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Kerry Summary: "There Will Be Costs"

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Kerry speaks. The punchline:


And of course, the hollow threats - the costs are back.


Everything else was superfluous:


But before you accuse him of slacking, Kerry put in a solid workday into it:


In summary: Kerry came, spoke with Lavrov, and all he had to show for it was some $50k in taxpayer funds spent for the first class ticket to London.


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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:47 | 4548477 fightthepower
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Fuck you Rothschilds!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:54 | 4548506 HoofHearted
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All the rest was mean like Lurch himself???

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:06 | 4548548 Occident Mortal
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So Russia sizes Crimea and the Black Sea and all the West can do is ban a couple of dozen guys (millionaires and billionaires) from travelling to the West??

What a fucking joke.

Costs my ass. Putin and Lavrov are eating your lunch you dumb bastard.

What are you going to do? Piss away the strategic reserve just to save some credibility? What a joke.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:11 | 4548594 Zerozen
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Crimea and the Black Sea are ALREADY Russian and have been since the 1700s. All that's going on here is a redrawing of lines on a map. Or from another perspective, you could say the Russians are reaffirming ownership of what's already theirs.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:13 | 4548607 johnQpublic
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posession being 9/10's of the law

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:25 | 4548650 SilverIsKing
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I'm of the belief that while Kerry isn't very sharp, the guys above him who are calling the shots are.  I'm not talking about POTUS.  More than likely this is a trade giving Putin what he wants in exchange for something the west wants.  Everything we are seeing is staged to give it a look of authenticity.  Remember O's comment that he'd be more flexible in his second term.  Also, our next POTUS is no longer on the main stage making a fool of herself.  They gave that honor to Kerry.

There are many other signs that this is not for real, one of which is that the stock market isn't selling off and gold/silver are being kept in check.

When shots & missles are fired, bombs go off, and people die, I will reassess.


Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:37 | 4548699 Kobe Beef
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Then-Sen. John Kohn, ahem- Kerry helped "investigate" BCCI, so that may help us see who his string pullers are.

That said, look at the US position:

Coups good. Referendums bad.

Better call Dustin Hoffman and Willie Nelson, 'cause that dog won't hunt. Not even a billion-dollar PR machine can spin that position into an American moral high ground.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:36 | 4548692 Zerozen
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If the Ruskies don't have any rights over swaths of land they've been living in for well over 2 centuries and where they are the majority, then what right does any people have over the places they inhabit? For example, what right would Washington have to rule over California, Florida, Hawaii (all of them annexed or conquered more recently than 1800)?

Speaking of possession, and speaking of the U.S., someone should explain that concept to what's left of the white people living in the border states. All this ethnic rivalry shit that's going on in Ukraine may well be the future of Cali, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Maybe. Hopefully not.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:12 | 4548604 johnQpublic
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kerry, not willing to take steps without his bridle on


dont shoot yourself in the hoof john

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:51 | 4548763 UpAndComing
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Ukraine and Russia go back to Kievan Rus'...this shit we're trying to pull is funny to Putin. He has a very specific agenda and he couldn't give a shit less about John and Barry's rhetoric.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:59 | 4549084 Dr. Everett V. Scott
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Kerry is such a bumbling idiot.  He doesn't understand that you don't make public threats!


But Kerry has publicly drawn a line in the sand, so Russia has no choice but to publicly spit in his eye.  Instead, this should have been done behind the scenes. Then Russia might have decided that the economic costs aren't worth it.  At least, there would be a chance. Now there is none.


Kerry has left Putin no choice: he has to push back. And Kerry will look like the fool that he is.


Is there ANY situation that this Administration doesn't make worse by it's incompetent meddling? Anything?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:33 | 4549252 SilverIsKing
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Public threats are for the sheep.  They love that shit.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:54 | 4548511 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Kerry: "Lily! Lily! Those Russians were mean to me! Lily!"

Al Lewis: "My son in law, the horse-faced jackass..."

