“He is protecting his strategic naval base in the Crimea and turning over responsibility to support the bankrupt Ukrainian government that the West inherits. Ukrainian officials estimate that they need 35 billion dollars to avoid defaults. After the Ukrainian people see the requirements of the IMF and World Bank to loan the money they will become increasingly disillusioned with Western promises. Ending energy subsidies, cutting the government work forces and their pensions, and practicing 'austerity' for this poor country while selling government assets to Western corporations will effect the majority of Ukrainians by further impoverishing them. Putin took what is Russian without firing a shot!
We bombed Iraq illegally on lies, killing a million Iraqis, mostly civilians and were forced out with no oil, bases or WsMD. Instead we inherit billions in debt and another generation of impaired veterans that nobody wants to pay for to help. The referendum on Crimean sovereignty is as valid as the referendum that was voted on by British expatiates who settled in the Malvinas (Falkland) islands after the bully British fought a war with Argentina. Nobody questioned the legality of that referendum. America will not go to war for some obscure country on Russia's borders. America's strategy of staging civil unrest in countries that are targeted for regime change were thwarted by Putin quick actions in this case.”
“You all the ones who fund our congress with campaign funds, insider tips, board memberships and stock options?”
Ron Jewett on Mar 14, 2014 at 17:48:08
“what is this "You All" stuff?
I don't fund anyone, no one represents me, especially my former Senator.
She's thinks it's just fine the NSA grab my emails, text, and phone numbers I call,
violating my 4th amendment right to be secure in my possessions.
And as far as the documents she's talking about, the CIA documents they have access to, those belong to me too, cause I paid for them.
They are Gubmint documents, not her's personally, and it's not a violation to have the CIA look at what they looked at. If she truly has a problem it's with the executive branch, and she ought to call the president out cause he runs the CIA.”
“Everyone else's privacy is up for government grabs, only our democratic government has the right to keep secrets from us! Don't ever forget that Feinstein and her committee knew that the NSA was spying on all of us, violating our constitution, but never spoke up or protested until Snowden released the documents.”
“The Attorney General Holder recently said that proving that the Wall Street banks broke the law was impossible, since greed is not illegal. Yet we know that the NSA was recording everyone's telephone calls, including Wall Street bankers. Seems reasonable for our justice department to use their evidence to convict criminals, even rich ones, for crimes like laundering drug money.”
Ron Jewett on Mar 11, 2014 at 18:18:32
“Why do you suppose none of them are prosecuted?
Because they ALL had a role in the collapse of 2008.
To expose one, would expose all the rats.”
“It is pretty bad when the investigation conducted by the Senate committee reveals that almost no significant or useful intelligence was gained, only violations of international laws and the corruption of countries who cooperated in setting up secret prisons. One wonders how many innocent victims were kidnapped and tortured needlessly. Even worse it points to an intelligence apparatus that is corrupt and apparently incompetent. Spying on the US Senate violates the 'separation of powers' spelled out in our laws and constitution.”
“Isn't this an act of democracy. Who elected the new PM, the US embassy? Your point is well taken. But on another issue, the plan to replace Russia gas and oil to the Ukraine will require the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Will it be at current world prices or subsidized for the Ukraine? What about Europe who is supplied gas and petroleum by Russia. I thought our plan was to become independent of ME oil cartels. The US supplies will be bartered to serve our foreign policy needs. How come there are no oil subsides for our urban poor? Suffering under prolonged cold weather and snow? Will the IMF or the US loan 35 billion dollars to the Ukraine-that it says it needs to avoid bankruptcy? Do we risk major environmental disasters to our country to take care of others, all to build our predatory empire. Questions that Americans should ask themselves since our MSM will never dare to.”
“Somehow I imagine that our congress will approve. Wars generate billions for international corporations, who contribute to our pious congressmen. Will they also allocate monies to help Syria and Valenzuela after we destabilize and overthrow their governments, like we did in Honduras?”
“It will go directly to Russian coffers, to pay the world price for gas and oil that the Russians had discounted for the Ukrainians. Either that or the Americans will need to come up with 35 billion that the Ukraine needs to pay its debts and a substitute source of petroleum. Impose sanctions in concert with Europe and they will need to find a substitute source of oil for most of Europe. Amazing for Kerry to state that Russia should respect 'international law, territorial borders and air spaces, and the use of diplomacy' to conduct their foreign affairs. Kerry had the audacity to say 'invasions should not be launched on lies'-despite our well known history of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. When Putin invades it is bloodless when we invade-say like Iraq, we launch a cowardly secret bombing attacks that killed many civilians. Whatever anyone says, you have to respect and admire the bold and brilliant strategy of Putin. Watch Europe obstruct sanctions against Russia, out of their own self interests.”
“Amazing comment in view of the Wall Street bankers who laundered billions for the drug cartels in Mexico. Nobody was ever charged, the investigation ended with a consent decree, and no bankers, once again- never go to jail.”
