Don't listen to Obama's Ukraine critics: he's not 'losing' - and it's not his fight | M... - 0 views
You don’t have to listen to the “do something” crowd. These are the same people who brought you the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other greatest hits. These are armchair “experts” convinced that every international problem is a vital interest of the US; that the maintenance of “credibility” and “strength” is essential, and that any demonstration of “weakness” is a slippery slope to global anarchy and American obsolescence; and that being wrong and/or needlessly alarmist never loses one a seat at the table.
Ukraine crisis: UK seeks to protect the interests of City of London amid threats of san... - 0 views
Over the past few years, Merkel has made clear she would like for Ukraine to eventually join the club of Germany’s democratic trading partners. But, like all Germans, she also knows the dangers of lasting enmity with Russia. According to some informed commentary, Europe is now facing the prospect of a new Cold War. Even if that’s over-egging things, as it might well be, Germany would be among the biggest losers in any permanent East-West standoff. In any case, Merkel will do all she can to prevent such an outcome. And, as many Europeans have learned over the past decade, she often gets her way.
Andrew Sullivan's marvelously misguided theory about how Obama played Putin when it cam... - 0 views
Vladimir Putin's Crimean mistake: The Russian president is miscalculating how easy it w... - 0 views
Most of the Crimea is basically a desert, with less annual rainfall than Los Angeles. It is impossible to sustain its 2 million people—including agriculture and the substantial tourist industry—without Ukrainian water. Current supplies aren’t even enough. In Sevastopol, home of the Black Sea Fleet, households get water only on certain days. In fact, on Feb. 19, when snipers were shooting protesters on the streets of Kiev, Sevastopol applied for $34 million in Western aid (note the irony) to improve its water and sewer systems.
The Crimea’s dependence on Ukraine for nearly all of it electricity makes it equally vulnerable to nonviolent retaliation. One suggestion making the rounds of the Ukrainian Internet is that the mainland, with warning, shut off the power for 15 minutes. It may not normalize the situation, but it could give Moscow pause. Of course, Russia could retaliate by cutting off Ukrainian gas supplies, but that would mean cutting off much of Europe as well. Besides, Ukrainians proved this winter that they aren’t afraid of the cold, and spring is coming.