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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 | 4480986 Obama_4_Dictator
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LOL, this is getting good.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:41 | 4481019 camaro68ss
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ooooo, BOW just pulled a DOUBLE RED LINE all the way

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:44 | 4481042 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 | 4481070 smlbizman
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double secret probation right around the corner....

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:55 | 4481110 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 | 4481124 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 | 4481131 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 | 4481149 Spastica Rex
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Declare "Mission Accomplished" and go home.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:08 | 4481198 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 | 4481240 Stackers
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Do as we say not as we do.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:20 | 4481572 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 | 4481253 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 | 4481437 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 | 4481199 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 | 4481326 Chupacabra-322
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Russia, specifically Putin just wiped his ass.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:51 | 4481413 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 | 4481582 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 | 4481728 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 | 4482112 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 | 4482374 Flakmeister
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All very nice but you still have to show where I have lied...

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:58 | 4481805 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 | 4481212 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 | 4481257 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 | 4481687 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 | 4481381 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 | 4481828 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 | 4481260 Gazooks
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that's the spirit, Rex

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:01 | 4481151 johnQpublic
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obammy warns putin not to draw lines

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:03 | 4481160 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 | 4481241 Levadiakos
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Obama drew another line?

HAHhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahah hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:22 | 4481270 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 | 4481320 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 | 4481177 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 | 4481243 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 | 4481274 Gazooks
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it's true, I was there

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 17:28 | 4482019 Liquid Courage
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Gen. "Buck" Turgidson, actually.

 

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

 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 18:47 | 4482348 Ignatius
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my bad

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:19 | 4481255 Pure Evil
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Is that Lewie calling the parrot black?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:25 | 4481286 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 | 4481152 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 | 4481476 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 | 4481420 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 | 4483297 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 | 4481470 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 | 4481093 Temedar
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I'm warning you that I'll warn you

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:04 | 4481170 Boris Alatovkrap
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Ooooh! Scary! Putin is shaking up boots!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:31 | 4481315 Rakshas
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Severe frowning in 3.....2....

 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:53 | 4481099 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 | 4481047 AlaricBalth
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Yeah, but this time he really, really, really means it.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:49 | 4481073 sixsigma cygnus...
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It's a double dog super duper red line.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:55 | 4481108 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 | 4481024 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 | 4481045 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 | 4481264 Pure Evil
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Reggie Love.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:06 | 4481183 GolfHatesMe
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Shouldn't our Nobel Prize winner be able to Organize the Community?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:39 | 4481343 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 | 4481385 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 | 4481547 thunderchief
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Russia warns USA over provocative actions in Puerto Rico.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 18:11 | 4482211 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 | 4480991 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 | 4481496 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 | 4480997 Joe Davola
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White House Spokesman:  Well, that's yer problem right there Vern

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:39 | 4481001 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 | 4481030 camaro68ss
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^^^ just been flagged and put on the NDAA FEMA camp list.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:09 | 4481202 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 | 4481296 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 | 4481004 tempo
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Putin moves 150,000 troops, 880 tanks, USA issues press release.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:44 | 4481028 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 | 4481140 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 | 4481029 thamnosma
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Exactly.  What a joke.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:56 | 4481121 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 | 4481276 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 | 4481034 BackOffice Slut
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so funny and true........it's sad.

 

another shot bartender

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:11 | 4481217 Intoxicologist
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Someone call me?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:46 | 4481054 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 | 4481287 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 | 4481346 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 | 4481289 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 | 4481571 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 | 4481007 Silver Garbage Man
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Only US can provoc.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:40 | 4481011 the not so migh...
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sorta late there o

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:54 | 4481113 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 | 4481013 1835jackson
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If you want yer border you can keep yer border.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:41 | 4481016 dizzyfingers
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The dogs bark but the caravan moves on...

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:45 | 4481051 thamnosma
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Forward!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:41 | 4481017 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 | 4481035 Bastiat
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He'll huff and he'll puff and he'll soil his pants.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:44 | 4481044 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 | 4481061 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 | 4481103 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 | 4481023 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 | 4481094 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 | 4481141 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 | 4481185 camaro68ss
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or just sraw red lines, "you shall not pass!!"

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:52 | 4481097 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 | 4481342 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 | 4481027 Son of Captain Nemo
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Yeah.  Here is Chuck Hagle's blinking "warning" to Russia.

 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:44 | 4481036 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 | 4481037 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 | 4481043 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 | 4481052 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 | 4481123 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 | 4481055 Brokenarrow
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The US only fights with weaker girls. The us is doomed

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:50 | 4481082 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 | 4481137 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 | 4481214 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 | 4481063 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 | 4481079 TPTB_r_TBTF
Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:23 | 4481282 Bastiat
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Seen that before but it never gets old.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:30 | 4481304 johnQpublic
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now that was an enetertaining link

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:48 | 4481064 LoneStarHog
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Please allow me to respond for you, Mr. Putin.

Mr. Obozo, FUCK YOU!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:47 | 4481067 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 | 4481068 notadouche
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Isn't the US an "outside actor"?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:18 | 4481249 agent default
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More like a clown and an outsider.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:25 | 4481288 Chaos_Theory
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Putin aide:  "Ask Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq" about outside actors and sovereignty. 

 

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:49 | 4481074 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 | 4481104 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 | 4481223 atomp
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Lame ducks are my favorite non avian duck.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:50 | 4481078 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 | 4481083 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 | 4481091 One And Only
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Bananas and purple drank.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:53 | 4481084 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 | 4481610 Dr.Vannostrand
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Always an up vote TW

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:50 | 4481086 Shizzmoney
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Putin doesn't fear Obama...

the CIA however.....

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:54 | 4481096 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 | 4481106 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 | 4481118 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 | 4481208 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 | 4481252 john39
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they hate us for our freedom.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:10 | 4481519 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 | 4481119 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 | 4481648 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 | 4481712 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 | 4481127 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 | 4481128 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 | 4481306 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 | 4481129 paint it red ca...
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oops double post

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 14:59 | 4481138 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 | 4481142 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 | 4481146 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 | 4481352 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 | 4481153 youngman
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I think Hagel picked a bad time to cut the military budget.....lol

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:08 | 4481193 superflex
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That timing was planned to a tee.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:19 | 4481259 john39
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who needs a military when corporate mercenaries paid for by taxpayers?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 15:42 | 4481361 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 | 4481174 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 | 4481201 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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