March 2nd, 2014
01:44 PM ET

How U.S. should respond to Russia

By Fareed Zakaria

In a strange act of historical coincidence, it is 60 years ago this week that Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev handed the Crimea over to the Ukraine. It might not have seemed a big deal in those days – everyone was part of one big, unhappy Soviet Union. But that act has created today’s geopolitical crisis.

Russia has now made its move. It has essentially detached Crimea from the Ukrainian government’s control. What remains unclear is what Vladimir Putin wants to do with it. Incorporate it into Russia? Use it as leverage to negotiate a deal with Ukraine? Both?

In any event, Washington’s response should be clear and forceful. Russia has violated all kinds of laws and norms, including most crucially, a treaty that it signed with Ukraine guaranteeing that country’s borders, in return for which Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons.

For Washington, for Americans, for people around the world, it would be a terrible precedent to allow issues like this to be resolved not through diplomacy, but by force. If Russia could detach parts of neighboring countries with impunity, won’t other great powers like China decide that they too can act in such ways?

So what can be done? Well, for starters President Obama should cancel entirely his attendenace at the G-8 summit to be held in Sochi in June. He should try to persuade the other major powers to follow suit. Russia’s membership in the G-8 should be suspended. Remember,  the G-8 was created to recognize that post-Soviet Russia was behaving like an honorable member of the international community, not a rogue state . If the behavior has changed, Russia’s status should also change.

Militarily there is less that can be done. After all, Russia’s military budget is about 18 times that of Ukraine. But NATO should restart talks on providing assurances to countries like Poland – including perhaps building the missile defense system that was abandoned.

In economic terms, Washington and the EU should consider the only sanctions that would be effective: ones targeted specifically at individuals who could be held responsible for these acts of aggression against Ukraine.

Washington cannot do much to stop Vladimir Putin as he creates facts on the ground in Crimea. But step back and consider what a strategic disaster this is for him. Ukraine has slipped out of his orbit and most of the population there is going to be hostile to Russia for generations. Countries like Poland that had eased up relations with Moscow will now view it with great suspicion. All European countries will put their relations with Russia under review. Even China will surely oppose the brazen violation of national sovereignty, something Beijing is always concerned about. Within Russia people have seen that Putin is terrified of a democracy movement and will brutally oppose it, not really the image he wants to present.

So Putin gets Crimea, which is only 60 percent Russian. Parts of it will be deeply hostile to this Russian takeover – including the population of Crimean Tartars, who are Muslim and getting radicalized. Remember, Crimea is in the Northern Caucasus, the area where Russia has been battling a ferocious Muslim insurgency.

So even as he lines up one more piece – or half piece – on his chessboard, Putin will find that the price he has paid for it will be quite high.

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  1. Danro

    The US can and should do all of these things. More importantly it should do everything it can to keep the Ukranian army from firing the first shot. Hopefully the US, EU and NATO can put enough pressure on Ukraine to restrain itself and even give up the Crimea. It is a bitter pill to take but better to live and fight another day then to be completely destroyed. So far the only thing that has kept this situation from getting worst is that the Ukraine has not taken Russia bait and fought back.

    March 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • Mikee

      Um, maybe President Obama could ask Putin to rub his belly while he's at it.

      March 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Reply
      • Andy in Vic

        Just brilliant Mikee. Now that you've given yourself your little egofluffing with an entirely content free 15 milliseconds of social media fame, go back to your nap time.

        March 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm |
      • Sam

        Garbage like that is not helping. Crisis is not about Obama.

        March 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm |
      • Igor Romanov

        I think Medvedev would get jealous. After all, who knows what Putin and Medvedev do in the dark lonely nights at the Kremlin.

        March 2, 2014 at 3:33 pm |
      • Wardo22

        Sam – This article is about what the US response should be. Obama is the POTUS and should be leading the response with NATO or whoever. This is about Obama.

        March 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm |
      • j. von hettlingen

        Russia took over Crimea without firing a shot. The Ukrainian soldiers trapped inside their bases are praiseworthy. Their navy chief defected and urged them to follow suit. Instead they stood together and sang the Ukrainian national anthem.

