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Ukraine Crisis in Tweets

Tsar Vladimir I is making his gambit. He’s signed a treaty with the Crimean “government” annexing it to Russia. A Ukrainian soldier has been killed in a clash with Russia troops. And Russian economy officials are saying that the Ukraine adventure is sending the Russian economy into a crisis. These next few weeks may decide what kind of world—if any—we live in.

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Stay calm, and thank your stars we don’t have a President McCain.


50 Responses to “Ukraine Crisis in Tweets”


  1. 1 Allison
    March 18, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks, LL. Great post!

  2. 3 Desertflower
    March 18, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    This will not be good. Cool heads and diplomacy must prevail. Also, cowboy arrogance needs to take a damn seat and stfu.right the hell now

  3. 4 JER
    March 18, 2014 at 2:12 pm
  4. 5 Layla
    March 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    That ‘old fart’ Ron Paul needs to go sit down and STFU and take ‘little fart’ Rand with him!

  5. March 18, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    We had my nephew for dinner last night. He hadn’t been following the events in Ukraine at all, as his life had been very busy. I filled him in on the cliff notes version. I especially went in on how Snowden/GG cultists were flogging for Putin. He was amazed that supposed “progressives” were carrying water for a dictator.

    • 7 Judith Fardig
      March 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Horrendous, isn’t it? Still disgusted SXSW gave Snowden such a platform. The righties are trying to peel off disaffected young men and drive a wedge between Democrats and too many Senators are falling for it, mine included.

  6. 8 Vicki
    March 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Hoping for the wellbeing of the Ukrainian people.

    Hard for me to believe that Wall Street loves Putin.
    Wall Street loves the money that Russian Oligarchs pour into their firms.
    New York realtors love the Russian oligarchs.
    Luxury retailers love the Russian oligarchs.

    Seems to me that Putin interferes with the Russian Oligarchs money flowing into western coffers.
    If Wall Street doesn’t see that now I bet they will see it soon.

    • 9 carolyn
      March 18, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      This situation of Wall Street and the Cons loving Putin reminds me of what happened in England, and to some extent in the U.S. prior to World War II. The group called The Cliveden Set, wealthy aristocrats were for Hitler. Hitler had brought “order” to Germany, and as the Brits were fond of saying about Mussolini, “He made the trains run on time.” They believed their financial well being was linked to Hitler. Those people were only interested in what they believed beneficial for them. This crowd of Wall Streeters/Cons are the same. They are the ones to watch out for.

      In the meantime, FDR and Churchill kept their eyes on the North Star and worked to overcome the Nazis, steadily co-operating and growing closer in their outlooks and plans. We know the outcome…..as many have said, we are not speaking German.

      Fortunately, PBO and VPJB keep their eyes on the North Star, and I’m seeing some new allies coming forward too. I see great strength in the Ukrainians and the Poles, Germany, France, Japan……but our towering strengths are the President, VP. SOS, and Ambassador Power.

      I’m afraid Hillary is showing herself to be craven and cowardly, only jumping on what she thinks is right now politically expedient. So glad she is not president right now!

      • 10 Vicki
        March 18, 2014 at 3:21 pm

        Carolyn, I see what you mean in the parallels to WWII. Very similar. After WWII the aristocrats in England and many other countries carried the shame of their racism and selfishness with them for the rest of their lives.

        It may seem a good idea at the time to side with the apparent power and ignore decency and the will of the people, but the long term may be another matter entirely.

      • 11 Lovepolitics2008
        March 18, 2014 at 5:29 pm

        Hillary never, ever takes a political risk. She’s willing to do the right thing ONLY if that doesn’t cost her anything. Sorry to be so blunt but that’s how I feel. Bill C. was/is the same.

  7. 12 57andfemale
    March 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm
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  10. March 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    European Council on Ukraine

    “The Council approved the modalities for signing the political provisions of the Association Agreement on 21 March in Brussels. “This is a strong signal of our political support,” the High Representative said.

    The Council confirmed the EU’s commitment to quickly implement the assistance package to Ukraine.”

    http://consilium.europa.eu/homepage/highlights/council-condemns-the-illegal-referendum-in-crimea?lang=en

  11. March 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Important insights on #euromaidan

    “Outside the sphere of Russian propaganda, the Kremlin’s assertion that the Ukrainian crisis is fueled by radical nationalists and fascist provocateurs is widely understood as fabricated. Putin’s claims that radicals and extremists control Ukraine’s parliament and that Russian nationals face physical threats are categorically false, and even the US Department of State has gone on record to say so.

