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US Warns Russia Over "Provocative" Actions In Ukraine

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As today's actions by Russia have raised concerns and stirred flight-to-safety flows in the markets, The White House has decided to add its $0.02 worth:

  • *OBAMA AIDE EARNEST URGES 'OUTSIDE ACTORS' TO RESPECT UKRAINE TERRITORY
  • *EARNEST SAYS RUSSIA SHOULD AVOID `PROVOCATIVE' ACTIONS
  • *U.S. WARNS RUSSIA TO RESPECT UKRAINE SOVEREIGNTY

Or else...? On the bright side, he did not say anything about crossed lines of color.

Via AP,

The White House is urging "outside actors" to respect Ukraine's sovereignty, as neighboring Russia prepares for massive military exercises.

 

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. is aware of Russia's plans to launch the military maneuvers. While Russian officials said the exercises were unrelated to the tensions in Ukraine, these exercise will take place near the shared border between the countries.

 

Without specifically mentioning Russia, Earnest also called on others in the region to end "provocative rhetoric and actions."

 

Russia has questioned the legitimacy of Ukraine's acting government, which took charge after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych fled after signing an agreement aimed at ending his country's three-month political crisis.

 


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Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:37 | Link to Comment Obama_4_Dictator
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LOL, this is getting good.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:41 | Link to Comment camaro68ss
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ooooo, BOW just pulled a DOUBLE RED LINE all the way

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:44 | Link to Comment Thought Processor
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Seriously, I can't keep up with all these warnings.

 

I'm warning you, my cat is getting mad!

 

(insert funny angry cat pic here)

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:48 | Link to Comment smlbizman
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double secret probation right around the corner....

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:55 | Link to Comment zaphod
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So what happens when Putin calls Obama's bluff and the US does nothing? Obummer should follow the advice of better POTUS who came before him "Speak softly and carry a big stick" not "Throw baby tantrums and do nothing"

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:56 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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Obie is shamed (but media spin got damage control) and goes into super-campaign mode.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:58 | Link to Comment camaro68ss
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theres so many dam red lines, i dont know what to do with myself

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:01 | Link to Comment Spastica Rex
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Declare "Mission Accomplished" and go home.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:08 | Link to Comment HoofHearted
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Didn't the USA once boast that it had the best military and foreign policy? WTF happened? Or was it all just boasting all along. 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:17 | Link to Comment Stackers
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Do as we say not as we do.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:20 | Link to Comment eurogold
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Why can't the U.S.A for once stay the f#+* out of someone else's business ?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:20 | Link to Comment Steaming_Wookie_Doo
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I believe the policy mostly consisted of bombing the crap out of small, defenseless (and mostly brown people) countries. Now we're talking about coming up against the big bear--and after 10 yrs of war in Afghan/Iraq, troops are worn out. Plus they're trying to reduce troop strengths anyway. I don't think there are enough mercenaries to fill the void, let alone the expense. Do you think NATO troops are rarin' to go against Russia and its proxies? The French and Italians would pull a muscle surrendering.

I'm sure this is one of Brzezinski's autoerotic strangulation fantasies, but the hard part will be all of the other people who will die as a result of these idiots.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:56 | Link to Comment BeansMcGreens
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You all are forgetting the US Army's latest secret weapon, The Rainbow Division. Putin will not know what hit him when all those former hair dressers and florist stream across the border screaming "Oh Yes we can". Of course they got to finish up in Arizona first.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:09 | Link to Comment Divided States ...
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Obummer is a pussy...the asshole loves to talk, cant shut him up usually but he gets his aide do do the dirty work and say this. Fuckin wimp.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:34 | Link to Comment Chupacabra-322
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Russia, specifically Putin just wiped his ass.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:51 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Really? Care to elaborate? 

Was that before or after Putin told Assad to ditch the chemical weapons and the Ukraine blew up in his face?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:23 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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Was that before or after Putin told Assad to ditch the chemical weapons and the Ukraine blew up in his face?

Why Flak you are bound and determined to go down with the lies no matter what -Aren't you sport? Sure hope Israel has people in Ukraine like these guys to keep stirring unrest in that Country, because in order to make it "winnable" it will have to be the whole IDF + all your Goy in the U.S. armed forces.

Good luck partner. 

