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Will Putin back down in Ukraine?

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GrantMingus

Mar-02-14 12:59 PM

Why should he? Because John The Ketchup King Kerry told him to?

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Kozy62

Mar-02-14 1:01 PM

Yep...why would he. He has free reigns to do what he wants.

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Beaumont

Mar-02-14 1:32 PM

No why do we have any business in his business?

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questioner

Mar-02-14 3:45 PM

If you remember a few years ago when something like this happened in Georgia, ethnic cleansing happened as well.

If you catch BBC news, there seems to be a likely chance of that developing in parts of the Ukraine now also.

While I realize Russia has interests there, and I know we don't want to be "involved", I hate to think of the misery that occurred in Georgia happening again.

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rpmwwe

Mar-02-14 7:20 PM

We can't rescue people from a despotic regime if they don't already have the will to rise up against it themselves. There were less than a couple dozen civilian deaths and about 10 police officer deaths during the protests. That's hardly a revolution. The Russians walked right into Crimea without firing a single shot and no one in Crimea is calling for help. There is nothing for the US to do there.

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questioner

Mar-02-14 8:38 PM

Your numbers are wrong. At least 77 people died just between Feb 18 and Feb 20.

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questioner

Mar-02-14 8:55 PM

Geography-wise, that would be like 30000 Russians going into Alaska. No, the Alaskans would be unlikely to take them on, but it would still be invading a country.

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questioner

Mar-02-14 9:07 PM

This is Russia going into a sovereign European country--regardless of former ties to Crimea.

This is a EU neighboring country, part of their European Neighbourhood Policy.

I don't think a "so sad, too bad" attitude by us is right.

And no, I don't have an answer, but I am hoping between NATO and the EU somehow Putin will be able to back off and still save face. Not sure that will happen, but to isolate ourselves from caring isn't right.

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GrantMingus

Mar-02-14 10:40 PM

Russia can't invade a sovereign country, but it's fine if we do as long as it's via NATO or the UN?

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rpmwwe

Mar-02-14 11:52 PM

"Your numbers are wrong. At least 77 people died just between Feb 18 and Feb 20."

I got my numbers from a news article I read a day or two ago. I certainly can't defend the accuracy as I have nothing else to go on but 77 deaths doesn't make a revolution, either. I'm not trying to down play such a tragedy. I'm just suggesting we don't invade the other part of the Ukraine and then find out we are not really needed there but are squared off face to face with the Russian army. One itchy trigger finger would put the entire world into chaos.

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rpmwwe

Mar-02-14 11:52 PM

I think a better analogy would be if Boris Yeltsin had made round about threats to the U.S. back in 1994 when the U.S. invaded Haiti to make some political adjustments.

Unless someone calls for help, we shouldn't even consider getting involved over there.

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questioner

Mar-03-14 6:30 AM

While this is not our battle (unless NATO gets involved) surely you can see negative repercussions?

Potential wipeout/removal of Tatars--Muslim minority, potential refugee surge into europe.

Further distance from Russia regarding Iran, Syria

Economic repercussions. The EU will have to do something.

I just don't see a good outcome here.

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Obamabinladin

Mar-03-14 9:09 AM

Putin to Russian Parliament: "Can you believe obama even has a job? Worse yet, those American fools voted for the imbecile twice!" It looks like the Russians have carte blanche.

This is a sad and embarrassing time for our country!

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GrantMingus

Mar-03-14 9:26 AM

Yeah, because sticking our nose in every corner of the globe and racking up 17 trillion dollars in debt hasn't been embarrassing. The type of foreign policy that we've used since WW2, the exact type of foreign policy that has put us in the middle of situations like this before is embarrassing. It's served to do nothing more but create massive amounts of debt and isolate us.

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questioner

Mar-03-14 10:35 AM

We are becoming isolated. And ineffectual. But this is to our detriment.

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questioner

Mar-03-14 10:39 AM

Breaking News

Russia's Black Sea Fleet has given Ukrainian forces in Crimea until 5:00 local time (03:00 GMT) on Tuesday to surrender or face an all-out assault, according to Ukrainian defence ministry sources quoted by Interfax-Ukraine news agency. "If by 5am tomorrow morning they do not surrender a real assault will begin on units and sections of the Ukrainian armed forces all over Crimea," defence ministry officials are quoted as saying. So far there is no further confirmation of the ultimatum from other sources.

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ladybug

Mar-03-14 10:55 AM

Lets declare all out war on everyone.

We'll show'm

Haven't you people had enough ?

Like Obama or not I think JA like you could atleast show some respect for the office.

This BS makes us look good .You should thank God you live in this country .Someomewhere your dead butt would be shot.

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questioner

Mar-03-14 10:56 AM

We are interconnected. What happens in a EU and NATO border country affects us.

Does money talk to you all?

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) U.S. stocks followed world markets lower Monday as investors worried about increased tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

European and world trade could be impacted: The impact could be felt beyond Europe if the world's supply of grain is impacted. Ukraine is one of the world's top exporters of corn and wheat, and prices could rise even on concern those exports could halt.

Russia supplies about 25% of Europe's gas needs, and half of that is pumped via pipelines running through Ukraine. Moscow has cut off that flow in past disputes with Kiev and a disruption could push up energy prices for businesses and households.

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ladybug

Mar-03-14 10:59 AM

Putin didn't have to deal with a congress who can't make a decision on anything.

Just like Syria . Obama couldn't could support from our Allies ,little lone congress.

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ladybug

Mar-03-14 11:00 AM

Are you prepared to go to an all out war ??

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questioner

Mar-03-14 11:00 AM

Ukraine's government is in debt and needs assistance: The country owes $13 billion in debt this year and $16 billion comes due before the end of 2015.

The most likely source of support would be the International Monetary Fund. Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the IMF is consulting with other bodies that could help raise the $35 billion Ukraine says it needs.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Sunday the U.S. is "prepared to work (with) partners to provide as much support as Ukraine needs" for economic growth and stability.

It's costing us no matter what. Can we at least get something good out of it?

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GrantMingus

Mar-03-14 11:05 AM

questioner, we're becoming isolated by our "police the world" foreign policy. How can you not see it, it's as obvious now as it ever was.

It's disgusting and pathetic, both sides now beat the war drums. This country will fail, and most of you will die someday still convinced the perpetual actions of whatever party happens to be in power wasn't the reason.

Money does talk questioner, 17 TRILLION DOLLARS...and well over 100 trillion of unfunded liabilities. All brought to you by the SAME EXACT policy makers that you're calling on now to pour salt in the wound.

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ladybug

Mar-03-14 11:06 AM

Lets cut aid to americans and send some more overseas.

Ask Karzi what happened to the missing $5 billion

It's easy for guys like Grahmn ,McCain Rogers and Fox news to shut it's mouth off until we get involved in another mess.

Then they'll cry the blues the other eway

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GrantMingus

Mar-03-14 11:07 AM

What good?! A bunch more young men and women dying for nothing but to prove who can swing the bigger d*ck? That's GOOD to you?

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ladybug

Mar-03-14 11:12 AM

Only thing Obama did was supply air support in Libya.

And got an ass chewing from both sides.

You can't do this you can't do that's.

Why didn't you do more sooner

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