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Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Trump's New Pick For Ambassador To Ukraine
"Update now on two important diplomatic vacancies. One is the post of U. S ambassador to the Ukraine. The last woman who held that Senate confirmed job was a central figure in President Trump's impeachment. And now the president's pick for the job is facing some lingering question in his own confirmation hearing. NPR's Michelle Kelemen reports President Trump's ouster of the ambassador to Ukraine featured prominently in his impeachment trial. Marie Ivanovich face to smear campaign by Trump's private lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who had been pressing Ukraine to get dirt on Vice President Joe Biden. Senator Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, says that's still happening. Giuliani Esteban, Savory Ukrainian characters have not let up their efforts to use Ukraine to interfere in U. S politics. Others in the Senate seem intent on amplifying their efforts. Menendez wants the new nominee, retired Lieutenant general Keith Dayton, to avoid playing into this and avoid any meetings with Giuliani. Senator I'm not going to commit to that, because I believe that as an ambassador, I would have the obligation to meet with any U S citizen and hear them out. It was a home. Dayton has been a defense attache in Moscow, a security advisor for the U. S on the Israeli Palestinian conflict, and, in recent years has run the George Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany. He's well versed on Ukraine, but his answers frustrated both Menendez and another Democrat Chris Murphy. So at the end of the hearing, he did offer this reassurance. Ify is the U. S ambassador and key Have any indication that there is any kind of election interference going on using Ukraine as a azalea ever to do that? I would, of course, report that directly to this committee. I think you have a right to know that I think I have an obligation to report that to Dayton says his priorities in the country, if confirmed, would be to help Ukraine fight corruption and beef up Ukraine's Navy and Air force. Next door in Belarus. The U. S is reviving diplomatic relations in part because of Russia's aggression. In Ukraine. Career diplomat Julie Fisher has been tapped to run the U. S embassy in Minsk. Our relationship with Belarus languish for more than a decade. But after Russia's illegal seizure and occupation of Crimea, and it's manufactured war in Ukraine stone best region, we began to see signs of interest from the Belarussian sign. Belarus recently bought US crude oil to decrease its dependence on Russia and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Minsk earlier this year. But the's warming ties will be tested by an election this Sunday, and Fisher face questions about that the first component to ensuring that we can continue to grow this relationship. Not see steps backward in the conduct of this presidential election. The long time ruler Alexander Lukashenko is facing a united opposition in the run up to this election, and his regime has been cracking down. There will be no international monitors, though Fisher says the U. S embassy will be watching the vote closely. What we are trying to get Johnny is basically to ensure that there is space to ensure their space for more than one voice. In this country. Lukashenko kicked out the less U. S ambassador to Belarus in 2008 after the US accused his government of human rights violations and tighten sanctions. Michelle Kelemen NPR NEWS Washington
Anti-Kremlin protests continue in Russia's far eastern city of Khabarovsk
"Thousands of people took to the streets again in Russia's. Russia's far, east and city of Khobar of yesterday protests against Moscow, and the Kremlin have now been going on for over three weeks. Joining me for more to mark. Gherman Russia analyst stunt senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute Good Morning and welcome to the program Mark. Could we first recap what exactly has happened so far? The first protests were sparked by the arrest off a local politician weren't they? They were the local governor elected local governor Sergei for Guile, and this was on fifteen year old charges of involvement with some contract killing, which may or may not be true. He was set me involved in some questionable business. But the widespread assumption amongst the locals was that it was simply because the Kremlin was was peeved at him at the fact that he had stood against their candidate and then just simply rummaged around looking for suitable charges, and since then these protests have continued for, as you said, now, almost a month and it's really. So transmogrify from being about four, how to actually being about Moscow. About Putin and about the sense that in a way, the government in Moscow cares about the rest of Russia outside. It's ring road when it comes to taxing them rather than looking after them. Have those protests course most grow by surprise? Absolutely, an indeed one of the interesting signs of that is precisely that there has been such a clampdown on any references to the protests. In the official TV media, we've seen accounts in the newspapers and online sites, but very much from the televisions point of view, it's nothing and that's a classic sign off what what Moscow does when it doesn't know what to do. It basically tries to by itself, some breathing space, but the trouble is cost nowadays. Russians. Are Very Internet savvy and. And the news has gone out anyway, and at the moment I, think the Russians Russian government is essentially playing a waiting game. They don't really want to try and take on these thousand strong protests especially because the local law enforcement and security agencies frankly don't particularly infused to do so and therefore ain't now waiting hoping that it'll die down to the point when they can actually begin to crack down. Do you think that's going to to the protests? We'll just eventually die down. Well I think the honest answer is, yes. We saw the most recent protests are actually smaller than in previous ones and impact that was because it was rainy rainy day in such like. But because it's not as though, these can can go anywhere what the what, what are the real significance not that somehow this protest will, it will explode and expand. It's precisely what it shows about incipient protests potential within Russia because there's nothing particularly special about kebabs. He's not like he was unusually poor or badly hit by corona virus or whatever, and I think. Right. This is so worrying for the Kremlin, is that sense of fine we can ride out this one protest in this one city. But what does it say about the potential for more protests all across the country exactly disease dimension that. Putin rather strong grip on power buddies this. Really, the case everywhere in Russia also in more distant places such as city in the Far East? Well. This is interesting thing. It's that you might have protests the loyalty to the center. Until. Push comes to shove. We've seen as particularly in Russia east of the Urals for which there is classic. Russian proverb God is in Heaven Bizarre is far away where absolutely Moscow is a very distant force and we've seen it in the past where actually local authorities. Are often in cahoots with local security operators in their own corrupt deals and so forth. But also they feel the same kind of pressures and resentment as ordinary Russians. So I think one of the strengths of Putin's regime has always been that he's understood when not to push when to make concessions. But at the moment in a corona virus has eroded his personal support, the money is tight it's that much harder to make the kind of. Deals Shantou involve splashing the money around that. He has in the past. So it's an interesting question. I mean, yes, he's not gonNA be swept away by this. He's not disappear anytime soon, but the slow corrosion, the legitimacy of his regime is becoming all the more visible exactly, and let's remember this beauty can did now stay in power until two thousand and thirty six thanks to changes to Russia's constitution. Do you think he actually has to address this issue of erosion and do you think people are going to appreciate him for years to come? Well I mean who knows quite how history is going to take him. Frankly, I think probably quite harshly. He will have to address the question of legitimacy, but again I think the thing is that. Putting has been around longtime. He's been power twenty, two years I. Think if trump has exhausted his capacities to reinvent himself he's got these grand national projects that you meant to be about totally reconfiguring national interest structure and health and such like, and it's really quite telling that he's recently pushed back the timeframe for their accomplishment. He clearly has a very ambitious agenda. Agenda, but he doesn't seem to know either how to really accomplish it, and secondly how to afford it. So I think he's he's hoping at the moment that things just get better that do course the virus abates. The economy stabilizes and things will work out not sure how far holding your fingers. A crossing your fingers is really going to be a proper answer. The most go the Kremlin on Moscow seemed to be waiting that these protests were seeing in Cabbarov Squirrel, just gradually die away. But what if they doesn't what kind of a warning example this? Of Four four Moscow and UNFOR, Vladimir? Putin. We we have reached elections coming up rather soon. How can make sure that something like that doesn't happen in those cities in those regions as well? Well, here's the problem he can't because it's really about is going to catch nation of random factory in football was not particularly personally popular. It was more the just his arrest, which under other circumstances might well have. Have passed pretty much unnoticed. Just somehow catalyzed. They just general sense of being fed up. There was a coastal city. Now. Elsewhere, we have certain places I. Mean, for example, in in Novosibirsk in Siberia, there's sort of contested elections coming up where we actually have real opposition politics emerging. The government is going to hope that it considered squelch Shalit's, but didn't that it has to have these parliamentary elections however. Much the parliament itself is just a rubber stamp. Nonetheless, it has to have these elections and elections. Inevitably case it paces when situations are that, there will be discussions disagreements, it will generate or kind of precious. Again, what we're seeing something that means it's highly difficult to predict. That's irritating for an analyst like myself. You difficult to predict exactly what and where it's going to happen, but there is a prevailing sense in Moscow that. The country is entering some bumpy. Times? Would it be easier for peace in to lead his country. If it was simply smaller, it is understandable that Russians thousands of miles away from Moscow? Mayfield. They don't wants to be controlled by the capital, isn't it? Exactly. Eleven time zones away or whatever I mean the actually that sense that Moscow doesn't really care is really quite pervasive, but to be perfectly honest look I've traveled outside Moscow itself. Even within the Moscow region, you find these pockets of ticky rural poverty, where actually all the shiny new infrastructure, the bright lights, the hipster bars and things of Moscow seem alone wrong where way. So size does matter, but I think it's really not the key issue. It's about the extent to which this is a regime which is focused on Moscow and Petersburg, a handful of other major cities and really has developed them at the expense of the rest of the country. And just finally, Mark Looking at these protests and fierce Moscow and beauty may have. How can President Putin bring the nation together? Again is widely assumed that looking for enemies from the West has been one way for into boost his own popularity domestically. Do you expect that we may see some kind of new maneuvers from the president in the future if things get worse domestically. Well, there's this overwhelming assumption in the West that, yes, that he tries to distract attention this way we have to realize that with the exception of the two, thousand, fourteen annexation of Crimea. which was very, very unusual case. None of the various overseas adventures that Putin has engaged in Syria and so forth have been either driven by domestic considerations or frankly popular i. mean half the time. Actually the Russian regime lies to its own people to claim that it's at interventions abroad are much less than they really are. So I think what we're going to say is not some kind of adventure abroad, but we will. Will see a rising tone to this propaganda about the world is a hostile place and the Russia is beleaguered fortress. He doesn't make Putin popula. What it does do is it legitimises his Moose clamped down on the opposition because he can say, this is not a time to be divided because Russia's very future is at threat
Russia Bounty Reports, U.S. Troop Movements Put Trump-Putin Relationship in Spotlight
"That he has never once broach the issue of Russia, placing bounties on the heads of American troops in Afghanistan with his counterpart Vladimir Putin. Then just hours later, he announces the complete withdrawal of U. S forces from Germany. And Hodges is a retired lieutenant general in the U. S Army and former commanding general for United States Army Europe based in Germany. Currently he is an analyst and scholar at the centre for European Policy Analysis. General. Thank you for joining us. Thanks for the privilege. So let's start with the last thing first. Which was the announcement from the White House about us troops out of Germany. Did that shock you? Well, it was a surprise when I heard it two months ago when it came out in a Wall Street Journal report that about 10,000 we're going to come out on days. Of course, it was also a shock to all of the U. S headquarters in Europe at the time, as well as our allies. On today. Of course, the number that we heard was closer to 12 hours. So they're apparently going to moves to other regions. What is the basis for having troops in these numbers in Germany in the first place? Once the original idea, and then how are the other countries there now reacting to this Well, keep in mind that the total number of Americans that are based in Germany's 34,000 That's about 12,000 Air Force in 22,000 army so That's probably about 1/3 of what could be seated in the Coliseum there in Los Angeles or some other major university stadium. It's not a lot of people, the primary function that they perform. Ah, commanding control, logistics, intelligence communications. Things that help the United States carry out our national security strategy in our defensive strategy in Europe, Africa in the Middle East, so anything, they're not. They're providing protection for Germany at all. They're there to give us Forward, basing that makes it easier for us to carry out our strategy. But am I correct general that the Russians were never exactly to put it mildly pleased that these air troops were in Germany and would be not at all disappointed that they're leaving. Well, no, This is just to the Kremlin because they've done nothing to change their behavior in a positive way. They still occupy Crimea illegally. They still are killing Ukrainian soldiers and done passed done Mass every week. Still occupied 20% of Georgia. They still support the Assad regime, which has generated millions of refugees and killed hundreds of thousands of their own people and their supporting general Haftar in Libya, which is going to generate another 1,000,000 refugees. Into Europe, so they've done nothing to change their behavior. And yet we reduce our capability and Germany by about 1/3 so to me that that again now We've had US troops in Germany since the end of World War two on some people have said. Well, why are they still there? The Cold War's over and I would say well because of US leadership and because of NATO. We've had no war in Europe for 71 years. I mean, that's actually since 1945. Don't do math in public 75 years. That's an incredible accomplishment. When you think of the history of Europe so Well, with the exception of the break up in Yugoslavia, all the nations of Europe that have found each other for centuries. Now, basically all of the same team in NATO What a huge benefit to the United States that are most important trading partner partner. The European Union is stable and secure, so this is for our benefit. Move on to the other part of this discussion. The time we have left the president not confronting Vladimir Putin about the bounties in the most recent phone call, they have, and then reportedly also other phone calls that they've had Knowing that everyone would be watching for this that people wanted something to be said. Yeah, I don't understand. Um, while the president is not more forceful and clear, because actually the acts of the department offense up until this terrible announcement today of the action Of this administration have actually increased in Europe. We have more troops in Germany today than we did under President Obama and everything that President Obama promised. Has been carried out by this administration. So there's a disconnect between what Is happening on the ground in Europe and in what the president says to be candid. I can't explain that when it comes to the reports of bounces, own troops head in Afghanistan. I was there for 15 months back in 2009 and 2010. As a brigadier general, I always assumed that the Russians wanted to see us fail to see us bleed because of our support for the mujahideen with the Soviet Union was in Afghanistan. But, um Wouldn't when the domain of Thailand from Pakistan into Afghanistan was cut off. The Russian's still allowed us to move supplies What we call the northern Supply line moving supply around. We were still able to move through Russia to get stuff in and out so they could have really hurt us if they want to. I suspect that this business about the bounty is probably at some local level some overeager person. I never thought the Taliban needed any motivation to kill Americans. The president could make this go away if he was much more clear about how he opposes the criminals. Technologists. Retired Lieutenant general US Army Former Commanding general for United States Army Europe Thanks the K Index in depth podcast you're going Get that for free
Oligarchs skirt US sanctions through shady art sales
"Report says Russian oligarchs are skirting US sanctions through shady high end art deals, The Senate's permanent subcommittee on investigations recommended new legislation that would reign in an unregulated industry that's become a common front for money laundering. Investigators traced $18 million in our pies to shell companies linked to close friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was sanctioned after Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.
Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers
"Everybody from the British. Ask this week's interview. Episode has any Greenberg senior writer at wired. He just SORTA book called Sand Worm New Era of cyber war in the hunt for the Kremlin's Miss, dangerous hackers, it is all about hacking group inside of the Russian government called San Worm. They were responsible for the most damaging cyber warfare attacks over the past year there behind not PECI. The hackers took out in the mayor shipping line hospitals across the U. K San has totally escalated. What we think of Cyber War, and he's book gets all into how they were discovered how they were flushed out the. The intricacies of these various hacks. It's super interesting. The book is a thrill ride. If you're looking for something that isn't the virus. This is like a thriller, a highly recommended. It was really fun to talk to her about the stuff. one thing I. WanNa know we're all at home so during this in every might hear some kids in the background. I asked you just be a little forgiving that we're all. We're all dealing with it and he was a great interview. Check Out Sandy Greenberg of sand worm, a new era of cyber war and the hunt for the Kremlin's most dangerous hack. Any Greenberg your senior writer at wired you're also the author of Sand Worm, new era of cyber war in the hunt for the Kremlin's most dangerous. Welcome glad to be here so even writing about cybersecurity frontier I think you just said two thousand six and writing about Cybersecurity, but this book sand worm as I was reading it. It seems like it's called the new era of cyber war. It seems like there's been a huge turn in sort of state-sponsored. Particularly Russians sponsored cyber attacks. How did you come onto that notion? How did you begin reading this book I'm I'm very curious how you see. See that turn happening well. In late twenty sixteen, my former colleague Kim Zetter she had been the one who really covered state sponsored hacking in cyber war stuff, but she left wired, and this was also at the time. When you know Russian hackers were meddling in the US election, they'd hacked the democratic. National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Clinton Campaign, so my editors were really primes on face, mantra hacking all of a sudden, but what they? They really what they told me they wanted was a actually like a big takeover of the whole magazine. All about cyber war, but cyber war to me is different than those kinds of espionage election, meddling tactics so I went looking for no real cyber war story, which means to me like a actual disruptive cyber attacks, and as I looked around. It seemed like the place where that was really happening was in Ukraine not really in the US in fact maybe. Maybe what was happening in? Ukraine seemed to me like it was in some ways, the only real full blown cyber war that was actually occurring where Russian hackers were not just attacking the election which they had done, they tried this spoof the results of a presidential election, but they had also attacks media and destroyed their computers. They had attacked government agencies and tried to like destroy entire networks, and then they had turned off the power for the first time. In December of two thousand, fifteen, the the first actual blackout triggered by hackers, and just as I was look into this happened again the the effect, the seem hacker group caused a blackout this time in the capital of Kiev so I wince looking in Ukraine for this cyber war story that. Turned into a cover story for wired that kind of gave editors what they wanted, but then also kept unfolding This cyber war kept growing in scope and scale and. The original story written for wired was kind of about the fact that you could look to Ukraine to see the future of cyber war that will what was happening. There might soon spread to the rest of the world. And that is actually what happens to like just after we publish that cover story to same hackers released this climactic terrible cyber attack in Ukraine. Called Not Petiot that spread beyond Ukrainians became the worst cyberattack history cost ten billion dollars, so when that happened, that was when I saw that there was potential to do a book about this that it was not just a kind of case study about Ukraine or even kind of predictive story, but a an actual full story arc about this one group that had carried out the what I would say was not only the first. First Real Cyber War, but the worst cyberattack in history and the you know I wanted to capture the the Ark of that story in the effects, the real experience of cyber war. Yeah, so the group is called sand worm in this is just one of the the sort of opening arcs of the book is how they've come. They come to be named this because references and code walk people through just like it's so. relatable that like even these hackers are using using this language that leads them recalled Sandwich Tell people about it. So when I started to look into the origins of this group after that second blackout attack I I found that this this company called eyesight partners which have been acquired by fire I I, said partners was the first to find these hackers in twenty, fourteen, basically using fishing in kind of typical espionage tactics, plant malware in the networks of typical Russian hacking targets like groups across Eastern, Europe and NATO in a look like what they were doing was just kind of typical espionage. They were planning. This by wear calls lack energy buds will first of all they could see that they were rushing, because they had this server that they were using to administer some of these attacks and they. They left the server, so anybody could look at it in. There was a kind of Russian language to file for how to use black energy on the service, so these guys seem like they were rushing, but even more interesting in some ways. was that they to track each victim each instance of black energy? This malware has little campaign code in each campaign was a reference to the science fiction novel Dune and you know so like one of them was something about Iraq is, and then one of them is about the sutter cars, these like imperial soldiers in in that SCI FI universe so I said partners named this group sand worm, because well just because it's a cool. Name associated with doing, but it turned out to me. It became this very powerful because a sandwich miss this monster that lies beneath the surface, and occasionally arises from underground to do terribly destructive things. partners didn't know that at the time, they they soon afterward realized what sand. was doing was not just espionage, but they were actually doing reconnaissance for disruptive cyberattacks. They were also hacking power grids. They were planning black energy, not only in the European Eastern European targets in the US power grid networks as well. The Ultimately Syndrome was the first twenty fifteen to cross that line in use black energy as the first step in a multi step attack that led to a blackout. So this was not just espionage really was kind of like you know this monster that rises from under the ground to do terrible acts of mass destruction that came to pass so one of the things that comes up over in the book. Is this growing sense of dread from security researchers and analysts? Oh this is an imminent threat to the united. States just Ukraine, but like this is happening here and then there's a sense that the United States actually open the door to this kind of warfare with stuxnet. which was an attack on Iran? How how did those connect for you that it seemed like there's a new rule of engagement new set of rules of engagement for cyber warfare that actually the United States implicitly created with with stuxnet by attacking Iran. Yeah, I mean I tried to highlight. Clearly sand worm are the real bad guys in the story, they are the actual hacker group that did these terribly reckless destructive attacks that actually in some cases put people's lives at risk, the kind of in some parts of the story they actually shutdown medical record systems and I. Think may have cost people's lives with cyber attacks today they are the actual antagonist here, but I also want to highlight the ways that the US government is is partially responsible for the state of Cyber War, and there are a few ways that that's true. I The US! Open the Pandora's box of cyber war with stuxnet. This piece of now where that. That was used to destroy Iranian nuclear enrichment centrifuges that was the first piece of our that actually have caused that physical disruption destruction, and we now see Sandra doing the same thing in Ukraine. In in fact, in some ways around the world, also the the US hordes, these kind of zero day, secret hacking techniques, some of which were stolen and leaked and used by sand worm, but then I think the in fact, the biggest way that I tried to highlight that the US is responsible or complicit or negligent. Here is that we did not call allows what Santorum was doing in Ukraine and say to Russia. We know what you're doing. This is unacceptable. Nobody should be turning out the lights. Two civilians with cyber attacks. There wasn't a message like that I. mean the Obama White House sent a message to Russia over this kind of cyber hotline to say your election hacking is not okay. We see what you're doing and we want you to stop, but they said nothing about a tube blackout attacks in Ukraine, and that was kind of implicit signal to Russia. They could keep. Keep escalating, and even as all the cyber security, researchers and Ukrainians were warning that what was happening to Ukraine, would soon spread to the rest of the world, the US government ignore this both Obama, and then the trump administration until that prediction came to pass and a sand worm cyberattack did spread to the rest of the world, and it was too late, and we all suffered globally as a result, so let's talk about patch it. WAS CATASTROPHIC IN SCOPE, right? It took out the mayor shipping line, which is a massive business. It took out some hospitals in UK like it was huge in scope. I don't think people really put it all together. Talk about how it started and how big it grew. Yeah, so not too was kind of like big apotheosis sandwich, where all of these predictions of the terribly destructive things they were doing to the rest of the world came to pass but it did it started in Ukraine. They hijacked this. The the software updates of this accounting software called me doc that is basically used by everybody in Ukraine. The quicken turbo tax of Ukraine. If you do business in Ukraine, you have to have this installed, so sanborn hijack the updates of that news to push out this worm to thousands of victims mostly in Ukraine, but it was a worm, so it's spread the mmediately end quickly kind of carpet bombs. The entire Ukrainian Internet's every computer at spread to would encrypt permanently. You could not recover the computer, so it very quickly took down pretty much every. Every Ukrainian government agency twenty two banks multiple airports for hospitals in Ukraine that I. could count and in each of these cases. What is eight took them down. I mean it destroyed essentially all of their computers, which requires sometimes weeks or months to recover from, but then as you know, this is a worm that does not respect national borders. So even though it was, it seemed to be an attack intended to disrupt Ukraine. It immediately spread beyond Ukraine's borders. Borders to everybody who had this accounting software installed? That was doing business in Ukraine and some people who didn't so that includes Maersk. The world's largest shipping firm and Fedex and Mondelez, which owns cadbury, NABISCO and ranking manufacturing firm that makes tylenol in Merck. The Pharmaceutical Company in New Jersey on each of these companies lost hundreds of millions of dollars. The scale of this is kind of difficult to capture but I in the book I tried to. To I focused in part Maersk because it is just a good company to look at because you can. They had this gigantic global physical machine that is they have seventy six ports around the world that they own as well as these massive ships that have tens of thousands of shipping containers on them. And I told the story of how on this day seventeen of their terminals of were entirely paralyzed by this attack with ships arriving with just. Piles of containers on them. Nobody could unload. Nobody knew what was inside of nobody knew how to load or unload them with around the world of seventeen terminals, thousands of trucks, Semitrailers, carrying containers were lining up in Lyons miles long because the gates that were kind of checkpoints to check in the these trucks to drop something off or pick it up. They were paralyzed as well. This was a fiasco on a global scale is responsible for a fifth of the world's lable shipping capacity. They were truly just a rendered brain dead by this attack, but yeah displayed out at all of these different victims MERC had to borrow their own each vaccine from the Center for Disease Control because they're manufacturing. Manufacturing was disrupted by this, and it ultimately spread to a company called nuance, nate speech to text software. They have a service that does this for hospitals across the US to dozens of our possibly hundreds of American hospitals at this backlog of transcriptions to medical records that were lost because of this, and that resulted in patients, being do for surgeries or transfers, other hospitals in nobody knew their medical records were updated. I mean this was scale where hundreds of hospitals each of which has thousands of patients missing changes the medical records. We don't know what the effects of that work, but very well could've actually harmed people's health. Our lives I mean the scale of not petty is very difficult to. Get your mind around, but we do know that you know monetarily cost ten billion dollars, which is by far the biggest number we've ever seen, but it also had this this kind of harder to quantify toll on people's lives, so it it you know you read about it at length and wired. Obviously these companies go down of ripples in mainstream sort of general press, but I don't feel like people really not like Oh. This Russian group called San Worms sponsored by the Russian government. Unleash this attack in it caused this cascading effect of failure and disaster cost in that because we know what we can attribute it to the government, our government. I don't feel like that connection got made for people. What is the gap between other as a hack and Oh, this is actually a type of warfare engagement, because that that connection seems very tenuous. I think for a lot of people. Even as sort of the more general mainstream press covers this stuff. Yeah, you know. I don't think that that's is just like the nature of. Of Cyber War I think that was a failing that that lack of connection is a failing on our government's parts, and on you could say even on the part of some of these victims like these large companies I mean I at the time did not pitch it happened. I was fully on the trail of standard within days. I was talking to cyber security researchers who? Who had piece together? Some of the forensics to show the not petiot was Sandra that it was a Russian state-sponsored attack in yet none of those companies that I mentioned mercker Mondelez or Maersk or Fedex, or any of them wanted to say the Russia had done this to them and know governments were talking about either like the Ukrainian government was. They're always willing to point. Point the finger at Russia, but the US government was not, and you know that to me seemed to be just kind of I mean I felt like I was being gas. Let's at that