Got front row seats to Synagogue going for 10,000 ounces of GLD for the last service.  Forget the USD, ILS and GBP because the Rabbi' is only taking metal at this point!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:44 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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What lies? Show me where I lied? 

And if it is your opinion that I lied, well, opinions are like assholes, everyone has one, but some jive with reality a whole lot better...

Unlike some, ahem, I merely call 'em as I see them and I am able to maintain an objective fact based viewpoint....

Open your eyes, I haven't been taking sides and projecting like most here...

Ahem, cough, cough....

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 17:51 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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Ahem, cough, cough....

So which version of the UN report should we go to in order to get those facts?  Usually a good idea when the story keeps changing to go back to the beginning for clarity.

Which official report and official should we go to Flak, maybe this one... or this one... or perhaps this one... So many official stories that keep changing, and so little time. Tick... Tock... Tick.. Tock... Feel free to throw Haaretz and JP over the fence. I know how reliable they always as a bastion of journalistic integrity "always" when getting at the truth.  But of course when human lives are at stake you want to get it right, especially when you are on the verge of war and the information from reliable sources gets so cloudly and opaque.  Am I right?

And now "poof" a potential conflagration with a superpower and it's closest neighbor that had nothing to do with the overthrow of a legitimate government through "peaceful demonstrators" acting in the best interests of Western freedom and democracy!

Better tell the doctor about your hernia problem on your next visit.

That "stressful heavy lifting" ain't helping you much.

cough!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:37 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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All very nice but you still have to show where I have lied...

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:58 | Link to Comment angel_of_joy
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Uktaine it's soo yesterday...

Better watch what's happening in Turkey and Irak (i.e. the alternate route for Qatar's gas lines).

Oh, and Ukraine now all the time in the world to figure how bankrupt they are. 35 billions for 2014 ? Really ? Apart from that, it looks like they'll need a passport to go to their own beaches, pretty soon.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:10 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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i'm starting to get the impression that neither the teleprompter nor obama realize just how close ukraine is to russia

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:19 | Link to Comment DeadFred
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Nor did they realize that destabilizing a country on another power's borders might cause issues? Who would have thought it.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:38 | Link to Comment Woodyg
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can you imagine the shitstorm that would occur if Russia spent $40 billion violently destabilizing Mexico, Texas or Canada - think we'd not react violently?

And how about that hypocritical fascist bastard Kerry telling Putin 'Hands OFF" when the US has been Hands On in Ukraine and another 120 countries around the world.... (number of countries the cia conducted operations in in 2012)

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:44 | Link to Comment stant
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or where the fulda gap is. maybe he says screw this and drives into paris

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 17:02 | Link to Comment angel_of_joy
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It's mainly teleprompter's fault. Everybody knows that Obama is useless without it.

He's not much good with it either, though...

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:20 | Link to Comment Gazooks
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that's the spirit, Rex

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:01 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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obammy warns putin not to draw lines

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:03 | Link to Comment Boris Alatovkrap
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Barry is like to draw lines, specially powder line on mirror surface with safety blade for inhalation through straw.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:17 | Link to Comment Levadiakos
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Obama drew another line?

HAHhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahah hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:22 | Link to Comment Ignatius
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Gonna have to mark you down for both content and grammar.

Now, where's my red line marker?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:33 | Link to Comment saints51
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You are fucking hilarious. Post of the day for humor. Likely true which is scary.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:05 | Link to Comment lewietheparrot
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Skate,

How disrespectful can you be to have an aide spit out such meaningless words----it reminds me of some of the parrots here who just jabber a few profanities as a comment to something that is unintelligible to them.

Yeah, I guess the administration is beginning to remind me of this!

Who the hell is running the country?

Obama is beginning to act like lil' bush when he was balanced with drugs-----haven't we seen this film before?

Thanks---I got a lot out of your few words

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:18 | Link to Comment Ignatius
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"Who the hell is running the country?"

The Aristocracy of the Insane.

General Ripper:  "I'm not sayin' we wouldn't get our hair mussed.  I'm saying 1 to 2 billion killed.  Tops, depending on the breaks."

