World Sanctions Against Russia for Ukraine/Crimea Invasion? Are you kidding? — 03/26/2014

USA “walk” surely doesn’t match its “talk” of Russian sanctions “where it hurts”!!!!
 
It may be “hurting”, but for whom???
 
 http://www.kentucky.com/2014/03/25/3161145/russian-rocket-blasts-off-for.html
 
“So far, the tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine have been kept at bay. Since the retirement of the U.S. shuttle fleet in 2011, NASA has relied on Russian Soyuz spacecraft as the only means to ferry crew to the orbiting outpost and back.The U.S. pays Russia nearly $71 million per seat to fly astronauts to the space lab through 2017. It’s doing that at a time when it has led calls for sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine following a hastily-arranged referendum. So far the sanctions have been limited and haven’t directly targeted the wider Russian economy.Earlier this month, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden repeatedly said the conflict in Ukraine would have no effect on what’s going on in space between the U.S. and Russia, saying that the “partnership in space remains intact and normal.”He said there’s a long history of countries cooperating in orbit, while clashing on terra firma, which is why he said some people have nominated the 16-nation International Space Station for the Nobel Peace Prize.At the same time, Bolden said on his blog Tuesday that while NASA continues to cooperate successfully with Russia, it wants to quickly get its own capacity to launch crews. NASA is trying to speed up private American companies’ efforts to launch crew to orbit, but it needs extra funding to do so.”But even as the ‘space race’ has evolved over the past 50 years from competition to collaboration with Russia, NASA is rightfully focused now more than ever on returning our astronauts to space aboard American rockets — launched from U.S. soil — as soon as possible,” he said.”
 
Native Americans used to call that “speaking from the both sides of your mouth”………;+)
 
Some other people, like me, would call that “being caught with your pants down”……….;+)
 
It seems, once again, our optimism has gotten the best of us!……..;+)
 
Shall we learn???……..;+)

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