from USA Watchdog:
Once again, the Ukraine crisis is the top story. There is a cease-fire between the pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine.
I hope this is a legitimate effort and not a tactic to stall for time until NATO can send in more troops. I hope this is not a way to say well, we tried to talk to Russia, and it did not work out, and now we have an excuse for wider war. Anyone who thinks Russia is not heavily involved is dreaming. After all, it is Vladimir Putin laying out a “seven point plan” to end hostilities in eastern Ukraine. A few weeks ago, there was talk of a genocide that might happen at the hands of Ukrainian troops. Then, the tide of the conflict changed dramatically; and, of course, Russia had a hand in that tide change. It may not have been a WWII invasion, but Russia is in there deep, and this is what you would expect. This crisis in Ukraine has profound national security issues for Russia. I keep asking the question: What did the West think Russia was going to do after the coup during the Winter Olympics in Sochi? Do they want war? Now, we find out that NATO is planning war games later this month in Ukraine, and the U.S. and EU are planning more sanctions against Russia. France has now suspended the delivery of two warships it was building for Russia. I can’t see how the new sanctions are going to help an already hurting EU economy. Also, President Obama is strongly suggesting allowing Ukraine into NATO. France and Germany say NO to that idea because it will make matters worse and that might spark a real WWII invasion by Russia. This is all against a backdrop of a now official failing EU economy. This is the kind of crisis that could strain NATO to the point of it dissolving. None of what is going on is going to help anyone’s economy.
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