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:22 | Link to Comment Gazooks
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it's true, I was there

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 17:28 | Link to Comment Liquid Courage
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Gen. "Buck" Turgidson, actually.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgyjlqhiTV8

 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 18:47 | Link to Comment Ignatius
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my bad

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:19 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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Is that Lewie calling the parrot black?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:25 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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The notion of higher moral ground is so entrenched into these people that they can't even see how objectively pathetic they look in their mire of hypocrisy.

It's the same damn play over and over again; the collectivists only have one button on their remote control.

Just pray that when these collectivists fall, the next set take a while to settle in to their seats of... collection. ;)

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:01 | Link to Comment Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is looking up at "Impotency" in dictionary and is finding picture of Barry Soetoro.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:02 | Link to Comment CCanuck
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Boris, Barry is very impotent person at the BathHouse, ask Reggie he can confirm

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:53 | Link to Comment Lewshine
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"So what happens when Putin calls Obama's bluff"?? Uh...The Dow goes up 200 points?

 

Same shit different day...That's all!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 23:15 | Link to Comment OZZIDOWNUNDER
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Like what kind of BIG stick could a failed USA Military possibly have in mind right on Russia's doorstep???  -- B/Shit!  It hasn't the courage or balls to take on a country that could fight back -like N. Korea for example.

The USA has cut & run from EVERY conflict it has started since WW2 -and that's been against 3/4th World Countries. I grant you they have destroyed those countries & made lifetime enemies but they've always run away in the end. USA Govt is a corrupt evil machine & it deserves what hopefully its own people will deliver in due course.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:01 | Link to Comment TahoeBilly2012
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Amerika has Soros and Pussy Riot in it's corner, Putin has Sunburn missles.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:52 | Link to Comment Temedar
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I'm warning you that I'll warn you

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:04 | Link to Comment Boris Alatovkrap
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Ooooh! Scary! Putin is shaking up boots!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:31 | Link to Comment Rakshas
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Severe frowning in 3.....2....

 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:53 | Link to Comment Carpenter1
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Uh oh, the teleprompter-in-chief is gonna get serious, 2 hour speech coming up on major networks. Putin terrified.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:45 | Link to Comment AlaricBalth
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Yeah, but this time he really, really, really means it.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:49 | Link to Comment sixsigma cygnus...
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It's a double dog super duper red line.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:55 | Link to Comment camaro68ss
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You cant triple stamp a double red line, you cant triple stamp a double red line Lloyd! (fingers in ears) "la la la la la la"

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:41 | Link to Comment Hippocratic Oaf
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Who the fuck is intimidated by obamas pink line drawn in the sand?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:44 | Link to Comment Stoploss
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The only thing Barry posesses the ability to warn, is a hot blond about his wife not wanting to share...

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:20 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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Reggie Love.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:06 | Link to Comment GolfHatesMe
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Shouldn't our Nobel Prize winner be able to Organize the Community?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:39 | Link to Comment drendebe10
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Ooooooooooo..... be really afraid.....  shake in ur boots.... the arrogant, narcicisstic, pathological lying illegal alien kenyan muslim sociopath has issued another of its empty, toothless foreign policy decrees...... 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:44 | Link to Comment livid levity
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HEY! No running!...Where is your pass?  Do you have a pass?  What!  You're in big trouble Mister!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:15 | Link to Comment thunderchief
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Russia warns USA over provocative actions in Puerto Rico.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:43 | Link to Comment ciscokid
Wed, 02/26/2014 - 18:11 | Link to Comment Berspankme
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John Thurston Kerry and the flaming homosexual in the White House are  sure to instill fear in Putin

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:38 | Link to Comment molecool
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Yes, confrontational posturing against Russia is really going to pay off big time in the long run. 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:07 | Link to Comment Rakshas
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What is it Celente calls the US now.....Dumbfuckistan.....seems about right.... 

I shouldnt say that the typical American (Communist - yes if you are using a snap card you are a defacto communist so blow me.... but i digress)  .... oh yeah i shouldn't say that the typical american doesn't care enough to do anything or rather try to do something about the madness that has taken hold in the land of the deluded but comparing the MSM coverage of some rather large protests all over the US in the past couple of decades to the coverage that relatively small protests get in other parts of the world -the PUSSY RIOT protests come to mind - and might I add a disappointing misnomer if ever there was one - it's understandable how folks become disenchanted and lose hope and just drop out.