        March 3, 2014 at 10:19 am |
      • j. von hettlingen

        An annexation of Crimea would only arouse resentments in the non-Russian population, which rejects Moscow. So it has to find a peaceful solution to ending the crisis.

        March 3, 2014 at 10:20 am |
    • Liz

      Encouraging another country to give up a peice of their own is NOT ever a solution. That just says hey keep on going we won't stop you. The only people the US, Euro and Nato need to put pressure on are the Russians. Considering how small the Ukrainian forces are and the fact they even acknowledge it means they will likely NOT be the ones to fire first. Hopefully no one fires at all and sanctions and rebuffs from all sides will make Putin back off. The last thing we need is another European war in that region and the cold war between us and russia to start again.

      March 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Reply
      • Greg

        "To give up a piece of their own"? Have you looked at the history? Asking Ukraine to give up Crimea is almost like asking U.S. to give up Iraq or Afghanistan. Crimea is Russia's Puerto Rico.

        March 3, 2014 at 12:21 am |
    • Andrew M.

      "More importantly it should do everything it can to keep the Ukrainian army from firing the first shot. Hopefully the US, EU and NATO can put enough pressure on Ukraine to restrain itself and even give up the Crimea."
      This is exactly what "great powers" did with respect to Czechoslovakia in 1938 when they agree to give Hitler the Sudetenland settled predominantly with ethnic Germans. They called it "appeasement policy". To remind everybody, the US, the UK, and Russia were the guarantors of Ukraine's territorial integrity in 1994 when Ukraine voluntarily gave up nuclear weapons. If the US and the UK abandon their obligations to Ukraine, it would send the message to the countries who are developing or already have nuclear weapons: international guarantees are not worth anything, nukes are best guarantee of your sovereignty.

      March 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Reply
      • Andrey

        This time "World Powers" are siding with Nazi again: and that's Ukrainian Nazi that we are talking about! Check out this BBC report from Kiev:
        CNN reporting is biased and driven by its anti-Russian agenda. CNN has zero credibility!

        March 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm |
    • Hypothetical Situation

      Suppose Cuba is Mexican teritory with 60% americans living there, 24% mexicans and 12% venezuelans. Guantanamo would be the base for 4th Fleet. A small pro-russian revolution (with fascist overtones) overthrows the fairly elected pro-american Mexican government in Mexico City and the first law they pass says everyone should speak only spanish in Cuba.
      What would US do?

      March 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • woodcat

      This is first of all an European problem and should be resolved by the Europeans. We can put political pressure on Russia and sanctions maybe, if necessary via UN. We indeed have no military business in Russia and do not have to start a war with a nuclear power, which we cannot win nor afford. We gotta stop our" policing the world mentality " and get our own house together.Since when is CNN an expert in foreign policy?

      March 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • Andrey

      Ukrainian problem is that they can not control their Nazi: they are part of the new government and that's them who control Ukraine! CNN does not report it as other news agencies do, for example BBC:
      CNN should not be trusted: they keep driving their anti-Russian agenda for months now, and they have zero credibility!

      March 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  2. AK

    Fareed, such a disappointment, you are not very well versed in history and geography of Crimea, Simpheropol is not a coastal city, Sevastopol is. Bad taste is also in the efforts of your on-site reporter to present everything in Simpheropol as being staged. Can't you just looks at the facts and see that people may really want the change they stand for.. Food for the thoughts: Ukrainian army has as many people with Russian last names (Petrov, Kuznetsov, etc) as Russian army has with Ukrainian last names (Kovalenko, Shevchenko, etc). Somehow you managed to present non-paranoic view of Russia and its president while talking to Mr Cohen. May be you should talk to him a bit longer next get unbiased realistic review of the problem

    March 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  3. Hussein AL-Samawi

    Right from the start,Fared Zakaria sided with the West !?. What happened to the objectivity;Fared??. You've no shame !.

    March 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • worldlypatriotusaveteran

      No, I'm sorry, Fareed did NOT side with the West, right from the start.

