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commented on Steve Benson
2 days ago
The answer is yes.
Nato responding strongly to this invasion will show far stronger than words or sanctions that the behavior is not acceptable. Move tanks and troops into the remainder of the Ukraine, once invited by the current government. Place them in eastern ukraine and on the border with Crimea. Give putin three days to remove his forces. Then start sinking the russian black sea navy if he does not. Establish air superiority and blockade the peninsula. It will take less than a year to starve them out. Of course Russia will turn off the gas and oil to western europe, but that means that they will have no money coming in either. We can also expect retaliation against the baltic states.
Putin does not expect any resistance from either the EU or America. Show him he is wrong about that and and there is a greater likelihood that he will either back down now and/or refrain from repeating this land grab in the future. That is a far greater chance than doing nothing and allowing him to get away with it.
Give into bullying, and you only get more bullying. Stand up to them, face them down, and if necessary beat them down, and the bullying stops.
commented on Luann
4 days ago
Any bets that they get locked in and cannot get out without assistance?
commented on Jerry Holbert
5 days ago
Hitler occupies the Rhineland, March 1936, claiming it is German territory.
Hitler occupies Austria, March 1938, claiming that they are ethnic Germans.
Hitler occupies the Sudetenland, October 1938, claiming protection of ethnic germans, declares that this is his last territorial demand, “we want no Czechs.”
Hitler occupies all of Czechoslovakia, March 1939.
Hitler invades Poland, September 1939.
After the war we learned that the Nazis planned to run back across the border if opposed by france or britain if they were met with military force in the occupation of the Rhineland.
I see the situation as very similar today.
Russia invades Georgia, creates and annexes South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Russia claims it is protecting ethnic russians.
Russia invades Ukrainian Crimea, under the excuse of protecting ethnic russians and at the request of the ousted ukrainian dictator, March 2014.
The EU and the US fail to back up their promises to protect the sovereignty of the Ukraine, which were made when the Ukraine gave up it’s strategic nuclear weapons.
What will follow?
Large parts of Eastern Ukraine will be taken by the russians.
Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia will be taken by the russians, in order to “protect” ethnic russians.
Russia will be emboldened to give continued aid to Syrian and Iran.
Russia will threaten to cut off natural gas and oil from the pipelines going to EU countries.
Russia will ignore all threats of economic sanctions.
The only thing that will stop the russians would be Nato tanks on the borders between Ukraine and Russia. A demand for the removal or destruction of the russian navy from the crimea, and air combat between Nato and russian air units above the crimea.
I doubt that russia wants a war, but I am certain that the EU wants one even less. And I certainly don’t see president Obama taking any measures that would prevent russia from doing this again. He has learned nothing from history.
commented on Clay Bennett
6 days ago
Looks like we are headed to washington. Time to clean house and drain the swamp.
What is an “unfunded tax cut”? Tax cuts aren’t funded by definition. What we have is unfunded expenditures. Unfunded spending.
In short we are spending more than we take in. What we should do is reduce spending to about 98% of the revenues we receive.
I have NEVER seen a democrat agree to a spending cut in anything other than the military. And until that happens, I will never believe that any promised spending cuts in the future will take place.
So start cutting spending on something other than the military and then we might have enough trust to talk. And I mean REAL cuts. Not just smaller amounts of the planned increases. Actually spend less this year than last year.
It’s not the number of executive orders that worry me. It is their contents.
This president has no respect for the enumeration of powers in the constitution. He re-writes laws at his whim. He refuses to see to that the laws are faithfully executed. He encourages state AG’s to ignore the obligations they have to defend the laws in court.
What we have is a party, the democrats, who have had a coup d’tat and are no longer governing constitutionally. The only real question is will we have to resort to violent revolution to remove them from power.
I think we will.
commented on Signe Wilkinson
6 days ago
I have what I consider to be a reasonable solution. In those areas that are served by only one cable provider, Channels must be offered on an ala carte basis. Bundling is allowed, but cannot be required, as every channel can be selected individually.
All services must be offered on a net neutral basis. A company cannot be allowed to give preference to its services over a competing service in the delivery of those services. For example, comcast cannot offer faster download speeds for its services, while throttling the ability of netflix to offer it’s services.
Customers will have the option of choosing what services they want. If you don’t like that, then allow competition into the market place.
commented on Matt Davies
6 days ago
Ok, given your opinion that imprisonment and punishment does NO good, what do you propose to do with those that rape, murder and rob? What do you propose to do with burglars, child molesters, and identity thieves?
commented on Ted Rall
9 days ago
Obama is bisexual. Does that count for a two-fer?
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