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:08 | 4548574 skwid vacuous
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and Putin is "Spot" under the stairs, breathing fire and not going anywhere...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:08 | 4548575 Ifigenia
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Ukraine mess is more wall street shit than City, so, why Rothschilds and not Soros with his NED and fucking Nulland girl

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:54 | 4549681 Berspankme
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More idle threats

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:47 | 4548480 101 years and c...
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did pesci put kerry's head in the vice again?  its amazing he still has both eyes....

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:48 | 4548482 El Vaquero
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I know we call him horseface, but other equines have long faces too.  Particularly Donkeys.  What we have here is simply the jawboning of an ass. 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:14 | 4548608 AbbeBrel
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I wonder who cuts his hair!   And I would like to know his tailor!!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:48 | 4548485 Quinvarius
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And just like that, risk off.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:54 | 4548510 zaphod
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US Natural Gas MLPS are going up today, moar money is all the US cares about.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:55 | 4548487 ParkAveFlasher
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Six hours of looking at the gelatinous churn that is Kerry's face is actually, I believe, an excellent negotiation ploy!  These guys at the State Dept. really do know something!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:49 | 4548488 yogibear
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Nobody takes Lurch seriously anymore.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:54 | 4548507 1stepcloser
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Uncle Herman and no we don't

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:49 | 4548489 Itchy and Scratchy
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You forgot to mention the Benefits!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:49 | 4548490 UGrev
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Aww. John.. why the long face? 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:49 | 4548492 KenShabby
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The sound and the fury of empty arm chair warriors who couldn't fight their way out of a wet paper bag if they had to.


Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:50 | 4548493 McMolotov
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"Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to my yacht for the weekend."

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:52 | 4548496 fooshorter
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There actually was a candid conversation, the two of them were just manically laughing and commenting on how their evil scheme could not be stopped...



Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:04 | 4548497 Mercury
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    That almost sounds like he maybe accomplished something!

    But on the flight home he might as well ask the stewardess for one of those world map placemats and a pack of crayons to help himself get used to the idea of what that part of the world will look like after the referendum.

    Don't press down too hard with the red, you have a lot of area to cover.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:52 | 4548498 PlusTic
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    Bad theater, all it is on the part of Kerry/US.  These guys talk a big game, and never play.  They are dealing with a fromer KGB guy in Putin, good luck with the usual b.s. western rhetoric.   Putin is laughing as he moves another chess piece while the US is playing drunk checkers.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:54 | 4548513 UGrev
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    Playing Checkers denotes some understanding of strategy, even if drunk. These fuckers are playing pictionary and can't draw for shit.. 

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:53 | 4548504 yogibear
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    John Kerry Plastic Surgery Before and After Photos:

     Botox, Face-Lift, Facial fillers, Brow Lift and Nose job



    Once a Lurch always a Lurch.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:02 | 4548545 ParkAveFlasher
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    I can understand chicks chasing eternal youthful beauty, to try to woo men forever, and failing in the chase miserably because the road in life goes one way, in the direction of gravity, but a man should never subject himself to this sort of terrible disfigurement for any reason.  It is a rare kind of vanity or insecurity or crippling lack of self-awareness that is displayed by this kind of behavior. 

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:03 | 4548550 Tenshin Headache
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    You don't want the Secretary of State having any gravitas.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:55 | 4548514 fijisailor
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    After seeing Kerry speak it's obvious that Putin is in control of the situation.  There will be no war and Russia will do what they want.  Any "consequences" by the US will be useless and only backfire.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:55 | 4548515 22winmag
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    Attention brave men and women in the U.S. military: fake ass John Kohn (aka Kerry) is your fake ass Commander in Chief's top diplomat.


    It's high time someone step up and hold these fools accountable.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:56 | 4548520 orangedrinkandchips
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    talk is cheap

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:58 | 4548526 disabledvet
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    I think Lavrov's days are numbered as it appears the Crimean "vote" is a kick off to a full fledged Russian invasion of Ukraine. If that happens then obviously no one will be listening to Lavrov anymore (least of all the Russians.)

