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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine demands a firm US response

Published: Wed, March 5, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Seven short days ago in this space, we exuberantly cheered Russia for its international hospitality and overall success in hosting a relatively flawless Winter Olympics. One week later, however, Russia merits nothing more than angry jeers and worldwide condemnation.

The hoped for foundation Russia had built at the Winter Games toward maturing into a more responsible player on the world stage has since crumbled to smithereens. It did so only days after the Feb. 23 Olympics closing ceremonies when Russian troops began their misguided occupation of the troubled Crimean region of the Ukraine.

As of early this week, Russia had dispatched planes, boats and helicopters to flood Crimea with 16,000 troops. Though they have not become militarily aggressive just yet, the troops’ illegitimate presence bodes ill for the stability of the shaky Ukraine government and for the security of its 50 million people.

This clear violation of the tenets of international law and of diplomatic decency threatens to further destabilize the Ukraine, a peace-loving independent country and former Soviet republic in the heart of Europe. As such, it demands a quick, forceful and concerted response from the United States and the international community, but that response must stop short of even the most remote hint of direct military intervention.

Secretary of State John Kerry, visiting Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, on Tuesday enunciated the need for diplomacy and sanctions to defuse the crisis. Commander in Chief Barack Obama on Tuesday announced $1 billion in aid and loans to help prop up the struggling Ukrainian government and economy.

Closer to home, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, has condemned the invasion and has called on the U.S. and its allies to “intervene in a firm and pragmatic way.”

That response could include such powerful weapons as asset freezes, visa bans, a disruption of trade and a slowdown in business investments and a variety of other sanctions or punishments.

But the risks associated with putting boots on the ground in this troubled region are almost too ghastly to imagine. With a military force and arsenal more than six times the size of Ukraine’s, Russia’s potential damage and destruction to the Ukrainian people and their nation loom large.

Clearly it is a time for the American people and the U.S. Congress to rally around the no-nonsense strategies that Obama and Kerry propose. Shamefully, however, some Republicans on Capitol Hill cannot resist the sophomoric temptation to use the international crisis as a whipping post for the president.

Graham’s criticism

Consider the obtuse thinking of South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. He told CNN this week that Obama should “stop going on television and trying to threaten thugs and dictators.” Graham added that “every time the president goes on national television and threatens Putin or anyone like Putin, everybody’s eyes roll, including mine. We have a weak and indecisive president that invites aggression.”

Such caustic rhetoric is irresponsible. The administration’s measured response to the invasion represents the wisest course of action for a nation exhausted and tormented by such questionable military operations as the war in Iraq that killed or wounded 36,710 Americans over the past decade.

President Obama’s game plan of working in concert with the United Nations, NATO and the European Union to peacefully but painfully force Russia to retreat from its former province clearly stands as the most prudent path for the United States and the peace-loving world community to pursue.


1questionreality(266 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago


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2SheDevil(120 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Graham and eivo's hoped for response is to start a shooting war with Russia.

Eivo is just itching to launch drones at Putin.

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3evio(43 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

That's right. Light him up.

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4Jerryl(105 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

You are truly a jerk of monumental proportions.

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5dontbeafool(912 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

yay, lets go for 20 straight years of war. I'm sure it won't cost much and there will be no U.S. casualties. Lets not try to impose any kind of peaceful resolutions like sanctions or anything, just send in the troops.
Eivo is the first to go to war, yet never served, and won't even fly his flag. He is also a douche and disrespectful to known vets on this site! A real patriot he is. Oh yeah, but I forgot that he drops a few bucks in the Wounded Warriors Project a year, so everything is good.
Keep up the douche baggery.

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6dontbeafool(912 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Lets not fool ourselves Eivo. Whatever Obama does, it will be wrong in your eyes. You will armchair QB him to death if he does A, B, or C. He could bomb the hell out of Russia tomorrow, and then you would crucify him for the method he did it.

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7theoldwrench(243 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Elvo Would you be satisfied if Obama did what Ike and bush did when Russia invaded the chechs and Georgia

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8SheDevil(120 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

eivo is the vindicator's village idiot.

Facts ! He don't need no stinking facts. That would just confuse his hallucinations.

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976Ytown(1243 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

The Budapest Memorandum

With friends like us, who needs enemies?




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1076Ytown(1243 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

We're not obligated if you read the agreement.

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1176Ytown(1243 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago


Repub: #16 and #27 "Do you think that I just wrote all of that as my opinion or talking points?"

Your cut and paste sources weren't cited. Can you say "plagiarism"?

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12evio(43 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Well, well, well .....

