news media. The only reason we’re aware of what’s going on is because a good friend is Ukrainian, and talks about what’s happening there a lot.
In a nutshell, what Putin did to Georgia earlier this year was a test run for what he’s going to do to Ukraine very soon — because he knows Obama will not be able to stop him (as a part of Obama starts thinking of peaches, Jimmy Carter, NeNe, and the Marquette Lounge whenever he gets “Georgia” on his mind). Obama’s vascillation and tepid ultimate response to the Russian invasion of Georgia earlier this year is the greenlight Putin was waiting for. Dear Leader’s kumbaya call for both sides to calm down and talk about the feelings that led to the conflict amounted to basically asking Russia and Georgia to put down the guns and hug it out (“Now, let’s draw a picture of how you want this situation resolved, and let’s use only our happiest crayons”).
If you think Khrushchev looked at Kennedy and saw a naive, inexperienced, and untested American to take advantage of, then what do you think Putin sees in Obama?
What does Putin draw with his happiest crayons?
Whatever it is, it appears Putin’s so cocksure he’ll win in these chess games with the new American president that he doesn’t bother to hide the moves he’s telegraphing. His gambit and strategy are clear: Russia antagonized Georgia for some time, manipulating it into attacking South Ossetia in August 2008. Once Georgia attacked, Russia used that as its excuse to destroy Georgia’s military capabilities – and get other concessions Putin wanted (including a test run on the strategy he’s employing against Ukraine). Russian troops remain in South Ossetia and other areas formerly under Georgian control, where they are likely to stay for a very long time.That’s part of a larger military strategy Putin has for the region, much of which is yet to be revealed.
What does Russia want from the Ukraine?
One guess our Ukrainian friend makes is that Russia is trying to provoke the Urkaine into doing something Putin will use as cover for permanently taking back the Crimea, which Khrushchev “gifted” to the Ukraine during the Soviet era. Back then, it really didn’t matter if the Crimea was considered within the Ukraine’s boundaries, but since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the fact the Crimea is in Ukrainian hands has been both a psychological and national security sorespot for Russians.
Well, the Crimea was part of what Russians psychologicallly considered “Russia”, and having it amputated from their nation has left scars and festering resentment since the 1990s. More than that, the Russian Fleet on the Black Sea is based in the Crimea, and there’s no other port that can accomodate the fleet on Russia’s coastline. When the USSR dissolved, an agreement was made between the Ukraine and Russia to keep the Crimean port under Russian control until 2017. Russia believed that agreement would be renewed indefinitely into the future, but the Ukraine has said in recent years it wants to redevelop the Crimean naval base into a civilian recreational and living facility, evicting the Russian Navy as soon as the agreement expires (8 years from now).
It appears to us Putin sees Obama as the perfect window of opportunity to take care of the Crimea/Ukraine situation now, because who knows what will happen in 2017 (or who the US president will be). If Russia can trick the Ukraine into a conflict like the South Ossetia War of August 2008, then Russia can permanently retake the Crimea, while Obama dithers and encourages more hugging, hand-holding, and kumbaya singing.
Hence, cutting off the Ukraine’s natural gas supplies today…on New Year’s Day, while most of the Western world is nursing New Year’s hangovers (some people we know didn’t wake up until five in the afternoon today) and the world media’s running retrospectives on 2008 or resolution fluff pieces, with critical reporters on holiday leave through the weekend. Today was a very smart day to sneak in a move against the Ukraine…and right at the start of the very worst of winter low temperatures. Putin probably figures this will provoke a response from the Ukraine in a week or two (because after a similar move ni 2006, Ukraine and the rest of Europe started storing gas, and those reserves will last at least 2 weeks), with a Russian counter-response shortly after Obama’s inauguration…catching the new administration off guard, toking on hopium.
All of this talk about natural gas supplies used as political weapons is hard for us to wrap our heads around here in Chicago, where the hemisphere’s largest producer of natural gas lives (especially productive on chili day at Harpo Studios). Since there’s no Ukrainian Oprah, Kiev’s up the Black Sea without a paddle on this one.
And for a guy whose idea of fun is going off into the woods to hunt tigers with his bare hands, any action the Ukraine takes after this gas stoppage will be twisted however Putin wants it, in whatever way’s best suited for a short war aimed at taking back the Crimea…this time for keeps.
Putin can’t wait!