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  •  The world is not black and white (1+ / 0-)
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    DavidMS

    and they are things that can be done short of a military response (which is not in the offing).

    Just because they are not military, however, does not mean that aren't very serious.

    •  If you are talking about (0+ / 0-)

      sanctions, we'll be doing those anyhow. This is not about the treaty. The treaty was signed by Russia, you know. By invading they've already defaulted on it.

    •  It's too late to boycott Winter Olympics (3+ / 0-)
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      kharma, Johnny Q, aliasalias

      Are there any grain deals Obama can cancel?  I don't think that there are any mujahadeen in Crimea for Charlie Wilson to funnel weapons to, and besides, I'm not sure that turned out so well in the long run.

      Exactly what concrete steps could be taken here if the US were inclined to take them?

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:40:15 AM PST

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      •  if russia actually seizes the crimea (0+ / 0-)

        they'll have tatar mujaheddin pretty quickly, as well as a caucasian veteran all star volunteer network to draw upon. putin would reap what he sowed in chechnya, dagestan, ingushetshia, etc.

        •  most inhabitants of Crimea (0+ / 0-)

          are ethnic Russians, no?  And they do have a nice shiny naval base there.

          •  a majority, yes (0+ / 0-)

            but there is a significant tatar population, and they have deep historical grievances against the russians as it is.

            i would be very surprised if russia loses the naval base in sevastopol (or the nearby submarine base), regardless of where the crimea ends up.

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