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  •  He had a different perspective from the US. (5+ / 0-)

    He is irrational.

    Sounds to me like two different ways of saying exactly the same thing. If you disagree you are obviously irrational and I will ignore your comment.

    •  FOLLOW THE MONEY FOLKS!! always pays (3+ / 0-)
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      erratic, Andrew F Cockburn, valkyrry

      Ben Judah...just tells it like it is.. READ AND LEARN.

      European BANKERS have Russian Oligarchs NUTS all of them, and can crack them as soon as POL’s let them.

      Why Russia No Longer Fears the West

      Russia would rather have swallowed Ukraine whole, but the show must go on. Russian TV needs glories for Putin every night on the evening news. Russian politics is about spin, not substance. The real substance of Russian politics is the extraction of billions of dollars from the nation and shuttling them into tropical Western tax havens, which is why Russian politics needs perpetual PR and perpetual Putinist drama to keep all this hidden from the Russian people. Outraged Putin has built up a Kremlin fleet of luxury aircraft worth $1 billion? Angry that a third of the $51 billion budget of the Sochi games vanished into kickbacks? Forget about it. Russia is on the march again.
      Vladimir Putin knows this. He knows that millions of Russians will cheer him as a hero if he returns them Crimea. He knows that European bureaucrats will issue shrill statements and then get back to business helping Russian elites buy London town houses and French chateaux. He knows full well that the United States can no longer force Europe to trade in a different way. He knows full well that the United States can do nothing beyond theatrical military maneuvers at most.
      This is why Vladimir Putin just invaded Crimea.
      He thinks he has nothing to lose.

      Proud to be part of the 21st Century Democratic Majority Party of the 3M's.. Multiracial, Multigender and MiddleClass

      by LOrion on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 02:44:15 PM PST

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      •  Those silly Russians. (3+ / 0-)
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        I bet Putin will stage a photo op where he parachutes onto a battlefield and then stands on a tank and brags about kicking ass.

        Americans would never fall for that sort of thing.

        •  And somewhere behind him (0+ / 0-)

          will be a banner with the Russian words for "Mission Accomplished" painted in bold Cyrillic letters for all to see.  Meanwhile, the mission will only just be getting started and will go on for years, being left by Putin for whatever successor he has to finish.

      •  I don't think his view is particularly accurate... (1+ / 0-)
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        I've read nearly opposite analysis from other sources that say economic punishment is entirely possible and feasible. Russia needs the West more than the West needs Russia at this time.

        "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" Voltaire.

        by JWK on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:09:42 PM PST

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        •  Yes, but... (0+ / 0-)

          It appears, from the map of the area, that Russia needs unfettered ocean access, and the Crimean Peninsula has it. My bet is on Putin in this regard. The region is vital to Russia. Not exactly a new tactic, in Europe or anywhere. 'Not saying it passes the smell test.

      •  Foreign adventurism to distract Russian people. (0+ / 0-)

        I think that Putin is afraid that the Russian people are losing their patience with his corruption, and the Olympics weren't enough to get them to ignore that.

        He needs a war to get them to rally 'round the flag.

        Freedom's just another word for not enough to eat. --Paul Krugman's characterization of conservative attitudes.

        by Judge Moonbox on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:01:36 PM PST

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    •  If the US didn't want missiles in Cuba... (0+ / 0-)

      ...why would Russia want US missiles in Ukraine?

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