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  •  A creep and a loser (0+ / 0-)

    who controls a very large country physically and has lots of nuclear weapons. Putin is using international conflict to shore up domestic support, which would be collapsing without this drummed up crisis. This is a long process that started with what I think were some important policy failures after the fall of the USSR. President Clinton, in my opinion, made a major error by expanding NATO eastwards, sparking a good deal of Russian resentment. Russians felt that the West, particularly the USA, was gloating over them, and was seizing an opportunity to further weaken Russia. Many generations of Russians grew up thinking of their country as one of the great powers that became so at enormous cost. It isn't hard for someone like Putin to tap into this resentment.

    The EU has been its usual bumbling self in this crisis, with its internal bickering and disunity, its feckless policy in Ukraine that contributed to the present problems, its unwillingness to make any material sacrifice in defense of its interests (witness the French Mistral ship sale and Russian money-laundering as usual in London).

    Gradually escalating sanctions will possibly push Russia into becoming a Chinese client State essentially. So we have come now to a point where previous indecision and bumbling all through the Georgian and Crimean crises have paid a wretched dividend.

    Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

    by Anne Elk on Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 02:39:51 PM PDT

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    •  President Clinton expanded NATO? (0+ / 0-)

      The US certainly carries a lot of clout in NATO, but NATO currently comprises 28 countries and is HQ'd  in Brussels, not the US.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 02:44:29 AM PDT

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