Friday, February 28, 2014

I guess that Putin didn't care for 'the reset'

(My American Thinker post)


Russian warship in Cuba?  We have not seen that for 20 years or since the collapse of the USSR.

What is a Russian warship doing in Havana harbor?

The answer is simple:  Putin, and much of the world, see the US in decline.  They see President Obama as weak.

We hear that Russia is going a lot farther, as reported in Fausta's Bog:  
"Russia is planning to expand its permanent military presence outside its borders by placing military bases in a number of foreign countries, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.  
Shoigu said the list includes Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, the Seychelles, Singapore and several other countries. 
“The talks are under way, and we are close to signing the relevant documents,” Shoigu told reporters in Moscow."
As any young recruit will tell you, there is very little military value to a Russian base in Cuba, Venezuela or Nicaragua.   They are not a military threat to the US.  We could take out those bases quickly in any war.

The real value is psychological, or further indication that Russia is challenging The Monroe Doctrine and getting away with it.

The "yes we can screamers" will go out of their way to tell us that the US has no right to keep Russia from opening bases wherever they choose to do so.  

The rest of us, as well as much of the world, will see it as US weakness or another indication that President Obama has abdicated as my good friend Barry Casselman wrote yesterday:
"It is now becoming very clear that the true legacy of President Barack Obama’s terms in the White House
might not be his disastrous “Obamacare” legislation that was costumed as reform. Instead, Mr Obama might
be remembered as the first modern president to abdicate. That is, to abdicate the role of the United States in the world.

The latest announcement that Secretary  of Defense Chuck Hagel proposes to cut back the U.S. military to
pre-World War II levels is only the latest evidence in a relentless pattern of the Obama government to
change our relationships of world alliances, withdraw from world conflicts, and ignore global security threats."
Last, but not least, I hope that someone in the media will ask Secretary Clinton about the status of "the reset.."   Of course, we hear that Secretary Clinton does not take a lot of questions from the media.  She is doing her "kids tour" with the help of Univision!

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Wendy Davis getting a lot of money from outside of Texas

(My new American Thinker post)


The latest poll about the Texas' governor race has AG Abbott up by 11 over State Senator Wendy Davis, according to Politico:
"Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott leads Democrat Wendy Davis by 11 points, according to a new poll Monday. 
Forty-seven percent of voters said they back Abbott, while 36 percent would vote for Davis, aUniversity of Texas/Texas Tribune poll found. Seventeen percent of registered voters said they had no opinion.  

The new poll represents a widening gap between Abbott and Davis. In October, the survey found Abbott leading Davis by just 6 percent."

The lead is not a shock, specially given Senator Davis' problems and personal story "contradictions".

The other big story is that Senator Davis is getting a lot of money from outside of Texas, as reported by Wayne Slater of The Dallas Morning News:
"Underscoring the national dimension of the race, 27 percent of Davis’ total in the latest report came from outside Texas, compared with 2 percent of Abbott’s total."
This is why Senator Davis is trailing in the polls and very likely to lose in November.  She is popular but not in Texas.

Slater's aforementioned "money source" story confirms what I suspected last summer.  I said last July that Senator Davis's "abortion show" had a lot to do with piling up the kind of money that it would take to run against a well financed GOP candidate.   She knew that the money would have to come from the big "abortion backer" pockets outside of Texas. She got the money but still trails in the polls days before the primary.

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