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  •  My Head's Not In a Hole (0+ / 0-)

    The US along with UK, Russia and Ukraine signed the 1994 Budapest Memorandum surrendering Ukraine's thousands of Soviet nukes to Russia, replaced by the assurances of those countries of Ukraine's territorial integrity and soverignty. In 2009 Obama and Medvedev renewed the treaty in 2009.

    The Pentagon spends $TRILLIONS on defending the US, including universal spying, including on foreign leaders, and even endlss $BILLIONS for Cold War mission planes. Even as Obama allows (and even suggests) cutting essential budgets to protect the Pentagon's squanderous ones.

    Over the course of two days Russia violated that treaty, invading Ukraine, while the Pentagon seemed not to exist at all.

    Of course I want to know why Obama let this happen. What kind of insanity defends him from this kind of failure?

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 10:15:32 AM PST

    •  What exactly should the DoD do? (2+ / 0-)
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      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 12:09:34 PM PST

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      •  Stop Spending Our Money (0+ / 0-)

        For one it should stop spending so many $BILLIONS of our money pretending to support agreements like the Budapest Memorandum protecting Ukraine. It should stop spying on everyone when it doesn't even help deter a Russian invasion.

        Maybe it should have better trained Ukraine to respond to a Russian invasion like this. Maybe it should have put more ships into the Black Sea than just the two for Sochi, one of which (the one with the weapons) ran aground in Turkey and is being repaired.

        What should it do now? Give me security clearance and a meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I'll tell you.

        But now that the Pentagon has lost the chance at deterrence, it's probably just a costly obstacle.

        What should happen now is that Obama should lead the rest of the world to lock down Russia's finances, while finding ways to supply Ukraine with gas instead of from Russia. And pressure Russia to stick to its story of "protecting Crimea through the Ukrainian political instability" by never firing a shot or interfering in anything, until the May 25th Ukrainian elections, and then immediately leaving once the election is complete.

        I expect Obama to do those things. I expected Obama to lead the US in living up to our obligations like the Budapest Memorandum. Which is why my head isn't in a hole while I wonder why he let this happen.

        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

        by DocGonzo on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:37:27 PM PST

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