… by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor, … with Press TV, Tehran
- First published Sunday, April 13, 0214 -
[ Editors Note: These sanctions seem like nothing more than a jobs program for State Department people.
But although they are not really harmful to the intended targets, as virtually none of them have American bank accounts or trips to Disneyland planned, they do contribute to poisoning the settlement climate.
Have the sanctions been a smokescreen behind which we are seeing the illegal coup government which the US and West was so quick to support…begin its attempted military intervention in East Ukraine?
Today some Army units have already surrendered their equipment and refused to engage any of the phantom terrorists they did not see…only local towns people, militia and babouskas.
Odessa has been pushed over to the protestors after presidential candidates there and in Kiev were beaten up by Right Sectors mobs while local police and Kiev appointed authorities just watched it happen. The rest of East Ukraine got to see what kind of election the Kiev coup-meisters had planned to consolidate their power.
I would like to say that the US Embassy has had nothing to do with any of this, but I would be lying. They have been involved with the coup gangsters from day one and have the blood of the Maidan dead on their hands. They may have diplomatic immunity but that will not save them from public condemnation back home. ]
You can hear the 3 minute phone interview here.
Sanctions imposed by the US against Crimean officials will have little effect and is a “silly” and “embarrassing” policy by the Obama administration, a political commentator in Wisconsin says.
“The sanctions that we have now have basically just been a token, they look kind of silly” and Crimean leaders are not worried about them, said Jim W. Dean, the managing editor of Veterans Today.
The sanctions are “like a cover for” a really “big mistake” the US government has made in Ukraine and Crimea and they are not supported by the American public, Dean told Press TV on Saturday.
The US strategy in the region is “turning into a zoo and a lot of us here have never been more embarrassed by the diplomacy that we’re seeing now from the American government,” he added.
On Friday, the US Treasury Department announced sanctions against six Crimean leaders and a Crimea-based gas company over the integration of the Black Sea peninsula into Russia.
The sanctions target the former vice speaker of Ukraine’s parliament, Sergey Tsekov, who helped pave the way for the referendum on Crimea’s independence. The US and its Western allies have already imposed sanctions against Russia.
The Autonomous Republic of Crimea declared independence from Ukraine on March 17 and formally applied to become part of Russia following a referendum, in which nearly 97 percent of the participants voted in favor of the move.
Crimean Information Minister Dmitry Polonsky said US sanctions against the leaders of Crimea are like “mosquito bites” and “are insignificant because they cannot do harm to Crimea or Crimea’s leaders.”
Jim comes from an old military family dating back to the American Revolution. Dozens of Confederate ancestors fought for the South in the War Between the States. Uncles fought in WWII and Korea. His father was a WWII P-40 and later P-51 Mustang fighter pilot. Vietnam found several uncles serving, a cousin, and brother Wendell as a young Ranger officer. His mother was a WWII widow at 16, her first husband killed with all 580 aboard when the SS Paul Hamilton, an ammunition ship with 7000 tons of explosives aboard, was torpedoed off the coast of Algiers.
He has been writing, speaking and doing public relations, television, consulting and now multimedia work for a variety of American heritage, historical, military, veterans and Intel platforms. Jim's only film appearance was in the PBSLooking for Lincoln documentary with Prof. Henry Lewis Gates, and he has guest lectured at the Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Gordon.
Currently he is working to take his extensive historical video archives on line to assist his affiliated organizations with their website multimedia efforts, such as the Military Order of World Wars, Atlanta, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans , Assoc. for Intelligence Officers, the Navy League, Georgia Heritage Council, National Memorial Assoc.of Georgia.
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