point. I had watched Russia due to Ukraine for a long time at that point tonight. I sort of understood that NATO in the West. We had this kind of cruel logic that. Ukraine is not us. Russia can do what it likes to Ukraine because they're not NATO not e you. They are Russia's sphere of influence or something I think that that's very wrongheaded, but at least it made sense. You know to have that that viewpoints, but now this attack had spread from Ukraine to hit American soil American companies in many cases and yet still the US government was saying nothing I just thought this was bizarre and you know so i. For months I was like. Trying to get any of these companies to tell the story of of their experiences, not Peta I was trying to figure out why the US government wasn't talking about the fact that this was a Russian cyberattack and ultimately I. Think it was I. think it was kind of I know partly disorganization negligence. I think it may have something to do with the fact that the. The? Trump administration doesn't like talking about Russian hackers for obvious reasons, but eight months after it took eight months ultimately for the US government to finally say not that it was a was Russia it was the worst cyberattack in history, and then a month later. The White House impose consequences in put new sanctions on Russia and response, but it took nine months and more importantly it took. Multiple years this without was the first time this was twenty eighteen, and the Russian cyber war in Ukraine had started around the fall of Twenty fifteen, so that's just incredible span of negligence when the US government said nothing about these escalating unfolding. Acts, of Cyber Award that there should have been unacceptable from the very beginning I mean these are the kind of quintessential acts of state sponsored cyber attacks on civilians, trying out the lights. You know that's the kind of thing that I believe that the US government should have called out and drawn a red line across at the very beginning took ears, so I do think it was a big failing. Of of diplomacy, it just seemed like that part of the problem, and this is kind of an expression is it's so hard to describe like if the Russian government sent fighter jets to America and live their support. Okay, like everyone understood, you can see it. You can understand what happened there. In the you know, there's like a however many decades of movies about how to fight that war. This is a bunch of people in a room typing. Like it there's just an element of this where the dangerous Oh federal where the attack is invisible, and while the effects might be very very tangible, the causes are still sort of mysterious people so. My question is who is sandwich. What what do we know about them? Where do they work? What are they like? Do we have a sense of how this operation actually operates? In some ways the the biggest challenge of reporting this book, and I spent essentially the third act of the book, the last third of the reporting of the book, trying to answer the question of who is in worm, who are these people? Where are they located? What motivates them and I guess to partially spoil the ending here. They are a unit of the year you. They are a part of Russia's military intelligence agency, which is responsible for you know, this is not a coincidence. They are responsible for election meddling responsible for the attempted assassination of You. chemical weapons in the United Kingdom they're responsible for the downing of a seventeen as commercial passenger jet over Ukraine were three hundred innocent people died on the G. R.. You are this incredibly reckless callous out military intelligence agency, but they act like kind of almost just cut through mercenaries around the world. Doing Russia's bidding in ways that are very scary, so I threw essentially like a combination of excellent work of a bunch of security researchers who I was speaking to combined with some confirmation from US intelligence agencies, and then ultimately some other clues from the investigation of Robert Muller into meddling all these things combined created the trail that led to one group within the JERE. You that were you know I? Eventually had some names and faces even address of this this group, and all that was actually only finally fully confirms After the book came out Justin in recent months when the White House finally actually was the State Department's. End as well as the UK on Australian and other governments together finally said yes, sand worm is in fact that this unit of the year you so this theory that I developed in positive near the end of the book was finally basically confirmed by governments just in recent months. So one thing that strikes me at that is I, think of the Russian military things. Gru is being foreboding being obviously, they're very very good at this other a buttoned up in then they have like a incredible social media presence that kind of POPs up throughout the book that distracts from what doing. They set up Gucci for two point Oh when they were doing the DNC hacks that fed to wikileaks in the. That account insisted it was just guy. They set up the shadow brokers which was. I read. It is just like your some goof-balls like they wanted to seem a lot dumber and a lot smaller than they were. They were very effective at it to people I. Talk About those that strategy, and then I guess my question have is like a re better at seeing that strategy for what it is well. You make a really interesting point. The uses these false flags like throughout their recent history that we I should say we don't know that they were responsible for shadow brokers. In fact, nobody knows who shot a brokers. The shadow brokers truly are, and they are in some ways the biggest mystery in this whole story, this one group that hacked the NSA apparently and leaked a bunch of their zero day hacking techniques, or maybe they were even say insiders. We still don't know the answer to that question, but the other other incidents you mentioned. That are you are responsible for this Guja for two point zero fake hacktivists leaked a bunch of the Clinton documents. They're responsible for other false flags like they at one point to call themselves the Cyber Caliphate pretended to be Isis. They've a pretended to be like patriotic pro. Russian Ukrainians at some point they they're always like wearing different masks ends. They're very deceptive. in the a later chapter of the book, some of the biggest one of the biggest attacks they. They did was this attack on the twenty thousand Olympics where they not only wore a false mask, but they actually had layers of false flags where as cyber security researchers W. This melwert was used to destroy the entire back end of the two thousand eighteen winter Olympics. Just as the opening ceremony began, this was a catastrophic events. The aware had all of these fake clues made look like it was Chinese or North Korean or maybe Russian. Nobody could tell it was like. It was this kind of confusion bomb almost designed to to just make researchers throw up their hands. Give up on attributing mallards. Any particular actor was only through some amazing detective work by some of the analysts that I spoke to the able to cut through those false flags identify that sand was behind this essentially, but yeah, it's it is a one very real characteristic of the jury you that they are almost they seem to almost take pleasure or like be showing off their deception capabilities to and their evolving those capabilities they are getting more deceptive over time as fake gets more, destructive aggressive. Advertising content when I say Utopia what comes to mind? Birds Chirping lush natural beauty dialed up and vibrant technicolor. Is it within reach. Your world. World. explained. You are an essential part of the Pathak social body. Everybody in that place. Everybody happy now. While the peacock original series brave new world takes place in a scientific futuristic utopia. The concept is nothing new Sir Thomas more. 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Not Connected Right, but the way they throughout the book the way they execute East campaigns they're deeply connected, and that seems like not only just a new kind of warfare, and you kind of craft, but some just consistently seems to work in surprising ways like the tech press is GonNa. Be Like Gucci. I says this and we're. There's never that next step of also we think it's Russian government, and that seems like first of all I'm dying. I imagine the meeting right. I would love to be a fly on the wall of the meeting where they decide what their twitter name is going to be today. I'm very curious how they evolve those attacks in such a way that it just seems to be more and more effective time. Yeah, I mean. I also love to have been those meetings in. It's my one kind of regret in this book that I never actually got. Interviews, it's almost an impossible thing to do. They liked find defectors from the R., you or something. He will tell those stories at a knock it murdered I mean. It's kind of a possible, but but. In some cases? I think your earlier points. They almost seem kind of bumbling in these things they do them in a very improvisational way. for two point Oh seemed almost like it was a justice thing they invented on the spot, tried to cover up some of the the accidental ups like they had left russian-language formatting errors in the documents that they had leaked from the DNC, so they admitted this guy who appeared the next day and started. Talking about being a Romanian. Friends as motherboard Lorenza, Franceschi decry he started this conversation. Align with with Guja for two point, oh basically proved at the guy could not actually properly speak Romanian. BE Russian speaker. In fact, it was. It was almost comical at the same time. They're using very sophisticated hacking techniques doing destructive attacks on a massive scale, but they're also. They seem like they're kind of making it up as they go along. They do things that don't actually seem very kind of strategically smart. They kind of seem like they're trying to impress their boss for the day. Sometimes with just like some sometimes, it's just seems like the Jere. You wakes up in asks themselves. Like what can we blow up today? Rather than thinking like? How can we accomplish the greater strategic objectives of the Russian Federation? So they are fascinating in that way and very stringent colorful group. That's I think one of the biggest questions I have here is. We spend a lot of time trying to imagine what flat and Mirror Putin wants. You know when he grows up, but it. None of this seems targeted like what is the goal for Russia to disrupt the Winter Olympics right like. Is there a purpose to that? Is that just a strike fear? Is it just to? EXPAND THAT SUV influenced. Is it just to say we have the capability furious is there? has there ever really been the stated goal for this kind of cyber warfare? That one is particularly mystifying. I mean you can imagine why Russia would want to attack the Olympics. They were banned from the two thousand Eighteen Olympics doping, but then you would think that they might want to attack the Olympics and send a message maybe like eight deniable message a message that you know if you continue to ban us. We're GONNA. Continue to attack you like like any terrorists would do, but instead they attacked the winter. Olympics in this way, that really seemed like they were trying not to get caught, and instead like make it look like the was Russia North Korea? And then you have to like what is the point of that was? The could kind of. Sit there in Moscow and kind of like rub their hands together in gleefully. Watch this chaos unfolds. It almost really does seem like it was petty vindictive thing that they just for their own emotional needs wanted to make sure that nobody could enjoy the Olympics if they were not going to enjoy them I that was, but that one is i. think outlier in some ways for the most part you can kind of see. The Russia is advancing. The G. R. You that sand worm is advancing something that does generally make sense which is that. In Ukraine for instance, they're trying to make Ukraine look like a failed state. They're trying to make Ukrainians. Lose faith in their security. Services are trying to prevent investors globally from funneling money into Ukraine trying to create a kind of frozen conflict, as we say in Ukraine where there's this constant perpetual state of degradation. They're not trying to conquer the country, but they're trying to create a kind of permanent war in Ukraine and would cyber war. You can do that beyond the traditional front end. It is in some ways the same kind of tactic that they used in other places like the US which. which here we saw more than influence operation that they were hacking leaking organizations like democratic campaign organizations and anti doping organizations to kind of so confusion to embarrass on their targets. They're trying to influence like the international audiences opinion these people, but in Ukraine, it is in some ways, just a different kind of influence operation where they're trying to influence the world's view of Ukraine. Influence Ukrainians view of their themselves under government to make them feel like they are in a war zone even when their kid hundreds of miles from the actual fighting. That's happening on the eastern fronts in the eastern region of. Of Ukraine so in a book you you you go to Kiev. You spent time in Ukraine. Is there a sense in that country that while sometimes light goes out sometimes our TV stations. Their computers don't boot anymore. Because they got rewritten, the Hydros got Zeros like. Is there a sense that this is happening? Is there a sense the defy back is there does Microsoft deploy you know dozens of engineers to to help fight back. How does that play out on the ground there? Yeah, I mean to be fair. Ukrainians are very stoic about these things and regular. Ukrainian citizens were not bothered by you know. Know a short blackout. They didn't particularly care you know. This blackout was the first ever. Hacker induced blackout in history but Ukrainian cyber security. People were very unnerved by this end, people in these actual utilities were traumatized I mean these attacks were truly like relentless sins very kind of scary for the actual operators at the controls I mean in the first blackout attack. These poor operators Ukrainian control room in western Ukraine they were locked out of their computers, and they had to watch their own mouse cursor. Click through circuit breakers, turning off the power in front of them I. Mean They watched it happen? At these kind of Phantom hands to control of their mouse movements, so they took this very very seriously, but yet Ukrainians as a whole I mean they have seen a lot. They are going through an actual physical war. They've seen the seizure of Crimea and the invasion of the east of the country. You know the the date hits. A Ukrainian general was assassinated with a car bomb in the middle of Kiev, so they have a lot of problems, and I'm not sure that cyber war is one of the top of their minds, but not patio I. Did, actually reach Ukrainians normal. Ukrainian civilians to it. It shook them as well. I talked to two regular Ukrainians. who found that they couldn't swipe into the Kiev Metro. They couldn't use their credit card at the grocery store. All the ATM's were down The Postal Service was taken out for every computer that the postal service had was taken out for more than a month. I mean these things really did affect people's lives, but it kind of. A until that kind of climactic worm. Not Patio for I think for this to really reach home for Ukrainians. who have