Memo to Obama: This Was Their Red Line!

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Submitted by David Stockman, via his new blog Contra Corner

Memo to Obama: This Was Their Red Line!

Ethnolingusitic_map_of_ukraine[1]In 1783 the Crimea was annexed by Catherine the Great, thereby satisfying the longstanding quest of the Russian Czars for a warm-water port. In fact, over the ages Sevastopol emerged as a great naval base at the strategic tip of the Crimean peninsula, where it became home to the mighty Black Sea Fleet of the Czars and then the commissars.

For the next 171 years Crimea was an integral part of Russia—a span that exceeds the 166 years that have elapsed since California was annexed by a similar thrust of “Manifest Destiny” on this continent, thereby providing, incidentally, the United States Navy with its own warm-water port in San Diego. While no foreign forces subsequently invaded the California coasts, it was most definitely not Ukrainian and Polish riffles, artillery and blood which famously annihilated The Charge Of The Light Brigade at the Crimean city of Balaclava in 1854; they were Russians defending the homeland.

And the portrait of the Russian ”hero” hanging in Putin’s office is that of Czar Nicholas I—whose brutal 30-year reign brought the Russian Empire to its historical zenith, and who was revered in Russian hagiography as the defender of Crimea, even as he lost the 1850s war to the Ottomans and Europeans. Besides that, there is no evidence that Putin does historical apologies, anyway.

In fact, its their Red Line. When the enfeebled Franklin Roosevelt made port in the Crimean city of Yalta in February 1945 he did know he was in Soviet Russia. Maneuvering to cement his control of the Kremlin in the intrigue-ridden struggle for succession after Stalin’s death a few years later, Nikita Khrushchev allegedly spent 15 minutes reviewing his “gift” of Crimea to his subalterns in Kiev in honor of the decision by their ancestors 300 years earlier to accept the inevitable and become a vassal of Russia.

Self-evidently, during the long decades of the Cold War, the West did nothing to liberate the “captive nation” of the Ukraine—with or without the Crimean appendage bestowed upon it in 1954. Nor did it draw any red lines in the mid-1990?s when a financially desperate Ukraine rented back Sevastopol and the strategic redoubts of the Crimea to an equally pauperized Russia.

In short, in the era before we got our Pacific port in 1848 and in the 166-year interval since then, the security and safety of the American people have depended not one wit on the status of the Russian-speaking Crimea. Should the local population now choose fealty to the Grand Thief in Moscow over the ruffians and rabble who have seized Kiev, what’s to matter!  Worse still, how long can America survive the screeching sanctimony and mindless meddling of Susan Rice and Samantha Power? Mr. President, send them back to geography class; don’t draw any new Red Lines. This one has been morphing for centuries among the quarreling tribes, peoples, potentates, Patriarchs and pretenders of a small region that is none of our damn business.

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H. Perowne's picture

Yeoman's work David, but he's too busy taking selfies and posting tl;dr

DeadFred's picture

Here I thought the post would be about their red line being "Don't screw around in our backyard or else" Who could have thought they'd get irritated with our manuevers?

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Could ya make the map any, um, smaller

Surly Bear's picture

Not sure why anyone is surprised. He sOld everyone else out.

RockyRacoon's picture

For J. McCain and L. Graham, everything is our business.  Sick of it, personally.  They could find "national interest" in a Popsicle stand in the middle of the Sahara.  Let the rest of Europe, who are dependent upon the Russian natural gas, figger it out themselves.  Get the French Foreign Legion up and running for full employment.

They refer to Russia invading a "sovereign country" right at their own border.  Hell, we went half way around the world to do just that.  And now look at the place we left.  Ravaged, bereft of national pride, and prey for the next round of invaders.  I think we just softened up the place for Iran.  Talk about shooting yourself in the foot....

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Yeah, but Ogolfer has a positive legacy to build, and he's only got 3 years left to get 'er done.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Describing San Diego in light of the Crimea is a poor comparison. All of the Pacific on the west coast is a warm water port. Go back to school and learn history.

BooMushroom's picture

And San Diego is a part of the state of California. Maybe you've heard of it? It was the first state in the USA that touched the Pacific Ocean. In 1850. Maybe YOU should go back to school and learn history.

macholatte's picture



are you sure that's not a map of the LA County School district with all that ethnic shit all over the place?

