February 23rd, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Analysis: U.S. and Russia playing chess or blood sport?

By CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter Elise Labott

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin went to great lengths to portray their phone call Friday as evidence the two leaders were working together to stabilize the situation in Ukraine.

Absent were the accusations they traded the past two months over the future of the former Soviet republic.

The Obama administration continues to dismiss the notion of a new Cold War with Russia. But the louder their protests, the more apparent the chill has become.

It was on display Saturday in widely differing characterizations of a telephone conversation between Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, after news broke that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych left the capital because of what he described as a "coup."

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  1. Ndguk Ddrtyu

    Reading intelligence is bad because you are lacking "enough" insight too know what your missing. I say: in Politics talent is hard to find liken to intel where talent is hard too read...

    February 24, 2014 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  2. Ndguk Ddrtyu

    Assad is under performing.

    February 24, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  3. Jjhtftre Grthgrt

    "the DOCTOR"...

    February 23, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Reply
    • Really!?

      Stay off whatever your taking bud. Intelligence is a good thing and would like you to find some as soon as possible. If you don't the only way this is good is at least your lacking enough intelligence to not know what your missing.

      February 24, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  4. Jjhtftre Grthgrt

    -P-u-t-i-n–is the Worlds richest man not -O-b-a-m-a–and–O-b-a-m-a–is a Barry...or what-ever...you can not make this stuff up or can you...hmn...P-u-t-i-n–is a doctor...you know he made somthing up along the way...

    February 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  5. Jjhtftre Grthgrt

    defund the c-i-a...

    February 23, 2014 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  6. Jjhtftre Grthgrt

    a muslium poped his head to take out a AQ leader in s-y-r-i-a....you just can not make this stuff up...hmn...or can you...what difference will it make...

    February 23, 2014 at 10:56 pm | Reply
  7. Jjhtftre Grthgrt

    yesterday I bought a halal chicken (with imaginary food stamps called dollars) the chicken was double the price of the non-halal chicken I drank a beer I stuffed the chicken with pork and bathed it in wine...the illegal alian who sold me the thing I later stuffed instructed me to pay "them" in dollars only then he took delivery of his papa jon pizza which the militant black delivery aid reminded the illegal alian that the pizza was vegitarian and was cut with a clean sharp knife...we laughed like children or snickering wall streeters (take your pick)...you just can not make this stuff up...or can you...hmn...

    February 23, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  8. Jjhtftre Grthgrt

    sensorship is in full effect now...

    February 23, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  9. Jjhtftre Grthgrt

    I cannot remember the last time I spoke with a real american...everywhere I go 99.9 percent of the people are illegal alians anchor babies and every other excuse wall street created to deconstruct the US to destroy every single last real american...

    February 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Reply
    • jboh

      You need to get out of your bubble more often.

      February 24, 2014 at 7:40 am | Reply
  10. Donald George MacDonald

    I ask you how many more of our finest sons and daughters and then their children will somehow be coerced and convinced or ordered to become brave soldiers in order to pass one of the entrance rites to adulthood?

    I ask you how many more of our world citizens will somehow be coerced and convinced or ordered to go to war to kill other equally perfect human beings?

    I ask you how many more of our next generations of finest youths will somehow be coerced and convinced or ordered by leaders of nations, movements and religions to sacrifice their precious lives in war?

    February 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  11. Jjhtftre Grthgrt

    there are suckers born evey minute...i can not remember the last time I saw a white baby let alone one with white parents which english was their first language...

    February 23, 2014 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  12. Jjhtftre Grthgrt

    to serve...means little...not now...

    February 23, 2014 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  13. Donald George MacDonald

    After the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, U.S. citizens continued to serve in the military and bravely sacrificed their lives in 19 more wars. 19 more wars, all of which occurred in foreign countries with the exception of the War of 1812, and the Civil War and American Indian Wars when we turned our guns upon our own people.

    And in the U.S., we sit with our eyes blankly staring and with our mouths agape every 4th of July and say, "ooh and aah" as we again celebrate our “bombs bursting in air.”

    In the U.S., almost from birth we are taught to sing our National Anthem written, of course, about and during a war, the War of 1812.

    In the U.S., almost since birth we sing most loudly, always in unison and cheer as fighter jets perform low fly-bys.