Dec 7, 2013 at 16:04:14
“He was a great supporter of Palestinian liberation and a vigorous critic of our illegal invasion of Iraq, Never forget that he was a progressive icon who championed the liberation and the fall of the colonized world.”
danielexists on Dec 8, 2013 at 10:24:24
“Plestnian liberation? So, people who want nothing except to kill Jews and Christians, who have been offered a state dozens of times and have plundered 2.5 billion Euros have to be liberated. Yes, indeed, they have to be liberated from Hamas, Fatah, Islamic teachings, hatred and ignorance.”
“Somehow every victim of our courageous drone assassinations score critical blows to our enemies. How many masterminds have we killed. Yet somehow they continue to strike at our friends with bold regularity. The recent attack in Yemen, a country that is regularly visited by our robotic assassins was recently struck at a sensitive security center causing wide spread dead and destruction. No doubt we will kill some more 'masterminds' and cripple the movement, perhaps in the distant future. Imagine that if one American general was killed, the whole US Army would be thrown into turmoil and could no longer fight. Ridiculous! Besides we don't usually know who we kill.”
Rianna on Dec 7, 2013 at 17:50:08
“Well said. For every one we kill, whether civilian or so called mastermind, there will be more hatred from families, and more young masterminds, who will be willing to take their place. It is a vicious cycle, and this is no way to solve this problem.
We can label every one we assassinate by drone a terrorist, to justify our violence,
but sadly the civilian population considers us the terrorists that indiscriminately
kill everyone and everything in our way.”
“Not to mention the fairness aspect. A whole new number of protected classes are emerging that are apparently 'above the law'. Lying to the federal government is a criminal offense. Martha Stewart told one when questioned about her insider knowledge that led her to sell her stock. She went to jail, fair or not. But Clapper lied under oath, to the whole congress! Not only was he not prosecuted he was appointed as the director of our national intelligence agencies. He should not only be fired, not because he apparently pissed off some senator, but also prosecuted for the same offense as Martha Stewart. If there are laws only for some people then the reality is that there are no laws.”
SweetHome2012 on Dec 7, 2013 at 15:34:11
“Lets not forget about the members of the Tea Party that cried that they were being singled out. When in fact they were lying since they are really a political group using the IRS Rules to keep from paying taxes.
You see you cannot have it both ways. Tea/Republicans like the rest of the rich and corporations want to have the rest of us follow their laws but they do not those same laws to apply to them.
Like you said, "If there are laws only for some people then the reality is that there are no laws. "”
“War crimes are a frequent companion to civil wars. In our own civil war atrocities were committed on both sides. Who can forget the Andersonville Prison. Evidence does exist that we (US) has repeatedly committed war crimes. Since Vietnam to the present. The evidence is suppressed and international organizations somehow fail to pursued investigations and punishment. Let's desist in our hypocritical and disingenuous habit of citing others for war crimes, and pointing our bloody fingers at small nations instead of piously speaking up for human rights everywhere but here. How about an investigation of our 'secret' prisons throughout the ME and Europe. How about Guantanamo, where prisoners are held in secret, tortured without charges or any real evidence? It's getting old pretending that we somehow maintain a moral standing in world affairs. We are the biggest and worst offender of international laws and conventions.”
BrassOnes on Dec 2, 2013 at 15:24:13
“I was with you until you said "we are the biggest and worst offender". That's not quite true it's just that our laundry airs in public not some remote Siberian Oblast or Chinese prison far from media attention.”
“We just love to provoke other nations, in the classic bully role. When any foreign aircraft invades our airspace, we will shot them down, without remorse or apologies. Except of course during the 9/11 attacks, that saw our air defenses grounded- coincidentally on that infamous day. Of course it is considered an act of war and a violation of national air spaces when committed by an 'nonexceptional' smaller nation.”
Nov 7, 2013 at 13:48:00
“The election of Governor Christie in New Jersey, fueled in part by the 51% of the Latino vote is both a healthy and important to Latino political interests. As long as we are identified and remain in the hip pockets of the democratic party we will be continued to be taken for granted. Many states have used new, undemocratic laws to implement 'voter suppression' tactics-to disenfranchise Latino voters. Our democratic friends and allies have done little to champion our cause. The democrats control the administrative branch of government, which includes the Justice department. The only visible, concrete actions of this administration have been to deport thousands of Latinos, more than the Bush administrations combined! We should demand actions in our behalf. If the democrats continue to just blame the GOP for the lack of an immigration bill, why should we support them? The only time that the democrats come into our neighborhoods is during election time. The vote in support of Christi shows growing political sophistication. Meanwhile a major source of financial support comes from the moguls of the Hollywood studios and numerous communications corporations including the management. Yet they practice widespread discrimination in front and behind the cameras against Latino people, in cities like Los Angeles-that has the largest concentration of Latinos outside Mexico City. Any party wanting our votes must show efforts and results in our interests. Powers that dangle the incentive of a 'green card' in exchange for 'military service' are not our friends.”
“He was intransigent over negotiating away the lands that were illegally occupied by Israel. Israel chooses which leaders that they want to negotiate with. They have chosen Abbas currently despite the lack of electoral legitimacy because his administration and power results from US/Israeli financial support. His refusal to use the international courts to force investigations into illegal settlements and human rights violations was bought off by the restoration of his government's funding. Which had been stopped when he applied and won 'statehood' recognition at the General Assembly at the UN. No one had more motive to kill him.”