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Henry Kissinger once pointed out that since Peter the Great, Russia had been expanding at the rate of one Belgium per year. All undone, of course, by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Russian President Vladimir Putin called “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] Century.” Putin’s mission is restoration. First, restore traditional Russian despotism by dismantling its nascent democracy. And then, having created iron-fisted “stability,” march.

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Editorial, Pages 12 on 03/03/2014

Print Headline: The Ukraine gambit


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  • Goad
    March 3, 2014 at 12:26 p.m.

    Hope President Obama calls you in to advise him. You have all the answers. We need a good Republican to invade Ukraine and slaughter those people and kill off more of our poor Americans who have been fighting all our wars. Oh we have really gained a lot with a stable democracy in Iraq, Afgans loving the Americans who have fought for them and I'm confident we could do the same in Syria and Ukraine. We need Chaney back.

  • Barmus
    March 3, 2014 at 2:08 p.m.

    Goad, it appears you misunderstood Dr. Krauthammer. He's not advocating boots on the ground in Ukraine. Rather, he's proposing economic aid in conjunction with members of the European Union.

    Sarcasm can be an effective response, but in this case yours doesn't fit.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    March 3, 2014 at 2:16 p.m.

    Barmus ...... Right now Russia is just securing their National Security interest by protecting their only open water port, the others freeze up in the winter. We would do the same if all of our ports froze up except Gitmo and the Cubans started positioning troops close by.

  • Goad
    March 3, 2014 at 2:19 p.m.

    Let's quit calling it boots on the ground. I have a better term called ; send our poor Americans to slaughter. Wonder what the average income of our soldiers was prior to entering military. Well below poverty. You are probably correct about Krauthammer not calling for military intervention. I am just pissed off at conservatives who always want a war but none of their kids ever fight. We. Of course Bush was in the National Guard but only flew planes around Texas. Wonder how many of Chaney's kids went to fight in our recent wars? Not that it would matter in our stupid unwinnable wars.

  • nwar
    March 3, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.

    John Kerry said today that "You don't have to invade another country on a phony pretext to assert your interests." I guess only America can do that -- and Krauthammer is the cheerleader for neocons that want us to continue to waste our blood and treasure.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    March 3, 2014 at 2:54 p.m.

    Those Russian paratroopers are peace keeping forces. The Russian Military is there to prevent any ethnic cleansing, reinstall the democratically elected government, and protect the massive oil and gas pipelines going to Easter Europe.

  • Barmus
    March 3, 2014 at 3:06 p.m.

    Mr. Smith, Crimea is a part of Ukraine, not Russia, and thus the introduction of Russian troops there is an invasion. There is no uniquely Russian port on the Black Sea to be protected by Russia.

    As pointed out by Dr. Krauthammer, Russia seeks hegemony over Ukraine to prevent Ukraine's closer ties with the West. It appears that Mr. Putin would eventually like to return Ukraine to the Russian nest. It may happen of its own accord since eastern Ukraine presently leans toward Russia.

  • Barmus
    March 3, 2014 at 3:23 p.m.

    To Goad and Nwar: No one I've listened to or read is proposing that we send American Army, Navy, or Air Force personnel to Ukraine. Indeed, there have been strong admonitions against such action, and I agree. That government is not seeking military aid. They need economic aid to survive. The sum of $15 billion has been mentioned. If we put up a portion and the EU funds the rest, we will have done all we can do. Our effort is directed toward preventing Russia from laying the groundwork to eventually regain economic control of Ukraine.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    March 3, 2014 at 3:55 p.m.

    barmus ..... Yea, Crimea is a part of Ukraine, kinda like Texas was part of Mexico.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    March 3, 2014 at 3:59 p.m.

    Split Ukraine in two let the east be a country with ties to Russia and the west with ties to the EU. No war every body is happy except the neocons.