Makings of a Deal?

It seems I was wrong: Obama (and Putin) apparently do want a deal:

Top diplomats meeting here on the Ukraine crisis Thursday agreed that all parties, including separatists and their Russian backers, would stop violent and provocative acts, and that all illegal groups would be disarmed.

Secretary of State John [...]

Meta Question

Why is no one willing to consider making the Ukraine a buffer state? The West gives up its idea to have it be a part of NATO and Russia allows the Ukraine to become, let’s call it, Finlandized.

Ask yourself that question. Look at the situation at large.

I don’t know what the answer is, [...]

Iraq Not As Bad As Crimea?

Look, I’m not a fan of RT. I was once asked to come on one of the shows and I politely declined, which might have been dumb, but I just had qualms about going onto a foreign propaganda outlet funded by a foreign government that is a rival of my own government to bash my [...]

NATO to Offer Membership to Russia

In a surprise move, Secretary of State John Kerry was heard to offer Russia membership of NATO in order to defuse the Ukraine situation. In an aside to the Russian Ambassador he was heard to say:

If Russia were a member of NATO then there would be no encirclement of Russia from sea to shining [...]

Crimean Update

I have class today. Yes, grad school on a Saturday. So light blogging.

Regardless, the world goes on. Especially in the Crimea. Lot’s happening.

Putin seeks Ukraine troop deployment

Lots of people freaking out about Putin’s request for what is essentially a Russian version of our AUMF, as were requested for Afghanistan and Iraq.

Lots [...]

Here Come the Russians

Apparently the Russians have sent 2,000 extra troops to one of their bases in the Crimea.

Let me spell a few things out for you.

The United States, the EU and NATO will not lift a finger for the Ukraine.

The United States, the EU and NATO will, if push comes to shove, acquiesce in [...]

The Ukraine From The Centrist Point of View

This is the centrist viewpoint (from the Nelson Report) in DC regarding the Ukraine:

SUMMARY: the only unambiguously good news we can report on Ukraine is that US Embassy dependents and “non-essential” staff seem to be safely evacuated, many to Warsaw, where by all accounts US Emb Warsaw has done a fabulous job setting up [...]

Cache Versus Buffer?

Buffer states, as I have hitherto mentioned, tend not to last long. 75-150 years? In today’s world that’s good enough for me.

And it should be good enough for the Ukraine as well. It’ll provide Russia the strategic depth it needs and allow the Ukraine to pursue and independent path economically.

Here’s the catch, [...]

Playing Chicken In Kiev

This is Kiev. It is burning. Here is the story.

Russia will not suffer Kiev in the orbit of a German dominated EU and an American dominated NATO. Russia must have strategic depth. This is a fundamental reality no one will speak of.

The US and the EU want Russia perpetually on the [...]

Welcome to the New Syria – Reprise

The destruction of Syria, in many forms, is proceeding according to plan and on time. When the Western powers and their pals, the oil oligarchs, target your country, it’s time to run just as fast as you can.

I wrote Welcome to the New Syria on August 27, 2012. Based on known events and outcomes [...]

Government Wins Key Battle in Syria – Rebels and Supporters Squabble

This is a summary of the latest news out of Syria regarding the battle for Qusayr, the key border town where fighting pitted the Syrian Army and Hezbollah against Syrian rebels, including their foreign fighters. The summary includes speculation on the implications for the future of the Syrian conflict due to the victory of [...]

Only Ten Percent of Citizens Support Military Involvement in Syria

The citizens of this country are in no mood to see U.S. military involvement in Syria. Of course, it has already begun. Consultation, secret assistance, and money given for “communications” (which allows other money for weapons) all contribute to the military effort. For months, Hillary Clinton demanded that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad leave the country. [...]

NATO asks Russians for info on Afghan troop withdrawal

NATO made a secret request to the Russian militry for information on the 1989 withdrawal from Afghaistan.

NATO commanders have unofficially asked the Russian Defense Ministry for information on the Soviet troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989, in order to use the experience in the planned pull out from the country, a Russian [...]

Your morning Pepe – direct from Syriastan

The Islamic Emirate of Syriastan By Pepe Escobar Asia Times, April

the Islamic State of Iraq – for all practical purposes al-Qaeda in Iraq – announced, via a video starring its leader Abu Bakr al-Husseini al-Qurashi al-Baghdadi, a mergers and acquisition spectacular; from now on, it would be united with the [...]

NATO airstrike said to kill 10 children in Afghanistan

(LATimes) – A NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan killed 11 civilians, 10 of them children, in addition to the Taliban militants it was trying to hit, Afghan officials said.

The strike late Saturday in the Shigal district of restive Kunar province near Pakistan was called by coalition forces after they and their Afghan counterparts came [...]