      He sided with the rule of law, respect for sovereignty of nations, and the norms and principles of international law.

      Fareed does not always get it right, but he did, this time, and VERY FEW nations disagree with his assessment.

      This is a terrible blunder for Russia. Absolutely unnecessary.

      March 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Reply
      • corvusrex96

        The new government in Kiev is the result of an illegal.coup , i The nazis in western Ukraine shouldn't

        start throwing around rules houses

        March 2, 2014 at 2:55 pm |
      • Vlad

        While I disagree with Putin's moves, finding the escalation of things unnecessary. There is definitely some bias there in the US media towards what's happened in Ukraine. We are talking about a group overthrowing a president that was elected with the EU/US observers there and the elections that agreed that elections were legit and with the next round of elections coming soon. How about a group of radicals trying to take over the White House and throw out Obama, how would you react to that? What do you think the Washington would do?

        March 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm |
      • jake645

        "Sided with the rule of law" you said? What about Iraq then? When we invaded it in 2003 based on BS reports about something that had never existed?
        Stop using double standards

        March 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm |
    • dikelmm1

      He knows which side his bread is buttered on. If you are not familiar with that idiom it means he knows who pays him.

      March 2, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • Vasiliy

      He is afraid to lose the work, "business only"

      March 2, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  4. Danro

    Also,I must disagree with the assessment of the Tartars presented. Somehow insinuating that because the Tartars are Muslim they are terrorists who will create be the same situation as Chechnya. The Tartars already have a complicated relationship with Russia mainly because they were all deported from Crimea to Siberia by Stalin because he feared they would help the Germans. They were only allowed to return in the 1990's. So they have plenty of reasons to dislike Russia lets say.

    March 2, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  5. Koleman

    I would focus on the moral aspect of our own actions. We installed arrant Nazis in Ukraine by means of violent force- no elections, no pretense of democracy. Sickening, violent Nazis...First thing they did when in power was to ban Russian language spoken by at least half of the population. Naturally, not only Russian speaking part of the population but all normal people in Ukraine were panicked...As anyone would be at the victory of violent Nazi mob. It was us and the EU who should have fought the fascists- instead we backed them as a tool for our own geopolitical agenda. So are you surprised that the people turn to Russia to protect them?

    March 2, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • stoneworker

      I completely agree with you here. I am usually a fan of Fareed, but he is not an expert on the post Soviet states, and it just seems like he is reading a script that someone else wrote. It's interesting that most western media did not acknowledge that there was a large nazi presence in Ukraine until today. BBC has shown the objective side of what is happening in Kiev http://www.bbcDOTcom/news/world-europe-26394980 .

      March 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • RabbleRabbleRabble

      You mean the same Russians who killed 11 million Ukrainians in the 1930's through forces starvation?

      March 2, 2014 at 3:08 pm | Reply
      • Igor Romanov

        You mean the Holdomor. On behalf of the Russian Empire, I sincerely apologize for the Ukrainian genocide and the current invasion of Ukrainian territory. I am so embarrassed of my country. I wished my president, Vlad Putin would focus more on increasing a higher standard of living and democracy.

        March 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm |
      • Vasiliy

        Ну как тебе Igor Romanov лизать американские яйца? А за Бендеру что не извиняешься перед поляками и евреями ?

        March 2, 2014 at 5:54 pm |
    • Andrew M.

      You are repeating official Russian lies here. The new government of Ukraine was appointed by more than 75% of the votes in Ukrainian parliament and is recognized by European countries as well as by US and Canada. They would not deal with a "Nazi" government. Another lie is that Russian speaking people are discriminated in Ukraine. A huge number of protesters are Russian-speaking. In fact the majority of Kiev (the capital of Ukraine) is Russian-speaking but they hate Putin's regime and his puppet Yanukovych (just deposed president of Ukraine). And in Crimea, it is Ukrainian and Tatar minorities who are discriminated.