kind of seen so much. How do you fight back? I, mean I one of things that struck me as I was reading. The book is so many of the people you talked to people who are identifying the threat. They're actually private companies. Eyesight was the first even detect it. they are contractors to intelligence agencies the military in some cases, but they're not necessarily the government right like it's not necessarily Microsoft. Who has to issue the patches from the software not necessarily GE which makes simplicity, which is the big industrial controls talk about a lot. How does all that come together into a defense because that seems like harder problem of coordination? Yeah, I mean defense in Cyber. Security is in an eternal problem. It's incredibly complicated, and when you have a really sophisticated determined adversary, it know they will win eventually ends I. think that they're absolutely lessons for defense in this book about you know. Maybe you need to really really think about software updates for instance like the kind that were hijacked to a with this medoc accounting software. As a vector for terrible cyber-attacks. Imagine that like. Any of your insecure apps that have kind of updates can be become a a piece of Malware, really unique to signature networks need to think about patching on. There are just an endless kind of checklist of things to every organization needs to do to protect themselves so. In some ways that just like a Sisyphean task and I don't. I don't try to answer that question in the book because it's too big, and it's kind of boring as well, but what I do really hammer on is the thing that the government's really could've done here. which is to try to establish norms tried to control attackers through diplomacy through kind of disciplinary action through things like kind of Geneva Convention for Cyber War if. If you think about a kind of analogy to say like chemical weapons, we could just try to give everyone in the world a gas mask that they have to carry around with them at all times, or we could create a Geneva. Convention norm that chemical weapons should not be used in if they are than crime, and you get pulled in front of the Hague. Hague and we've done the ladder and I think that in some ways should be part of the the answer to cyber war as well we need to establish norms and make countries like Russia or like organizations like the G. Are you understand that there will be consequences for these kinds of attacks, even when the victim is not the US or NATO or the? The EU and I think we're only just starting to think about that. One of the questions I had as reading is it seems like a very clear red line for almost everyone you talk to is attacks on the power grid right? That is just unacceptable. You should not do it if you do it. You've crossed a line and there should be some consequence. Is, that clear to governments. Is that something that our government says? It's something that the says it has been established. It seems like it's it's the conventional wisdom wants to salvage, but I'm not unclear whether that is actually the line that exists. It definitely has not been established, and when I kind of did these I managed to get sort of interviews with the top cyber security officials in the Obama ends trump administration Jay Michael Daniel was the cyber. Cyber Coordinator for the administration was the kind of cyber coordinator boss in the The Homeland Security Adviser for trump and both of them when I asked him about like wiped. Why didn't you know to put it bluntly like? Why didn't you respond? When Russia caused blackouts in Ukraine? Both of them essentially said well. You know that's not actually the rule that we want to set. We want to be able to cause blackouts in our adversaries networks. In their power grids when we are in a war situation or when we believe it's in our national interest, so you know that's the thing about these cyber war capabilities. This is part of the problem that every country. Absolutely the US among them isn't really interested in controlling these weapons, because we in this kind of Lord of the rings fashion, we are drawn to them to like we want to maintain the ability to use those weapons ourselves and nobody wants to throw this ring in the fires, of Mount Doom. We all wanted maintain the ring and imagine that we can use it for good in out. So that's why neither administration called that Russia for doing this because they want that power to. Make the comparison to to nuclear weapons but Negotiated drawdown and treaties with Russia in the past we count warheads where aware that the United States stockpiles can destroy the world. Fifty Times over today maybe tomorrow one hundred hundred like what we have a sense of the the measure of force that we can. Put on the world when it comes to nuclear weapons, there's a sense that Oh, we should never use these right like we have them as a deterrent, but we've gained out that actually leads to his mutually assured destruction like there's an entire body of academics. There's entire body of researchers. Entire body is got scenario planning with that kind of weapon. Does that same thing exist for for cyber weapons. There are absolutely. Know community is of academics. Policymakers who are thinking about this stuff now, but I don't think it's kind of gotten through to actual government decision. that. There needs to be kind of cyber deterrence in how that would work. In in the comparison to nuclear weapons is like instructive, but not exactly helpful. In fact, it's kind of counter-productive because we cannot deter cyber-attacks with other cyber-attacks i. don't think that's GonNa work in part because we haven't even tried to establish it yet. There are no kind of rules or read lines, but then I think more importantly. Everybody thinks that they can get away with cyberattacks that they can. They're going to create a false flag. That's clever enough that that when they blow up a power grid, they can blame their neighbor instead, so they think they're. They're gonNA. Get Away with it, and that causes them to do it anyway. A not fear the kind of assured destruction so I think that the the right response, the way to to deter cyber attacks is not with the promise of a cyber attack in return. It's with all the other kind of tools we have, and they've been used sometimes, but but they were not in the case of Sand Werman. Those tools include like sanctions which came far too late in the story indictments of hackers. In some cases, we still haven't really seen syndrome. Hackers indicted for the things that they did in Ukraine or or even not petty. And then ultimately just kind of messaging like calling out naming and shaming bad actors, and that has happened to some degree with Sandra, but in some cases there have still been massive failures there there has still been no public attribution of the Sandwich attack on the twenty eighteen Olympics I mean. My Book has been out for months. I think show pretty clear evidence that syndrome is responsible for this attack. The very least it was Russia and yet the US and Korean War, These Olympics took place at UK, none of these governments have named Russia as having done that. That attack which almost just invites them to do it again whenever our next Olympics are going to be, I guess maybe not this year, but if you don't send that message than you're just essentially inviting Russia to try again so I think might my big question is what happens now? I mean right we you write about. The NSA has tailored access operations, which is their elite hacking group. We are obviously interested in maintaining some of these capabilities. We've come to a place where people are writing books about how it works. What is the next step? What is the next? does it just keep getting worse or does this kind of diplomacy you're talking about? Is that beginning to happen I? Think there is some little glimmers of hope about the diplomacy beginning to happen I mean this year in February I think it was the State Department's called out a sand worm attack on Georgia, where a worms hackers basically took down a ton of Georgian websites by attacking the hosting providers as well as a couple of TV's broadcasters in the US. State Department with a few other governments not. said this was sand. Worm named the unit of the GRU. That's is that was confirmation that I've been looking for for a long time, but they also made a point of saying that we're calling this out is unacceptable, even though Georgia. Georgia is not part of NATO or the U. so that's that's progress. That's essentially creating a new kind of rule. That's state-sponsored. Hackers can't do certain things, no matter who the victims and that's really important. Also, it was kind of interesting because federal officials like gave me a heads up about that announcement before happened, which they have very very rarely do and I think they were trying. To say was in we. We read your book and we. Got The message okay like Stop attacking us about this like we're trying. We're doing something different here I. Don't want flatter myself that I actually changed their policy, but it did seem interesting that they wanted to tell me personally about this so i. I think that like maybe our stance on this kind of diplomacy is evolving, and we're learning lessons, but at the same time we also see the attacks evolving to. To and their new innovations in these kinds of disruption happening, we've seen since some of these terrible Sandra attacks. You know other very scary things like this piece of our called Triton or crisis that was used to disabled safety systems in a oil refinery in Saudi Arabia on that was you know that could have caused an actual physical explosion of petrochemical facility? The the attacks are evolving to okay final last real question. Tell people where they can get your book. You can find all kinds of places by on indie Greenberg Dot net. Written another book as well previously, yes. That's right. I wrote a book about wikileaks. Cypher punks and things like that. That's right well. I'm a huge fan. It was an honor to talk to you. Thank you so much for coming on I know it's. It's a weird time to be talking about anything, but the coronavirus I was very happy to talk about something else, which is that it seems a little bit more in control Even if it is quite dangerous, a thank you for the time. I appreciate it. Yeah, I'm glad to provide people with a different kind of apocalypse as a distraction.
Cease-fire in war-torn eastern Ukraine to begin at midnight
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Do What Sounds Fun
"Several months ago I had an episode called. Welcome your loneliness, that's episode one hundred fourteen, and in it I shared a little bit about some of the loneliness. I've been feeling at the end of last year, and at the beginning of this year, specifically as it related to my work I wasn't actually planning to share publicly at all about my experience with loneliness for several reasons. I it can be uncomfortable to talk about particularly when from the outside. There may not seem to be a lot of logical reasons why I was feeling lonely and happily married I have lots of wonderful friends, a supportive family colleagues I enjoy working with what gives Crimea River Emily. Nobody wants to hear that you're feeling a little bit lonely. At least that's what I told myself. Another reason why I didn't plan to talk about. It was because I've experienced waves of this kind of loneliness for decades, and there wasn't necessarily anything remarkable about this particular time I've remained private about it in the past and got through just fine. This time would be different. Except this time was different. Because, this time of loneliness coincided with the beginning of new, year and one word that I've been circling around for twenty twenty. Was the word welcome? It's a kind word and I couldn't let go of it as I thought about the year ahead I held onto that word because I wanted to remember to be open to new things, new invitations and new collaborations, I wanted to be a welcoming presence for new experiences and for opportunities, even if maybe they felt a little bit scary. But it wasn't only opening myself up to the good things. In fact, this word welcome came to me during a conversation with my spiritual director, as I shared with her about some fear, anxiety had been experiencing, and she invited me to become a better hostess. Even unwanted circumstances I was curious about what it would look like to have more welcoming posture as it related to anxiety. Which I realize, might I? I sound counterintuitive, but the more I learn about anxiety and worry the more I'm realizing what the experts say is true. The few try to push anxiety away? It only makes it worse, but when I welcome it or at least acknowledge its presence in the room. I have a better chance of knowing what to do next rather than spending all of my energy trying to get rid of the fear. Elizabeth Gilbert says something I quote often from her book big magic. She says you're fear is allowed in the car. It's going to be there anyway, so it's not even a question of whether or not. It's allowed. You can't get rid of it, but it doesn't get to drive. Let your fear. Ride Shotgun. I love that image of our fear riding shotgun. We waste our efforts. If we try to kick it out of the car instead welcome it, but don't let it take the wheel. well as I already mentioned, the beginning of the year brought a wave of loneliness I haven't experienced in a long time of course little. Did any of US know that this entire year would bring a level of cultural loneliness that we have never experienced before? But that's a conversation for another day, so I came into this new year holding onto this idea of being a welcoming presence and being open to what might come and to welcome it. Q. Foreshadowing music. Will during the season of loneliness, I reached out to my longtime friend Anne. When I first met Anne downs, it was over ten years ago and to be honest. I approached her with a little bit of caution is not because I didn't trust her, but because I really wanted to be her friend by wasn't sure. How here was the woman who I had a lot in common with? We both love. Jesus we both were trying to get our first book published. We both had a passion. Passion to serve teenage girls. We were both contributors for the same online blog at that time, but for all the ways we were similar, we were also super different. Anti got energy from being with people, and I got energy from being by myself. Any seemed perfectly comfortable, surrounded by laughter and lots of activity and fun and I like to watch people from a safe distance and make up stories inside my head. Anne is right on the outside and I brewed on the inside. If you know anything about the, she's seven and I'm a four and again. That's a conversation for another day. But it didn't take long before any, and I became true. Friends mostly impart. To her, inviting to our house for the weekend and me being smart enough to say yes. Our whole family promptly fell in love with her and the stories you've heard told about any remained true to this day to know her is to love her. So! We've been friends for over ten years and in that time we've had some adventures. We went on tour together once and by that I actually mean. She went on Tour for many shows as a speaker and I joined her for two of those shows we shared a book, released a back in twenty twelve. Her Book for teenage girls came out on the same day that my book for teenage girls came out. We've traveled together around. The world celebrated business and Personal Wins and grieved some losses, too. I met her because of the Internet, but our friendship goes way beyond the screen.
