|Re: Suggesting some subversive.... -- Loquitur|
|Posted by CPMariner , Thu, Dec 14, 2017, 15:05:11||Post Reply||Top of Thread||Reviews by CPMariner||First Amendment Message Board||Main BigDoggie.net site|
As for Manafort, there's way to know (that I know of), but the stakes between the RF and Ukraine are very high. While Ukraine might not qualify as a "vital national interest" of the U.S., I think it's fair to say that Russian revanchism does.
If you're Putin and want to restore as much of the old USSR's hegemony as you can, Ukraine is the obvious place to start. So yes, Putin did manage to snatch Crimea in a sort of Anschluss, but a border war in Eastern Ukraine continues to sputter along.
I'll be the first to point out that Russia is nowhere near being the conventional forces superpower it once was (or appeared to be) when counted as the leader of the Warsaw Pact, but... Russia vs. Ukraine??
In that, something's rotten in the state of Denmark. Many other political/diplomatic issues may account for that endless David vs. Goliath border war, but to discount Manafort's shenanigans in the Ukraine coup and subsequent events requires one to believe he was over there just shopping for sugar beets.
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