Archive for March 3rd, 2014


Night owl chat – Earth pictures

Some pictures of the fragile planet on which we live.

Chicago at night

Tokyo at night

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An Update or Two

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The Day’s Must-Read:

Michael Cohen: Don’t listen to Obama’s Ukraine critics: he’s not ‘losing’ – and it’s not his fight

The ‘do something’ pundits rear their heads. Just like they did on Iraq, Afghanistan and every other crisis of US ‘credibility’

In the days since Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops into the Crimea, it has been amateur hour back in Washington.

I don’t mean Barack Obama. He’s doing pretty much everything he can, with what are a very limited set of policy options at his disposal. No, I’m talking about the people who won’t stop weighing in on Obama’s lack of “action” in the Ukraine. Indeed, the sea of foreign policy punditry – already shark-infested – has reached new lows in fear-mongering, exaggerated doom-saying and a stunning inability to place global events in any rational historical context.

This would be a useful moment for Americans to have informed reporters, scholars and leaders explaining a crisis rapidly unfolding half a world away. Instead, we’ve already got all the usual suspect arguments….

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Vice President Joe Biden and John Kerry, U.S. secretary of state, listen to remarks as President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office


Ukraine crisis press roundup

L.A. Times: Obama says Russian moves in Crimea will be ‘costly’

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday warned that Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula will be a “costly proposition” and vowed that U.S. and Western allies will impose painful economic sanctions if Moscow does not stand down.

“If in fact they continue on the current trajectory they’re on, then we are examining a whole series of steps — economic, diplomatic — that will isolate Russia and will have a negative impact on Russia’s economy and status in the world,” Obama said in brief remarks in the Oval Office.

Obama’s remarks were his first public comment since Russian forces in effect seized control of Crimea, a majority Russian-speaking region of Ukraine. Obama’s earlier warnings against military interference were rebuffed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has said Moscow must act to protect the rights of ethnic Russians from the new pro-Western government in the capital, Kiev.

Obama administration officials said Monday that they are preparing to turn the economic screws on Moscow as they search for leverage in the standoff.

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