Should We Or Should We Not…..Arm Ukraine?

There is a debate raging in the halls of Congress, the White House and around the world…….should Ukraine been armed to meet the threats from Putin’s Russia.

The US is increasingly leaning towards the former………

Despite Vladimir Putin’s posturing for a peaceful resolution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, a senior US State Department official says Eastern Ukraine’s security position is “dire” and Russia is “failing miserably” in its peace efforts, CNN reports. The official spoke today on John Kerry’s plane as he headed to Kiev to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Speaking later on the ground, Kerry called on Russia to pull heavy weapons, equipment, and troops out of Ukraine and shut down the border in a solution to the crisis “that is staring everyone in the face.” French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are also set to arrive in Kiev today before heading to Russia tomorrow to meet with Putin, CNN notes.

Kerry has pledged $16.4 million in new humanitarian aid to Ukraine designed to “help alleviate the suffering of people in conflict-affected areas,” a State Department statement issued today said. Meanwhile, NATO is refining its strategy as well. Even though Ukraine isn’t a member, the organization says it “strongly supports” the beleaguered country and would continue to offer political and practical assistance, as per CNN. In discussion now are plans to set up dedicated NATO command centers in six member nations, including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, and Poland. These units would help with NATO training in these countries and make it easier to quickly deploy troops. Meanwhile, the US is mulling whether to send defensive “lethal aid” such as anti-armor missiles to Ukrainian troops to help them fight pro-Russia rebels.

This is a tricky question and even trickier decision that is being made……my problem is one thing that the prez had to say about the arming debate…..

President Obama left little doubt that he intends to eventually start providing weaponry to the Ukrainian military for its civil war, saying only that he needs to be certain it is “used properly.

Okay first of all what does the term “used properly” actually mean?  It has been said that these will be defensive weapons……pause here for thought……what is the difference between a defensive weapon and an offensive one?  And just who makes that decision?

This is the same type of rhetoric that we always get from the government……but the question remains….should we or should we not arm Ukraine?

Personally I say NO……it will not make the situation any less explosive.  If anything will lead to an escalation by Putin.  Even with a massive influx of weapons from NATO will not make Ukraine safer and if push comes to shove they will not be capable of fending off a Russian onslaught….

This tactic will not work….it will be a waste of time and the possibility of it getting worse instead of better is a real threat.

Arms are not the answer…..however diplomacy may prove a better weapon….too bad it is seldom tried before someone pulls the trigger.

The only people that will benefit from the massive weapons that could be sent to Ukraine is the ones that ALWAYS make out in these situations…..the defense contractors.

Any thoughts from my readers?

Trillions for Defense – The Unz Review

Is it possible that the military is too expensive to actually use?

Could this be a factor in why the prez keeps stating emphatically that NO US troops will be deployed to fight ISIS?

Could cost do what ant-war protesters have been trying to do for decades?

Check out the money being spent and then you tell me….

 

Trillions for Defense – The Unz Review.

Breaking News You Will Hear Little About

The media gives us car chases in LA…..or a winter snowstorm……but when it comes to violence committed against Muslims there seems to be little interest in the act…….or that it is newsworthy……why?

I got this cartoon about the murders of 3 Muslims in Chapel Hill, NC…….

The question that needs asking is why is this murder less important than a person Jenner hit with a car?

 

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Do You Really Want A Smart TV?

There is a rush of “smart” everything….but is it really a good idea?

Remember back in the ’80’s there was a spooky movie with the tagline….”they’re here”?  And it rings so true today.

All of us should be worried about our privacy….for it seems to be lessening with each passing month….

Now there is a story coming out of Samsung…….

Own a Samsung smart TV? Then take note: Your television is not only listening, it’s sending your data to a third party, the Independent reports. The TV’s voice-recognition software lets you give it orders, but the product’s privacy policy warns that “personal or other sensitive information … will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.” Samsung tells the BBC that the third party is Nuance, the company that does Samsung’s speech-to-text conversion. But intellectual property lawyer Corynne McSherry says it would be nice to see that clarified in Samsung’s policy, the Daily Beast reports. “And I’d definitely like to know whether my words were being transmitted in a secure form,” she says.

An activist tweets that Samsung’s policy sounds a lot like the description of “telescreens” in George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984—which reads in part, “Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by [the screen].” Unnervingly, it wasn’t clear how often “the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork.” Samsung, however, says it doesn’t keep voice data, and customers can opt to turn off voice-recognition or even unplug the TV from Wi-Fi. And Samsung isn’t alone: the Verge reports that XBoxes already use voice recognition while being connected to the Internet. “Samsung’s privacy policy is not unique; its rhetoric just happens to be similar to that of a well-known sci-fi novel,” the Verge says.

If you worry about the loss of privacy then NOW would be a good time to re-think this whole “smart” world that is been given to us by the corporations……

I know I am!

Jon, You Will Be Missed

The horror of it all!  After nearly 20 years of giving people a little satire and news…..Jon Stewart will be retiring from the “The Daily Show”……

Jon Stewart is retiring from the Daily Show later this year. He reportedly revealed the big news during the taping of tonight’s episode, reports the AV Club. In a statement to Politico, a Comedy Central exec confirms that Stewart will step down at a still-unspecified date after more than 15 years. “Through his unique voice and vision, the Daily Show has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come,” says network chief Michele Ganeless, which seems to suggest that the show will go on with a new host.

This is one of those rare cases when a network’s official statement is right in line with what most others are writing:

  • “To a younger generation of viewers who stopped watching the news, his late-night ‘fake’ news show—which skewered politicians and the media—made him a trusted messenger to millions,” writes Emily Yahr at the Washington Post.
  • Business Insider: The show is a “cultural force.”
  • NPR: A “hugely influential figure in American politics.”
  • New York Times: A “nightly home for sharp-edged political satire and up-to-the-moment commentary on the news.”

Good bye Jon…..we will miss you!