I have never been to the Ukraine. Therefore I am as qualified to speak on this subject as Obama's most recent appointments to United States Ambassadorships. Actually I may be more qualified. Growing up, one of my best friends was Ukrainian. I attended many of their family get-to-gathers and got to know them well.
The Ukrainians are good, smart, industrious people. The adults that I knew tended to educated or skilled. The younger people did well in school. And they always had great food at their parties. Always a plus for me in those years. These were people that I would welcome into my home at any time.
When I turned the TV on the other night and saw Kiev burning, I was appalled. The Ukraine needs to be independent. More important, no people should be controlled by the Russian thugocracy. This insanity is occurring only because Vladimir Putin wants to restore the "glorious" days of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
Vlad, if I may call you that, give it up. Those days are gone now. Actually you come across as pretty creepy with your posturing and photo ops. I realize that you see an opportunity, as the American President is weak and incompetent. Those glorious days that you remember oh so fondly, were really not all that glorious. Why do you think so many that you worked with in the KGB wanted postings in western capitols and never wanted to come home.
Those at the top of the food chain lived well. It didn't take much of a drop in status to live a life of deprivation in the old USSR. Why do you think that cheap vodka was so popular. Here's a clue. It wasn't because of the sophisticated taste.
If you put as much effort into improving the Russia that you have, as you put into ideas of expansion, it would be better for all concerned. You know as well as anyone that the only world class manufacturers that Russia has is the Mikoyan Design Bureau and the many companies that build your AKs.
Vlad, the opportunities there and you're stuck in the Cold War era. Do Russia, the Ukraine, and yourself a favor. Mature your thinking. Russia is a great country with unlimited potential. Effective progress will get you far more than blatant opportunism. What it comes down to is, how do you want to be remembered in the history books? Remember, soon enough we are all history.