Rand Paul: Now That Russia's In Ukraine We Should Be ‘Drilling In Every Possible Conceivable Place’ In U.S. (Video)
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says his response to the Russian invasion of the Ukraine would be to drill for oil and gas “in every possible conceivable place” in the U.S.
Paul, who was the winner by far of the CPAC presidential straw poll, taking 31 percent of the vote, appeared on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I would immediately get every obstacle out of the way for our export of oil and gas, and I would begin drilling every possible, conceivable place within our territories in order to have production that we can supply Europe with if its interrupted from Ukraine,” Paul told host Chris Wallace.
“But Senator, some of your Republican opponents, as you well know, say that you’re too soft on foreign policy," Wallace responded, "and they point to comments like this that you made last month: ‘Though the Cold War is largely over, I think we need to have a respectful, sometimes adversarial, but a respectful relationship with Russia.’”
“I opposed with real fervor the involvement of us in Syria, and that became the dominant position in the country,” Paul said. “There’s not one Republican who’s saying we should put military troops into Crimea, or into Ukraine. So I think I’m right in the middle. I think those who would try to argue that somehow I’m different than the mainstream Republican opinion are trying to take advantage for their own political gain.”
There are Republicans who want the U.S. to consider military action.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney told CBS News this morning that he feels it is a mistake for President Barack Obama to take military action off the table regarding the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.
“I worry when we begin to address the crisis, the first thing we do is take options off the table,” Cheney said. “In the sense of saying ‘no military.’ [Obama] seems to operate that way most of the time. There are military options that don’t involve putting groups on the ground in Crimea.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney told CBS News Sunday that a military response from the U.S. should be on the table after Russia invaded the Crimean peninsula.
Cheney told “Face the Nation” host Charlie Rose that there’s “no question” Russian President Vladimir Putin see’s President Barack Obama as weak.
“[Putin] has seen this so-called ‘reset policy’ that’s led to giving up on the ballistic missile defenses,” Cheney said. “We have created an image around the world, not just to the Russians, of weakness and indecisiveness."
"The Syrian situation is a classic," he added. "We got all ready to do something, a lot of the allies signed on, at the last minute Obama backed off.”
“I worry when we begin to address the crisis, the first thing we do is take options off the table,” he said. “In the sense of saying ‘no military.’ [Obama] seems to operate that way most of the time. There are military options that don’t involve putting groups on the ground in Crimea.”
Journalists are facing increasingly dangerous conditions in Crimea.
Surveillance footage out of Crimea shows paramilitary forces holding a journalist at gunpoint and confiscating a phone he was using to take pictures of them with.
The journalist was interviewed by Crimea.ua following the incident. He said the paramilitary men had just finished stealing a bundle of equipment from a news crew when they took his phone.
“We were sitting inside the restaurant when we saw masked gunmen enter this building, and they started carrying out equipment which was obviously TV studio equipment,” the journalist said. “So I shot a couple of pictures with my phone. While they were taking [the equipment] out, one of the masked gunmen came to me, threw me on the ground, put a gun to my head and took my phone away.”
The journalist said the gunmen also stole his friend’s camera.
"Here now, the military situation there is no law,” the attacked journalist said. “People who do this, clearly are not subject to any laws."
Here is footage of the hold up:
And here is the subsequent interview with the journalist:
According to Crimea.ua, German journalists in Crimea were attacked in the same manner earlier this week. The journalists say paramilitary men approached them saying “Occupants, away from Crimea” before taking their equipment.
World War 3 is nigh if Vladimir Putin continues to pressure Ukraine, according to Ukraine’s first president Leonid Kravchuk.
“Russia violated the Bidapest Memorandum,” Kravchuk wrote in an editorial. “Ukraine has every reason to go to international arbitration.”
Despite being 80 years old, Kravchuck vowed that he would take up a gun and defend his country if it came to war.