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"A little bit on Fanta Lennox main users is if you look at the statistics for snap adoption, which are you can see publicly if you go and look at snap Kroft. Slash coal all slash core eighteen. Those are snaps. That are installed on all or most systems that have a snap installed. You will say after a boon to Lennox men is the second most popular platform for having uses installing snaps, and this is despite the fact that you know Lennox men. You know that they can choose their own path, but they have chosen the you know a different different palmful would and they don't have a snap stole by default, and they don't promote snaps by default, but nevertheless Lennox. Users are choosing to install snaps. And they're now going to make us jump through additional hoops, and there's a law of valuable software. In snap stole that. You can't easily get unless you store as a snap. Say a fail like this is not just. Hostile, but little bit US style to to their own uses. And I feel it bit side because you know we've been able to work with. Mine Jar another destroys and. Come up with a puff. Workable way forwards West snaps can be a first class citizen. You know in other distributions whereas a good job. Lennox are in control of their repose and compete with around binders and therefore. Make these decisions for themselves or hang on a minute. They piggybacking on a boon to we and that's the thing is if they actually want us to have access to chromium. It's yeah, it's worth pointing out that Crimea the upstream project. They don't actually supply much in terms of. Packages that, basically, if you, if you want a particular version of chromium, you go hunting around. Basically a
Trump set to pull U.S. from Open Skies surveillance treaty
"The United States has withdrawn a from the open skies treaty this issue of foreign policy may seem distant but it should not be let's go to my friend rob from Richmond rob welcome to KGO John you've got to open your eyes and see the open allies of open skies you know I sent you the article by Tim Morrison former trump National Security Council director and at the Hudson institute he rolled to the right center New York times about the abuses of the Russians they are targeting our critical infrastructure for you know for when there's hostilities bill Bailey hit us very precisely they get over flights in two thousand seventeen abusing this treaty over of the White House and over nobody slides over the White House date there lies no do you think lies over the white house you got a good correct it's so high they say you're doing it on the open skies it's not it's not twenty five feet over its probably the forty fifth probably eighty thousand feet over it but doesn't matter read the article and from National Security Council timers and and also over over trump's New Jersey one of his get aways while he was there so this is this is the way they are abusing it and they walked out of the non lugar agreement in two thousand twelve the Russians did that with the program John that that the for thirty years American boots on the ground in Russian nuclear facilities well Putin said to heck with that we don't want to be able to see anything that we're doing over here so they kicked us out that's in two thousand twelve so they are and then they go invading the Crimea and and but chemical which this president accepts chemical weapons in Syria yeah well we've got the courage the courage and wisdom of this man this is so it's all Dylan Thomson dupes that fall for this kind of European dilettante and I'm not a dupe this is falling for the day that I stayed up but you you're it so now you John this is an agreement which is worked R. thirty plus partners want us to continue the president of the United States as sad well will restructure something else I will include the Chinese and you know how far he gets when he wants to restructure I mean rob this was stupid now this is this is an absolute rail politique and you've got your head in the sand if you don't think the Russians pose a threat the Russians posed as say the Russians didn't pose a threat it seems to me and it seems to me rob when I said the Russians posed a threat in the American election your loss at all no no no no that's not true you got me I said it's a threat in the end trump is the one that is a trial thing down hard right now all the Russians because he can schmooze all other theories and then he stood in Helsinki almost stage with Vladimir Putin and said that he accepted Putin's word rather than the words of American intelligence agencies that are you don't think our intelligence is running trump as a call excellence president of the all time and by the way that's to do pollutant why not my friend well I appreciate your call but you're wrong what can I
Stoop show: Brooklyn accordionist entertains neighbors
"Traditional crowns seventy adorned one year services old for son the anzac day memorial and holiday all decided in Australia to do the one have thing been replaced you with candle lit vigils and play Dr as weights a fourteen restrictions on crowds it's very frustrating due to the corona for me virus pandemic as a mean health the and usual safety activists packed events held across because the country were canceled over seventy in New two Zealand so to be where confined even tighter to my house crowd restrictions got the idea are in from place seeing others prime doing minister the same Jacinda in communities done hope going a dawn ceremony virus on the driveway lockdown of Crimea we are house able to the latest be physically official residence apart while being the holiday very much marks together the anniversary and they were of Russell Straily Lancaster New Zealand soldiers more known way as anzacs of making new York city landing feel like on a the spot Gallipoli peninsula and that's what in neighborhoods nineteen fifteen really are Julie I'm surpasses Walker in New York
On Anzac Day, services in lockdown replaced by home vigils
"Traditional crowns adorned services for the anzac day memorial holiday in Australia have been replaced with candle lit vigils and Dr weights restrictions on crowds due to the corona virus pandemic mean the usual packed events held across the country were canceled in New Zealand where even tighter crowd restrictions are in place prime minister Jacinda done hope a dawn ceremony on the driveway of Crimea house the latest official residence the holiday marks the anniversary of Straily New Zealand soldiers known as anzacs landing on the Gallipoli peninsula in nineteen fifteen I'm surpasses
On Anzac Day, services in lockdown replaced by home vigils
"Traditional crowns adorned services for the anzac day memorial holiday in Australia have been replaced with candle lit vigils and Dr weights restrictions on crowds due to the corona virus pandemic mean the usual packed events held across the country were canceled in New Zealand where even tighter crowd restrictions are in place prime minister Jacinda done hope a dawn ceremony on the driveway of Crimea house the latest official residence the holiday marks the anniversary of Straily New Zealand soldiers known as anzacs landing on the Gallipoli peninsula in nineteen fifteen I'm surpasses
On Anzac Day, services in lockdown replaced by home vigils
"Australians and New Zealanders have commemorated the national Remembrance Day from harm traditional crowd to dawn services for the anzac day memorial holiday in Australia have been replaced with candle lit vigils and Dr weights restrictions on crowds due to the corona virus pandemic mean the usual packed events held across the country were canceled in New Zealand where even tighter credit restrictions are in place prime minister Jacinda done hope a dawn ceremony on the driveway of Crimea house the latest official residence the holiday marks the anniversary of the Straily New Zealand soldiers known as anzacs landing on the Gallipoli peninsula in nineteen fifteen I'm surpasses
Putin asks court if he can amend constitution to run again for president
"Russia's lower house of parliament has approved a range of amendments to the constitution the reforms allow president Vladimir Putin to seek re election after his current term ends in twenty twenty four not a single lawmaker voted against the reforms following approval by the opera house Putin would like to sign the bill into law on March the eighteenth that's the anniversary of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region it will also go to a public referendum nationwide on April the twenty second for approval at Putin's insistence other changes introduced as part of the constitutional reforms include a ban on same sex marriage and listing a belief in god as a traditional
Russia's plans for Crimea were long in the making
"What America has officially calling a Russian invasion of Ukraine Russian troops reading out throughout the strategic Crimean Peninsula before we get into how such a stop might occur. Let's take a look at why a theory circulating for Awhile has held that Putin sees the annexation of Belarus as a means for extending his tenure in the Kremlin under constitutional term limits. He has to stand down in two thousand and twenty four but those of course are the constitutional term limits of Russia a new country the Republic of Russia and Belarus. Perhaps would have a new constitution. Which might will be less concerned with such niceties however more recent shenanigans suggests that Putin is pursuing other means of installing himself as president for life though he may also be keeping in mind that he will timed unsuccessful. War rarely hurts and incumbent and or Russia's coveting of Belarus might be an expression of Russia's eternal and deep seated desire to put distance between itself and its enemies actual or imaginary and maintain what Moscow still sees as its rightful dominion Russia's recent incursions into Georgia and Ukraine have been obvious enough endeavors to keep those countries out of the wests orbit and more importantly out of NATO. She wouldn't yep criteria today. The hysterics need to stop and the Cold War rhetoric needs to be rejected and the obvious thing admitted. Russia is an independent active participant on the international sane like other countries it has international interests. That should be considered and respected important. When you look at you when you still there is also and it can never be holy discounted. The fact that much of Russia's foreign policy appears currently to revolve around just annoying everyone else for the sake of it inflaming. Russia's concerns about Belarus a recent indications that Russia can no longer take Belarus or its president for granted. Lushenko who is as his name suggests of Ukrainian descent refused to recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea. In two thousand fourteen and has been quite supportive of Ukraine generally. He has resisted Russia's pressure for close ties even as Russia has squeezed energy supplies to Belarus. He has reached out to the West. He has hitherto disdained sourcing oil from Norway and hosting. Us Secretary of State. Mike pompeo in Minsk it advocates wanted to help Belarus built its own sovereign country our energy producers stand ready to deliver one hundred percent of the oil. You need a competitive prices. The biggest energy producer in the world. And all you have to do is call us. We can't be part of some of the country. Lukashenko told his people last month. I can't betray you and dissolve Belarus even into brotherly Russia. If I agree to US Belarussians would eat me alive within a year. It might be tempting to interpret this. As pre election flag-waving Lukashenko will be seeking a sixth term in August. Were it not? For the fact that Belarusian elections tend toward the predictable indeed since independence in one thousand. Nine hundred ninety. One Belarus has not held a presidential election which Lukashenko has not won and often by these sorts of margins which have regrettably prompted suspicions among some petty fogging. Cynics that the results have had a certain preordained. Quality as for how a Russia this as Bellarusse conflict might unfurl. We've pretty much gotten the idea. From Russia's other recent military adventures they would be perhaps grim muttering about oppression of an ethnically Russian and all Russian speaking population which is about eight percent of Belarus and as recently as Monday Eagle Miroslav. A member of the upper chamber of Russia's parliament the Duma felt it necessary to pronounce upon a Social Media Storm which followed a dispute in Minsk cafe between a Belarusian speaking customer anti Russian Speaking Server balaclava-clad gentlemen in unbudged. Uniforms may arrive from somewhere. Certainly not Russia obviously in unmarked trucks and armored vehicles accompanied by smoking denials from Moscow. Nope nothing to do with us. Never seen these people or their russian-made weapons before. Probably just some lads on a stag do at Cetera. At which point as in Georgia and as in Ukraine Russia will have stick in Belarus's side which it can prod twist or pretend to withdraw as it sees necessary. Russia may also calculate that the West would be unlikely to risk much to ride to the rescue of an obdurate autocrat like Lukashenko. This might not be likely exactly but especially if one bets with form. It's not exactly unlikely either. That
Senate report details Obama administration's response to Russian interference
"Frozen by paralysis of analysis hamstrung by constraints both real and perceived that's how the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee describes the Obama administration's response to Russian interference in the twenty sixteen election in a statement Republican senator Richard Burr says president Obama's national security team debated courses of action without truly taking one Bure was commenting on the latest installment in his committee's long awaited report on Russian efforts to disrupt the presidential election four years ago I'm joined now by the vice chair of the Senate intelligence committee mark Warner of Virginia senator welcome thank you for him do you agree with that statement that the Obama team was was paralyzed well I think there are clearly lessons learned and I and I think the Obama administration with the benefit of hindsight should have acted more aggressively but let's face it I think our whole government our intelligence community writ large our law enforcement community were caught off guard I think there was such an abundance of caution shown by the Obama administration that this might politicize an already very political time in retrospect you we have to realize these kind of threats are ongoing and that when we see evidence of foreign intervention the president the administration needs to be more forward leaning did to put Americans on notice to be be wearing be on guard let me push on that the the point you're making that that this good but that the Obama administration was caught off guard that they were worried about politicizing an already very political moment but how much of a parent should they be given there this is the job of the national security team to balance competing factors to look out for national security even in an election year well again I think we have never seen this level of coordinated attack from an adversary in in the midst of our elections to happen not only into the DNC but a series of senior Clinton official like John Paston others and then selectively weaponize at information on how they dribbled out over a period of time now you could say if we'd done a little more homework and looked at what Russia done in Ukraine what Russia done previously in the Baltic states we should have been more aware I think at the same time the administration on one hand was looking at what Russia was doing on the geo political basis where we had Russian actions in Crimea but that kind of geo political analysis was totally separate from the Russian cyber and misinformation disinformation effort the point of doing a report like this is to avoid a similar situation going forward how confident should we be that the problems your report identifies have been fixed I wish I could say I was a hundred percent confident I wish I could say point two broad bi partisan legislation that had been passed I've gotten bipartisan legislation that would make explicitly clear that if a foreign government tries to intervene the appropriate response is not to say thank you but to actually reported to the FBI the fact that we've not pass that kind of legislation is bothersome although it was installation that was necessarily a fault here that there wasn't some you know law that the Obama administration lacked was there well I think we're talking twenty twenty if there was any gaps making explicitly clear that foreign intervention is wrong I think most Americans would realize that but if we need a lot it explicitly make that clear we ought to have that the problem is we still have a president it refuses to fully acknowledge the level of intervention that took place refuses to fully acknowledge that the Russian efforts have not stopped that they will continue and instead unfortunately has been out there putting forward totally debunk theories that somehow it was Ukraine rather than Russia that was intervening in twenty sixteen that's very by the way which no one in the intelligence committee the law enforcement community and for that matter I don't think any of my Republican colleagues at least on the intelligence committee believe there's any credence to let me ask you the basic question in your view how serious is the ongoing threat of election interference Christopher ray the director of the FBI said as recently as yesterday that the Russian efforts are ongoing by the way you know the Russian playbook is now out there so the expectation that the Chinese the Iranians the north Koreans other nations in an asymmetrical way may try to intervene in our elections is a very real ongoing threat senator many thanks thank you so much it's Virginia Democrat mark Warner we also invaded the Republican chairman of the intelligence committee senator Richard Burr to come on the show he
Has China lost Taiwan?