      March 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Reply
      • Andrey

        Here take a look at the official BBC lies then:

        March 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm |
      • Demario

        That's an inventive answer to an intsreeting question

        July 5, 2014 at 10:42 pm |
      • Besarta

        I went to tons of links before this, what was I thikning?

        July 25, 2014 at 6:34 pm |
    • ELMO

      Agreed. This looks more like a staged coup by groups in Kiev. The rest of the Ukrainians are along for the ride. CNN as an organization has been pro-coup from day one.

      March 2, 2014 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  6. jigdood

    Maybe you should have been outspoken when Bush was attacking Iraq and Afghanistan, but you failed as a nation to stop that war mongering moron, so I suggest you resort to silence and stop fooling yourself

    March 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • samy


      March 3, 2014 at 4:12 am | Reply
  7. corvusrex96

    If the people of Crimea want to be part of Russia rather than west leaning Kiev should we not support their freedom to chose ? Or is freedom only for groups who supports the US interests ??

    March 2, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  8. JayHobeSound

    Should the U.S. and the E.U. have spent the last couple years funding NGOs to foment dissent and destabilisation in Ukraine?!

    It is not likely the U.S. will send troops to Ukraine. Therefore, the U.S. has once again acted dishonorably by poking the Russian Bear only to run and leave the Ukrainians vulnerable.

    March 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  9. Mark

    We just assume that Russia will carry all before them...they are poking at a bear with a great big stick. Koleman is right..back in '41 the Ukraine was so tired of Russian "rule" that it greeted the Nazis with bread and salt but then greeted the Russians three years later with relief. Three years in the Fascist paradise was enough. The USA has to realize it's lessening influence in the region and work behind the scenes. Putin needs to grow a bushy mustache...and change his name to "Joe" Putin.

    March 2, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  10. TBONE

    This will be indeed that 3 am phone call moment we all been waiting for to see what kind of true leadership style Obama has underneath him. If he fumbles this one, his presidency will go down in flames foreign policy reputation wise next to Carter's and Johnson's. If he stands up to the Russians and manages to cool down the flames of war, then I say leadership is in his blood. Should be interesting how this all plays out. I know Putin is indeed tryijng to test us to see if we still have the stones to stand up to old school mother Russia. Its going to be very interesting indeed. If Obama messes this up, his party can kiss their majority goodbye for the next 10 or 20 years. The GOP will be laughing saying "I Told You so, but you did not listen moments".....

    March 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • TBONE

      This will definitely be that 3 am moment he campaigned on and eating gum and walking at the same time moment he campaigned on back in 2008.

      March 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • mb2010a


      March 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  11. thecoldhardtruth

    Well first of all the author here is clueless. The US can't win a war with Russia nor can Russia win. Second the US has been in 13 years of war and can't afford another war. If obama, the EU, and kerry would stop threatening Russia they may calm down and start diplomatic talks. Let's face it threatening someone is a great way to get them to do something you want. You will not get anywhere with the Russians making threats and obviously Fareed Zakaria is clueless about Russia.. Give Russia something it wants to feel it's security needs are met like a 100 year lease in the Crimea on it's base and an agreement Ukraine will wait 5 years before any EU decision in which Russia will make good on it's aid and gas promises and I bet both sides would agree. Making threats will only take you to war and escalate the problem in which this writer is calling for basically a war in which we all know the US can't win. This is not Libya....

    March 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • Realist

      You're clueless. And clearly don't know the difference between conventional warfare and post-war occupation. In case of an outright conventional war between Russia and the U.S., the U.S. would annihilate Russia's military within months, if not weeks. I don't think many people realize how powerful the U.S. military is, objectively. For the record, the U.S. ran over Iraq and defeated its "military" within days....the 13-year quagmire has to do with a poorly planned post-conflict occupation. With Russia, the goals would be very specific and clear....get them out of Ukraine...Georgia...or wherever. If need be, attack strategic targets within Russia, but no occupation. In a conventional scenario, Russia would be toast within weeks. Even the Soviet Union was all smoke and mirrors....Russia is even weaker...they're a big bad dog that barks really well...but has no teeth. That's the truth.

