Richard Davis: Russia should be stopped from taking Crimea back

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 14, 2014 4:24 p.m.

    Yes... Yes... let's stop them... hear hear....

    But how?

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    March 13, 2014 8:55 p.m.

    Let Canada get this one.

  • Deserthiker SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 13, 2014 2:37 p.m.

    I''m a little dismayed at the many short sighted and ill informed comments. With regard to the Ukraine situation, no one, least of all the writer of this article is suggesting we go to war. There are MANY steps we can take to persuade Russia and Putin that it's in their best interest to stop the expansionism and bullying via diplomatic, political, and economic means. Those who act if as if our choices are limited to either doing nothing or starting a war either fail to understand the complexity of international relations or are intentionally obtuse for political purposes. We are not the world's policeman, but we are the only superpower. If we succumb to isolationist fables and withdraw from the turbulence of world affairs other, much less savory, entities such as Putin will jump in to fill the power vacuum. The result will be increased violence and human suffering which will affect all of us and in the long term increase the risk of our being compelled into future wars not of our choosing. There are no easy answers and no guarantees but to ignore world events will only bring greater misery down the road..

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 13, 2014 9:23 a.m.

    Well of course they SHOULD be stopped. That's a no-brainer. The tough part is.... HOW do you stop them?

    Do we start flying in troops?
    Just economic sanctions?
    What are you proposing??

    What will stop them??

    That's the tough question...

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    March 12, 2014 10:39 p.m.

    Davis rightly observes that we must learn the lessons of history. The Crimean War of the 1850s was largely a sectarian conflict, and was infamous for the Charge of the Light Bregade.

    Like that futile suicidal charge "into the valley of death", US military action in Crimea today would be identically foolish:

    'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
    Was there a man dismay'd?
    Not tho' the soldiers knew
      Some one had blunder'd:
    Theirs not to make reply,
    Theirs not to reason why,
    Theirs but to do and die:

    No more following blundering war mongering leaders. No more blind obedience to military nor religious authority. No more refusing to make reply, refusing to reason why. No more do or die!

    Give diplomacy a chance. As Russia did in "protecting" the Eastern Orthodox residents of Crimea in 1850, Putin is claiming to be doing to "protect" ethnic Russians today. Consider that Russia may not have been wrong then nor now.

  • nicholdraper West Jordan, UT
    March 12, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    Why not let Russia have the Crimea? If we had not backed the Mujahideen in Afghanistan, the Russians would likely still control Afghanistan and we would have saved over 2,000 American soldiers lives and saved another 18,000 from being wounded. And what did we support the Mujahideen for? So, they could morph into the Taliban and bar girls from getting an education. We have been backing the wrong side in Russian break away states. Let's back Russia and leave the middle East to them.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    March 12, 2014 9:41 p.m.

    Never waste an opportunity for political advantage. We're blessed to have a humble, intelligent statesman in the WH. Last thing we need is another sabre rattling Republican to create another mess.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 12, 2014 7:53 p.m.

    You critics of Obama, tell me, what would you have him do? Instead of taking shots, tell us, what should he do? Put it on the table. What alternate course would you pursue. Shots from the cheap seats are easy, but leading is hard. And, note also that Obama has the U.S. diplomatic corps and military to advise him. And don't forget that the U.S. does not and should not act alone. For you who think this is Obama's fault, shame. Again, what should the U.S. do? You talk tough and attack our President, but you offer nothing.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2014 5:44 p.m.

    Complicated international relations should not be undertaken by bitter bloggers.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 12, 2014 5:03 p.m.

    Russia should be stopped from taking Crimea back?

    1) Let us borrow more money from China to pay for this struggle, let us send our young people into the Army and then to Ukraine over there to die for this cause, let us give up our Social Security to pay for this.


    2) Let us accept the vote of the people of Crimea to go either with Russia or to stay with Ukraine.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 12, 2014 5:01 p.m.

    @timpskier - perhaps appeasement didn't work - all things are perfect in hind sight - but calling nation the "axis of evil" has done little good either. For that fact, nearly 13 years of foreign occupation hasn't seemed to have helped much either.

    So while I support the idea of preventing Russia from bullying its neighbors, other than a whole lot of saber rattling, the options are few and far between. Even if we did have the air defense shield up and running in Poland and Czech Republic, those systems also would have done little more than the capability we all ready have in place in the region.