"Taiwan's president secured secured a second term over the weekend started scenes of the woman who stood up to China because China always believe China. Taiwan's recent election is widely seen as a watershed moment a referendum between Wayne. Two very different choices saw in win. She's the president since two thousand sixteen. She promised to protect Taiwan's freedoms from an increasingly assertive. He said he's an autocratic Beijing or the nationalist combing Tung came to the opposition which stressed causes ties with Beijing. The result a landslide two cy and her ruling independence leading Democratic Progressive Party. It was her warnings about China that hit home. We've voters this threat Israel with these respect from China situation has changed you. You cannot exclude the possibility of a war. And it's high invading. Taiwan is something that is going to be very costly fled China Taiwan's president saw in win on the basis now. She scored move odds than any other presidential candidate since Taiwan hi one began holding democratic elections in Nineteen ninety-six. So why has Beijing's efforts to control. Taiwan was it backfired and we'll China Now back off from what it sees as a renegade province remember most nations including the United States and Australia. We adhere to the one China policy which means we formally acknowledge Beijing's claims over Taiwan but what can Washington and camera do to help this vibrant democracy of twenty ninety four million in the face of arising China. Natasha Qassam is research fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy where she directs the annual Lowy Institute suit poll. She's a former Australian diplomat. And he wants is emeritus professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University and author of how to defend Australia. He's a former deputy defense secretary. Natasha Hugh Welcome to Iran. To be with you thanks for having is time now Natasha. Why has China lost the battle for public opinion in Taiwan? Look I do think there's a real question as to whether China ever had a chance in this respect. You've got a longstanding up position in Taiwan to unification with China. You've got a long standing position to one country. Two Systems the model that China developed in the eighties Fulbari Taiwan and Hong Kong. And of course we see the problematic way that's playing out in Hong Kong today but the most important issue here I think has been the emergence of a unique Taiwanese identity entity. This is what has really changed over the last decade the majority of Taiwanese people they see themselves as Taiwanese and in part this is in opposition to a growing authoritarian -tarian reach from China but in pilots a product of Taiwan's transition to democracy. It's unique history in terms of its different periods of colonization and indigenous peoples. I think today we can say that. This far more that divides Taiwan and China then unites them. Is that growing sense of independence in Taiwan. And Natasha you mentioned Hong Kong and how that was supposed to be the roadmap for China's One Country Two Systems policy the clearly rebuked in these elections hugh. How does Beijing you all these? Well I think they must be very gloomy very concerned and I think getting pretty angry because I completely agree with Tushar I think the elections very significant because it confirms assumes absolutely that the prospect of an eventual consensual reunification of Taiwan agreeing to be absorbed or reabsorbed helped by the mainland looks more and more remark and the problem for everyone including for Taiwan is that Beijing is very unlikely to accept except that Beijing for Beijing reunification as I sit bringing Taiwan back into China is an essential part of their agenda of Xi. Jinping's agenda to for the rejuvenation as he calls it off of China overcoming of that century of humiliation which which began with the opium wars lower back in the forties and which she has set himself to overcome overturn. I think for him getting Taiwan back as he I would say it is. There is nothing more important to him. Nothing more important to the Communist Party and so we have The seats of a real tragedy because as Natasha says it's clear and clear that the Taiwanese don't want to be part of China and it says clearest safe obtain the Chinese determined to make it part of I hear you say Washington Santon. Sorry Beijing won't accept Taiwan's growing assertiveness but hasn't by aging conduct here been counterproductive. I think of John is if it's to intensify military not exercises around the Taiwan Strait. If it's to US light diplomatically. A Taiwan a hasn't that just stiffened the resolve of the tonys. ESO expected. Has I think I think that's been effector I think is Natasha. Says I think what's happened in. Hong Kong has has disabused anyone in Taiwan of any illusions about what one-country-two-systems three two systems would really mean. If it was applied to talk to Taiwan I think the growing authoritarian nature of the Chinese Communist Party ruled in China itself under under Shuzhen Ping Has Added to that. Boils I think as Natasha says again. That that the the the long term development of Taiwan itself Tallinn's entity that the the evolution of a very vibrant democracy there Meant that perhaps. Whatever Beijing done even if Beijing it'd be much less frightening that it has been it still would have been unlikely that Taiwan would move voluntarily to do what Beijing once and it's actually is hugh why wrought out here and he's not alone? We've had on this program over the last few years Professor Jon Meacham from the University of Chicago. The argument here is that not only will China be much more powerful awful than it is today but it will also remain deeply committed to making Taiwan part of China. I think she's deadline. Is this attender of the Communist revolution. Which would be a twenty four nine in other words? Tom Is on China. Saad your response. I disagree that Taiwan is really significant priority for Xi Jinping's China. But I think it's important when we think about what their highest priority is and for me that is always the domestic legitimacy of the potty state and and so by Beijing's policies primarily directed at that domestic audience. They might be failing in Taiwan but suddenly what they ought designed to do is to demonstrate two people in China that Beijing holds all the cards that they have a able to exit military pressure on Taiwan that they can exclude Taiwan from international organizations and that is the highest priority and under Xi Jinping's China. I think the hotline inflexible policies will just continue for godless. The effect that they have in Taiwan. But at the same time I do think it's a self fulfilling prophecy to argue that China will become so powerful so we should roll over and do nothing and therefore it will allow be allowed to become even more all powerful in military and economic times. I think this is almost a given Alpha China. But it's not a given in terms of China's power. China's power has been restricted in the region winslow in many ways many countries including Australia do not recognize the ages over the as traders say. China hasn't succeeded in achieving. Its goals in the South China Sea. It hasn't succeeded in closing bases in Japan. There's that in South Korea in numerous ways. I wouldn't say that time is on China side if anything I I think. China as a rational actor recognizes the cost of a protracted war a much higher than the cost of their patients on that knowledge has as Shea Jingping pink overreach. The embroiled other countries led by the US but including Australia to a newly skeptical view of Chana. I look clearly Thomas. China's Powell grows as system becomes more authoritarian as the way it seeks to exhibit influence throughout the region becomes to put it politely a more assertive a lot of countries. You Niger and beyond becoming more and more worried about what. China's power and hatch on is going to use its power mains over the next few decades but that I think we'd be too optimistic to imagine that China is somehow becoming a self limiting problem. I do think Jonah's power has grown. I think it's influences growing there. It's I still true. Of course. There's Natasha is that there are lots of things at China would like it. It hasn't yet got but I'm more pessimistic than she is that about China's capacity not to get its way increasingly as time goes on and it's worth bearing in mind all the things that China does get that yes Not everyone accepts what China wants to do in the just south China Sea but Australia. Itself hasn't undertaken serious remove navigation operations Australia and self does not acknowledge China as a strategic rival. The United States does Japan treating China increasingly cool. She asleep as it becomes less and less confident about Donald Trump's America. And we'll push you. It's Responsibilities towards Japan onto the treaty. So I think actually China is doing pretty well. I think we've made a big mistake. To underestimate raced tonight. But China's resolve in its capacity to use. Its Influence to get what it wants. I guess. Hugh Watt for my new and Tasha Qassam from from lowy and we're talking about Taiwan and China in the wake of the all in democracies election widely seen as a rebuke to Beijing. The TASHA you say Beijing's going to weaken Taiwan's democracy house. Oh look I think I said that it was going to try and I think it is trying in many ways. It's trying through disinformation Ryan and bypassing more media outlets in Taiwan and then controlling the narrative in that way it is certainly trying to infiltrate grassroots organizations like temple organizations sations and farmers and fisheries groups. The thing is that Beijing is very much moving away. I think from trying to support. Just one side of politics. The Guangdong Minggong which has always been seen as more friendly towards Beijing insofar as has been unsuccessful because the dog is not able to as. We've all of the reasons since we've already outlined. They are not able to deliver Taiwan in any way because of the way of public opinion against China. So now I believe that Beijing is trying to undermine undermine the democracy itself to undermine people's faith in institutions trying to essentially mess it up I think the best expression I've had tended into Crimea so that you have a government paralyzed a government that people do not trust and in that way the system would be much weaker. You Natasha to agree that Beijing is going to try awaken Taiwan's democracy and certainly badging will increase the pressure to open talks on reunification. I suppose the question here is wise. China so sensitive about Taiwan one. I mean think about it Taiwan or Formosa as it was earlier known. It's only been part of China for something like four out of the past one hundred twenty twenty five years since Japanese colonization nineteen ninety-five four out of one hundred twenty five and those four years when the nationalists who fled to Taiwan. They were running the mainland alien so why the sensitivity. He what. We'll Tom Because one hundred and twenty five years is not very long time in the way of China's paypal and the Chinese government see themselves CBS and has precisely one hundred and twenty five years that I see correctly in some ways as being a very black period in the history and that the the great mission of the Communist Party has been to bring China out of that as I said before the rejuvenation of the Chinese people. It's hard to underestimate. Overestimate the the emotional power Al behind this idea of China returning to its previous position and Taiwan has become a and the Chinese Communist Party has made Taiwan into a a symbol of everything bad that happened to China before and everything that Diane resolved to fix and the way in which they they put Hong Kong back into into the fold the YM which have grown their economy the way in which they have reasserted China's military power and have trying at least to reassert itself the parish cultural pass at a speak. All of that is part of the deal but Taiwan is in a sense that the jewel in the crown for them and so I think the the political political and to a certain extent the emotional fright that the Taiwan issue carries does make it absolutely central to the Communist. Party's not just its own sense of itself but it's confidence that it can continue command. The loyalty and achieved legitimacy in the eyes of the Chinese people as what Communist Party delivers not just in terms of prosperity but in terms of China's dignity and position in the world symbolized by Taiwan that is so central to its legitimacy as the government of China Anna. And does that mean Natasha Qassam. That is now a very real danger that the listen Beijing takes from size relection. Is that the only way. Taiwan will ever a unify with mainland China. As at the end of a gun. Look that's entirely possible but I have to say I'm not convinced that as an argument mainly because we like to think think of China's military palate in terms of it being this very quick victory. RV Taiwan because they are coming late outgunned in that sense but none nothing about this would be. It would be very difficult to take Taiwan in terms of its geography and even an invasion is really just the beginning. When you have twenty four a million people who don't want to be a part of your country you have? Refugees flocking to other countries in the region including Australia. You'll have resistance in the streets. You'll have disruption to global supply chains at which Taiwan lies at. Its hot this is not an easy proposition. It is laden with
"crimea" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM
"They took Crimea and that's a long story in itself and and the history of it we're just beginning to learn who was not eager to make that decision but he was told your people have to remember that Crimea is the whole of the most important Russian naval base at serviced awful I went to Crimea was it two summers ago not last summer the summer before and I food from Moscow to you also and I mean just Simferopol which is the capital the only place you can fly on a on a commercial aircraft and then by car I had a free all the and I stopped along the way of the Russian naval bases for all you have to see it to understand why the Russians cherries and any threat to it what would bring a reaction so in two fourteen when the Ukrainian crisis began in the new cranium leadership which was wildly anti Russian and nationalistic said they were taking simple local breaking the lease that Russia had a forty year lease I think I mean obviously it triggered in Moscow crisis including had to decide did he take Crimea or do you risk losing the naval base and I think he was told and basically understood because if you go to crime you you understand how Russian it is I mean it's just a Russian officers no two ways about it that he'd be remembered badly in Russian history if he gave away or fail to secure Crimea and Stephen what do you think would have happened had Russia back in two thousand three and desert storm prior to that invaded Iraq under the auspices of weapons of mass destruction that were never there what do you think the world would let Russia get away with that your your reversing registry right you're doing alternative I've never thought about it I think I think the world would go crazy they would if they wore yeah I I have never thought about that George but I think that's a very good point we kind of yeah it's not been completely forgotten and in Russia was a shock by the way at least the pro American or pro western faction of the crewmen said the United States would never do such a and of course we knew that Saddam didn't have these weapons Russians above all though but that the United States did that was a shock and a blow to to the pro western pro American and I'm going to send more troops in there it seems there are I think again it's just from trying to get the this office back this monkey not being resolute about any patient rushes and all we're gonna take a break in just a second Stephen we'll talk more about US Russian relations will open up the phone lines as well to give everybody an opportunity to make a call or two will to ask you a question as well we're talking with Stephen Cole one and I got to tell you folks I would say with the foremost expert on Russian US relations and Russia as well one of his books war with Russia from Putin and Ukraine to trump in Russian gate all the all those books are on his website which are linked up it coast to coast AM dot com so we will be back in a moment we'll take some calls next hour with Stephen Cohen later on in the program we'll be talking about angels so get ready and.