Occident Mortal's picture

--Mr Kerry had previously accused Russia of an "incredible act of aggression", saying: "You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on a completely trumped-up pretext."--


John Kerry once again publicly illustrating the hypocrisy and ignorance of his own belief system.

GetZeeGold's picture



J. McCain and L. Graham, everything is our business.


In the name of progress.....we'll give you them if you hand us Pelosi and


If you play your cards right...we might even defund the're welcome.


sunaJ's picture

If you are wondering where some of that 5 Billion dollars the US gave for funding "democracy" in the Ukraine, here is a group of western Ukrainians that came to eastern Ukraine, storming the local government buildings.  They were getting paid money to do it, they said.  After they gave their speech on the stage, the crowd grabbed them and beat the shit out of them.  They claim to be members of various far-right groups, including Red Sector which is pro-EU and violent in their nationalism.


Independent's picture

Crimea is worth more than a thousand red lines...see why the Poles in Kiev are crying right now


Mine Is Bigger's picture

This is not directed at you.  I am just wondering how "pro-EU" and "violent in nationalism" can coexist in one faction.

AnAnonymous's picture

This is no issue for an 'american' inspired faction.

All 'americans' take their model from the US building.
That shows the use of a two level authority system.

All those 'americans' in Ukraine have no issue considering their own turf as a region of Europe which is tied to to the bigger set by a central authority.

This is how 'american' societies work.

They also probably suscribe to the big white people tribe 'american' narrative, meaning they are willing to social engineer an european people construction based on race, just as the 'americans' did in the US.

Jendrzejczyk's picture

You are a greatest Rhodes(side-shitting) scholar of all things blobbing up and Americancitizenism. Thank you for your wisest word-like ramblingnations.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Dr. LivingstAnAnonymous, I presume.

Optimusprime's picture

Really--it would be as if Al-Quaeda were really the creature of Mossad and CIA...oh, wait.

Independent's picture

These are the Ultra-nationalists (most of them in their late teens, early 20's) that had taken over the regional government building in pro-Russian Karkov region. They had sickles, knives, bulletproof vests and clubs with them. They also had guns and bullets. They are all asking for forgiveness for hurting people and for spilling blood. Most of them have been put thru the meat grinder, but most of them have also been treated by medics because green stuff on their face is an antibiotic solution that they use on cuts. The future is not looking very good for the tattooed guy at 7:39. He is being accused of shooting at crowd because they found weapons and bullets in his bag. He is saying it is not his, he just found them. The guys at 9:00 and 9:50 are members or are associated with ultra-nationalis party "pervey sector" because they found the red and black flag in their possession. Read more at

Yeah good find SUNAJ this stuff doesnt make it on western TV to show what a bunch of POS these scums are shooting into the people.  No surprise the Berkut riot police shot back.  But western media didnt show you these thugs shooting in that incident.

Pinche Caballero's picture

Thank you both, SunaJ and Independent, for the links, insight, and clarity. These are in short supply throughout Western corporate media.

I would be willing to bet there are a fair number of former Soviet Satellites living in the shadow of the Bear, all taking notes on the US/EU/NATO response. Each knows that any of them could be the next made to toe the line. Each one has to know that in terms of U.S. national interests, they really don't have anything worth our going to war over. The centuries long drawing and redrawing of international borders will go on for centuries into the future.

It looks to me as if the crowds in the video were more than willing and plenty capable of handling internally a handful of lawbreakers.

I think the U.S. should just stop meddling, and focus inward a bit. Georgia Republic, Syria, Ukraine... Do we have any credibility at this point?

Rafferty's picture

Those countries don't have to fear an invasion from the Russian bear if they don't provoke it, IMHO.  Georgia, Serbia and now Ukraine were indeed provocations.  The Russians did NOT start the trouble.

GetZeeGold's picture




Don't do the crime.....if you can't pay the time.

Freddie's picture

They are NWO like Obama.  Drudge had a picture of McCain with Soros in Davos about 6 weeks ago.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Exactly RR; strange how "our" .gov literally wants to be in charge of EVERY bit of minutia in our lives, as well as be in charge of what goes on in every corner of the globe.

Demoncrap, Rethuglican - doesn't matter.

Eventually those who maintain their power only by their privilege of birth, contacts and the sharing / manipulating of Dark Secrets will get a solid punch in the nose; it's only a matter of time.