That said in the absence of an organized and sorry to say more psychotic response to the 1.0x10-100 with all their jackbooted nazi hyenas ...... yeah fuck it let's all of us sheep just take a shit on the bears lawn ........ what could possibly go wrong

 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:38 | Link to Comment Joe Davola
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White House Spokesman:  Well, that's yer problem right there Vern

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:39 | Link to Comment BeetleBailey
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War!

Come on Barry you fucker.....volunteer.....grab a weapon....you fucking drone killer you

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:43 | Link to Comment camaro68ss
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^^^ just been flagged and put on the NDAA FEMA camp list.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:09 | Link to Comment cro_maat
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Oh.. Do you have an inside view? I was hoping to apply for block captain in my region but I not sure I've done enough to warrant the honor. / sarc

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:27 | Link to Comment DeadFred
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Make your reservations early or you'll miss out on the good spots near the shuffleboard court. Seriously, you are signed up on ZeroHedge, you are already on the list.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:39 | Link to Comment tempo
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Putin moves 150,000 troops, 880 tanks, USA issues press release.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:44 | Link to Comment Burr's 2nd Shot
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The State Department is saving the sternly-worded denouncement for when shit gets real.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:00 | Link to Comment ThirdWorldDude
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Next warning will include dispatching another Navy battleship to run aground somewhere in the Black Sea.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:42 | Link to Comment thamnosma
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Exactly.  What a joke.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:56 | Link to Comment Miffed Microbio...
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The audacity for this country to call for respecting another countries sovereignty is pathetic. Can we get any more hypocritical? I'm am ashamed to be American.

Miffed;-)

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:22 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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In a country more concerned with gay marriage and twerkin Miley's, exactly what do you expect.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:43 | Link to Comment BackOffice Slut
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so funny and true........it's sad.

 

another shot bartender

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:11 | Link to Comment Intoxicologist
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Someone call me?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:46 | Link to Comment sixsigma cygnus...
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...first, the boy king had to borrow/print the $0.02, then he issued the press release.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:31 | Link to Comment Kirk2NCC1701
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Deja vu of Roosevelt vs. Japan in the 1930s: PROVOKE & BLAME.

"Look, you got in the way of me throwing dirt!  How dare you?  And don't even think of throwing dirt!"

Every cold or hot war starts out with Propaganda and PR, designed for and aimed at its own political base -- and intended to create a base of support for planned military actions, which will eventually be justified via Agent Provocateurs and a manufactured 'Cause For War'.  The Western Elite (London, NY, DC) have been at this PR game for centuries.  Russia, China and EMs... not so much.

The beleaguered King Fiat actually NEEDS a Cold or Hot War, to save itself from demise.  It must "Grow or perish".  China + Russia + EMs must not lose sight of this, and plan and act (in concert!) accordingly.  Their counter-moves MUST be multi-pronged and multi-domain:  From several parties (Russia, China, non-aligned EMs), diplomatic, PR, military, economic and financial. Time for Russia and China to start a massive PR campaign about the "troubled Dollar and its infinite fiat debt-and-enslavement creation".

Only a combined effort (led by China and Russia) can dissuade the Western Elite/Oligarchs from advancing even more.  And the US/USD will try to front-run this, of course. 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:40 | Link to Comment Johnny Cocknballs
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How dare you defend yourself/hit me back!

Not really on point or anything, but your post made me think of a scene from Unforgiven which I keep meaning to rewatch.

 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:25 | Link to Comment Steaming_Wookie_Doo
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Next time there's an Olympics, Russia will just go to DefCon 4 as a precaution. 2008, 2014 US makes stupid moves during Olympics. 2012 was in London--a den of thieves if there ever was one. No doubt the Elite didn't want shit going down in their backyard. 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:31 | Link to Comment graneros
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Good post Tempo.  In one simple sentence you said it all.  Absolutely no need for more discussion. +1000

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:40 | Link to Comment Silver Garbage Man
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Only US can provoc.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:40 | Link to Comment the not so migh...
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sorta late there o

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:54 | Link to Comment CrashisOptimistic
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Speaking of late, re: seasonality, 44% of Ukraine electricity is from nat gas fired power plants.  So nat gas is not just important in the winter.

