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European Kleptocracy

Everyone’s favorite British Member of European Parliament, Daniel Hannan is at it again… tilting against his favorite windmill. From the Daily Mail UK:

Viewed from Brussels, the Westminster expenses crisis looks Lilliputian. Call that a scandal? Bath plugs and massage chairs, patio heaters and lightbulbs? How paltry. How quaint.

Viewed from Brussels, the Westminster expenses [...]

Counsel Bluffs

Who does Obama think he’s kidding? From Reuters: China should not doubt the U.S. commitment to defend its Asian allies and the prospect of economic retaliation should also discourage Beijing from using force to pursue territorial claims in Asia in the way Russia has in Crimea, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Daniel Russel, [...]

Wednesday Open Thread

President Woodrow Wilson addresses a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress — April 2, 1917 (LOC)

On this date in 1917, Woodrow Wilson asked the Congress for a formal declaration of war against Germany.

Shhhh.... It's Stealthy

On this date in 1999, the first and only F-117 Stealth fighter jet was shot down in combat over Serbia. The call sign was Vega 31 (from The Aviationist):

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Darrell P. Zelko, a veteran of the 1991 Gulf War, was flying a stealth plane from the 49th Fighter Wing, [...]

Wednesday Open Thread

This Shit Just Got Real.

Here’s the headline from this bracing Politico expose: “Obama’s vacation plans in jeopardy.” I shit you not.

Vladimir Putin has put President Barack Obama’s vacation plans on hold.

Obama is headed to Coral Reef High School in the southern part of Miami, Fla., on Friday for an event about education and the economy that [...]

Ukraine — Another View

Here’s a piece from Mart Helm, a former Estonian Ambassador to Russia entitled: “Moscow understands only force and the willingness to sacrifice human lives.” via a blog I‘ve been reading lately called The XX (20) Committee:

Was Hitler done with the Anschluss? No. Neither will Russia be satisfied just with Ukraine. And after Ukraine, Russia [...]

Crimea River (of Trouble)

Russian troops on the move in the Crimea — video and pics at the Telegraph (UK):

Russian foreign ministry admits to entering Crimea from its Black Sea Fleet base as the Ukraine’s interior minister accuses country of ‘armed invasion’

In other news… President Squirrel and Vice President Moose are on the alert. Threat level [...]

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

This folks is what’s called a “realist” view of the situation in Ukraine. From a blog called Traditional Right — The View from Olympus — Another Crimean War?

It may be that the winter Olympics in Sochi will have yet another, even more spectacular closing ceremony. What might that be? Russia retaking the Crimea.


Saturday Open Thread

Map of the region in crisis..