Kravchuk also criticized Russia’s elite government, which he claimed ruled in its own interests and not the people’s. He asked the Russian people to consider the bond between Russia and Ukraine, rather than protecting power.
“I call on the Russian authorities to stop,” Kravchuk continued. “Does Russia not understand that this is the beginning of World War 3?”
Reports have surfaced today alleging that a woman was planted in front of news cameras in five different situations by the Russian government so that she can pretend to be five different women opposing the Ukrainian revolution.
The woman was seen on the news, first in Odessa, explaining that she was afraid of “pro-fascist” politicians who gained power in Ukraine. Soon after she was seen on that broadcast, social media users alleged that she looked just like various other characters seen on different news reports spreading the same message. People claim that the same woman was seen pretending to be the mother of a soldier in Kiev as well as a pro-Russian protester wrapped in the country’s flag in Kharkov.
“Ukrainian media outlets, who describe her as a 'well known guest actress', say she has also appeared in protests in Sevastopol in Crimea and Norocherkassk in Russia,” reports the Daily Mail. “She regularly appeals for Russian help for pro-Moscow Ukrainians, it has been claimed, and speaks of persecution in her country, leading to claims she is a warrior in Putin's propaganda army.”
The same woman also reportedly appeared on LifeNews as someone named Tatiana Samoilenko, a mother of three who fled the Ukraine to go to Russia.
"When those pro-fascist politicians got power, we did not think for long,” the woman, going by Tatiana Samoilenko, said during the broadcast. “We decided to go to Russia. We quickly understood we had no time to waste, or it could get worse.”
Ukrainians have already accused Russia of hiring people to cause more commotion in the country, so while these latest claims have not been confirmed, many are not surprised by the allegations.
A video produced by the Human Rights Watch organization shows just how damaging Russia’s culture of homophobia is right now.
One vigilante group in particular, Occupy Pedophilia, was focused on in the video. Masquerading as a pro-children activist group, Occupy Pedophelia identifies and assaults Russians they believe are gay. They often set up faux dates with gay men, only to berate and beat the men on film once they arrive.
HRW researcher Tanya Cooper spoke about the group's tactics and how the group masquerades as an anti-pedophelia organization to gain protection under Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.
Cooper said the group “essentially uses the pretext of protecting children, of fighting pedophilia, to harass and attack gay people.”
"They film all these proceedings, and then post them on social networks like YouTube to humiliate the victim," Cooper said of the group’s assaults on LGBT Russians.
As Russian LGBT Network chairman Igor Kochetkov points out, Russia’s current attitude and legislation regarding homosexuality lets groups like Occupy Pedophilia assault LGBT citizens with no fear of legal retribution.
The video shows one victim of Occupy Pedophilia on his knees saying, “I’m sorry…I’m guilty.”
“Do you agree that we should kill you?” one of the vigilantes asks.
“I suppose that’s my fate,” the victim answers.
Stories like this, several of which are featured in the video, continue to pour in from across Russia. Through a personal story, one activist summed up Russian law enforcement’s reaction to assaults on gay people.
“When I went to police to submit a claim, the officers at the station just said ‘That’s all right, you’re gay, so it’s normal that you were attacked,'" the activist said. "'Why would you need to submit a complaint against someone?’”
Here is HRW's video:
As HRW points out, Russia has seen an increase in violence towards LGBT residents in direct correlation with the passing of the federal law forbidding “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.”
While the bill does not explicitly say what “nontraditional” means, the term is a colloquial one used in Russian to mean "gay."
“The discriminatory impact of the anti-LGBT law and hateful language on state television have created a climate of intolerance against the Russian LGBT community,” Cooper said. “Russian leaders should denounce, not feed, homophobic hysteria, or the Kremlin’s silence will be taken as condoning the violence.”
Sarah Palin appeared on Fox News Monday night criticizing President Barack Obama for appearing soft in comparision to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans,” Palin told host Sean Hannity.