      March 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Reply
      • funny

        In case of an outright conventional war between Russia and the U.S., the U.S. would annihilate Russia's military within months, if not weeks. If you mean Russian lost 100% force, US lost 80%, you probably right.

        March 3, 2014 at 3:13 am |
  12. aleksey

    Holy misinformation batman....One, crimea tartars are a very secular muslim culture, very similar to their ethnic/cultural ancestors the Turkish. Two, Crimea is NOT IN THE CAUCUSES ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?! Just look at a map, since when is being separated by a literal sea implies being in the region. I expected better fact checking out of a Zakaria editorial..unreal.

    March 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  13. gbologn

    It shouldn't be the U.S. responding as it should be NATO responding since this is in Europe and the U.s is part of that organization. I believe NATO should move forces into the Western part of Ukraine right up to the doorstep of Cremia. NATO should be doing fly overs and sorties to gain information and as a show of force. Then we can negotiate from there. At least it will be equal footing then and more of an impetus for Russia to move out as they are simply taking advantage of a situation.

    March 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • Max

      Are you crazy? You have no idea what it will be if NATO starts the WWIII against Russians! last time I checked Russians won all the previous wars.. Think about it, idiot, before suggesting such nonsense!

      March 2, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Reply
      • Auroro

        Russia fell during WWI, it created the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and left WWI.

        March 3, 2014 at 8:57 am |
    • funny

      If you are ready to die, you better be there. Let me see how brave you are.

      March 3, 2014 at 3:16 am | Reply
  14. Mikhail

    hey! Wipe your eyes! Russian and Ukrainian is the family! Enough to support terrorism!

    March 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Reply


    March 2, 2014 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  16. Manyonyi

    Your piece assumes,erroneously,that China gives a damn for geopolitical good manners.This leads you to say China will oppose Russias moves on Crimea.To the contrary, Chinese generals will be studying Russia's lockdown of Ukraine bases in Crimea.And with US in disarray we could see in the near future a repeat scenario unfold in Taiwan. Ashton and McCain acted irresponsibly by urging on protesters and failing to press for the implementatio of the Feb 21st deal.Many are asking why the inciteful duo hasn't flown to Manama,Ankara or Cairo to show solidarity with protesters.All said I understand but don't support Moscow's moves in Crimea.However, a US that isn't acting in accordance with its values is legitimizing and encouraging the hideous acts of rogue state and non-state actors.

    March 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  17. Only The Shadow Knows

    Maybe we should retaliate by invading Cuba and build a permanent military base on it. And if the Cubans and Russians complain about it full time we'll just say "Yah, n what ya gonna do about it ?!?"

    March 2, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  18. annieL

    At the end of the day, Russia will do what it wants to do, just like the US does what we want to do. This is another regional problem we need to stay out of except as a member of the UN.

    March 2, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  19. NikLot

    Fareed, this is a very shallow and biased analysis, I expected more from you because of your scholarship in International Relations. You know very well that Pandora's Box called 'Limited Sovereignty' was opened in 1999, through NATO war on Yugoslavia, and subsequent detachment and creation of "independent" Kosovo because of "humanitarian" reasons. With Crimea, Putin is following the template The West has established. In a way, if there was no Kosovo campaign, there would have been no Putin.

    March 2, 2014 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • Ahmed

      So, the US should have stood idly and let Milosovic get away with his murderous actions?

      March 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm | Reply
      • Bo

        You mean like they did as Albanians killed Serb and other non-Albanian peoples and ethnically cleansed them from Kosovo following the withdrawal of Serbian forces?

        March 2, 2014 at 11:51 pm |
  20. Richard Hode

    It's amazing that Zakaria doesn't choke on his own hypocrisy. If Russia doesn't behave like an "honorable member of the international community," then what about the U.S. that went halfway across the globe to attack Iraq on wholly trumped-up accusations of WMD? Powerful states do what they can, and do not operate according childish fantasies of "honorable." The Ukraine turned into a threat to Russia, and Putin took action, just as he should have. The screeching and cawing of the Washington hypocrites and mis-leaders are pathetic, impotent, and of no consequence. Zakaria's arrogance stinks like a rotten fish.

