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Boots on the Ground in Ukraine?

rgivan Wrote: Apr 03, 2014 5:09 PM
Right On, OSFB!
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Is Putin the Irrational One?

rgivan Wrote: Mar 19, 2014 9:59 AM
This column is isolationist tripe. A reconstructed Russian Empire or Soviet Union would be a mortal danger to the rest of the world. It is more likely to be a revived Soviet Union since Putin was a KGB officer, not an altar boy. The political assassinations of journalists and imprisonment of dissidents and some oligarchs all point to tyranny, not just autocratic government. Look at all the Lenin statues all over Russia and Lenin's Mausoleum despite the Patriarch's pleas to bury Lenin and demolish that excrescence on Red Square. Russia's neighbors to the West are waking up to the danger. The Polish proposal for a joint Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian military force is a case in point. The U.S, ought to model its response to Russian aggression on that of Roosevelt. Furnish arms to Russia's neighbors. U.S. troops not yet and hopefully never needed.
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Crimea Votes to Secede from Ukraine

rgivan Wrote: Mar 18, 2014 11:56 AM
93% is slightly lower than election results in the old USSR and only slightly more believable. About 30% of the Crimean population is ethnically Ukrainian and 12$ Crimean Tatar--both nationalities severely oppressed by the Soviets and doubtless intimidated by the Red Guards dispatched from Russian to "liberate" Crimea. Reasonable poll figures might have been as much as 55-60% for "independence" in a free election. I think we will see an outflux of refugees from Crimea due to ethnic cleansing.
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Punish Putin?

rgivan Wrote: Mar 13, 2014 9:21 AM
Obama is hopelessly idiotic. He will never adopt any of your very good suggestions.
The stupidest column I have evefr read on Townhall. No more from this clown!
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What Would the GOP Do?

rgivan Wrote: Mar 11, 2014 9:50 AM
Putin also murders foes,
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Scraping the Rust Off the Iron Curtain

rgivan Wrote: Mar 07, 2014 8:47 AM
Moici's analysis of Russo-Western relations is the best I have yet seen.
Germany under Merkel is not a dependable ally. She hems and haws and opposes any proposals to resist Russian aggression (not to mention sanctions against Iran). McCain has a good memory; Shedlock does not. Dubya planned and had made preparations to install ABMs in the Czech Republic and Poland. Of course, our current all-wise leader cancelled that plan in favor of resetting U.S.-Russian relations. Holding food stamp spending at 2013 levels would pay for those missile batteries in the Czech Republic. It would be a credible response to dictator Putin.
Putin does have the capacity and desire to re-build the old Soviet Empire and will do it unless the U.S. blocks him. C0old War redux. And, Dan, if you think that would not damage America’s national security maybe you ought to stick to economic issues.
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Egypt, Syria, and Now it’s Ukraine

rgivan Wrote: Mar 04, 2014 9:54 AM
Russia without Ukraine is a country, with Ukraine it is an empire. The U.S. has a vital interest in preventing the reconstruction of the Russian Empire/Soviet Union. It would be a constant and powerful threat to Europe and the Western Hemisphere. It ight even threaten China since Russia and China are not natural allies. The current arrangement between the two is simply a convenience against the U S. What to do about the Ukraine? First of all, stop yammering that we will NOT intervene militarily and start shipping arms to Ukraine. Military advisers might not be a bad idea. Economic sanctions by all means to include expelling Russia from the G-8 and prohibition on the export of advanced technology and extension of credit. Preventing Russia from grabbing Ukraine is vital to the defense of Europe.
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