I don't know if you remember DB Writer, he is a friend of mine we were discussing the circumstances with Russia and Ukraine. He sent me this:
"Everyone is being misled about Ukraine. This looks like another diversion Obama and the Democrats desperately need. Here's the facts about Ukraine.
Crimea was an autonomous republic in the Soviet Union. Russia took Crimea from the Turks in the days of Ivan Grozny, and later Czar Peter established Sevastopol and built the navy yard there, and that has been the headquarters for the Black Sea Fleet since. Crimea is about 80% Russian. England fought Russia in the Crimean War. Crimea stayed Russian.
Russia gave Crimea as a gift to Ukraine after the end of the Soviet Union. Ukraine could have not accepted Crimea, but including Crimea was a needed boost to their economy.
Russia could care less about what happens in Ukraine. But, don't threaten Crimea. When push comes to shove, Crimea is Russia to Russians, and has been for centuries.
Again, our so-called "news" media is enhancing your ignorance. Obama definitely needs a diversion, just like many times previously. Venezuela is burning. 50 thousand people have been killed right across our southern border. And the so-called "news" media is focusing your attention on some issue that we have absolutely no business messing with.
Ukrainians elected an incompetent government. They are paying the price for it. Russia is preventing that chaos from affecting Crimea."
As usual DB has an insight that is as sharp as Ka-Bar!
My instinct about this was right...much ado about distraction.
Good article, Ari. I remember DBW. I enjoyed his posts and then he just disappeared. Tell him to come on back. Smart guy and didn't take any crap from anyone.
I missed most of your discussion with OZ and Twig because we are having an ice storm and it seems the internet goes on and off......but I did catch the last two pages.