    March 2, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  21. Ahmed

    For once I am disappointed with Zakaria. Putin has the mind of a bully. You stand up to a bully, not issue condemnations, roll over and play dead.

    March 2, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  22. russ

    We should stay out of it. Obama needs to step up as a leader. He needs to speak precise and be ready to back it up. Instead he sounds like a grade school bully who will back down and start playing the victim. Putin and everyone else knows this. Obama, Kerry and the rest of the bunch need to keep their mouths shut.

    March 2, 2014 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  23. Max

    Shame on you, Fareed! I expected you to be more objective today, but you obviously weren't! ! Inviting MO'B and ZB – OMG! Thanks God you had also Prof. Cohen who I think smashed your own argument on Russia-Ukraine. In my view, BHO and his US should stay away from this conflict and leave the two slavic countries to deal with the situation and find a resolution. After Kosovo, the States have no credibility anymore to intervene in Crimea, which is and always will be with Russia even if it stays within Ukrainian borders. Remember that, please. Thanks!

    March 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  24. JOHN

    When we say that the diplomatic solutions do not work with the Russian mafia and the Iranian and Syrian regime, you will say we have no interests!! We want attention inside the U.S., you should know that any delay in the solution strict and not in words and Red lines ,,, will affect Western democracy., And Israel has to right when Israel wants to stop Iran's nuclear program by military force because they know the system that governs Iran and the extent and brutality against humanity when possess nuclear weapons

    March 2, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  25. Haseeb Ahmed

    If one looks closely enough... One can compare Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler... Hitler used many pretext to destabilize and conquer many countries... Such as on the pretext of ethnic Germans in Sutenland then conquered Czechoslovakia... then Austria... then finally Poland...

    March 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Reply
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  26. Gary

    Obama speaks BAH<BAH<BAH. everyone knows that we don't need to spend anytime or even waste any tax dollars . Putin is a world leader NOT OBAMA.

    March 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  27. fareed is a sock puppet for obama

    notice he didn't once mention this crises in the wider context of Obama's total mishandling or Russia, the bogus "reset", or of his overall foreign policy which is a disaster.

    March 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  28. Jim Critchlow

    Sound advice, Fareed. Russia's de facto annexation of Crimea recalls Hitler's annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland on the pretext that his fellow countrymen were living there. Failure to counter Hitler's land grab paved the way for World War II. But do have another look at the map: Crimea and the Northern Caucasus are pretty far apart.

    March 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • Haseeb Ahmed

      That really doesn't matter as of course the world has changed. Also Russia is huge so all these places Causcas, Georgia and Ukraine are within Russia's reach to bully, humiliate and torment... Fareed didn't talk about this... This is my opinion..

      March 2, 2014 at 3:57 pm | Reply
      • Golden

        Just what the doctor ordrdee, thankity you!

        July 5, 2014 at 6:14 pm |
      • HeNii

        Always the best content from these prdoogiius writers.

        July 21, 2014 at 11:20 am |
      • Athmane

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        July 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm |
  29. Shivar

    Why should we do anything at all? This is none of our business and the older I get the more nauseating this concept of "We're the U.S. so we must get involved in every situation around the globe" gets.

    March 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • fareed is a sock puppet for obama


      March 2, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Reply
      • Shivar

        More like "realistic".

        March 2, 2014 at 4:22 pm |
      • Shivar

        Plus, someone who calls himself "fareed is a sock puppet for obama" is in no position to call someone else "naive".

        March 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm |
    • Pepinium

      Shivar, you don't have a typical American name, yet, the content of your post indicates you are the proud owner of a typically mediocre High School eduation. Still, do not lose hope, just read a few books and your perspective will expand by a factor of a hundred, :). Good luck.

      March 3, 2014 at 11:27 am | Reply
  30. Michael Nguyen

    Crimea is in Northern Caucasus? Fareed, go back to high school! Go quick!

    March 2, 2014 at 3:24 pm | Reply
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