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Episode 4: Putin Turns the Screw in Crimea

This week, Richard Aldous and Walter Russell Mead talk about the news on everyone’s mind: Russia’s invasion of Crimea. The discussion ranges from the nuclear proliferation impacts the West’s response will have, to President Obama’s handling of the rapidly developing situation, to what this might mean for Beijing. If you’ve been wondering about the larger geopolitical implications of Moscow’s aggression, look no further: they’re here, conveniently packaged for you to consume on your lunch break or your commute home.

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Published on: March 3, 2014
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  • Pete

    Read and weep, Mr. Mead. Americans don’t feel it is their responsibility to help the Ukrainians in their dispute with Putin..

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/03/ukraine-poll_n_4891224.html?1393872234&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D450062

    • ShadrachSmith

      HuffPo is just Obamabots looking for the weasley way out.

      • Pete

        Oh, so you think the America public supports helping the Ukraine in significant ways?

        Maybe the public really wants to sent $36 billion to the Ukraine to keep them afloat.

        And the public probably want NATO to mobilize, too.

        Whether the poll is by HuffPo or someone else, the fact is that America is sick and tired of foreign engagements that is costs us a fortune in money we don’t have and often times lives, too.

        The Ukraine has to solve its own problems. We can help on the margins, but that’s it.

        • Atanu Maulik

          the fact is that America is sick and tired of foreign engagements that is costs us a fortune in money we don’t have and often times lives, too._____How can you hide the 800 pound Gorilla under the carpet ? How can a country with a 25 % share of global GDP and $5 trillion in trade suddenly pretend that the rest of the world does not matter ?

          • Pete

            America is not and should not ignore the rest of the world.

            But neither should the U.S. carry the world on its back as has been the case since 1945..

          • Atanu Maulik

            So who do you think should step into US shoes ?

          • Pete

            Why does anyone have to?

            You got a totalitarian mindset if you think the rest of the world needs guidance, protection, financing from anyone but themselves.

          • Brent

            @disqus_xxRj3fjfuP:disqus I suggest consulting world history on that one.

          • Pete

            So Brent, America is condemned to be the world’s policeman because of ….. well, because of your read of history. I don’t think so.

            In case you haven’t noticed, the U.S. is bankrupt with a debt that is going to squash our children and grandchildren. That is what is important to Americans, not the Ukraine and whether or not it stays in one piece and not Syria.

            You neocons have just stop thing of foreign adventures.

          • Atanu Maulik

            If you think that the world can take care of itself, you are deluding itself. America can borrow money today at historically low rates. Surely not a sign of bankruptcy. By the way, what effect do you think that a war between China and Japan will have on the US economy ?

          • Pete

            Sorry Chief, but the job of our government is to take care of America, not the world.

            The whine throughout the Third World is that by taking care of them we are actually taking our ourselves, but this is self-serving and false.

            But all this is ending. America is bankrupt, and so world is going to have to pick up the burden of taking of itself.

            Many are in denial of this reality, but it will be here sooner than you realize. How do you think Obama’s cut in the military budget will play out. I’ll clue you — less foreign involvements.

            you ask a rational question: “By the way, what effect do you think that a war between China and Japan will have on the US economy?”

            The answer is that, if played right, our economy will boom.

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