What about Whitewaterrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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13theoldwrench(243 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

@repubs Thank you for the FACTS @elvo Koch brothers? Ok 1982 Beirut 240 marines dead who was sent to prison all Reagan did was turn tail and runnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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14eevo(51 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

It was from bad intel from the Carter administration!

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15theoldwrench(243 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

@elvo With all the adoration and respect that you and fox give to putin one would think you would prefer to live under a communist party rule

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16eevo(51 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

I would rather have A bare chested Putin any day .

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17eevo(51 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Unless he is shirtless, on horseback, holding a rifle. Edge Putin.

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18dontbeafool(912 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Eivo, what does that mean? Were you trying to spell RESPECT? Are you stating that you respect Putin? It's hard enough to figure out what you are saying when you write in complete sentences, then you just come out with RSPECT as we are to know what you are talking about.
I see you have a man crush for Putin. Maybe you can start flying a Russian commie flag outside of your house since you refuse to fly Old Glory!

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19dontbeafool(912 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh, Obama didn't spell it correctly, I just seen it on tv. You were ahead of the game because it was probably played on a loop as "Breaking News" on Fox News ALL MORNING. First time that ever happened to a president huh. I bet he can say NUCLEAR correctly, and doesn't use words like misunderestimate or stategery. Then there was Quayle with Potatoe. You had your laugh,now go back to raising up your Russia flag.

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20eevo(51 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

The Liar needs to impose sanctions on Russia immediately by stopping the imports of all shirts. I heart Putin.

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21eevo(51 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I hope Putin runs for President. The GOP authored a bill to allow him to, but Harry Reid won't even allow it to come to a vote!

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22dontbeafool(912 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

And the sorry part of your statement is that you are happy about it eivo! Maybe there is some truth to some of these post! You and your fellow GOP flock, are in fact in love with Putin. I remember a while past, if you spoke about not wanting to be in a war with Iraq, you were labeled as UNPATRIOTIC! Now you can rant and rave about a communist leader and be happy if he defies our President, and that is totally acceptable. Got to love that mentality.

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23eevo(51 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

If you put Putin against the Liar in 2016, I will check Putin every time. Obamacare doesn't even compare to Russia's health care system. Plus he will replace food stamps with loaves of bread only.

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24dontbeafool(912 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Sounds like you already picked one to support.

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25DwightK(1256 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Isn't this Europe's problem? If Crimea votes to secede and join the Russian Federation, do we really care? How does this affect us? People are being systematically starved and tortured in North Korea and every president since Truman has done nothing. Why would we care about this?

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26dontbeafool(912 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I couldn't agree with you more Dwight. Not only Crimea, but everywhere in the world. Somewhere along the line, the US became the world police and humanitarian country to everyone. All of these other countries butt out of things not pertaining to them and they seem to manage quite nicely. When do you hear about Sweden coming on the news and saying Russia, you can't do this? Or Switzerland is sending in troops to Africa to assist BFE in a humanitarian effort. We need to just take care of ourselves for a change. Now if it can directly affect us, such as countries with nuclear weapons, then okay, but even then, it seems hypocritical that we can say, "we can have nukes, but you aren't allowed to".

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27theoldwrench(243 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Let's do what palin wants and NUKE em and blame it on Obama !!!!!

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28theoldwrench(243 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

elvo How many Americans have died in any crisis started since Obama took office???????

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29eevo(51 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Millions because the Liar has taken away their healthcare and they died. At this point, what difference does it make?

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3076Ytown(1243 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

lajoci: Actually, it does not make one bit of difference what color the president is. I find your rant repulsive.

Personally, I wouldn't care what color or race or heritage a person comes from as long as they have the following qualities: Integrity, honesty, trustworthy, intelligence, leadership, courage, common sense, empathy, good moral character, respect for our values, put our country's needs before others, hardworking, strives to make this nation stronger and better while protecting its people from harm. Insure that future generations are provided the same securities as past generations.

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31SeriouslyNow(192 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I was hoping that you would return to


To answer a question

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32JRBYoungstown(44 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

If Obama was a dictator you would not be able to safely critisize him on your fat a$$ in front of a computer. Some people should have paid attention in high school social studies class.

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33Elf2(75 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

you said" If one criticizes Obama he will get a knock on the door from the IRS or from Holder with a felony charge."

If that were really the case, the IRS and/or Holder would be parked in your driveway.

And if you think that you anonymity is protected, just realize that all your posts are trackable through your IP address.

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3476Ytown(1243 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

lajoci: Search Bing and you get 1,150,000 results for Bush arrogance and 1,320,000 results for Bush dictator.

