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A Nation with No Options

By LTC Allen West, USA (Ret.)
AllenBWest.com

As we watch the events unfolding in Ukraine there is one theme I continue to hear presented by the pundits in the news media – the United States has no options. It is unconscionable that we find ourselves in a foreign policy situation where there are no viable courses of action to be implemented. What is even more disturbing is that Russian President Vladimir Putin was fully aware of this going into his standoff.

PUTIN ISSUES ULTIMATUM TO UKRAINE

Deadline Set for 3 A.M.
By Harold Hutchison

Russia has given Ukrainian forces in the autonomous republic of Crimea until 3 AM local time (8 PM Eastern Time) to surrender. Should the forces not surrender, the Ukraine has been told they will “face a storm.” This comes as pro-Russia protesters occupied a building in Donetsk, a city in the eastern part of the Ukraine.

PUTIN'S PREVIOUS LAND GRAB!

As Vladimir Putin is snatching the Crimea and preparing aggressive moves against the Ukraine, take a look at SOF's coverage of his actions against Georgia - from the November 2008 issue!

UKRAINE RECALLS RESERVES AS WAR LOOMS

Will Anyone Stop Putin’s Aggression?
By Harold Hutchison

The Ukrainian government announced a recall of all reserve military forces as the Crimea crisis continued to heat up. However, new questions have been raised about how loyal the Ukrainian military may be.

PUTIN MAKES HIS MOVE IN CRIMEA!

Calls Obama’s Bluff
By Harold Hutchison

Russian President Vladimir Putin has received permission from the Russian parliament to deploy troops to the Ukraine, despite warnings from the Obama Administration not to intervene.

Conservatives Must Support Freedom for Ukraine

By Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Moscow is invading Ukraine, a sovereign nation, with troops and helicopters, and the Obama administration is doing nothing except talk. The outcome will send a message to freedom fighters and dissidents in such countries as Venezuela—and even Cuba—that the U.S. will not be with them when they put their lives on the line.

Isn’t it interesting that a Russian warship has just docked in Cuba? Reports suggest this is a show of support for the Castro brothers, and may also be intended as a listening post to conduct surveillance on U.S. communications.

RUSSIAN TROOPS IN THE UKRAINE!

Heading Towards a Crimean War?
By Harold Hutchison

Russian troops are now in the Crimea. The movement, reportedly admitted to by the Russian government, raises the stakes in the crisis, which has seen former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych flee to Moscow after he was deposed.

According to media reports, Russia admitted that naval infantry assigned to the Black Sea Fleet, a portion of which is based in Sevastopol, which is located in Crimea, has been deployed. Photos and video taken in the Ukraine show various BTR armored personnel carriers deployed.

CRIMEAN AIRPORT SEIZED

Is Russia Making Its Move?
By Harold Hutchison

The day after the Crimean parliament was seized, gunmen apparently loyal to Russia have now grabbed the airport near the Crimean capital of Simferopol. One media report indicated the gunmen were wearing “Russian Navy ensigns.”

CRIMEAN PARLIAMENT STORMED!

Russian Flag Raised Over Building
By Harold Hutchison

The parliament building of the republic of Crimea, an oblast in the Ukraine, was stormed by pro-Russian demonstrators who proceeded to raise the Russian flag. The actions lead to warnings from the Ukraine to Russia.

According to a report by Reuters, the seizure came as Russia began to hold large exercises near the Ukraine, including 150,000 troops and a number of fighter jets. NATO urged Russia to avoid any actions that would “escalate tension or create misunderstanding.”

Rubio Delivers Floor Speech On Crisis In Venezuela

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks on the situation in Venezuela, where dictator Nicolas Maduro has been violently cracking down on protesters opposed to his regime.

ANTI-GITMO MOUTHPIECE BUSTED ON TERROR CHARGES

JTF Guard Force Troopers transport a detainee

Former Gitmo Inmate Supported Jihadis
By Harold Hutchison

A prominent opponent of the United States detention policies surrounding Guantanamo Bay has been arrested on terrorism charges. British police busted Moazzam Begg yesterday on the charges.

Anti-Communist Revolutions are Spreading

By Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Left-wing “progressives” and the “libertarian” Infowars.com website of Alex Jones are having a nervous breakdown over events in Ukraine. The anti-communist revolution has the potential to reveal who is really committed to the notion of a “Free World” and seek to protect it against a resurgent Russia. There are lessons here for freedom-loving people around the world.

EXPORTING THE SECOND AMENDMENT

Ukrainian Gun Owners Seek Protection of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
By Harold Hutchison

Ukrainian gun owners are seeking to enact a version of the Second Amendment into that country’s constitution. The call for the provision comes shortly after Viktor Yanukovych was forced out of office, and fled Kiev for Kharkov.

According to reports by Breitbart News, the Ukrainian Gun Owners Association declared that it would push for what they called “an unconditional right” for “Ukrainian citizens to bear arms.”

OUT OF RUSSIA’S CLUTCHES?

Ukrainian Opposition Controls Kiev
By Harold Hutchison

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has fled Kiev for the city of Kharkov after the Ukrainian parliament dismissed him from office. The parliament also released former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the opposition leader.

According to a report by VOA News, the actions taken by the Ukrainian parliament also included restoration of the 2004 constitution. Tymoshenko proclaimed the “dictatorship has fallen.”

KIEV TURNS UGLIER

Death Toll Climbs as Truce Fails
By Harold Hutchison

Violent protests continued to rage in Kiev as a “truce” promoted by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych collapsed. Protesters armed with firebombs faced off with policemen armed with automatic weapons.