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U.S. to Americans on Sochi: Just Don’t Go.

In a humiliating blow to Russia, the U.S. government has warned Americans not to attend the Sochi Olympic games because of the overwhelming risk that Russia will not be able to protect the games from terrorism and may not be able to deliver proper medical care in the event of a terrorist event.  Coming on the heels of the U.S. announcement that no cabinet-level U.S. official will attend the games, this announcement is devastating to Putin’s prestige.  Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld reports the details.

11 responses to “U.S. to Americans on Sochi: Just Don’t Go.

  1. Beetlejuice ⋅

    The U.S is concerned about possible terrorism at the Sochi games, but NEVER once warned Americans not to go contrary to what you think, but to be cautious. There is a BIG difference. The U.S is not currently aware of any motive to target American citizens. You, little Kim, don’t want American athletes to go to Sochi for two reasons: you hate Russians, and you’re still plenty sore about Russia’s victory over Georgia six years ago. Get over it!

    • larussophobe ⋅

      Did you even read the article linked-to above? The U.S. government officially stated that it does not have confidence that Russia can stop terror or provide adequate medical care for victims of terror. A leading figure in Congress said he believes hotels and restaurants on the Sochi perimeter are specifically at risk. If that’s not a warning, what is it?

      • F5_Twister ⋅

        Yes, it’s a warning, it’s not “just don’t go”. That’s the point. The DOS alert doesn’t say that.

        The DOS alert contains no concerns whatsoever that the Russians are unable to stop terror. It says: “Russian authorities have indicated that they are taking appropriate security measures in Sochi in light of this.”

        Also McCaul didn’t say anything about hotels and restaurants. The definition of soft targets is given outside of quotes and does not belong to McCaul. It belongs to ABC. McCaul himself didn’t give any definition of soft targets.

        It is amazing how blatantly you are distorting facts and simply lying on occasions.

        • larussophobe ⋅

          It’s you who is distorting.

          It’s simply hilarious that you think the US State Department’s public notice to Americans about poor medical care and terrorist events in Sochi contains no warning regarding travel to Sochi.

          If you think he didn’t mean hotels and restaurants, what soft targets DID he mean? The comment is outside the quotes because it is something the speaker explained to the reporter in language the reporter chose not to quote.

          You are in your own neo-Soviet world. It’s understandable that you are upset as you watch Putin’s 50 billion fiasco unravel before your eyes.

          • F5_Twister ⋅

            Excuse me. That was my point that it’s a warning to stay cautious in Sochi. While your blog post is implying that it’s an instruction to stay home.

            You are distorting facts again. The alert says nothing about medical care being poor. It says that medical capacity and infrastructure are untested since the Games is the first large-scale event in the region. Untested doesn’t mean poor. How can it possibly be poor if they just built a huge hospital packed with brand-new equipment and helicopter pad? Medical care may be and certainly is crappy in places like, I don’t know, Vyaz’ma. Not in Sochi for sure.

            • larussophobe ⋅

              You’re completely nuts. You think DOS is saying it’s fine to go to Sochi as long as you keep your eyes and ears open? You think that’s how Americans will read it?

              You simply are in your own weird world.

      • Beetlejuice ⋅

        I don’t need to read your “article”.

        “The U.S. government officially stated that it does not have confidence that Russia can stop terror or provide adequate medical care for victims of terror.”

        That’s not telling American athletes not to go to Sochi. I’m sure Russia can’t provide adequate medical attention for victims of terror, but at least they won’t bankrupt individuals for it. There is a big difference between a warning and an order, little Kim. Get through elementary school and discover that for yourself.

        • larussophobe ⋅

          It is unless the person being spoken to is suicidal.

          • Beetlejuice ⋅

            So American athletes are suicidal?

            • larussophobe ⋅

              Unfortunately, the DOS warning has not been widely publicized. Most American athletes have no idea about the risk they are taking simply by getting on a plane in Russia. An athlete who reads the DOS warning and decides to go to Russia anyway clearly values his sport more than his life. Undoubtedly, there are some athletes who love their sports so much that they would in fact risk their lives for a chance to win an Olympic medal. For some athletes, the chance to compete in the 2014 games is once-in-lifetime. That is why it is outrageous for the IOC to have permitted the games to bve staged in place as dangerous as the Caucasus.

              • Beetlejuice ⋅

                Well, unless American athletes are illiterate baboons, as you would say, Kim; the coverage the bombings got with the Sochi Winter Olympics just months away would very likely have found its way into their TV sets and computers.

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