Your above racist references to "uppity _____" is something that you've chosen to interject and it extremely offensive. Re-read my reply in post #71.

Disagreement with the direction this administration have taken this country has NOTHING to do with race.

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35Sane1(24 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago


You do realize that the 1,320,000 hits that you got on bush dictator also includes articles when he met with, or criticized etc a dictator.

Search by phase "bush dictator" yields 46 hits.

I agree with your taking offense to the racial references of lajoci. Totally provocative.

On your last comment, about disagreement not being racially based; I will accept that YOUR disagreement is founded without regard to race.

Have spent some significant time in the rural southland of this great country in the past several years I can confidently tell you that there are a great many who will - if asked- pull no punches and tell you that their hatred of Obama is based exclusively on his color and not knowing his place. It's very sad, I just nod and walk away.

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3676Ytown(1243 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Sane: Only 45 hits? I tried again and got 17,100 results using quotes around bush dictator ("bush dictator") Anyway, the point is that both presidents have been called dictators and arrogant. Unfortunately, some people can't complete a sentence without injecting the "f" word or the "n" word. I'd also agree that there are still some that hate because of race and the history shows that ignorance all over the world and it's not just race but also religion.

But overall, there was a huge number of people of all race, creed and color that voted for him who have changed their mind about the direction he's leading our country

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37Sane1(24 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Hits - interesting. When I searched Bing w/o quotes for bush dictator it matched your original 1.32 million.

Tried it again (just now) with quotes and still only got 45. So I tried the phrase (with quotes) on other engines:
Search.com 17,100
yahoo 17,700
Google 3,540
Bing 45
AOL 3,350

No point, just a interesting comparison, can't explain why your Bing is 17,100 and mine is 45.

Otherwise, ".....NOTHING to do with race", were your words. I'm taking the position that things are hardly ever that absolute.

Maybe it's the "moderate" in me.

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38Sane1(24 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

see above: "I Have spent some significant time in the rural southland of this great country in the past several years I can confidently tell you that there are a great many who will - if asked- pull no punches and tell you that their hatred of Obama is based exclusively on his color and not knowing his place. It's very sad, I just nod and walk away."

I have heard "jokes" or comments about Obama's failures being due to being of Kenyan descent, the suggestion that blacks are inherently intellectually challenged, that.....

Admittedly, the frequency of these "comments" are much less in NE Ohio (thankfully), but they do exist there in our community.

Generally where I have witnessed this are in bars or golf course club rooms or the like, and where the speakers are relatively confident that their mates (usually guys) are already of the same thinking.

And yes, I heard disparaging remarks about George W. Bush but it never was about race.

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39SeriouslyNow(192 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

evio says racism is imaginary. Interesting concept.

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40eevo(51 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I forgot to mention that the 1% of white on black racism is entirely from the KKK.
The 2% of black on white racism is from the 4 black guys at the YMCA against me when I play basketball with them. They won't pass me the ball.
The rest is imagined.

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41Truth4Life(33 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

There is one VERY serious flaw in this article and in the many pro war posts above - Russia did NOT invade Ukraine. If you troubled yourselves to read the news, you would know Crimeans took a democratic vote to secede because part of the Ukrainian government has a historic fascist bent.

Please re-write the article, put in a new title, and revise all the posts to comply with the facts rather than the emotionalism shown by the writer and the right wingers here.

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42dontbeafool(912 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

@truth. This artical is old, before Crimea took their vote to join Russia. The vote took place while Russia had troops in Crimea. Unless you are referring to something else.

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43JoeFromHubbard(1044 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow !

A good old fashioned gun fight going on here.

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44dontbeafool(912 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

GTX, I agree with certain points. I think we should stay out of this militarily. Sometimes a bark or sanctions may be effective enough to get the job done though, so why not try it? If Putin says, I don't care, then oh well, let the other countries in that region come to their support. It seems like McCain has the biggest problem with us doing nothing about the situation over there for some reason. As far as blaming Bush, I didn't see hardly any comments in this thread blaming Bush about this. Maybe the comparison was made about what Bush did in the Russia/Georgia situation, but he has nothing to do with this. Also you could make your points, having the same effect,without the Dumbocrat and moocher comments.

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45eevo(51 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

The Liar had the IRS create the Flight 370 conspiracy and then ordered the left wing media to cover the made up story 24/7 so they wouldn't cover Bennnnnghaaaaazi. Don't ask questions or you will be audited.

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46southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

More $USD going somewhere, anywhere, but here at home...really a shame the US cannot take care of its own.

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