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It’s a War, Stupid!
Time Magazine, by Garry Kasparov

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 8/30/2014 8:29:44 PM

As Russian troops and armored columns advance in Eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian government begs for aid from the free world it hoped would receive it and protect it as one of its own. The leaders of the free world, meanwhile, are struggling to find the right terminology to free themselves from the moral responsibility to provide that protection. (Snip) This vocabulary of cowardice emanating from Berlin and Washington today is as disgraceful as the black-is-white propaganda produced by Putin’s regime, and even more dangerous. Moscow’s smokescreens are hardly necessary in the face of so much willful blindness. Putin’s lies are

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There must be some really "scared" politicians and analysts who suddenly quit fawning for years over 0bama and now suddenly make him their new "chew toy."

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Grampstosix, 8/30/2014 8:43:37 PM     (No. 9987715)

This is a good article by someone who has been there and done that.I recommend it for must read.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: GW_Rider, 8/30/2014 9:05:46 PM     (No. 9987728)

fta: "Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko just met with President Obama in Washington, but Obama’s subsequent statement showed no sign he’s willing to acknowledge reality."

Make no mistake, unlike the American public, the Russians know exactly who and what hussein is. They have his number.

I love the mention of "there is no military solution" in the article. It´s the equivalent of "war is not the answer". Ask those people liberated from Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald and others if war solves anything.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 8/30/2014 9:07:14 PM     (No. 9987730)

FTA: The best reason for acting to stop Putin today is brutally simple: It will only get harder tomorrow.

The last sentence of the article, quoted above, puts it all in perspective. And does barry and the rest even care? I don´t think so. Deleted by Taste Police.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mark34, 8/30/2014 9:11:50 PM     (No. 9987737)

The writer of the article, Garry Kasparov, is a virulent antagonist of Vladimir Putin. He should stick to what he does best, playing chess (I presume he is the same Garry Kasparov that was World Chess Champion for a long time).

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jgat, 8/30/2014 9:31:51 PM     (No. 9987756)

In the fawning and empty talking no one is mentioning that the world leaders urged Ukraine to give up their nuclear weapons on promise of support if attacked. Does anyone remember?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 8/30/2014 9:37:51 PM     (No. 9987762)

#5, yes, I mentioned it yesterday on another thread. It was a deal made with Clinton in 1994.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: richwill, 8/30/2014 9:39:34 PM     (No. 9987766)

Hitler was allowed to take Austria and then Czechoslovakia and then . . . . Guess what, WWII? Czechoslovakia could have defeated Hitler, but Chamberlain and France caved and the rest is history. Putin is using a well established paradigm for taking real estate.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 8/31/2014 12:44:23 AM     (No. 9987850)

Okay, let us think about the options for war. We send, what? aid? How much aid would it take for 20 million people to defeat 245 million people with nuclear weapons, ten thousand modern tanks, a fantastic air force, and 1.5 million men in uniform? What if we send in our air force and Navy? How long before the Russians start sinking our carriers, blasting our planes out of the air? Then what? Do we accept defeat, or do we resort to the ultimate showdown, putting the world on the brink of nuclear annihilation?

Truly? Over the Ukraine? For a people who are so screwed up they could not put together a responsible government since they were freed from the USSR nearly 25 years ago? For some quasi-fantastic concept to them of "freedom"? We don´t even want to fight for our own freedom! We will not go to a mass rally for our own freedom! Most us us would not even sign a petition to protect our own freedom!

So stop it!

Just cool the jets, boys and girls...there is no win in this situation. We gave up this fight years ago when we dumped all our eggs in the Iraqi and Afghanistan baskets! We quit this fight when we elected a non-qualified "Choomer" to the office of President of the United States of America. It will take two generations for us to gain back our strength- if we ever can (I doubt it seriously!). Then we can talk deterrence and "freedom" again.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: steveW, 8/31/2014 2:56:15 AM     (No. 9987894)

The EU was giddy with delight that President Weakest Horse was elected as the de facto leader of the free world in 2008. Precisely because he was the Weakest Horse. Now the EU will face the consequences of their idiotic giddiness every bit as much as Ukraine will.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: gasmeterguy, 8/31/2014 10:38:37 AM     (No. 9988167)

Obama gave Putin the green light a few years ago when Obama said he would have more flexibility after the election.

Now we are in "after the election" and Putin is moving west. When or where will Putin stop?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: noparallel, 9/3/2014 8:26:43 AM     (No. 9991571)

#8, so if Putin goes after Latvia or Lituania we should also do nothing? They´ve put together successful governments after being freed of the Soviet yoke. Is any war a good war?

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