    In the U.S., we sing about “the perilous fight” and “rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air.”

    In the U.S., our National Anthem fittingly concludes, “Then conquer we must,”

    In the U.S., our majority of citizens require or pressure even our youngest children to promise to obey our government which is after all, the same when we "Pledge Allegiance to the Flag."

    February 23, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Reply
    • Donald George MacDonald

      And our United States citizens have always been told, “there are no diplomatic alternative left,” so our finest sons and daughters must again go to war as bravely as we did and our ancestors did.

      And our U.S. leaders have always pledged that our finest sons and daughters bravely sacrificed their lives in foreign nations for something..."for our further freedom and democracy at home."

      And our U.S. leaders and citizens still try to coerce more of our finest youths to defend more of their chosen causes and to attack more of their chosen foes.

      And the U.S. has allocated $572 billion in "defense" spending for 2014.

      And our majority of citizens only parrot to others that U.S. global military strength and expansionism and weapons productions and weapons sales will make us safer when instead the opposite is surely true.

      And even our most patriotic and brave soldiers will not be able to protect us from our foreign blunders.

      And even our most patriotic and brave soldiers will not be able to protect us from those who fear U.S. global military expansionism and from those who covet our sold weapons of mass destruction and from those who despise the arrogance of U.S. actions and its failed foreign policies.

      February 23, 2014 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  14. Jjhtftre Grthgrt

    there is no america...

    February 23, 2014 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  15. Jjhtftre Grthgrt

    there are no americans in america...

    February 23, 2014 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  16. Jjhtftre Grthgrt

    you know your going too anyway...

    February 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  17. Jjhtftre Grthgrt

    attack...

    February 23, 2014 at 10:12 pm | Reply
  18. George patton

    The main problem here is the current U.S. expansion into Eastern Europe. It appears that the C.I.A. has been only too successful in stirring up pro-European sentiment there and thus eventually pave the way for the Western conquest of Ukraine. The greed of the right-wingers in Washington knows no end!!!

    February 23, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  19. Donald George MacDonald

    The Machiavellian leaders of both movements and nations are still, somehow permitted by a majority of their followers to issue ultimate threats of wars even when each new battle has taken an increasing toll. Many millions of our world citizens have already bravely sacrificed their health and lives for and because of the causes and conflicts created and continued by the leaders. Yet still, leaders are somehow permitted to coerce or order our finest youths to defend more of their chosen causes and to attack more of their chosen foes.

    February 23, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Reply
    • Donald George MacDonald

      The worth and validity of our democracy
      can be measured by the worthiness of actions by our leaders
      elected to carry out the will of "we the people."

      February 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm | Reply
      • Donald George MacDonald

        Many fortunate citizens remain isolated from others, and themselves,
        so do not care to give hope and help.

        Many privileged citizens continue to hoard
        as much personal wealth as possible
        instead of sharing more with
        “those”
        who are less privileged.

        Many ignorant, selfish, uncaring citizens
        refuse to acknowledge past and continuing injustices
        committed against our own people.

        Many adults have learned to turn their eyes and minds and hearts away
        so they cannot see and fully feel for the suffering many millions of people
        in our cities and our states and our country endure without hope.

        February 23, 2014 at 8:03 pm |
      • Donald George MacDonald

        May there be
        peace on earth
        and goodwill
        toward all people
        in this world.

        February 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm |
      • Donald George MacDonald

        Breaking Ranks

        My focused sight flashes me back again.
        I still see us more clearly here than when at war
        as our spent ranks like the undead marched
        past fire and ashes in a Mekong morning.

        Burning grass is firmly matted;
        cradles a still, slender woman.
        Flowing black hair no longer hides her embers;
        no longer shrouds her staring eyes now aglow.

        Once I barely cared to glance
        at her infectious, triumphant pyre.
        In my grave procession past
        I did not break my stride.

        February 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm |
      • Donald George MacDonald

        we are all
        born
        needing
        loving
        growing
        stronger
        needing
        learning
        wanting
        loving
        growing
        older
        learning
        hating
        stricken
        sickly
        wanting
        dying
        alone
        dead
        needing
        loving
        growing
        stronger
        born
        needing
        loving
        we are all

        February 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm |

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