Worse, Ukraine doesn't generate as much electricity as it uses.  The remainder is from the Russian grid.

These guys are fucked and haven't realized it yet.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:41 | Link to Comment 1835jackson
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If you want yer border you can keep yer border.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:41 | Link to Comment dizzyfingers
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The dogs bark but the caravan moves on...

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:45 | Link to Comment thamnosma
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Forward!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:41 | Link to Comment thamnosma
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We may be fortunate in this scenario that the Obamao regime is utterly feckless, gutless and clueless.  The buffoon has blown hot air on so many foreign policy issues the Russians must be having a good laugh.    As far as I know, China has been silent on these events.   Wonder where/how they will fall out on it.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:43 | Link to Comment Bastiat
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He'll huff and he'll puff and he'll soil his pants.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:44 | Link to Comment Hippocratic Oaf
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China has other problems. Preventing economic collapse would be problem 1.

But nothing brings an ecomomy back better than a good ol' fashion war, right?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:46 | Link to Comment thamnosma
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You're right.  Probably in their best interest to sit this one out.  Take advantage to make some other moves in Asia.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:53 | Link to Comment chicagomike666
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See my ealier post under Nato article---Chinese effectively bought control of 6 million acres in crimea orchestrated by old regime.

 

While the focus of the MSM has been on the Russian vs. EU aspect of the Ukrainian situation---we might also expect China to weigh in soon....

In the late fall of last year, the former President rescinded a Ukrainian law banning the sale of agricultural land to foreign entities.  Shortly afterword, a Chinese state affiliated company (Xinjiang Construction and Production) entered into a 50 year master lease of over 6 Million Acres of agricultural land in the Crimea.  For sake of perspective, this is an area roughly the size of Massachusets---and represents some of the most fertile land in the Ukraine.   My understanding is that there is already some question as to whether the ex-regimes decision to rescind the foreign ownership ban was "legal"---and whether the lease will be terminated.

 I have been told that there is already behind the scenes jockying regarding the status of this property.  I would note that I am not any kind of "insider" and I take claims like this with the proverbial "grain of salt".

However, what does seem to be clear is that many large powerful parties have interests in Ukraine--and not all of them are readily discernable.  Whether its pipelines (EU interest) or massive ag land (China) or military ports (Russia)---there is clearly a lot at stake for a lot of powerful stakeholders. 

My personal belief is that Russia will not "roll in the tanks" ala Hungary in the 50's only because the likely result would be massive opposition from Georgia Belarus and the entire western flank of their sphere of influence.

However, Mr Putin is arguably the most capable geo-politician in the world today---and I would not rule out the real partition of Ukraine.  In short, there is a real Poker game going on and the Pot is larger than most people realize. It will be interesting to see who folds first."

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:41 | Link to Comment alien-IQ
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The hyporcrisy is nothing short of astounding.

The US, which has never met a nation of brown people it didn't want to bomb the living shit out of and install a puppet dictator, is telling Russia not to intervene in a US backed coup in Russias back yard? Wow...just fucking wow.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:52 | Link to Comment yogibear
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I say put Barry in the ring with Putin and see Barry get the crap beaten out of him.  

 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:00 | Link to Comment Unprepared
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Zero will pull out a teleprompter and start talking and talking, boring Putin to death.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:07 | Link to Comment camaro68ss
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or just sraw red lines, "you shall not pass!!"

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:52 | Link to Comment agent default
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It's about keeping up appearances.  The US has to somehow look relevant or at least pretend.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:42 | Link to Comment Kirk2NCC1701
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Don't fall for the Magician's Trick:  Distraction & Action.

The real Action is that the USD is in so much trouble (infinite debt) and has such deep UST issues, that it NEEDS another Cold or Hot War. 

Otherwise they'd have direct, high-level discussions  (Obama, Kerry, Putin, Lavrov) to resolve it privately, rather than posture and threaten publicly.  The US and its EU minions are clearly the Bad Actors, intent on relentless Imperialism under their usual pretexts and excuses.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:42 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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Yeah.  Here is Chuck Hagle's blinking "warning" to Russia.

 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:44 | Link to Comment Termin8or
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Erkle the wanna be King is about to get his ass handed to him. again.

 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:43 | Link to Comment Uber Vandal
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It is going to be a very bad day when our Jiffy pop starts popping itself........

