Yeltsin's Attack, America's Tolerance

Oct 5, 2013 Full story: nationalinterest.org

In the midst of a significant American political crisis, it is easy to forget that twenty years ago this week, Russia’s former president Boris Yeltsin shelled Moscow’s White House—where the country’s parliament met at that time—in a considerably more dramatic and probably more consequential executive-legislative conflict than today’s in Washington. Yet Americans would do well to remember the events that led to the October 1993 crisis.

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“In the cockles of weirdness”

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#1 Oct 5, 2013
"Political and social transitions like those in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union and Egypt today are inherently complex, unpredictable, fragile, and reversible. Taking into account that they are also not subject to U.S. control, our persistent efforts to intervene in these processes make no sense. These attempts are particularly damaging when we simultaneously claim that we want the citizens of the country in question to decide their own future; we assert faith in democracy and the popular will, but don’t show that we have sufficient faith to allow events to unfold. When we then inject ourselves into challenging situations without sufficient skill or determination to produce the outcomes we prefer, we assume partial responsibility for what happens—in both practical and moral terms."

One correction: we do not assume any responsibility for what happens.

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#2 Oct 7, 2013
What American tolerance? The USA is always sticking its nose into everyone else's internal political debate. Since when is imperialism tolerant?

Look at how many political murders Obama has ordered in central Asia, the Middle East and Africa with his unmanned drones. He is clearly intolerant of brown people.

Not to mention his shipping of all America's jobs to east Asia.

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#3 Oct 7, 2013
uther pendragon wrote:
What American tolerance? The USA is always sticking its nose into everyone else's internal political debate. Since when is imperialism tolerant?
Look at how many political murders Obama has ordered in central Asia, the Middle East and Africa with his unmanned drones. He is clearly intolerant of brown people.
Not to mention his shipping of all America's jobs to east Asia.
Even Americans are getting tired of it! And look at the results of all that interference. Look at Libya, look at Egypt, look at Syria!

And look at Russia too. Whose fault is it that we have a poor relationship with Russia?
Avenger

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#4 Oct 7, 2013
-sunshine wrote:
<quoted text>Even Americans are getting tired of it! And look at the results of all that interference. Look at Libya, look at Egypt, look at Syria!
And look at Russia too. Whose fault is it that we have a poor relationship with Russia?
Russia's fault
They have no democratic allies either why would they aren't one themselves.

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#5 Oct 8, 2013
OUR fault.
Completely our fault.

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