    Russia has seen its satellite countries destabilized through out the world. Libya is no longer a puppet to Moscow. Syria is in total disarray - neither side is really wining there. Most of Russia's former members of the "soviet union" are now members of the european union…. Putin felt he had to take a stand somewhere… and Crimea seems to be that place.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    March 12, 2014 3:52 p.m.

    I am sure it is all Bush's fault. In the meantime what can we do? Answer: nothing. It is however a mistake by Russia. If we had more natural gas production we could sell to Europe instead of Russia and pay off our debts fast.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2014 2:57 p.m.

    What are we supposed to do? Say with a straight face "you just can't go around invading anybody you want to"? This is just one more legacy from the disaster that was the Bush Administration.

  • erichard COMANCHE, TX
    March 12, 2014 2:44 p.m.

    Kerry accuses Russia of invading the Ukraine on "trumped up pretext" and other dumb things. Hmm. Is Kerry a dumb idiot or a lying hypocrite? How many have died in this "invasion"? How many died in the invasion of Iraq on an obvious "trumped up pretext"? This is a complex situation and stupid statements like Kerry makes give non-brain dead Americans no trust in him or our government. It is so obvious that the new regime in the Ukraine was financed into power by EU and other interests, and that the democratically elected President of Ukraine was run out of the country. If these same interests that support the new regime supported the President that was run out their rhetoric would be, "How evil Russia is for overthrowing a democratically elected President".

  • David Centerville, UT
    March 12, 2014 2:21 p.m.

    CHS 85,

    In Davis' article he did not first jump to war. And neither would I. He offered suggestions where the US could start. I am just untrusting of Obama's methods of diplomacy. Where have his "red lines" worked?

    All Obama has to do to get Putin laughing is to state he is laying out a "red line". Now that's a joke Obama could repeat on any comedy network and get a laugh.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 12, 2014 2:03 p.m.


    Are you a member of the Armed Forces? Are your children? Are you willing to risk your life or the lives of your children to stop Putin?

    If not, why are you so quick to risk the lives of others?


    If diplomacy and talk are so bad, are you willing to pick up a rifle and do your part?

    Why are we so anxious to go back to war? Why is spilling blood the conservative answer to ever world situation? Military-industrial complex maybe? Ego? I realize that war is sometimes necessary, but why is it always the conservatives who use it as a first option instead of the last option?

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    March 12, 2014 2:02 p.m.

    Richard, your words are like hot air in a wind storm. Putin can do anything he pleases so long as people vote Obama and his cronies into office.

  • David Centerville, UT
    March 12, 2014 1:42 p.m.

    What do we know of Putin, and does that knowledge give us any predictive values or indicators of what he may do in the future?

    I believe Richard Davis' concerns that Putin will continue to overtake territory to be accurate. He has done this twice now. He bemoans the demise of the former Soviet Union. He is an enemy of the west.

    Mitt Romney warned of Putin's aggression, and the danger Russia represents. Obama mocked Romney for such warnings. Now we discover that Obama was wrong (again) and Romney was right (again).

    I believe Putin will act again. Russia is already supporting regimes in the Middle East that directly oppose and confront democracy and peace. He is acting again to take over countries in Europe. We must act. Otherwise, we will be forced to act when we may be in a much-weakened state.

    Burying our heads and our fears will not stop Putin.

    Neither will Obama's "red lines" and endless diplomacy and talk.

  • timpskier Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 12, 2014 1:38 p.m.

    Appeasement did not work with Hitler. Frightening to think it probably won't work with Putin either. Where do we draw the line? Or maybe we don't have the courage to draw one anywhere.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 12, 2014 11:42 a.m.

    While I support strong sanctions, and perhaps testing Russia on other fronts (like Syria), I don't know how else the West can stop Russia short of war. If there is war over the Ukraine, it will make every war at least since WWII seem tame. Is that what we want? Tough talk is one thing, but execution is quite another. I would have thought that Davis would realize this.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    March 12, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    Hello Richard!
    Should something escalate between the US and Russia....
    Are you willing to send our troops, and possible your very own children to fight?
    We can no longer police the world. Putin is a loose canon.
    There is a great deal of inequality, evil doers, poverty, crime, etc, etc. throughout our world
    America just cannot repair it all any longer.