The shock of Czar Putin’s naked ambition on the invasion of Crimea, Southeast Ukraine, and his declaration and desire of not only a “NOVOROSSIYA” AND “GREATER NOVOROSSIYA’ IN EASTERN EUROPE, has put the chills in the West and Former Soviet slave states in Eastern Europe. Europe has acted but Obama is of course still dithering saying very little other than empty threats backed by Zero action. Obama knows only retreat, no Offense as we have marveled at his excellence in retreating from Iraq, now Afghanistan, and from any action in the China Sea as China runs amuck ramming defending ships, with full display of its military prowess including its World War II vintage refurbished Ukrainian aircraft carrier. What a formidable navy that Obama retreats from.
Great article by Perry Diaz on the malevolent actions and intent of Czar Alexander Putin I and of his waking of a sleeping giant. Lulled by the forever feckless foreign policy indecisiveness of Obama and his dithering leadership perorations to avoid any action, NATO has truly earned its sobriquet of “NO ACTION, TALK ONLY”.
4 Discuss: Distribute or project the close-reading activity UpClose: Czar Putin? for students to work on in small groups. (Note: Thequestions on the PDF also appear on the facing page of thisTeacher's Guide with possible responses.) Follow up with a classdiscussion. If you're short on time, have each group tackle one ortwo of the questions. Collect students' work or have each groupreport its findings to the class.
Triggering a big geopolitical crisis with NATO is an easy way for Putin to shock the oil price back up. Putin’s covert Ukraine interventions up to now have not succeeded in that. In sum: Today’s oil price will be most affected by two men — King Salman and how he uses his spare capacity to produce oil and Czar Putin and how he uses his spare capacity to produce trouble.