    The great irony here is that many western scholars and journalists spent the weeks and months prior to the Russian invasion of Crimea toeing the very same line, accusing groups such as Spilna Sprava (Common Cause), Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) and the Svoboda (Freedom) party of being the militant forces of political evil on the streets, aggressively gunning for their narrow and hate-filled agenda. Stephen Cohen has, for better or for worse, become the epicenter of this discourse in American media, arguing that EuroMaidan is controlled not by the moderate political leaders of the Udar (Punch) and Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) political parties but by “right-wing” extremists who hate Europe and Russia in equal measure, as well as homosexuals, Jews, and other social and racial minorities. These sentiments have been echoed by other scholars, bloggers, and journalists who have also laid blame for the tragedies that Kyiv has suffered upon a nefarious and radical nationalism that naturally inclines itself towards militarism and violence in one way or another.

    As a regional expert who has been living in Kyiv, and has been present at EuroMaidan, observing, documenting, and talking to protesters for nearly three and a half months, I can say with confidence that these writers have grossly mischaracterized recent events in Ukraine. The common flaw in each of their claims is that certain social and political markers (markers which these authors are interpreting as sure signs of right-wing extremism) are treated as static and unchanging, as symbols whose meanings are historically informed and frozen in time. Such a synchronic analysis of details like the prominence of the Ukrainian Partisan Army’s red and black flags at Maidan or the frequent shouting of so-called “Banderist” slogans (named after the former leader of the Ukrainian Partisans Army, Stepan Bandera) like “Glory to the Nation! Death to the enemy!” is highly problematic because it leaves open no possibility for the re-contextualization or repurposing of these symbols and histories for new and different ends.

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    None of this is to argue that the aggressive, racist, right-wing bogey men alleged by so many English-language writers to be at the helm of the EuroMaidan movement were entirely absent from the protests. Indeed, in a massive anti-government movement that boasted hundreds of thousands of participants, it would be terribly strange if these fringe elements did not pop up in one form or another. The attention lavished by Western writers on these radical perspectives, however, has led the larger discussion about EuroMaidan wildly off-point. While we should acknowledge the experience and knowledge of regional experts, even those distracted by right-wing actors, no one has more authority to characterize what Ukrainian activists are up to than those activists themselves, and they are telling a different story. We should listen.”

    Full article at the link: http://yalejournal.org/2014/03/18/ukraines-euromaidan-isnt-just-for-the-right/

  12. March 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm
  13. 24 hopefruit2
    March 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Dave Weigel is disgusting — to put it mildly.

    • 25 anniebella
      March 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      If folks like Dave Weigel think they can do better, then get off their lazy ass and run for office and do better. It’s so darn easy to sit on the sideline and criticized the President when you don’t have to do a darn thing but tweet your little two bit comments.

    • March 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      I DESPISE Weigel, he’s a loathsome smart ass, smirking his way through every crisis. **** him. Another ‘progressive’ fake and Ron Paul fan boy.

      • 29 Vicki
        March 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

        He’s a sweaty loser. Not a progressive. Has declared himself a repub. Weigel used to be on MSNBC occasioally but MSNBC has replaced him with more intelligent republicans—Josh Barro and Robert Costa to address that all-important demographic Young Male White Repubs.

      • 30 Nena20409
        March 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm

        Chips DW isn’t progressive. He was a rightie at WashPost.

    • 32 Cha
      March 18, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Dave Weigel is one very effective asshole.

  14. 33 desertflower
    March 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    May I just say, that if it weren’t for PBO’s tireless efforts to bring the world community back into our fold, through talks and understanding…this EU participation with sanctions might not be so bold and strong against Russia right now. I heard this mentioned on Ed’s radio show from Lawrence Korb….he has a point.

    • March 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Yes, I heard that. Excellent point. As someone else mentioned, sitting in the Situation Room vs. tweeting your troll type comments–not in the same realm.

