He's going to do it in the traditional Russian way; one slice at a time. Crimea, chunks of Ukraine until he has it all, Belaruss, chunks of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia until he has what he wants. Then, he'll restore the Warsaw Pact. He's attempting to intimidate the countries around the Baltic sea in the air and under the sea. Give him 10 years and the USSR will be back. The sanctions are having an effect. But, they may backfire on us. That remains to be seen
Sorry Mr. S., I misread what you wrote as an indication of what is happening rather than a proposed solution. I agree with you that the US shouldn't be the worlds policeman and that we should not be putting boots on the ground in the MiddleEast. Russia and the Far East are a different story. We don't need to treat them the same as the Middle East. We have interests and trading partners that require different treatment.
He prefers to take the credit for other people's words. If that is radical, then I can't disagree with you. However, I think it is plagiarism which is morally bankrupt and illegal in some circumstances.
We're not back in the days when military spending was the largest single item in the US budget. Today it's more on the order of 20% rather than the Cold War 40% to 60%. The US budget includes more for pensions or for healthcare than for national defense!
This really isn't the venue for this discussion but
(1) I disagree with the idea that Obama or anyone else can get ISIS or the Taliban under control through talks with Turkey, Iran or any of the other states you name. Iran still views the US as their #2 enemy after Israel and more of a threat than either ISIS or the Taliban. Turkey is no longer the secular Muslim state that it once was. It is far closer to a mullah dominated state like Iran with aims and orientation that are not in line with US goals. Egypt, the Saudi's, etc. will be lucky to maintain themselves as they are today let alone do much to contain the radicals without US assistance. Jawboning by Obama or anyone else will have the same result as Neville Chaimberlain's 'Peace in our time' proclaimation in 1938. A major war as WW II is highly likely in my lifetime.
(2) Putin's goals are to restore the USSR of the 60's. US security will require that we invest in NATO comparably to what was done in the 60's.
(3) China plans to have a larger Navy in the Pacific than the US has worldwide within 10 years. They are completely revamping their nuclear armory with MIRVs so that they have a 1st strike capability to be able to wipe out US nuclear weaponry.
China is less likely to do anything more than use their weaponry to intimidate and blackmail the US to acquiesce to their demands. Putin is more likely to use Russian weaponry because he has less control over his generals than Xi has over his. Neither of them is likely to put up with the ISIS or Talibans of the world other than as a tool to help bring down the US.
There are those, like Bill Gates, who would disagree.
From Chaos Manor.
"In the Los Angeles School District some 7 teachers have been dismissed for incompetence in a dozen years. Another hundred or so have been isolated from all contact with students, but are still paid full salary. Make it 200 in 10 years and it’s still a tiny number for a system that employs tens of thousands of teachers. Of course some of them are incompetent. Some started incompetent, some achieved incompetence, and some may have had incompetence thrust on them by an accident or just plain burnout. However they became incompetent, they are: and one of the things Gates’ research has shown – although he doesn’t like to say it flat out because he is trying to maintain some level of civility with the teacher unions – is that you can improve most schools by a factor of two by firing the 10% least competent teachers. This shouldn’t be surprising: it’s the case with most organizations. Weeding out the worst is always an effective means of increasing the efficiency of an organization. Gates has also shown conclusively something that honest education theorists have know for fifty years: class sizes don’t matter much, and spending more money seldom improves schools."
"cut back on military spending,"
I think Vladimir, Premier Xi, ISIS and others will keep stirring the pot enough to make that unlikely, even undesirable.
The reptile needs to go pluck himself!
Something that holds his loses to 10% a quarter over the next year!
is flashing like crazy again. The Hindenburg Omen is right about 1/4 of the time and causes a panic sell off 4 times in 10! Nothing like a forecast that costs the little guy money about twice the frequency that it is right!
Crazy times indeed are ahead ... for anyone depending on accuracy from the Reptile!
"why would you call someone a moron "
I think that he's looking at the reflection in his computer monitor when he's writing that.
Just remember in the future to leave the cheap stereotypes to the Reptile and the OYSter.
I've noticed that we've had several slow days, except for the spammers. I wonder how long the sentence was this time?
Who is going to protect FNM and FRE from Congressional inquiry with Barney retired? I still remember Franklin Raines being quoted in Forbes, IIRC, as saying, "Quality? Who needs quality? I need quantity for my bonuses! Buy the mortgages! Buy them all!" The only reason that isn't in the Congressional Record is Barney squashing any attempt to get him to testify between 2004 and 2011! I'd sort of like to know what he knew so that he was able to pull that off 2004 to 2006 when the Republicans were the majority party! But, knowing it might make me want to wipe my memory of it too!
Careful there dude! I'm German and if my wife were alive to testify, she would tell you that I do have a heart! Of course at my age, no one would want it.
I wonder if Dollar would prefer a lung from Fonzi's favorites, the Petralunga twins! Of course, that spiffy Italian liver should be marinated in a nice Chianti ( thank you Dr. Lector! ).