2015 Audio: Bloomberg Justifies Putin's Invasion Of Crimea

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Michael Bloomberg Circa 2015 Justifies Russia’s Invasion Of Crimea

VIRGINIA KRUTAASSOCIATE EDITOR

February 11, 20201:56 PM E

Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg justified Russia’s invasion of Crimea, according to his own recently-surfaced 2015 remarks.

Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin highlighted Bloomberg’s comments from an appearance at the Aspen Institute with moderator Jennifer Bradley. (RELATED: Betting Odds Upset: Bernie Blows Past Biden, Bloomberg In Third)

Bloomberg began by comparing Russia’s move to annex Crimea to the United States annexing California from Mexico in 1848. “What would America do if we had a continuous country and a lot of people in that country wanted to be Americans. Does California ring a bell? We just went and took it.”
Mike Bloomberg, in newly surfaced 2015 remarks, compares Putin’s attack on Ukraine to US annexing California: “What would America do if we had a continuous country and a lot of people in that country wanted to be Americans. Does California ring a bell? We just went and took it.”
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) February 11, 2020

Bloomberg went on to suggest that U.S. military bases worldwide were no different than Russia’s aggression in the region, adding, “I’m not suggesting Putin’s doing a good thing or it should be allowed. But we did this. That was 200 years ago, but we did it. And you want a warm water port? Guantanamo Bay ring a bell? We kept that.”
Bloomberg then compares Russian aggression to U.S. military bases: “I’m not suggesting Putin’s doing a good thing or it should be allowed. But we did this. That was 200 years ago, but we did it. And you want a warm water port? Guantanamo Bay ring a bell? We kept that.”
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) February 11, 2020

He then suggested that the expansion of NATO may have led to Russian President Vladimir Putin feeling threatened, appearing to argue that Putin only lashed out because he felt cornered by other world powers.
Bloomberg believes NATO expansion gave Putin justification for aggression: “One of the reasons that Putin has reacted the way he did is there was a movement to have NATO be right along the Russian border… so they know this meant that the world was out to get them.”
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) February 11, 2020

Bloomberg concluded by claiming that having Russia as an ally would be important in the future, especially because he did not believe it would be possible to stop Iran from gaining nuclear capabilities. “With the whole crazy Islamic world with all of its chaos that’s going on, we’ll never be able to stop Iran from being a nuclear power. To do it, if we did, you have to have Russia as an ally in these things,” he explained.
More Bloomberg on foreign policy: “With the whole crazy Islamic world with all of its chaos that’s going on, we’ll never be able to stop Iran from being a nuclear power. To do it, if we did, you have to have Russia as an ally in these things.”
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) February 11, 2020

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https://dailycaller.com/2020/02/11/michael-bloomberg-2015-justifies-russia-crimea/

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Izzy Mn(4)

I'm not sure if Bloomberg is justifying Russian Annex of Crimea just understands the motive on why they did this, justified or not. Russia has had a problem with not having a adequate deep warm weather port (doesn't get blocked by ice) for a very, very, very long time. My husband and I have discussed this a few times. He is a big war history buff so is pretty knowledgeable about some of that kind of stuff.

Here is a good article about Russias issues.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/10/navy-base-syria-crimea-putin/408694/

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HU-885118952

Interesting these recordings are getting dropped now. Is this getting any attention in the MSM?

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catkinZ8a

What do you think?

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foodonastump

Izzy - That’s how I read it, too. Show some self-awareness of our history. Can’t hurt to be objective about how we’re viewed. Whether or not we care is part 2.

Haven’t seen this one elsewhere yet (haven’t looked) but the S&F video is all over MSM. Good. If it’s gonna get out there let’s get it out there. The earlier the better.

ETA - yes, this one too. Example:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/02/11/not-long-ago-bloomberg-likened-putins-attack-ukraine-americas-annexation-california/?outputType=amp

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Nana H

Guess someone must be starting to worry about Bloomberg. Let the character assasination begin.

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patriciae_gw(07)

These statements are true. You cant make good policy by pretending something is not true. If you understand what is motivating a rival then you do a better job of managing a relationship with them. Basic business practice.

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bleusblue2

I would agree with Bloomberg on the issue. I don't know whether he is explaining it or supporting it -- either point of view would have been defensible. In the early days I took Trump's positive comments about Russia to be coming from a similar stance. Wrong. No stance, no strategy. He doesn't know enough history to have a stance. Then of course, all that kowtowing to Putin -- "I don't know why he would (interfere in US elections)" and those secret conferences.

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foodonastump

The obvious spin is that someone is afraid of Bloomberg.

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zmith

Brought to you by Conspiracy Theories R US.

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elvis

LOL.

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Ziemia(6a)

OP: "Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin highlighted Bloomberg’s comments from an appearance at the Aspen Institute with moderator Jennifer Bradley."

2nd comment: "Interesting these recordings are getting dropped now. Is this getting any attention in the MSM?"

WaPo is no longer MSM?

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catkinZ8a

Pretty sure it was air time in question.

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Ziemia(6a)

Why would watching a video on MSM be considered so important? It (video watching) seems more important to Trump supporters - and they have their sources.

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margaritadina

''Does California ring a bell? We just went and took it.”

No doesn't ring the bell. Totally different event. Putin didn't just ''went and took it''. He had to.


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''Izzy Mn(4) Russia
has had a problem with not having a adequate deep warm weather port
(doesn't get blocked by ice) for a very, very, very long time. My
husband and I have discussed this a few times.''

Correct about the only warm water port. After USSR fell apart for good, for 20 years Russia rented it's only warm water port from Ukraine and never had to go without it.




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patriciae_gw(07)

Why did Putin have to Illegally take the Crimean peninsula?

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