Russia to Invade Ukraine

by Ryan on March 1, 2014

in Election 2008,Election 2012,International Relations,Media Bias,Politics,Russia

Events are moving fast in Ukraine:  violent protests, parliament removing their leader, an interim government trying to catch its breath, etc.  Complicating the situation is the ethnic makeup of Ukraine — 17.3% are Russian, most of whom live in the eastern part of the country.

After making plenty of noise about possibly sending troops, the Russian parliament has given Vladimir Putin permission to mobilize Russian military forces to “protect ethnic Russians and the personnel of a Russian military base in Ukraine’s strategic region of Crimea.”

Shouldn’t the UN have something to say about this?  Shouldn’t the EU be screaming about Russia invading a sovereign nation, possibly sparking a larger conflagration?  Shouldn’t President Obama be rallying world condemnation with the threat of economic sanctions?  The first two questions are easy to answer — the UN is a joke, and Europe needs Russian oil.

President Obama did have something to say about the situation yesterday:

“We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine.  Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interests of Ukraine, Russia or Europe. It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people.

“It would be a clear violation of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws. The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.”

What, no “red line?”  We know how Putin feels about Obama, and how Obama feels about Putin.  KGB agent vs. a Community Organizer?  I’m taking KGB.  If you remember, Mitt Romney was mocked by Obama over calling Russia a “geopolitical foe” during one of the debates.  Presciently, in 2008 Sarah Palin actually said (and was also mocked over):

“After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.”

You betcha.

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