Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. cubefarmer

    cubefarmer said, about 1 month ago

    As both Ukraine and Israel are finding out the hard way, a sworn treaty with the US is as worthless as Prince Barry’s “red lines”.

  2. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, about 1 month ago

    US & UK tanks should roll into Russia in retaliation.


    It’s the might is right thing to do. :-|

  3. sw10mm

    sw10mm said, about 1 month ago

    Another blatant example of how little respect the world has for little o.

  4. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 1 month ago

    A bigger war will set everything right.

  5. Jase99

    Jase99 said, about 1 month ago

    @cubefarmer

    “As both Ukraine and Israel are finding out the hard way, a sworn treaty with the US is as worthless as Prince Barry’s ‘red lines’.”

    One has but to open a history book and look at the US government’s treaties with the native Americans to understand a treaty with the US just might be worthless.

  6. rpmurray

    rpmurray said, about 1 month ago

    Diplomacy will put an end to this. Words are mightier than the tank, unless you’re standing in front of it.

  7. Jeff H

    Jeff H said, about 1 month ago

    @wmconelly

    Perhaps not, but clearly playing the “no use of force” card since January 2009 has had unintended consequences.

  8. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 month ago

    After WWI, the Allies ended the German Empire, the Austrian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and the Russian Empire (because the Russians had withdrawn from the Allies and made peace with the Germans). Most people in the Westernmost bits of the old Russian Empire (after WWI, the USSR) did not speak Russian, were not Russian Orthodox, and wanted nothing to do with Russia or the USSR. So the Allies made them independent of the USSR. Stalin took back all the bits that had been part of the Russian Empire, plus chunks of the German Empire and the Austrian Empire.


    The ancestors of the Western Ukrainians voted to leave the USSR, the ancestors of the Eastern Ukrainians, mostly Russian-speaking Russian Orthodox, voted to stay. And lately, they don’t much like each other.


    The Ukraine was fairly evenly split between the Western Ukrainians and the Eastern Ukrainians, with elections rotating which group was in power. Then the West, i.e., the EU and the US, decided to pump lots of money to the Western Ukrainian leadership, and they took over, with the plan being to enrich themselves in exchange for handing all the Ukrainian resources to the Western Oligarchs, a fair and just treatment of the Ukraine.


    But the Eastern Ukrainians and the Russians had a few objections. Putin illegally revoked Khrushchev’s 1954 transfer of the Crimea to the Ukraine, and is supporting the Eastern Ukrainians in their illegal attempt to remain allied with Russia.


    The law is very clear: all Ukrainian resources belong to the Western Oligarchs: they bribed the Western Ukrainian leadership in full, so the law makes everything theirs.


    Obviously, some liberals want to blame Stalin, but he’s dead. The entire conflict must be laid at the feet of the guilty party: Obama, who has foolishly refrained from nuking Russia and helping out the wise and generous (with their baksheesh) Oligarchs to take what is legally and rightfully theirs.

  9. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 month ago

    Deploying weapon platforms on foreign soil costs huge amounts of money, even if not used. Diplomacy is not ‘exciting’ and results are often not realized for long periods of time. If Russia decides to change their mind, all they have to do is withdraw a few miles and their home. If the USA deploys weapon platforms, tanks, SAMs, mobile howitzers, etc, it will cost billions, billions the Congress has shown itself unwilling to spend on infrastructure, immigration reform, healthcare and more. Spending this money to defend Ukraine will have republicans calling for offsets to pay for our ‘police action’.
    The actions Russia has taken up to now has cost it. Their gov’t has warned citizens that food and other commodities may be in short supply over coming months. Russia is hoping that Europe will be afraid of oil and gas shortages over the winter and will therefore let it get away with what it is doing. Mr. Obama and Ms. Merkel are in talks about this very matter and the US will probably see higher gas prices over the winter as the US tries to help fill the gap left by Russia boycotting oil sales to Europe.
    Every time Russia takes an action like this, just like ISIS beheading of Mr. Foley, the world takes a harder look at them. There are many nations who recall life under the Soviet Union and they are talking about how to help Ukraine make a stand against Putin’s attempt to restore Soviet glory.
    Attacking the President for not rushing into a shooting war with a nuclear power is unwise and shortsighted. Putin may very well be willing to go toe to toe with a USA he perceives as poor and divided. But recall that after attacking Pearl Harbor, Yamato is said to have said, “I fear we have awoken a sleeping giant.”
    The giant has been sleeping for awhile, but if our people can remember that we ARE neighbors, we ARE fellow Americans, and we ARE United, the giant will sit up, and the world will take notice.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  10. Incredulous

    Incredulous said, about 1 month ago

    @Michael wme

    Well put! Just like the rest of the comments in the same vein. (Most likely written by the same person.)

    I am Incredulous

  11. denis1112

    denis1112 said, about 1 month ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    It was not too long ago (months, not years) that the RWNJs were lauding Putin. What happened? Not much, it is just another twist in their never ending HATE Obama campaign.
    -——-
    When was that exactly?I do remember Putin showing that he thought very little of Obama.
    Most of us noticed that.
    Putin ,like his heros/mentors in the former Soviet Union is taking advantage of the American Socialists fear of having to do something.How long before ISIS has Russian anti aircraft missles like the one used on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.They have lots of money to buy them with.Or will they “capture” some in Syria?

  12. Dale Must

    Dale Must said, about 1 month ago

    The way tostop Putin and his Ruskies is Rubles. If the Nato countries stop purchasing oil and natural gas from Russia, these are the only sanctions that will work. This crisis was the theme for Tom Clancy’s latest and last book. He wrote it about a year before the crisis started.

  13. Dale Must

    Dale Must said, about 1 month ago

    The way tostop Putin and his Ruskies is Rubles. If the Nato countries stop purchasing oil and natural gas from Russia, these are the only sanctions that will work. This crisis was the theme for Tom Clancy’s latest and last book. He wrote it about a year before the crisis started.

  14. Dale Must

    Dale Must said, about 1 month ago

    The way to stop Putin and his Ruskies is Rubles. If the Nato countries stop purchasing oil and natural gas from Russia, these are the only sanctions that will work. This crisis was the theme for Tom Clancy’s latest and last book. He wrote it about a year before the crisis started.

  15. Hiram Bingham

    Hiram Bingham said, about 1 month ago

    If anyone were to examine world events beyond Fox News and Lisa Benson screaming for another bloody war, you would learn that the sanctions are, indeed, working.

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