“Anyone who carries the commonsense gene would know that Putin doesn’t change his stripes,” she said. “He wants to exert huge power and dominance, so he has to get to those border areas and he has to capture them.”
She says Putin is one of many leaders “taking advantage” of Obama’s weakness.
“Europe is rendered impotent because 18 pipelines run right through the Ukraine and now Vladimir Putin has control of that, right?” Hannity asked the former governor of Alaska.
“Right, see and that building of pipelines is an example of developing natural resources and what they can provide to a region,” she responded. “And here today in Washington D.C. we had all these protesters against the Keystone pipeline.
“Look, America needs pipelines,” she continued. “We need ours. And those protestors griping about – oh, I don’t know – perhaps an earthworm will be displaced when a pipeline is built is America. That earthworm – it can take one for the team."
Palin also took credit for predicting that Putin would invade the Ukraine in a 2008 speech that was widely criticized.
During a speech at the Democratic National Committee on Friday, President Barack Obama was heckled by a man who accused him of making a “nuclear plan” against Russia.
“Mr. Obama, tell us about your nuclear plan in Russia!” a man yelled from the crowd.
"I'm sorry, who is that back there? What the heck are you talking about?" Obama asked the man.
The audience laughed and applauded.
"I don't know anything about that plan,” he added, according to The Hill. “I don't know what you've been reading."
The speech took place less than one hour after Obama warned Russia about military intervention in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin received permission from parliament on Saturday to move military into the Ukraine. The parliament also voted unanimously to recall Moscow’s ambassador from Washington over the president’s comments.
Sarah Palin says she saw the Russian invasion of Ukraine coming as conservatives wag a finger at those who scoffed at her assertions in 2008.
“Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did,” Palin wrote on Facebook Friday, “despite my accurate prediction being derided as ‘an extremely far-fetched scenario’ by the ‘high-brow’ Foreign Policy magazine.”
“Here’s what this ‘stupid’ ‘insipid woman’ predicted back in 2008: ‘After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama's reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia's Putin to invade Ukraine next,'" she wrote.
In a 2008 interview with Katie Couric, Palin said Alaska’s proximity to Russia is evidence of her foreign policy experience.
"As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border," Palin told CBS in September 2008.
Conservatives were quick to point out her prediction as news broke of the Russian military surrounding the Ukrainian parliament on Friday.
Palin Mocked in 2008 for Warning Putin May Invade Ukraine if Obama Elected: During the 2008 presidential campa... http://t.co/y25m32E5n9
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 28, 2014
Palin not only knows where Russia is, but she knew what Putin would do to Ukraine with Obama as president http://t.co/NdN9MjZR5n
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) February 28, 2014
— Andrew Malcolm (@AHMalcolm) March 1, 2014
Stray dogs have been a hot topic of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, especially because the Russian government hired a company to poison the strays before the Olympics began.
Amid cries of outrage from animal activists at the intended killing of thousands of street dogs, Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska funded the immediate construction of an animal shelter in the nearby town of Baranovka for Sochi’s strays, deemed “biological trash” by the owner of the company charged with exterminating them.
Deripaska told the BBC his motivation comes from his own experience with a stray dog as a child. “I adopted a stray puppy from my tiny village when I was a young boy,” Deripaska said. “The dog became my very best friend for five years.”
Run by concerned Russian dog lover Nadezhda Mayboroda, the Deripaska-sponsored shelter is facilitating the adoption of more stray dogs, but it will have little impact on the thousands of abandoned — now stray — dogs that roam the city.
While some dogs were unfortunately killed, and about 140 were brought to the shelter, the problem is far from resolved. During a practice run, a stray dog ran onto a cross country course and started barking at the athletes, and the Olympics dogs are still hanging around the grounds.
A photo taken on Saturday shows two stray dogs fighting in front of the Gorki Media Center. “It's pretty terrifying”, writes Leah Goldman of Business Insider. “We can see why the Russian government was worried about everyone's safety with the stray dogs wandering around.”