  15. 35 Nena20409
    March 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    3-18-14 at the WH with the Hon Press Sec: Jay “Clark Kent” Carney from C-SPAN.org Videos

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?318354-1/white-house-daily-briefing

  16. March 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Very soon Russia’s economy is going to scream. For those complaining that the sanctions imposed so far aren’t enough, you don’t impose your full arsenal at the outset. You give some time for diplomacy. But the fact is that the US isn’t dependent at all on Russia, but can make Russia’s life on international finance a living hell. And the EU can get energy from other sources, but Russia can’t make up a short fall of EU energy buys.

  17. 37 japa21
    March 18, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    What gets me is how the cons are saying PBO “lost” Crimea, or how we have “lost” Crimea or how the West “lost” Crimea. First of all, I didn’t think Crimea was ours to “lose”.

    Secondly, not once have I heard any of those critics provide one strategy that would legitimately have prevented this. I wish I had said this at the time, but I had a feeling that as soon as the Olympics were over, Putin was goign to do soemthing like this, either in Crimea or Eastern Ukraine. He had nothing to lose in doing so.

    Crimea will not be part of Ukraine again in our lifetimes. And, to be honest, I do feel somewhat sorry for the residents of Crimea, who will, ultimately suffer the most. Lands under Russian rule do not do well.

    • 38 anniebella
      March 18, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Hell how did we lose Crimea, I am willing to bet 9 out of 10 of these folks doing that kind of talk didn’t know were the hell Crimea was till there President Putin took control of it.

    • March 18, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      John, have to disagree. Putin has everything to lose. This act cannot be ‘institutionalized.’ I do not see any way that our legal scholar and President will allow that it to happen.

      As I’ve noted several times in the past 10 days, Russia’s economy is way more fragile than the propagandists attempt to portray it.

      President Obama has enormous leverage and has hinted at just a couple of aspects of that leverage – our oil reserves and SEC actions.

      Also, Turkey is not going to tolerate annexation of Crimea given that the only indigenous people of Crimea are the Tatars and Turkey has long-standing obligations to them. Turkey blocks the Bosphorus and Putin’s ‘warm water navy’ is rendered ineffective and Russia’s lucrative arms industry severely hampered to name, just a couple of the implications.

      PBO, EU, Turkey, Japan, ….., have barely turned the ratchet on click. Putin has made an enormous strategic and tactical error. The open issue is how many people are going to die before his illegal actions are punished.

      #TrustBarack

  18. 40 japa21
    March 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Arizona is at it again:

    The first bill allows you to carry guns into government buildings if there are no lockers “immediately available.” The second bill allows you to carry guns into government buildings even if there are lockers immediately available.

    But wait, we’re not done! Call now and Arizona Republicans will triple your order!

    In a separate vote, the same committee approved HB2517. It requires a court to impose a $5,000 fine against any government official, elected or appointed, who knowingly enforces any local ordinance with contradicts state laws.

    http://bobcesca.thedailybanter.com/blog-archives/2014/03/running-with-scissors-in-arizona.html

    • 41 Layla
      March 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      I think the Super Bowl should be moved to a more people friendly state, and no not FL where spectators may feel threatened and shoot the players in self defense!

    • 42 57andfemale
      March 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      I read this earlier. I couldn’t effing believe it.

      You’d think they couldn’t shock me anymore…….

      • March 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm

        And my wingnut cousin in Tucson will go “argl bargl” and “fuck yeah!”

        • 44 57andfemale
          March 18, 2014 at 3:41 pm

          So will my crazy brother-in-law.

          He came to visit us a few years back in our United Nations bungalow belt North side Chicago neighborhood. We have a good number of Hispanics in the neighborhood. He got out of his car and started screaming, “I wish my son the cop would shoot all you illegals on sight!”

          He spent about 15 minutes in our house and left.

          He’s Mr. 57′s evil twin. It just breaks my husband’s heart.

  19. March 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Wretched situation ….

  20. 50 jacquelineoboomer
    March 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Hey, Ron Paul, how about you gerrymander and land grab yourself a piece of Mexico or Canada for your family aka your klan, and see how far you get? If you need help, I hear the Romney “extended” family has connections south of the border. Now, if you get the hell out of our faces, you can stay until you shrivel up and start yelling out more drivel to the passing squirrels in your hunting camp. #Asshole


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