sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Friday, February 21, 2014

Ukraine - More thoughts on the matter.

Are the Germans manipulating events in Ukraine? I realize that by suggesting this, I am going out on a limb, but from my perspective, their fingerprints are there to be seen. They do have a horse in the race to de-fang the Russians, and this is one way they can do it and get away with it.

Cynics will suggest that the pro-western unrest in Ukraine has been timed to coincide during the Olympics (Russia's coming out party) when the Russians would be less likely to condone aggressive suppression methods. 
The security situation worsened in Kiev as violent protests escalated, including demonstrators reportedly kidnapping policemen; the killing of up to 70 people and allegations that violent unrest has occurred in 16 cities. Both sides escalated the street confrontations.
Euronews reported all incidents of new unrest have been in cities west of the Dniepr. The east, it reported, remains calm.

The Ukrainian electoral map from the February 2010 presidential election helps put the protests in perspective. The oblasts west of the Dniepr River, except Carpathia, voted for Yulia Tymoshenko. The River divides Kiev in half. Most districts in Kiev voted for Tymoshenko. However, all the oblasts east of the Dniepr, including those in Crimea, voted overwhelmingly for Yanukovych.

When the votes were counted, Yanukovych won clearly, which means the pro-Russian Ukrainians turned out to vote in larger numbers than the pro-Western Ukrainians. The election was close, but the point is that it showed the profound polarization or bifurcation of Ukraine. That raises a question: where are the pro-Russian Ukrainians in the demonstrations? Central Kiev is on the east bank of the Dniepr River in Yanukovych territory, but his supporters have remained at home, almost certainly under orders.

Russia has many mechanisms for manipulating events in Ukraine, most of which it has not applied. For example, one pressure point is Ukraine's reliance on imports of Russian oil products to keep its vehicles running, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

If you look at the map, above, Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, is roughly where the Washington Post logo is on the bottom right of the graphic. I suspect that as the Olympics draw to a close, so will the protests as Russia calls a time out.

I Cannot Tell a Lie

Parson Mason Weems wrote a biography of George Washington shortly after Washington’s death in which he showcased the story from George Washington's youth wherein the young Washington chopped down a cherry tree that he apparently shouldn't have. When confronted with the event, Washington said, "I cannot tell a lie, I did it."  

Fast forward to the present where President Barack Obama has become notorious for the myriad of bald faced lies that he's told the American people in order to get elected (twice - face it, a bit more than half of all American voters are incredibly gullible). Nixon lied and ended up being forced from office. Obama lies - all of the time - and the press lionizes him. 

Many Americans thought that we wouldn't see a president worse than Jimmy Carter in our lifetimes. And despite our fondest wishes not to see a con man return to the Oval Office, we have one for another three years. This one has vowed to rule without the need for consulting Congress and outside of the law. Gone are the days of the Nixon era where that would have resulted in impeachment. Maybe it's because this president is of mixed race? I don't know where American's tolerance for this behavior springs from.

Not content with an incompetent con man in the White House, the mainstream media is pushing hard for another antagonistic egomaniac, and fervent liar to take Obama's Place.

Hillary Clinton blamed a video that nobody anywhere apparently saw on the attack on Benghazi - she lied. Then she sent Susan Rice to every Sunday talk show to lie to the American people.

Will assuming the Presidency of the United States suddenly make Hillary Clinton competent and truthful? I doubt it.

Maybe if Obama (and Clinton, his heir apparent according to the mainstream media) takes control of the newsroom (Fox News) there won't be any lies that make it out to the public. That could end their lying problem.