Speaking Loudly and Carrying a Small Stick

The next three Presidents will be spending their terms cleaning up Obama’s screw ups. At least Putin’s not a real Muslim. From Bill Gertz at The Washington Free Beacon:

Russia agreed to provide military training for three leftist regimes in Latin America and increase military visits and exercises following a visit last week […]

Cartoon Violence

I know Russia is our looming enemy… but damn their dashboard cam videos! I can’t figure out if this is legitimate or not… apparently the drivers mention being sleepy (it’s 3 am) and then say “Thanks for waking us up!” as they drive around the guy. I like to think this is real.

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War Creep

The other day Anne Applebaum had a great piece on the impending war in Europe (or is it???) in The Washington Post:

Over and over again — throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels — I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing […]

Ukrainian Rebels Hold a Triumph of Sorts

Russian-backed rebels paraded captured Ukrainian soldiers through Lenin Square in Donetsk yesterday. From Aljazeera:

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have paraded dozens of captured Ukrainian soldiers before a jeering crowd, in mockery of Independence Day celebrations in the capital.

Thousands gathered in Donetsk’s main square on Sunday as separatists paraded captured government soldiers […]

Russia: Still Full of Bolshevik

From VOA News: A Russian Deputy PM tweets a not so veiled threat towards Romania.

Romania asked Moscow for an explanation on Saturday after Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin, reacting to being barred from its airspace, tweeted he would return in a TU-160 strategic bomber.

Rogozin, one of the senior Russian officials sanctioned by […]

Not Putin Up With It

Russia Today is a Russian English-language news outlet in the U.S. that is a mouthpiece for the Russian government (similar to Press TV and Iran or the various Chinese “news” channels). Liza Wahl, one of their anchors, quit on air today. Good for her.

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.

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Ukrainian Sides Reach Tentative Deal

Hopefully this works out, though I  don’t see how Putin would accept it.From the New York Times:  European diplomats said on Friday that opposition leaders had agreed to sign an agreement with President Viktor F. Yanukovych to defuse the deadly political crisis here, although it was unclear whether they were demanding additional concessions from the […]