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“World War?”
by Famly Security Matters   
April 1st, 2014

Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine to seize the Crimea on February 28, 2014, reporting by the mainstream media has focused on President Obama’s threats to impose economic sanctions on Russia in retaliation.  Media pundits have spoken of the “standoff” and the “stalemate” between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine–as if economic sanctions against a handful of Russian oligarchs is somehow strategically equivalent retaliation for Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Indeed, mainstream television and newspapers have reported with grim satisfaction that President Obama is “ratcheting up” the sanctions, trying hard to create the impression that Moscow must be quaking with fear.  Mainstream media pundits have reported, largely uncritically, Obama’s claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s  seizure of Crimea is archaic behavior belonging in another century and “an act of weakness.”

Viewers of ABC, CBS, NBC, and MSNBC, and readers of the New York Times, USA Today and etc. might well get the impression that President Obama’s sophisticated use of the “soft power” of economic sanctions will inevitably prevail over Dictator Putin’s old fashioned military muscle flexing.

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the House Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Congress released an unclassified version of its letter to President Obama warning that, over the past month, Russia has been massing more forces on the border of Ukraine–apparently for a wider invasion.

Russia is postured to overrun all of Ukraine.

Russia is postured to attack NATO itself.  Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are all NATO member states now, whose security the United States is bound by treaty to protect–including if necessary by nuclear war.

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