Anyone who pays the least bit of attention to what is going on would know that Russia had to act on our provocation. This thing will decide the next election in this country. Obama and the neo liberals have gotten themselves in a situation that will make them look like fools and the Republicans won’t let go of it. Skin head fascists are flooding into Kiev from Sweden and all over Europe to make a bad situation worse. With our meddling (thank you Soros, Omidyar, neo libs, etc.) the Ukraine may split in two. The West will have to do some compromising with the Russians and that may spell the end of the neo libs and certainly the attitude of the world towards this fantasy of Pax Americana.
The US uses “soft power” to drive Russia out of the Mediterranean Sea? That’s been the accepted wisdom: http://consortiumnews.com/2014/02/26/cheering-a-democratic-coup-in-ukraine/ Russia has a naval base in Tartus, Syria and on the Crimean penninsula in the south of Ukraine. If the US can deny Russia both bases, the masters of soft power believe, they will be denying Russia not only the Mediterranean but access to the Suez Canal and the Atlantic Ocean. Their Black Sea fleet is based in the Crimea and has access to the Mediterranean Sea via the Straits of Bosphorus. That is why you see well organized rebellions in both countries. Yes, both countries were ruled by unpopular authoritarians, but neither will end up as democracies when the rulers disappear. This seems to be a tremendous strategic overreach by the US to isolate Russia from direct sea access to the west.
This is a big deal for Russia and they are not going to let it go easily. US “soft power” i.e. in the case of Ukraine by funding the anti-Russian political opposition in the north and west of the country, and in the case of Syria, letting our surrogates in Qatar and Saudi Arabia keep the insurgents armed and operating. While our “hidden foreign policy” probably funded the initial peaceful opposition.
Despite the pompous statements emanating from the administration warning Russia, there is very little we can do if Russia allows the eastern part of the country to secede in order to keep close ties to Russia and keep their Crimean naval base in Russian hands. There is no way Putin can afford to lose both of these bases and there is no way the U.S. can prevent Russia from seizing control of the Crimean peninsula and exerting some control over the Russian speaking East of Ukraine.
If the administration expects robust support from the EU, they will be sorely disappointed since the EU depends for heating on Russian natural gas from the pipeline running through the Ukraine. It’s still winter In Europe,folks.
Rep. Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in a statement. “This aggression is a threat not only to Ukraine, but to regional peace and stability. Russia’s latest action is yet another indicator that Vladimir Putin’s hegemonic ambitions threaten U.S. interests and allies around the world.”
These bellicose statements from neo-con mouthpieces like Rep. Rogers only make us look more ridiculous when Europe is well aware that it is our instigation and support of the rebellion that has brought the situations in Syria and Ukraine to a head.