"crimea" Discussed on WJR 760
"One Crimea on the red line one of the things totally out smart of Obama Obama was upset they took them out I think Roger should be a part of it because we're looking for world peace at the other things raped another thing I would be a lot easier that Russia in federal reserve officials debated over the level of interest rate cuts at a meeting last month before they decided to decrease borrowing costs for the first time in a decade Jim Johnson reports the minutes don't indicate any consensus on future changes but the officials who met three weeks ago struggled with whether there should be a bigger interest rate cut or even know decrease at all those who argued against a rate cut said the economy was starting to improve after a soft spot in the spring to policy makers though said they believe the fed should slash its benchmark policy rate by a half percentage point double the eventual outcome in what would be called a recalibration to meet economic change I'm Jim Johnson Major League Baseball issues a memo to players against using over the counter sexual enhancement pills correspondent John stillness has more the memo sent by the commissioner's office warned players about the quote very real risk that taking these convenience store pills could result in a suspension for taking a performance enhancing drug ESPN's Jeff passing reports the memo said at least two players were suspended after the banned substances found in their urine came from these products multiple sources tell ESPN that the use of these pills as prevalent among baseball players and that the pills are contaminated with prohibited and unsafe ingredients like anabolic steroids the memo goes on to say quote we strongly urge players against taking any sexual or male enhancement.
"crimea" Discussed on Mason & Ireland
"This week. Maybe he'll show fast track. Aggressively on that you could say was he wasn't gonna show. I thought he was going to be there are right. Let's see John take take one because I lost my fast track. Okay page. Well, it's interesting. You asked me to take one. Because Steve I know what you're saying. No, I'm not saying, I know what you're saying. Shame never say are you going to visit facts website again. We'll today is your lucky lucky I have four facts three of these are actual effects when I completely made up a great play Jake and play Mason's now Mace while you were gone. Yes. Last week. Yeah. I fooled everybody I fold Michael. I fooled j I fooled Greg. It was an Uber fans like a fool. So if I did it if I do it again this week it may be one of my greatest triumphs of all time. Now this in your honor, Steve Mason. Yeah. Is in entertainment themed. Okay. Good. All right. So fact, number one because they are feuding fifty cent paid three thousand dollars. To by two hundred front row seats at a job rule concert just to keep them empty. Okay. All right. That's fact, number one. I'm so proud of you said fifty cents. Yeah. Fact, number two, Justin Timberlake wrote Crimea river. About Britney Spears two hours after they split. Wow. All right. That's fact, number two fact number three throughout the entire series of friends, the six main characters slept with a combined total of only thirty one people throughout the entire run of friends. Inspect number three fact number four Adam west who played the first TV bet man in the sixties had his dentist at a little black Batman logo to one of his molars. That's fact, number four, right? So once again fact, number one fifty cent paid three grand by two hundred front row seats at a concert, justly memory, number two, Justin Timberlake wrote Crimea river about Britney Spears, two hours after they split fact number three throughout friends, the six characters slip at the combined total of thirty one people. In fact, number four. Adam west had his dentist. Put a little black Batman logo to one of his molars J cross. Let's go first with you today. Which one is the fake fact how much money did you say fifty cents spin on three grand three by two hundred front row seats at a gel rule concert and left them empty? Well, if you only played three grant, I think we would have heard about it. But you know, what I'm gonna say that's the fake one. Okay. Jarrell Jay's going with number one Mace. What are you going with going Adam west that is the most victimless thing I've ever heard who attached to on their molar now? Greg Bergman this would be very upsetting to you to get shut out two weeks in a row. You're normally very good at this game. Which one is the fake fact, I think they're both wrong. I think it's either JT or the friends one Joey slept with a lot of people. But I don't think you actually saw those people you mean, he was so ping with them between episode. We'll know that who knows they just don't know. They just don't he doesn't. He doesn't talk about them. Like, they just assume that he's a personally that sleeps with a lot of people. Okay. So what are you? I'm gonna go with the JT Crimea riverboat. It was more than two hours. Okay. That's I'm going. I know he wrote that. On a pillow. You heard all of them one to three or four you're going with three one on each of them, some people. Right. So first of all. Jay, crawls, you're wrong because they are feuding fifty cent and this just happened recently did pay three grand for two hundred seats right in the front of several concert and left him empty. You know, why are you there? I didn't think that was the one. What's up players? Don't think you know, who John rule is. Yeah. That's probably true. That was part of it. I would not no. He walked in Greg amount. You're out Justin Timberlake did right Crimea river in two hours after his split from Britain's group, which means that Iverson Steve Mason or Dan's in pillow is correct. And the winner of this week Suber facts game is shockingly Dan's him..
"crimea" Discussed on 860AM The Answer
"Trash, you go there too That work on a relationship with that country we. Had a relationship with? Him, before World War One and World, War Two in order to keep the world a safe place do. I, trust, Russia. No I don't think anybody trusts Russia but also you gotta. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer well, David simplify thank. You so much for what you've done for. Our country and thank you so much. For calling the show Putin said hey we didn't annex Crimea they voted to join Russia at the g.'s seven summit. President Trump reportedly told the other leaders that Crimea might as well be Russian because everybody there speaks Russian did he give you. Any indication that at? Some, point today but at some point, he might recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea or lift sanctions were move. To, bring, Russia. Back into the g seven now the aid all of which. Happened as a result of the annexation of Crimea Upright first of all I'd like to make a correction The. Joining us Crimea, to Russia is not an annexation Well now in democratic governance initially maybe free free minutes, station persons, wheel is a referendum and. People, in Crimea winter referendum, and voted for? Joining Russia well this is an accession what is democracy Secondly, we are aware of, President Trump's plus The Crimea is part of Ukraine, she told me today will be responded to with the words pretty. Much similar to what I said to you and I think. We should just leave a discussion, of that we come back Tyler, max Kenan David all went away in gentlemen don't leave town and. I'll give you. The, results from yesterday's question don't leave town Great Tonight Larry. Elder all. True all devastating.
"crimea" Discussed on Intelligence Matters
"The same thing and even though some of them are ready are for instance russia invading the crimea the fact that we adhere to international means we have a much stronger case and places like the un when we're talking about sanctions and that sort of thing to actually impose those where we would have a much weaker case if we were doing the same thing and the other reason for a polling international law is it maintains our alliances are allies trust us believe it or not they rely on us to adhere to those laws and if we start violating them then the glue that stitches those alliance together becomes a little bit weaker it's very important it's very little very poorly understood out in the public how that law works but i think like you and i we have our master's degree in that and it makes a lot of sense there's a reason why the united states of america has alliances and russia and china don't right exactly so i think sandy that you nailed it when you talk about what the the stressors on the international order are right there's the external stressors russia china regionally iran and then there's the internal stressors and one of the issues i think is that we national security types and it's a big group of people have not done a very good job of explaining to the american people why this is important to them right so when i go home to akron ohio or some other places in the country that i've been i've heard people ask what difference does it make if ladimir putin grabs crimea or is supporting separatists in eastern ukraine what difference does it make that china is militarizing disputed islands in the south china sea how does that affect me right i don't think that we have done a very good job of talking to those folks about why maintaining this and why american leadership with regard to maintaining it is so important so i don't know if you agree with that but what i'd ask you is if you were in fr front of of group of average americans who are worried about their their daily economic life who are worried about relatives being being addicted to heroin and other things what would you say to them for why they should care about this and why it's important to them well it's a broad topic that's very complex but perhaps putting it in terms that can relate to the daily life of of an american citizen is the best way to do it and so one of the reasons why we are so prosperous is the fact that trade across the planet is done in american currency and there's a reason for that it's because we're the strongest most credible nation on earth and if that weren't the case they would find some other currency but they don't wanna do that one of the reasons why you have the ability to search the internet freely is because inundate standards were written by us not by the chinese because if they were written by the chinese you wouldn't have the same kinds of freedoms and you might not even know that you don't have those freedoms anymore so so it really does touch every bit of our lives in an unseen way and i can tell you there is a line between vladimir putin's aggression let's say in europe it will shake the confidence of the european that can affect our largest trading partners the people were most close to in the world sociology wise and with our history so i it's a difficult line to trace i think the easiest way to do it is to try to put in the context of an average american everyday can understand i have a free and fair internet all of the things that i produce or that i buy it's all denominated in american currency not in the chinese currency or the ruble questions you were colin powell's a decamp what did you learn from him first of all he was an absolute joy to work for very kind probably the most important thing i ever learned from colin powell i iro i learned riding in the front seat of his car one day and we were driving somewhere i don't even know what what why he was talking about this talking about leadership and.
"crimea" Discussed on The 45th
"President trump and both president trump and crimea as well known and he's stents firmly he continue to maintain that it was a legal to you we our viewpoint is different we held a referendum in strict complaints whether you win charter and international legislation for us this issue we put paid to this issue and now to the compromising material i did her almost this rumors we legend collected compromising material mr trump when she was visiting moscow distinguish call the when president trump visit most co back i didn't even know that he wasn't moscow i treat prison trump with utmost respect but begg when he was a private individual the businessman nobody informed me that he wasn't in moscow let's take saint petersburg economic forum for instance over five hundred american businessmen to high rank in the high level ones i don't even remember the less name so each and every one of them do you remember do you think that we try to collect compromising which utilize each every single one of them well it's difficult to imagine an utter nonsense of a bigger scale this well please just district these issues and don't think about this anymore again and i have to say if they would've been out log ago and if anybody watched peter struck testify over the last couple of days and i was in brussels watching it it was a disgrace to the fbi it was a disgrace to our country and you would say that was a total witch hunt thank you very much everybody thank you so keep in mind that well one that's just not true and by all the evidence that we have but on twitter earlier rob goldberg who is the former music promoter for our our image galera of tweeted that like i was there putin did know so ll so yeah putin of course we knew is there of course what like is it wouldn't trust trump to be in moscow and that constellation for a weekend and nacho uncompromising i still have my biggest conspiracy theory i keep saying like my big billion of them but like one theory i keep an eye out for because i feel the phones there is there's this woman who kind of organized the moscow pageant and she was all over trump and pictures that weekend and her tweets back trump where very suggestive and she's also connected to torsion to mentally torsion wrong tron connected to tina who maria bettina who is newest color literally i have not had time to read it because it just came out so that's that's our breaking news is this indictment as we were about getting ready to start recording the newsbreaks so maybe is a gun nut she his russian that works with torsion who is a former russian official nasa time in the us and put the nra he's really into the nra she's with them a lot oh by the way she's a spy we now know that we really had before but she she's younger age her her role in the us with a quote unquote graduate student and she was the corinthian responsible for organizing.
"crimea" Discussed on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA
"Gingrich He. Was. Out. Of, the game play advised, him yeah, yeah, and and, but beyond that we said okay you know he's. Talking to the president. Even though he hasn't there's no, official position he's not working for the president but you know? That he's likely having communications with. The president I would think maybe he's not. I guess I could be wrong about that but it seems like that you would you would lean on advice from a number? Of people who have been. Defenders, of yours On a number of issues I don't know, where the fixes with this but likely it's going to be move on Don't keep, try not to address it you. Know because it really is just words although. They it it was not a great day, it was not a good day at all I don't know of any way To address it Action wise the work that's done. From the summit it's going to have to be very clear Russia has to be held. Responsible for Crimea Ukraine and Syria Andrew story full stop I don't see how you get there I don't know how. You get there if you can't get. There through a summit and apparently you can't Because keep, in mind. Crimea Ukraine well we sat by and. We watched that happen Syria too and the former administration lied about Syria yes and didn't call Russia out And, they had every opportunity what Susan Brice. How, many times have you said And had every opportunity to just say look, we are no longer this administration is no longer going to be in power but we must tell, the world that Russia is not doing what they promised to do in Syria and we believe. It's a very dangerous situation for the incoming administration to have to deal with and they. Have been briefed on this and we are waving a big red. Flag here the world needs to, know Russia is not playing. By the? Rules. They're not playing nice at all Eight six six ninety redeye is your rig.
