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  •  IMO it would take 200,000 Russian troops to... (3+ / 0-)
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    PatriciaVa, native, AoT

    ...invade Ukraine, not 20,000.  It's about the size of Texas.

    Putin is playing chess on the map and he will not sacrifice a pawn unnecessarily.

    The Baltics need not worry either and even if Putin went there, we could do very little.  The logistics are extremely difficult.  Sending F-15s is not even a show of force. But Russia does not need those pawns either.  As long as Lithuania does not block access to Kaliningrad, Russia has nothing to gain.

    If you look at the map, the one area where Putin may have something to gain is in the Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia region with its access to Iran which may become strategic to Russia.

    Our saber rattling and our sanctions mean nothing to Putin. In addition we should keep an eye on India which has objected to the sanctions and China who abstained in the UN Security Council vote against Russia.

    Europe is concerned with the possibility of a cutoff of Russian energy exports and Europeans have no stomach for a military confrontation with Russia.

    We can make noise but anyone that thinks within the "we are the leaders of the free world" framework gets it wrong.  American prestige throughout the world is not what it was before Iraq and before Snowden's revelations.  Specially in Latin America after the diversion of the Bolivian presidential plane.

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    by Shockwave on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 09:45:49 AM PDT

    •  All it would take (5+ / 0-)

      is a vote . . . just like Crimea.  Significant parts of Ukraine want no part of "West Ukraine", and would opt for independence or close alliance with Russia.

      That is why the US opposes any "democratic solution" and opts for idiotic "sanctions" and sabre rattling instead . . .

      Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

      by Deward Hastings on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 10:08:49 AM PDT

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      •  I think you've hit the nail on the head there. (1+ / 0-)
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        Shockwave

        The US Foreign Policy establishment seems to have a propensity for interfering in places about which it knows very little.

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