A citizen exchange is something the Ukraine should insist on. If the take Crimea they take all the Russian speaking Ukrainians with it. Ukrainian's in Crimea must leave too. The best assurance that Russia isn't going to keep repeating this is if they start moving people out of the Ukraine.
correction : losing cause.
A Syria deal, that ends the civil war and gives the rebels land. Obama could get a Syria deal now. Putin isn't going to want Obama to make a stink in Syria as revenge. With the Crimea win momentum is Putin's to lose.
Its time for the west to tell Russia what it wants in return for Crimea. Money that was promised should be maintained. Gas and energy should get a sweat long term contract. A missile defense system and a Ukraine navy. There is plenty to gain without going broke fighting this dangerous lousing cause. A landmark peace deal next week would jump start every economy in the world.
Instead of living in it's own world, Kerry and the white house should have jumped on any deal to trade Crimea for the Ukraine. Now we are looking at another grab in East Ukraine and why not? Obama shot his sissi sanctions wad in Crimea already. Sanction threat reruns won't add anymore pressure.
If the US don't let Ukraine contract its going to lose it all. Russia has got the voters and Ukraine has an illegal lab rat experiment. Without Jack in hand, and Putin's cards on the table, this is no time for a poker face bluff. Face the facts, lick the wounds, and get a new deal. If they open their eyes and finally get in front of this, its still an Olympic games win for the west.
Don't sugar coat it. Let it all out .tell me how you really feel. Tell them how I'm a child molesting, bi-sexual, prostitute. Tell them how cheap I worked for your family Christmas party. Tell how hot I got when Fight-o started humping my leg while your daughter and wife got an abortion. I'm finished now.
WE ARE GOING TO BLEED Monday unless one of 3 things happen. 1). Russia backs down and cancels the elections (sure) /// 2). The US backs down on sanctions. /// 3). Yellen has a bazooka on each shoulder, 1st thing Monday.
A depressed Russian market means less competition & cheaper prices for China. A hampered European/US market means the same. China was predicting slower growth but I doubt it now. Especially with their military spending expansion
China is too busy exploiting Obama's war to support his sanctions. A full blown cold war between Russia and the US frees China to validate its complete dominance of Asia. If the US gets stuck in the cold Crimea ditch, I predict that China will attack Japan (as retaliation for developing nuclear weapons) and disarm the Korea's too.
When the US adjusts to the real threat, Russia will expand again as part of a China non aggression/sanctions agreement.
Putin hasn't gotten his way in the Ukraine. The hot trend lab rats ran his ally out.
That Obama "line" of bull-ship might hold up in the press but it's not holding as well on the ground.
Actually Hitler did have some allies that got ousted by mob, but that was at the end of the war not the start it. I think its Obama that will lose allies to public mobs (like Hitler) over this war .
China is the 800 pound Hitler in the room nobody wants to talk about. Water cannons on the smallest targets. Taking over water ways. I predict China will attack JAPAN claiming Japan is building nuclear weapons. They will also liberate North and South Korea, disarm its nuclear weapons, occupy it. 1 Asia.
I don't want to be having a #$%$ng contest with Russia while they prepare.
Missile defense spending will create jobs and give investors security. If Putin turns into Hitler, wouldn't you rather wait till the system is up to go to war with him?
Europe's economy will explode with all the Putin payoff money that this could circulate. Sending Dennis Rodman has as good a chance, of changing Putin's mind, as Obama's self destructive, cold war escalating, sanctions do.
Clinton and Cramer are way off comparing Putin to Hitler. Hitler's ally didn't get ousted buy a mob. Hitler wasn't getting rich selling gas to Europe. Hitler didn't host the Paralympics. Hitler didn't bail Obama out in Syria.
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