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  •  Sorry, Gene, Barack Obama has all the credibility (18+ / 0-)

    he could possibly need to denounce a powerful nation for ginning up a pretext to invade a foreign nation. Especially since he did so in real time back in 2002-2003.

    Elections have consequences. This is one of them.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 05:06:38 AM PST

    •  I don't think Putin had to "gin up" an excuse (1+ / 0-)
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      for moving into Crimea.  He didn't want his naval base to be threatened by Ukraine's new government.  Pretty understandable, really.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 07:03:57 AM PST

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      •  But that's not what he said. He ginned up... (0+ / 0-)

        the claim that he was protecting poor, oppressed Russians.

        Art is the handmaid of human good.

        by joe from Lowell on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 08:31:41 AM PST

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        •  Well, the new government in Kiev has (0+ / 0-)

          has made moves to oppress ethnic Russians and Russian speakers throughout Ukraine:

          Ukraine’s swift abolition of the law allowing the country’s regions to make Russian a second official language has worried European MPs and officials, and has been condemned outright as a “violation of ethnic minority rights” by Russian diplomats.
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          The Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) abolished the 2012 law “On State Language Policy” the day after it voted to dismiss President Viktor Yanukovich. The law allowed the country’s regions to use more official languages in addition to Ukrainian if they were spoken by over 10 percent of the local population. Thirteen out of Ukraine’s 27 regions, primarily in Eastern Ukraine, then adopted Russian as a second official language. Two Western regions introduced Romanian and Hungarian as official languages.
          And the EU countries are not at all happy with the moves against ethnic Russians and other Ukrainian population groups
          The European Parliament has approved a resolution on Ukraine, which among other things calls on the country’s MPs and the new government to respect the rights of minorities, particularly when it comes to the use of languages.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 07:56:13 PM PST

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    •  You need to reread Robinson's article. (0+ / 0-)

      Here's what Robinson actually says:

      But the United States, frankly, has limited standing to insist on absolute respect for the territorial integrity of sovereign states.
      He's talking about the country, not Obama.  There's a difference.

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 10:09:42 AM PST

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