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:49 | Link to Comment JustObserving
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Earnest also called on others in the region to end "provocative rhetoric and actions."

While the US has been destabilizing Ukraine and help overthrow its democratically elected government:

The intervention of the United States, Germany, France and other European powers in Ukraine led to a putsch by far-right forces on Saturday. The negotiated settlement that Foreign Ministers Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Laurent Fabius of France, and Radoslaw Sikorski of Poland imposed in Kiev, aiming to provide a semi-legal façade for the opposition’s power grab, did not survive for a single day.

On Friday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych agreed to form a national unity government within ten days that included opposition representatives and to reinstate the 2004 constitution passed after the US-backed Orange Revolution, depriving him of control over the heads of the security services. Presidential and parliamentary elections were to be held by December, during which time Yanukovych was to remain president, though only as a powerless figurehead.

The agreement signed was worthless.

France, Germany and Poland, with the United States operating in the background, had worked hand-in-glove with opposition leaders Vitali Klitschko of the Udar party, Arseniy Yatsenyuk of oligarch Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland Party, and Oleh Tyahnybok of the fascistic Svoboda. As the opposition had relied on fascist thugs to provide the muscle for its street protests, a negotiated settlement with them was impossible.

After signing the deal Friday night, Yanukovych fled the capital Kiev, clearly fearing that if he stayed he would meet the same fate as Muammar Gaddafi, who was murdered at the end of the NATO war in Libya.

 

The European powers and Washington were the driving forces behind this putsch, aiming to break Ukraine from Russia’s sphere of influence. They have gone very far towards fulfilling longstanding geostrategic ambitions—firstly those of Germany, which has repeatedly sought to bring Ukraine under its control, and then of the US, which has sought to weaken and isolate Russia ever since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/24/ukra-f24.html

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:45 | Link to Comment thunderchief
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Invade Russia!

Invade!

Do you think the USA gave a shit what you thought about...

Iraq?

Afghanistan?

Shall I continue to refresh your memory?

Invade Russia!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:56 | Link to Comment agent default
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I agree.  The US should start by sending in a couple of aircraft carriers and blockade Murmansk.  The comedy value on that move alone will be priceless.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:45 | Link to Comment Brokenarrow
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The US only fights with weaker girls. The us is doomed

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:50 | Link to Comment thamnosma
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Absolutely.  At this point, the US army can't invade anybody.   We can bomb the shit out of little countries and send in mercenaries to topple feeble regimes.  As far as a real war goes, we are tapped out and Obama has finished it off.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:59 | Link to Comment agent default
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It is very easy to invade Russia.  Getting out however can be a bit tricky.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:11 | Link to Comment Glasnost
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U.S. fucks with Russia and the entire world is fucked.
U.S. ground troops will be completely toasted extremely quickly.
Thus, I wouldn't put it beyond the U.S. to do something that redefines "full-retard" and involves nukes.

And you can bet if the U.S. pulls some stupid shit like that Russia will not hesitate to respond in kind.  Ever heard of Yamantau bitchez?

Remember there are other things going on too besides Ukraine.  Such as China and Japan.  Who will NATO support?  Japan of course.  Syria is still a mess.  Iran is teasing the U.S. with a couple naval assets.

Why does everything have to be set up like we're gearing up for a WW?

If anyone is planning on moving money somewhere, my opinion is you should do it sooner rather than later.

You can bet there will be extreme capital restrictions in the name of fighting terrurrrrizm (oh that thing the U.S. does virtually every day with drones?) almost immediately if a large war does break out.

Most importantly, remember Governments are the problem.  NOT PEOPLE.  That guy you're fighting just wants to protect his family, same as you.  And he's been scared into thinking you want his family dead by his country's media, just as you have been scared into thinking he wants your family dead by your media.  When in reality, neither of you want either's family dead, you just want your own family safe.  Don't let fear drive your actions.  "The only thing to fear is fear itself".  Never truer than today.  You allow the media to manipulate your fear into serving their and power cabals interests, and congratulations, shell of a human, you generating profitzzz for da big guyz.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:46 | Link to Comment yogibear
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Let's have Putin vs Barry.