"crimea" Discussed on KLBJ 590AM
"Was using a few of these guys. To remind us that the so-called conflict we have with Russia. They wanna remind us that we have a conflict with Russia, they are reminding us of Crimea there reminding us of Ukraine Now I can make a promise to you Most Americans don't care They don't care They haven't even bothered to investigate what happened leading up to, the situation there and I'm sure that most Americans don't talk about this at the dinner table and I'm sure most women don't talk about it over. Lot as, Starbucks Crimea Ukraine? Are you, kidding no. Mexicans don't care they don't give, a flying rats you know? What about it, they don't care but the intelligence apparatus Quant you care because Trump through them under. The bus today. Oh my God, it's been a That's why Russian collusion and the war propaganda coming out of the Neo. Kind. Of liberal think tanks has little effect on. Public opinion really have waited too long to get the meat out there and. They've only conveniently thrown the public table scraps. In the form of indictments their, effective only for a moment and do nothing to further the basic, narrative of treason it doesn't work this is such a sham and it's not because it's not about Donald. Trump this is about the intelligence agencies getting all crazy because they're gonna lose, their Cold War foothold they still believe that it's the nineteen fifties they still believe is the sixty seventies eighties up until the wall coming down they. Still think, this is the? Soviet Union, wake up. Nine hundred eighty nine call the, walls down by don't don't? Sit there and, do this but they're doing it and it's sad and it's and it's actually buffoonery. In the highest. Degree a lot Clown antics balloon animals and unicycles in horns. Honking I just think this this is the most hilarious thing I've ever seen. I'm not even scared I'm not even I. Don't even feel bad about it. I just think that the media has shown their colors they are, they're asking c- CIA and NSA agents what they think well I think the KGB agent blah. Blah blah Keep it up keep it up we'll. Be, back with more ground zero, don't, go, away Thinking about life insurance what if you could make one free phone call and learn your best price from. Nearly a, dozen highly-rated price-competitive..
"crimea" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA
"Putin gets the laugh President Trump and President Trump. On Crimea as well known And he's firmly continue to maintain that Did you? See those lifts you see those lives Poon was where all the things. Trump does all the shots he takes he didn't take a shot at Putin. Wearing four inch lifts at the presser, you look, at them and you, go? Hang on isn't Trump like six three how is Vladimir Putin? At the same height that he? Is how is it wasn't legal to We our viewpoint is, different we held a referendum in. Strict compliance whether? You win charter national legislation we didn't do. Anything, wrong on Crimea and then Trump with but our relationship has never been worse than it is. Now however that changed as of about four hours ago Gary. Fixed it I really believe? That having a conversation? Would be politically than to refuse to meet to refuse to engage but. That would not accomplish anything you know what there's a lot of things going. On here one I understand that President, Trump would, take issue with his, intelligence? Apparatus and that's because they're politicized you could see that you? Saw with the hearings last week They are certainly working against him, in many cases and even the, evidence laid out against the Russians that they want to toss. Behind bars is not that significant but that doesn't make this. An, unmitigated disaster of an event and we'll get, into this more..
"crimea" Discussed on Here & Now
"Military is in terrible shape i mean they don't have a they they haven't been properly trained they're not prepared to take on a crisis if it was needed and they also of course don't put enough into into the other capabilities like cyber there are some countries that are way behind on keeping their systems safe and again when you have an an alliance of twenty nine countries if you have one country even one country that's completely week and you expect the others to share your intelligence with them of course that's not going to work and that is a big problem here intelligence sharing does not work as well as it should inside nato dairy within a matter of days president trump is going to be meeting with vladimir putin of russia on nato members of very concerned about russia's aggression is seizure of crimea in ukraine what is what is the greatest concern that nato has about this meeting as it looks on everybody is worried that that that he could go and make some kind of comments on crimea for example that that might make president putin think that you know the us might might recognize the annexation he is said you know we'll have to see what happens in their meeting and that's an shivers down the spine not just of a nato allies that are on the border nobody wants to see the us wavering at all on nonrecognition of crimea it's a nato the nato policy that that won't happen it's even us policy that that won't happen so when things like that or said it makes everybody nervous especially if if it's possible that there will truly be a one on one meeting with note takers present i mean i think you probably hear the same things on the us side that's reporter teri schultz from brussels at nato hey orders terry thank you great to be with you.
"crimea" Discussed on WSB-AM
"The earlier sanctions on after the invasion of crimea in two thousand fourteen as you pointed out they do hurt the russian economy in the short run people and i when i say people i say the average russian citizen new is fed a constant stream of kremlin propaganda because the state owns the television these people the average russian are still they're very patriotic and they view russia as being embattled by this evil west but in the longer term because the russian economy is is weak and it isn't recovering really at a good rate and these recent sanctions of course we'll add extra harm in the eye it some point the average russian is going to say wait a minute why are you know why aren't my pensions being raised when the inflation is going up what's wrong with the healthcare system why can't i ride on the road so in the long run i think that this will end up harming vladimir putin but of course it's a question of time it is and to speed that up we do things like we're pushing london england to start telling the russians get out of the london banks european union to stop accepting rush investment that will begin to get through to them because if they don't want to build it the military's in defend themselves and least they could back us economically in our push to get russia's attention don't you agree i do agree and i think those types of measures will eventually exerts some influence on on the putin regime but you have to remember that that the oligarchs that we're talking about and a high level russian officials and of course these these categories kind of overlap because some high ranking watson officials are all the guards in the sense that they're hugely wealthy but if you look at this whole array of people who give putin his support yes it's this is going to damage them a lot of them can no longer travel to the west they can't send their children to fancy private schools in england and the us but it's it's a it's a matter of time and you you also have to remember that these people are.
"crimea" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"The the time in sevastopol the main city in crimea is 1035 from people there will soon have a new radio station i will speak to the very heart of its prominence in world news recently it is three years essence crimea was invaded by russia and annexed from ukraine after its capital kiev made a pivot from moscow towards the west when i ukraine is planning to start broadcasting news in the crimean taught our language to the native population there or maksim aristotle visa ukrainian journalist and joins me now on the line welcome to the program maksim m so who exactly is this new radio station is designed to reach good morning the is actually a part of an attempt of the ukrainian state to reach crimean tatters which is a moslem minority of crimea in sexually it gramien indigenous people they they were all the people who were populated crimea an early in the 20th century but after his talents repression and mass deportation almost all of them were deported to central asia and only after the soviet union collapsed they started returning to caribbea in now constitute i think around twelve percent of population of crimea with aware talking about hundreds of thousands of flow of crimean tatars uk so i meant headed said that the size of that community she compared to the others in crimea who might typically lean more towards a kia of rather than than moscow will unfortunately crimean tartars right now at the epicentre off.
"crimea" Discussed on WTMA
"The russian a takeover of crimea and i'll say new roughly half of ukraine but the crimea thing was so amazing to me now that was under president obama's uh uh administration we didn't do anything about it we did hardly anything about it but then again neither has president trump i mean crimea should be an independent republican of some kind or attached to ukraine party of clay but we never you know we never really even sabrerattling psyche took it and we look the other way and that that lingers in my head because i i i just think we gave him a free pass to take over this country at will why i couldn't agree well what the hints that all about uh i don't know member what uh remember when there was a hot mic and yes oh bombet said medvedev i could be a lot more flexible the second term well he was boy that's the only thing i could see what do you mean we give the ukrainians defensive weapons so we're there are in march you're right this service i let me take a quick break uh now what dig into some other things as well uh including on the economic side uh folks targeted doug schoen founder pen shown in berlin's uh doug the democratic strategist in a pollster an advisor to president clinton in mayor mike bloomberg hands i call him a very moderate democrat in some cases i think you're totally nonpartisan any ways of fox news contributor and his latest putin on the march the russian president's unchecked global advance i want to know how and why.
"crimea" Discussed on WJNT 1180 AM
"To the russian a takeover of crimea and i'll say roughly half of ukraine but the crimean thing was so amazing to me now that was under president obama's uh uh administration we didn't do anything about it we didn't hardly say anything about it but then again neither has president trump i mean crimea should be an independent republican of some kind or attached to ukraine which party of cloud but we never i you know we never really even sabrerattling me psyche took it and we look the other way and that that lingers in my head because i i i just think we gave him a free pass to take over this country at will worried i couldn't agree i mean what the heck's that all about uh i don't know member what uh remember when there was a hot mic and obama said medvedev i could be a lot more flexible the second term well he was boy that's the only thing i could see we didn't even give the ukrainians defensive weapons so we're lay burn darom march you're right this service i let me take a quick break uh now what dig into some other things as well uh including on the economic side uh folks talking to doug schoen founder pen shown in berlin's uh dugs the democratic strategist in a pollster an advisor to president clinton in there might bloomberg hands i call him a very moderate democrat in some cases i think you're totally nonpartisan anyways the fox news contributor and his latest putin on the march the russian president's unchecked global advance i want to know how and why were going to check.
"crimea" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"And and tell you what you also have to understand is that putin has a very clear goal here he's got a clear political goal which is to get the united states lift sanctions which were imposed by the obama administration on russia in two thousand fourteen after the war in ukraine and after putin basically stole crimea heat using had admitted she and the thing is sort of sanctions play into the russian domestic political conversation because they've despite what state tv says that have had an overwhelming effect on the economy people have felt them they fantastically irritated putin's kind of oligarchy ache in a circle he many from an sanction can't travel to the us they contravene the european union they can access that they yeltsin the mediterranean all that will that wine cellars in switzerland they see this as an affront and dignity and so i presient really wants to get rid of sanctions and really he viewed trump is the best vehicle the king that because trump kept on saying that be friends with russia meanwhile we know that secretly his aides were emailing the kremlin asking for assistance with bellinger hotel in trump tower and then of course trump winds to putin's surprise but the problem is that the russia's story becomes such a kind of billowing scandal that trump is now to of politically able to deliver an end to sanctions and i i think what's interesting about this it's so to speak stood bigotry if you like is that actually i think without exaggeration i think job on one level what what happened in two thousand sixteen america was was you might consider to be the greatest espionage operation ever by the russian side which is now say that the tens of millions of people have voted for donald trump didn't do do say sincerely because of course they did but that actually russia possibly successfully pushed trump across the line so that was instead of tactical trump for putin but in other respects it was a strategic fadia because as she sanctions is than in place it's now imposed for donald trump to lift them and i think what it shows is that the problem with the way the kremlin thinks about the world is that imagines other countries to.
"crimea" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM
"Of crimea and 2014 iran and north korea are also targeted in that sanctions bill a portland sanctuary for his portland's a sanctuary city they released and other felony illegal alien according to k g w in portland and they didn't notify ice when they released this illegal alien and that suspect who was released from jail in 2016 when under raven elderly citizen a man in portland is accused of breaking into a sixty five year old woman tom sexually assaulting her stealing her car and he was arrested after allegedly a sultan yet another woman and then running from police sergio martinez was caught july 24th after officers chased him dangerously so through a neighborhood now documents filed in march 2017 shows that martinez has a long history of illegal entry into the united states he's a transient in portland portland's a sanctuary state he he's been deported over twenty times he has five probation violations because he consistently continues to enter illegally and his most recent removal was in november 2016 that was his last deportation and so i slogged an immigration detainers against him they wanted portland police to let them know before they released him so that ice could take him into custody and portland police refused to do so because they're sanctuary city so this guy was able to be released he win in i mean just went under the radar and started assaulting people as an ice he also slammed this elderly woman's had him to the foreign punched her in the head several times do so good jobs sanctuary city advocates you on that moving on down the line l we have a lot more to get into audited i have one more i know i know but i could we just have too much content today too much this is at fox five atlanta this is awful nine injured when a van crashed into a crowd of people in mid wilshire district nine people were injured yesterday one of them critically when a vehicle slammed into a group of pedestrians to everybody is expected to recover and.
"crimea" Discussed on WJR 760
"Couple nights go the leader of ukraine was there and i was watching him talk about six to ten thousand in uniform you russian soldiers in the ukraine which was a sovereign european country and i guess you point out what america go to war may be a thermonuclear war with russia does save estonia latvia and lithuania the answers probably know and the first thing the europeans would do would be to back down correct goes i don't see the germans and the french withstanding a russian incursion or invasion ended the baltics and then at what is america do and that is very remote by trillion dollar question because lake in rural slur second largest to cowdery that is the european union and so far as you point out the dollar the french and the germans are but none of the major powers including the uk uh are willing to crew are actually put up a barrier and say aboard mir putin stop this world watched dan or in fact you encourage crimea he takes over crimea the crowd at the poor are good man major of the eastern ukraine and you know that greater ukraine is just waiting for air commuter forces are all the way in anthony lake over ukraine an accident raw and from there there is no sapri you mentioned the baltic country of course for catherine it's about putin she's follow yet trump work that worked way down at night in forty by the soviet union and when they kirk a stonier latvia lithuania the baltic.