As President Putin exercises his troops in the Crimea we bluster and shake our fists. Since The Ukraine has no military it’s up to the west to save and protect them. How did that work out for Poland (and Czechoslovakia) in WW2? Our European allies have no armies and would never attack a primary energy [...]
As President Putin exercises his troops in the Crimea we bluster and shake our fists. Since The Ukraine has no military it’s up to the west to save and protect them. How did that work out for Poland (and Czechoslovakia) in WW2? Our European allies have no armies and would never attack a primary energy supplier. China will buy all the excess oil that we refuse to buy. So what can we do?
- Blockade The Crimea – thereby cutting off gas and oil shipments to Europe .. no chance
- Refuse to house or broker Russian money – that would hurt Russia and would force them to use other international banks. They would be getting the same treatment as Iran. I can’t imagine that US banks would be OK with losing this much business. Again if we do this Russia will stop all gas shipments to Europe. All this hurts Russia but never underestimate Putin’s will and Russia’s capacity to suffer (more than Europe).
- Refuse to sell Russia American stuff- oh that’s right we don’t make anything that they buy.
- Send US troops to the Ukraine to fight the Russian army – just like we did when they sent troops into Georgia in 2008.
I have often declared (to be provocative) that I will only go on vacation to a first world destination. The point is that a vacation is not the right time to have to worry about whether I can drink the water. I don’t want to be concerned about whether my hotel or a restaurant I choose [...]Continue reading →
The global stock markets have had a tough start this year due to flight from emerging economic stock markets and currencies. All the political dialogue in the US seems to be about income/wealth mal-distribution and how to fix it (or whether it matters). Both issues are derived from the same source – China
China Explains [...]Continue reading →
In 20004 George Bush’s campaign manager, Karl Rove, decided on an approach to win the swing state of Ohio: He aggressively floated the idea that George would push for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. This was merely an extension of the Republican hate radio strategy of winning over mainly old white men by marketing [...]Continue reading →
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is getting a lot of press since he just released a new tell-all book that criticizes Obama and VP Biden. The media is feasting on his negative remarks and treating him like a god. This is consistent with their reverence for the military in general where they laud their efforts to [...]Continue reading →
Skill testing question: Name one accomplishment of Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State.
What have you got – anything? Does the disaster at Benghazi count? – probably not.
John Kerry is furiously flying around the world hoping to achieve something – anything. He may be able to say he stopped the Syrian [...]Continue reading →
President Obama’s poll rating hit a new low this week so he’s now in Richard Nixon territory – he’s even below George Bush Jr.! I’m sure his race and the health care web site fiasco (and the NSA spying) haven’t helped but in the end, political popularity is really about economic prosperity. As Bill Clinton [...]Continue reading →
Thirty years ago fast food jobs were thought of as useful for temporary way-stations, appropriate for students who needed spending money. They paid far less than unionized jobs in manufacturing. As those good jobs were shipped offshore the lousy fast food jobs suddenly looked pretty good. (Laborer desperation causes throngs of people to [...]Continue reading →
I’m going to start doing this on a regular basis because I don’t understand why no one else does. There were two new headlines stories that essentially told the same story:Continue reading →
OK so the US government set up a brand new system for consumers to buy health insurance and the website roll-out didn’t go as planned. What did you expect? More importantly why do we care? How many Windows releases have had problems and how many cell phones needed almost immediate firmware upgrades? Oh but this [...]Continue reading →
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