Ukraine, Russia, US

Monday, March 03, 2014

A truck and soldiers block the road leading to Babek Airport near Sevastopol that is occupied by Russian troops in Crimea on March 2, 2014 near Balbek, Ukraine. (Sean Gallup/Getty)

Steve Clemons, senior fellow and director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and blogger, talks about the latest in the tug of war between Russia and the West over Ukraine, and Russia's presence in the Crimean region.


Steve Clemons

Comments [16]

Amy from Manhattan

I read in today's NY Times that calculators will only now be allowed are some math problems. Whay was this change made?

Also, why will there no longer be a penalty for wrong answers; it was my undestanding that this helpedd weed out the randomness of guesses.

Mar. 06 2014 11:37 AM
DTorres from Manhattan

According to various news reports, The Jewish People, in the Ukraine
are being targeted for abuse, including Jewish Religious Institutions.
Nobody needs Jewish People to be a target again.
Those reports should be looked into by those organizations, individuals,
that can either confirm or reject them.
If that is the case, that Jews are being targeted by Neo Nazis in the
Ukraine, the U.S. should do everything possible to get the Jews out of there.
Make a deal with Putin, since Ukraine/Crimea is Putin's part of the world,
and get the Jewish People out, men, women and children, right away.
Do not wait on this, act quickly, get them out.

Mar. 03 2014 06:26 PM
DTorres from Manhattan

We are in Putin/Russia's part of the world.
Obama should stop messing with Russia/Putin.

Washington’s Arrogance, Hubris, and Evil Have Set the Stage for War

By Paul Craig Roberts

Mar. 03 2014 06:14 PM

"That might be true with the Ukrainian television reports but journalistic reports are getting it right." [Paraphrase]

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Mar. 03 2014 11:21 AM
john from Manhattan

The U.S. will react to Russia's invasion the same way it reacted to China's invasion of Tibet 60 years ago.
We don't go to war with powerful countries, just the small ones like Iraq, etc. We just go on the radio and TV and complain, so what's new?

Mar. 03 2014 11:20 AM
John Schlechty from New CIty

Does your guest see any parallel with Hitler's actions in the Sudetenland in Putin's move into Ukraine?

Mar. 03 2014 11:16 AM
Yaro from Staten Island, NY

In 1994 Ukrainain nuclear arsenal was the third largest in the world. Ukraine agreed to give it up only because US, UK and Russia agreed to GUARANTEE sovereignty of its territory.
Now, such countries as India, Myanmar, North Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Iran are looking at this situation with interest - if US and UK let Putler take over any part of a state, whose sovereignty they guaranteed in return to giving up nukes, they would never agree to give up their nukes or refrain from their development...
This is why this VERY IMPORTANT for West!
If US/UK stop the aggression and don't let Putler occupy its neighbors, in other words, keep their promise to Ukraine, they may give up their nukes as well.

P.S. And yes - the world has slept over the new Hitler...

Mar. 03 2014 11:14 AM
Mark Mazur from Irvington NY

Three observations:
1) The new Ukrainian govt seriously overstepped /mis-stepped by NOT guaranteeing the rights of minorities and other languages. They handed Putin a pretext to do what he did, playing right into the depths of Russian paranoia.
2) Given the realpolitik, Russia will protect its military naval interests in the Black Sea, period. Hence the quick move into Crimea. Which leads to this fact...
3) Ukraine, given its geography and history must have a=some sort of special relationship w Russia. But it should not be, and a large part of the population will not accept, being a subservient, suppressed, vassal state to Russia, with all the bad-governance & corruption baggage that comes with that.

Mar. 03 2014 11:12 AM
ostap from NYC

1) Ukraine had a sizable nuclear arsenal after the break up of the USSR. They gave up this arsenal as part of an agreement with Europe/US that guarantees Ukraine's territorial integrity. Europe/US have now defaulted on their end of the agreement.

2) Putin's claim to protect 'native russian' speakers in Ukraine is false and offensive -- the Ukrainian language was banned during 70 years of USSR, so there are generations who grew up forbidden to speak Ukrainian.

Mar. 03 2014 11:11 AM
Gianni Lovato from Chatham

Could Mr. Clemons shed some light on the possible bearing of religious friction between the Orthodox and other Christian groups in the Ukraine?

Mar. 03 2014 11:11 AM
Margaret from Brooklyn

How will these recent events affect the special winter Olympics 2014 which are scheduled to start next weekend?

Mar. 03 2014 11:11 AM
Stuart Bennett

We have a short memory in the U.S this is the same thing we did in Panama with Ronald R pretext to help Americans. our backyard a leader we did not like send in the troops

Mar. 03 2014 11:09 AM
Dan K from park slope

Yes, we do seem hypocritical about Iraq, but I don't believe anyone serious thought we'd annex Iraq. In this instance, if we allow Putin to annex the Crimea, there would truly be a contradiction when compared to the first Iraq war, when the premise was that we could not allow Saddam to annex Kuwait, for the precedent it would set.
Whatever you may believe about either of those wars, it would be a bad precedent to allow bigger neighbors to bully their way into annexing adjacent lands.

Mar. 03 2014 11:08 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


“For the first time, more Americans think President Barack Obama is not respected by other world leaders than believe he is.”

Mar. 03 2014 11:07 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

BRIAN – Please ask if this story about Saturday (golf day) is true:


"According to Time magazine's Zeke Miller, Obama skipped the meeting. "Obama did not attend the meeting, but WH official says he has been briefed by Susan Rice and his national security team," says Miller."

(LOL, Susan Rice told him it was because of a video.)

Mar. 03 2014 10:58 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


“Valerie tells me that I am really, REALLY angry about this ... Grrr!
Better not dunk on me again, Vlad .... Grrr! (...and I mean it this time!)
And I just told Jeffrey Goldberg in that interview that I didn’t like the idea that people are saying that I am “weak”. Grrrr!
Putin will be sorry, I’ll unleash my American media on him and they will portray him as a long, lost Koch brother…. or maybe even Chris Christie’s friend.
Take THAT, Vlad! Grrr!”

Mar. 03 2014 10:54 AM

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