Thursday, May 22, 2014

Spare a Hryvnia?

Not a David Friedman fantasy, but actual Defense Policy in Ukraine;
Ukraine’s military is facing its worst crisis with a navy that has lost two-thirds of its vessels, an army desperate for basic equipment, and a defense ministry that has taken to hustling 50-cent donations that people can make with mobile phone text messages. It has raised more than $1 million so far that way — enough to buy one interceptor missile on a U.S. Navy warship — but military officials are thrilled.
“We’ll use the money to buy the things we lack, like bulletproof helmets and medical supplies,” said Bogdan Buta, Ukraine’s deputy defense minister.
Whatever floats your boat, don't expect foreign exchange;
 Kiev’s Western allies, meanwhile, including the United States, have shown little willingness to help it rearm, fearing that more weaponry could upset diplomatic negotiations or provoke Russian President Vladimir Putin further.
'Nice bear, nice bear.'

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