    They'll need to head straight to Kiev and take the capital and once they take the capital then start securing the outer regions.
    This will not be easy as these things never go off without "delays." You also have the "slight" problem of Ukraine having been independent for an entire Generation. I think the theory that the "West" is decadent and weak here is delusional beyond belief.

    Obviously this is being done without ANY thought to the consequences...let alone implications.
    The West might reserve the right to respond. The West might respond as well.

    I see ZERO fall back position for Putin. He will simply be alienated from the West...permanently. HE is the problem here. This is all HIS doing. Is there a difference between the Kiev Rus and "Mother Russia"? I'm no expert but we might be about to find out.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:10 | 4548590 astoriajoe
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    "I see ZERO fall back position for Putin. He will simply be alienated from the West.."

    I don't think he gives a shit.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:43 | 4549002 zookeep
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    I don't think he was invited to the Oscars. Putin already feels alienated.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:23 | 4548627 Zerozen
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    You must be out of your delusional little mind if you think the hypocritical West can reserve the right to do anything in Ukraine or has any kind of moral high ground whatsoever. This is worse than Syria. Many people never liked the guy who got chased out of Kiev a few weeks ago but fact is he was democratically, fairly elected in 2010. The US/EU-backed gov't in charge now was installed by puppetmasters, not voted in, on the back of weeks of violent rioting, again backed by the West and with the dirty work done by far-right weirdo groups. How is any of this Putin's fault? All the events of the last few weeks have been offensive actions from the West. The Russians are REACTING. There is an anti-Russian, illegitimate gov't in control in Kiev right now, wtf did you think the Russians were going to do? Roll over and beg?

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:02 | 4548819 TheFourthStooge-ing
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    You have to keep in mind that disabledvet enjoys posting comments while actively hallucinating. It's a metal plate in the head thing.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 20:41 | 4550478 StychoKiller
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    All Russia has to do is kick back and watch the chaos in the Ukraine, until they beg Putin to restore order.  The EU is broke and doesn't have enough soldiers (or spine) to be of any help.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:00 | 4548533 Colonel Klink
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    There will be costs, to the major stock and bond holders in the US once your bluff gets called.

    Kerry's not a horse, but a jackass.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:00 | 4548534 JR
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    Kerry has no cards to play. There is only one person with cards to play and that’s the one who has tanks, planes, helicopters and troops on the ground.

    Where are Merkel’s troops?

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:19 | 4548624 Ifigenia
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    Why Merkel? This is not her war. This is USA 1% war.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:14 | 4548870 JR
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    Angela Merkel speaks Russian and she is the feather in the wind between Russian resolve to stop a banker campaign to continually expand its debt slavery and the superpower involvement of the Fed-controlled U.S.

    There will be no war because the odds militarily are on the side that holds the hill, namely Vlad's.

    As Stalin said: "How many division does the Pope have?" The bankers have a lot of divisions, you say. Yes, but they aren't there. What are they going to do, air lift troops? Russia's a nuclear power and you don't mess with her at this point.

    In short, this is not the U.S.; these are internationalists. Do you call Stanley Fischer a U.S. official? No. He's an internationalist. We've gone beyond the U.S.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:27 | 4548932 Ifigenia
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    Stanley Fischer is USA FED vicepresident. the 1%

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:11 | 4549137 JR
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    I misunderstood. You're right; he's the 1% and it's their war.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:01 | 4548536 replaceme
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    LILF  (Like milf, with lurches).    </sexpuke>

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:03 | 4548549 Dr. Engali
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    Isn't it about time for our daily feed of president Skroob telling us what we need to do and how he just needs a little moar time to fix everything?

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:03 | 4548551 DOGGONE
    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:04 | 4548557 stevegee58
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    God I love the use of passive voice.  You get to make threats but phrase them as if they were a natural disaster like a volcanic eruption or tornado.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:07 | 4548559 RacerX
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    Reminds me of the "New Sheriff" scene from Blazing Saddles:

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:09 | 4548586 Colonel Klink
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    Get out of the Crimea or President Obama gets it!