Perhaps it comes this year from Russia and China. And the common folk will suffer, and die.

It's sickening to watch the dregs of America strut and sqwauk and know they are going to run this shitshow right into the mountain.

Obama? H. Clinton? Biden? Graft, corruption, stupidity. And these creatures are leading "The World's Most Indispensable Nation (tm)?

GTFO. Rig for impact.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Yeah I'm sure Wa-Po has that one down "accurately"

My understanding is that the plan from Vicky Nuland's office "was" going to place a Ministry of Information in Kiev headed by Mossad and Svoboda party members and that Jeff Bezos will be instrumental in installing the "cloud" for the new bureau of the Washington Post that will run inside the Ministry of Info.

Think those plans are kinda off the table for the time being.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

... suggest to take that up with the auhor of this piece, since he posted/included it, not me. 


Secondly, how do you know who 'sourced' it in the first place? Seems to me an awful lot of 'assuming' is going on around here ... 


PS Map shows to be from Wikimedia Commons; take it up with them.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Forgot my /sarc tag...

Just having some fun!

Ident 7777 economy's picture

S'am I ... where would we be if not here, knockng each other around? ALL in fun ...

Fish Gone Bad's picture

I gotta admit, there are an awful lot of pasty-looking-white-people in that other picture on the WaPo.  I'm not saying anyone looks like vampire material, but hey, it hits pretty close to home.

Freddie's picture

Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles heading to the Ukraine.


This is the A Team shit none of this S300 stuff.  Anyone who thinks Russia is a paper tiger - these boys are moving these at night and they got a bunch of them.  Trucj after truck after truck.   Good luck flying any of that F-22, F-18, F-15 or that piece of sh*t F-35.

agent default's picture

Like they'd waste a missile on an F35. 

Real Estate Geek's picture

Of course, Pravda on the Potomac wouldn't include context, such as the names of the bordering countries.  That might help the geographically-challenged realize that this little spat really isn't in our bailiwick.

New_Meat's picture

Stand by for Rice and Power and Kerry to do a "Strategic Pivot" when they see that map.

Buck Johnson's picture

Don't worry, Putin and Russia will retaliate for this second time of playing with their interest and especially their backyard. 

dkny's picture


‘For God’s sake, do not drag me into another war!
I am worn down, and worn out, with crusading and defending Europe, and protecting mankind; I must think a little of myself.
I am sorry for the Spaniards – I am sorry for the Greeks – I deplore the fate of the Jews; the people of the Sandwich Islands are groaning under the most detestable tyranny; Baghdad is oppressed, I do not like the present state of the Delta; Tibet is not comfortable.
Am I to fight for all these people?
The world is bursting with sin and sorrow.
Am I to be champion of the Decalogue, and to be eternally raising fleets and armies to make all men good and happy?
We have just done saving Europe, and I am afraid the consequence will be, that we shall cut each other’s throats.
No war, dear Lady Grey! – No eloquence; but apathy, selfishness, common sense, arithmetic!
I beseech you, secure Lord Grey’s swords and pistols, as the housekeeper did Don Quixote’s armour. If there is another war, life will not be worth having.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

. . . ‘For God’s sake, do not drag me into another war!


I don't think that's going to happen; the bear has been fed and is happy now ... unless you start poking the goddamn bear!


(Watch Kerry now proceed to poke the effing bear.)

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Kerry is not stupid.  That said, neither was Colin Powell, and yet he made an absolute ass of himself in front of the UN.  I am pretty sure it was not his idea to hang his dignity out for all the world to see.  Kerry will also have to put on a dog and pony show and look just as special needs, pretty much making him "unelectable" in any future election.  The only person truly happy that Kerry is secretary of state, is Hillary.

SAT 800's picture

Kerry is not stupid? I think he's brain damaged and unable to distinguish between the theatrics of his stage role and reality; that's close enough to stupid for me. It's a damn shame to live in a country that has clowns for foreign service officials.

macholatte's picture


that's close enough to stupid for me


LMAO      +10

GetZeeGold's picture



Kerry is not stupid.


Cat's got a lifetime supply of ketchup.......I would say not.

Manthong's picture

"Kerry is not stupid"

I submit that it is possible to be narcissistic, devious, lucky and stupid all at the same time.