Senator Wicker Won’t Rule Out a Nuclear Strike of Russia Over Ukraine

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by Mish Shedlock, The Street:

On Fox News, Sen. Roger Wicker floated the idea of bombing Russian military assets and says he wouldn’t even rule out a first strike with nuclear weapons.

Nuclear War Insanity

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Wicker’s office clarified that the senator is not advocating for the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

Well la de da. This is still pure insanity. For starters, Ukraine is not even a member of NATO.

Yet, the US has 200 National Guard troops in the country.

It was US meddling in Ukraine, proposing it be a member of NATO that led to Russia taking back Crimea.

Crimeans are Happy with Russian Annexation

A year ago the Washington Post (not in the least a Russia supporter) reported Six Years and $20 Billion in Russian Investment Later, Crimeans are Happy with Russian Annexation.

The lead image is from this article.

In Crimea itself, the annexation was popular, especially among Crimea’s large population of older ethnic Russians. More than five years later, and billions of rubles of investment later, it remains popular.

Numerous polls supported this conclusion. In December 2014, the Levada Center, Russia’s most reliable polling company, conducted a survey for us in Crimea that affirmed these findings. Our analysis of these survey results used the term “Crimea conundrum” to describe the disjuncture between the legitimacy of Crimea’s new status to most of its residents and its illegitimacy within the international community.

Radio Free Europe Polls

Please consider Post-Maidan Ukraine Opinion Polls

Radio Free Europe’s own numbers show that – without a shadow of a doubt – that overwhelming majority (in some cases 50-to-1) of Crimeans feel that their secession was legitimate, that Russia is playing a positive role in Ukraine, and that the United States should not play a role there at all.

As for NATO, even in the West of Ukraine, just shy of 50% of Ukrainians in that extremely pro-Western, pro-EU region believe the country should NOT join NATO. This is less than two months after the EuroMaidan took place, basically at the height of nationalist feeling. And Ukrainians even in the west of the country felt that NATO membership was not desirable (in the rest of the country, anti-NATO sentiment ran anywhere between 60% to 90% (excluding Crimea).

Predictable Results

The US meddled in Ukraine, with predictable results: Something bad happened.

Everywhere the US meddles something bad happens (Vietnam, Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Libya) immediately come to mind.

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