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:43 | 4549005 skwid vacuous
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    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:05 | 4548565 kito
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    This is going to end so spectacularly bad for the u.s. our esteemed leaders just haven't figured out the obvious. The u.s. doesn't rule the roost anymore.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:09 | 4548579 Bloodstock
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    No PC here, Putin is calling the bluff. The children are used to getting their way by crying foul. Ain't gonna happen this time.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:12 | 4548600 _ConanTheLibert...
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    I wonder if Putin already made some hard comments in the Russian media that the US should shut up and mind their own bussiness?

    Of course we would never see that in the western media. Anyone know how Putin is reported in Russia?

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:07 | 4548838 TheFourthStooge-ing
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    Anyone know how Putin is reported in Russia?

    This should get you started:

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 21:29 | 4550636 StychoKiller
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    Thanks for the link.  That was a most cogent, and rational interview.  Even the commenters are civilized!

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:20 | 4548606 Ifigenia
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    Kerry Summary: "There Will Be Costs" 

    Lavrov: "i will let IMF in USA, so the people would know what the europeans are feeling under IMF boots. Legarde LV boots."

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:16 | 4548611 ebworthen
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    Fuck Kerry and the U.S. and the E.U.

    Hey John, what about our crooks at home and our military spying on us while the kleptoligarchy/M.I.C./banking cabal rape the Constitiution and rob us blind?

    Where are the adults in the West?

    Where is justice?

    Mr. Ed > Barn.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:21 | 4548635 Ifigenia
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    and now they want the 99 sheep fight for their dividents, interests?

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:57 | 4548797 JR
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    There are similarities between America’s slide into tyranny and the communist takeover model in eastern Europe.

    Communist governments, it is said, have usually resulted from conquests and seizures of power, but often these have been the result of civil wars in which Communists were supported from Moscow or some other center of communist power.

    “Historian Hugh Seton-Watson described in 1953 the process of the takeovers in eastern Europe as going through three phases.

    “In the first phase, the governments were formed by a coalition of left-wing parties. In the second stage, the communists had actually gained control of the government. In the third phase, one-party government was established either by absorbing the others…or removing them from power.”

    In From Lenin to Malenkov (p 255), Seton-Watson wrote:

    Already in the first phase….the communists seized certain key positions. The most important of these was the Ministry of the Interior, which controlled the police (the FBI et cetera)… The Ministry of Justice, controlling the formal justice machinery (the Justice Department) was considered less important, but was held by communists in certain cases. Control of broadcasting was seized at an early date. Great efforts were made to control and to create youth and women’s organizations. In industry, communists were placed in key positions in the management of nationalized factories and in trade unions.

    Interesting that the US Congress declared in 1950 that a conspiracy to overthrow the government existed in every land the communists had infiltrated and interesting also that today’s Democrat Party is totally committed to evolutionary socialism which in essence is accepted and supported by the Republican Establishment.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:09 | 4548856 hangemhigh77
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    But they're keeping us "safe".

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:24 | 4548646 shovelhead
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    Putin should roll into Kiev and send those skinheads to Europe and let them spread a little Molotov Democracy over there.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:40 | 4548712 g'kar
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    Kerry knocks'em dead.


    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:43 | 4548720 Son of Captain Nemo
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    Everything else was superfluous:

    Including the shit stain running down the inside of John breath's Oxford pant leg.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:11 | 4548860 TheFourthStooge-ing
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    He must not be getting enough fiber in his diet. Road apples are known for their solid flingable-from-the-end-of-a-stick characteristics.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:04 | 4548823 Spungo
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    Our government is completely incompetent. If they have leverage over Putin, tell him what it is then ask him to leave Crimea. If not, shut the fuck up. Making empty threats is a very serious threat to national security because more and more people will start calling their bluff.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:05 | 4548828 hangemhigh77
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    Look at Kerry's face.  Does he REALLY expect anyone to take him seriously?  REALLY??  He looks like a cartoon.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:06 | 4548834 hangemhigh77
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    I think the terrorists have revealed themselves....The USA