Putin could take Obama down so fast Barry wouldn't know what hit him.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:50 | Link to Comment TPTB_r_TBTF
Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:23 | Link to Comment Bastiat
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Seen that before but it never gets old.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:30 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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now that was an enetertaining link

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:48 | Link to Comment LoneStarHog
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Please allow me to respond for you, Mr. Putin.

Mr. Obozo, FUCK YOU!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:47 | Link to Comment Sufiy
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Ukraine, Syria And Global De-Dollarization: USD To Go Down And Gold Up 


What is connecting so different countries as Ukraine and Syria? The big chess game played by the U.S. and Russia. Syria needs to be "liberalised" in order to build pipelines for the natural Gas to be supplied from Qatar  to Europe. Russia and China have blocked that game and they have Ukraine revolution 2.0 now. Putin's dream is to rebuild USSR as the Eurasian Union and Ukraine is the key to his success. He will not back out of it easily. One thing is an insult in the ice hockey defeat by the U.S. in Sochi and another thing is to lose "Small Russia". On the map below you can see why Ukraine is so important geopolitically, it is all about Energy again. Key supply natural Gas routes from Russia to Europe are crossing this country. 


We do hope that Ukraine will not ignite the real war, but you can be assured about the asymmetrical moves with the heavy weaponry of  The Financial War. Here where we are coming to the ongoing flight of physical Gold from the West to the East and the coming De-Dollarisation. Democracy - so well presented by Netflex with its "House of Cards" production - meets countries with the special destiny, where elites are not hiring actors to read teleprompters, but making all the dirty work by themselves.    Ukraine will be the very bad example for these leaders: that you can come, make a few phone calls and even f**k the EU deciding who will lead the sovereign country next. The least they can do is to accelerate the De-Dollarization and call the bluff called the "food stamp recovery and Taper". US Dollar is levitating just above crucial 80.00 level, with all Taper hype and currency distractions in the emerging markets. Gold is breaking to the upside and any additional strain on the U.S. "recovery" can ignite the next leg down in US Dollar. China will be playing its own game getting ready to the global reset: accumulating record amount of Gold and encouraging its citizens to do the same. http://sufiy.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/ukraine-syria-and-global-de.html#

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:47 | Link to Comment notadouche
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Isn't the US an "outside actor"?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:18 | Link to Comment agent default
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More like a clown and an outsider.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:25 | Link to Comment Chaos_Theory
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Putin aide:  "Ask Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq" about outside actors and sovereignty. 

 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:49 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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so happy that owebomba just flaps his gums without actually doing anything these days.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:53 | Link to Comment Big Corked Boots
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His pen and his phone will be coming out later, when he feels safe.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:13 | Link to Comment atomp
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Lame ducks are my favorite non avian duck.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:50 | Link to Comment One And Only
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Yea like the US has the right to say "don't be provacative" as Obama is up there in DC ordering drone strikes on weddings in other countries.

Go fuck yourself.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:50 | Link to Comment I Write Code
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Red lines just attract commies.

Obama should try something he understands, like out of bounds markers and sandtraps.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:51 | Link to Comment One And Only
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Bananas and purple drank.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:53 | Link to Comment tony wilson
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*OBAMA AIDE EARNEST URGES 'OUTSIDE ACTORS' TO RESPECT UKRAINE TERRITORY

 

outside actors.

ok

does russia control

nuland

soros

rothschild

5 billion dollars of cia tax and helmand drugs cash

mossad snipers

ex british parachute regiment hired hands

more mi6 gay boyz and state dept neocon aipac jews

and not forgeting the right royal jewish

 saudi money men

 

putin is powerful indeed if he controls all the psychopathaic satanic child killing garbage above


Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:27 | Link to Comment Dr.Vannostrand
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Always an up vote TW

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:50 | Link to Comment Shizzmoney
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Putin doesn't fear Obama...

the CIA however.....

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:54 | Link to Comment shanearthur
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OBAMA AIDE EARNEST URGES 'OUTSIDE ACTORS' TO RESPECT UKRAINE TERRITORY - unless they are undocumented workers

U.S. WARNS RUSSIA TO RESPECT UKRAINE SOVEREIGNTY - and not laugh at how this administration wishes to respect it's own borders.