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:09 | 4548855 icanhasbailout
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    May Putin gift him a polonium enema.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:12 | 4548863 UpAndComing
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    The difference these days is this is not the drunkard soviet leaders we're dealing with. It's a sharp minded multi lingual kgb colonel black belt who has been running the country like a business. Now he's allocated well enough where any sanctions threats...although do seem to make guys like Kudrin mumble in their sleep, don't really bother him. He's calling our bluff...rightfully so and moving ahead with his strategy. Based on the reports I've been reading and watching coming from one is worried or thinking about stepping back. It's full speed ahead with "ensuring Russian speaking citizens within a neighboring country are not opressed".

    It certainly will not stop there with the news from Donetsk. Most of those eastern cities are Russian speaking and decent a number of people is expressing pro-Russian sentiment. That's the income producing region for Ukraine. Without that region...Western ukraine will basically be the loser cousin to the EU everyone knows about and doesn't like to talk about. They will basically need a ground up investment commitment.

    They produce mostly nothing and they have been staying afloat mostly because of the imports going to Russia and the Russian subsidized gas...which has been basically free lately as Kiev now owes about 2 Billion for gas already consumed.

    The Russians in Crimea and other regions began getting nervous when a specific group of people came to power through this Maidan uprising. First and foremost the backbone of the movement...those that actually had the balls to duke it out with fully geared Berkut were in large numbers members of nationalist groups. You look up the biography of guys like Yarosh and Muzychko and you will get a sense for who is now running the country.

    One of first laws put in place once they crew came to power was changing a law which gave the Russian language a regional status. This change would make life for people in Eastern regions...especially Crimea because that was Russia prior to 1954...much more difficult.

    They feel they really don't need to deal with the bullshit now being suggested in Kiev. You can't just say the entire lifestyle of a whole region of a country has to change and not expect them to freak the fuck out.

    Lets pretend California splits off and becomes its own country. Lets say Mexicans gain control of the government there and as soon as they do, the first thing they suggest is all the documents and services will now be in Spanish only. If you don't like it, get the fuck out.

    Needless to say...if the US still cared about some of their english speaking friends...they would say that they may protect their people within California because the mexicans went apeshit.

    Lets say we even stack troops on the borders to show the Mexicans we mean business.

    Here comes Russia telling us to keep out of there or there will be consequences.

    Now you weigh out that little situation and let me know what you would do then?

    Would you tell Russia to fuck off and laugh off their rhetoric? Or would you bow down and accept things for what they are.

    That's the reality of the current sitch in a nutshell.






    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:16 | 4548886 kchrisc
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    Paper-tiger goes "meow." LOL

    "If you'll loan me the money, I'll gladly go to war with you. Please?"

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:18 | 4548895 smacker
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    Exactly who does this arrogant jerk Kerry think he speaks for?

    A bunch of sycophants in European capitals? The likes of unelected Barroso in Brussels? Merkel in Germany?

    None of these people can be described as the "international community".

    He certainly does not speak for a majority of people across Europe, Russia or Asia and most likely the rest of the world.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:36 | 4548972 Oldballplayer
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    How much does a red line cost anyway?

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:41 | 4548995 zookeep
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    Someone please drive Mr. Kerry home. He has had too much to drink.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:44 | 4549010 jvetter713
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    When I laugh at this dumb ass I have to ask how the Russians are reacting.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:48 | 4549023 F em all but 6
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    Kerry. Hmmm. Another villiage lost its idiot.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:48 | 4549024 MollyHacker
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    What was the real cost of the United States funded Ukrainian goverment coup? Ukrainions lost their gold bullion gold reserves (which-by-the-way was gifted from the USSR breakup) to Team Kerry-McCaine.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:15 | 4549159 LawsofPhysics
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    What people don't realize is that Kerry is rally talking to the taxpayers in the West.

    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:26 | 4549209 jsgibson
    Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:32 | 4549840 monad
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    Costs? Whats left, killing all American children on birth and replacing them with Chinese, Mexican and Indian children? Killing grandma and grandpa?

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