EARNEST SAYS RUSSIA SHOULD AVOID `PROVOCATIVE' ACTIONS - like, for example, someone saying, "If Congress doesn't act, I will."(unconstitutionally)



Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:53 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Taking anything seriously from Zero is like taking Cramer's advice in the stock market. You'll get screwed, while Zero walks away with no accountability for is actions.... or lack thereof.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:55 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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Did I forget to mention how wonderful the "Land of the Free Home of the Brave" is when it comes to exporting it to other places!

 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:10 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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More of Ameriku's handiwork in Ukraine.

How'd you like to be an American with 4 weeks of language immersion in that Country right about now?!  Or better still Russia.

Everybody just loves us!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:18 | Link to Comment john39
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they hate us for our freedom.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:10 | Link to Comment Overfed
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Gotta be proud to be an American when ya' see that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do I really need a /s tag?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:55 | Link to Comment SgtShaftoe
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Well if Putin and co would give us the straight truth about Fukushima radiation his credibility might go up a little bit.  These bastards are all scheming psychopaths. 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:33 | Link to Comment Dr.Vannostrand
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Ya know Sgt, I can't help to think of TOTUS's "I'll have more flexibility after the election" hot mic to Medvedev. Are we all being played? I want to believe Putin is not fucking around, but who knows but the all-seeing eye at the top.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:43 | Link to Comment SgtShaftoe
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I wonder that as well.  It's hard to know what is real and what is for public consumption these days. 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:57 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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But is isn't the U.S.S.A., it's the U.N. and N.A.T.O.  (see how that works).

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:57 | Link to Comment paint it red ca...
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That damn Putin better watch his step, obama will unleash pit bull mcain and his sidekick kerry on him....

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:30 | Link to Comment Chaos_Theory
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I thought his sidekick was Ms. Linday "Chihuahua" Graham? 

Together they're like O's anti-kryptonite (appears their sole purpose is to show the duopoly offers no rationale opposition FP to O's). 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:59 | Link to Comment paint it red ca...
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oops double post

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:59 | Link to Comment yogibear
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Both Russia and China as well as others know  when you take down the dollar as the reserve currency the  US looses it's military and economic power. 

The Federal Reserve and Barry are doing a great job in destroying the dollar and therefore the US.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:00 | Link to Comment denverdolomte
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Someone posted earlier in a different thread about Turkey, but made a great point. So with Ukraine on the skirts of disaster and knowing that this started months ago, is it just me or did this shit explode pretty much within days of a "leaked" phone call with the US Diplomat saying "Fuck the EU"? Now we have Turkey who again is at an extremely heightened sense of unrest due to a "leaked" phone call.

Is everyone blind around the world to see that the US is the "outside actors"? Who is ALLLLLLL over the news in regards to privacy, phone recording, use of private information? Of all the billions of people in the world, hilariously, it is one verrrry small select few people involved with this information. 

I don't know if I'm even mad, careless, or just retarded, but things have gotten SO out of fucking control in the past few months is mindnumbing. 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:00 | Link to Comment semperfi
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So, its ok for the US to invade and/or drone-bomb any country it wants?  Afgan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, African country of the day, etc...

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:41 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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Yes, its called Merxican Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny.

But at the same time, nobody expected Erkle to be leading the charge.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:02 | Link to Comment youngman
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I think Hagel picked a bad time to cut the military budget.....lol

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:08 | Link to Comment superflex
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That timing was planned to a tee.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:19 | Link to Comment john39
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who needs a military when corporate mercenaries paid for by taxpayers?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:42 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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Not to worry. We have all those French Frogs in Mali ready to smash Russias defenses.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:06 | Link to Comment TPTB_r_TBTF
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Remember, Obama wonT be fighting Putin alone.

Germany's Defense Minister will be supporting him.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:09 | Link to Comment Sandmann
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On a trip to Afghan she shied away from the green metal things......maybe she thought they were slimy phalluses - but she is keen on the work-life balance for troops whatever that means.

The Bundeswehr is crap and the volunteers have rumbled it which is why 30% quit within 6 months of enlisting. One wag on Die Welt Online suggested renaming it Wehrmacht to remind people of a real armed forces.....not a bad idea.

There are only a few units in the BW that are any good, too many of the other units are full of fat slobs who could not get a job elsewhere.....what a contrast with the fitness of the Wehrmacht

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