Skip to comments.8 Steps Obama Must Take to Punish Russia
Posted on 03/02/2014 4:16:14 AM PST by Zhang Fei
Russias illegal military incursion in the Crimea region in Ukraine is a grave violation of a nations sovereignty and cannot go unpunished.
First, President Obama should speak unequivocally and call this what it is: a military invasion. The Obama administration must publicly acknowledge that its reset with Russia is dead. The president must now accept that the only way to deal with tyrants like Vladimir Putin is with a clear understanding that they cant be trusted and that only decisive action will deter their provocative moves.
Second, President Obama should dispatch Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Kiev to show U.S. support for Ukraines transitional government, and urge our allies in the European Union and NATO to send representatives there as well.
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Why bother? He must know Obama is incapable of doing anything other than worrying about how this will affect Ukrainian homosexuals and whether refugees are receiving free abortions.
Go to another dance recital
If Obama was smart, he should call Putin a racist. That would certainly humiliate Putin and stop this nonsense immediately. /sarc
I hope Sarah is watching and listening and reading and RUNNING.
Punish Russia? That sounds like a lot of work. Not sure our man is up to that level of effort.
Why would Obuma help? Ukrainians are white people.
But Putin is homophobic.
Ooops! Did I say 'Tea Party'? My bad...
Why should he? He promised to be more “flexible” after the election.
Obama = tiny parabols
What’s that you say?
Why don’t those undocumented Russians need a pathway to become Ukranian citizens?
Waste of time —
On the outside Obama and his comrades are pretending to be upset but on the inside they support Putin and Russia in putting down this unauthorized uprising against dictatorships.
Why would the kenyan want to punish Russia? He told Putin that he would be more “flexible” after the 2012 election. Well, he is being “flexible.” Putin is probably acting according to a previously arranged agreement.
Putin has figured out that Obama is set on destroying his internal political enemies and has no regard for this country’s political enemies. If he was a “raised here” American, he might think differently. But he will not object to what Putin is doing. Doesn’t affect him. It does affect us in the long run, but that again, doesn’t bother him.
Interesting. I didn’t know about the hearings on approval of some new lefty Obama wuss in the State Dept to handle “arms reduction” talks with Russia.
Also, he’s right about restricting Russian travels and purchases in the US: there are wealthy Russians everywhere, busy buying up high-end properties not only in Miami but in NY and any place where there’s sufficient luxury for them. Limiting their ability to do this would certainly put a little internal pressure on Putin.
Another thing that could be done is to try to get the strangely silent Europe to wake up. But they are terrified, of course, that Russia is going to take over the gas lines that go through the Ukraine, and will then control what is the major natural gas source for Europe. So I think they are just holding their breath.
John Carry DID meet with Ben Affleck today. I’m sure some good ideas came out of that meeting.
Stay out of it.
We aren’t the world’s Texas Rangers.
Obama should not start something he doesn’t have the guts to finish.
This is the kind of confrontation that could lead to another World War.
Why do we have to do anything? This is not our problem. If Obama would have kept his mouth shut during demonstrations, he could have avoided any involvement now.
Team America, World Police was supposed to be a parody not a documentary.
“Putin has figured out that Obama is set on destroying his internal political enemies and has no regard for this countrys political enemies.”
Good point. I don’t think Obama’s not being raised here has any effect on it, but the fact that he is devoting all his time to destroying his domestic “enemies” is certainly something that Putin must have noted. Obama has taken us down to banana republic status, where the dictator is busy purging his enemies, throwing money at his favorites to buy their continued devotion, and basically rendering his country a pathetic wreck with no influence outside its borders except whatever money its dictator wants to throw to others of his ilk (think of VZ giving money to Cuba, and Obama giving money to Muslim radicals).
I really agree with you. This is a can of worms I don’t think we want to open.
Marco obviously did not have time to include step #9:
Obama must put his big girl panties on.
Are eight steps needed when a "redline" just won't do?
I would ADD putting western military forces in all the eastern European Countries which border Russia, along with the Baltic States and emplace the Missile defense Shield Bush was negotiating over.
ANOTHER THING - BUY A UKRAINIAN FLAG and FLY IT - along with a Georgian Flag if you can.
My ancestors don’t come from Eastern Europe, but we should express solidarity with them.
If by some miracle the Russian People are able to rid themselves of this pint-sized Hitler, the U.S. should IMMEDIATELY make overtures towards the replacement government.
At this time, we must overlook Putin’s good points.
But Mexico's 30 million man invasion of the United States over the last 40 years is something that is something that needs to be celebrated, eh Marco?
Punish Russian invaders to the Crimea but reward the Mexican invaders here? Is that the ticket, you Tea Party Turncoat?
It may escalate despite our involvement or lack of it. The whole world will be affected one way or another. There will be some hard decisions to be made and we have exactly the wrong team in and around the WH to be part of that process.
Ukraine should shutdown the gas pipelines from Russia to Europe.
Does that mean that mac daddy will draw another 7 red lines?
LOL. 4,6,7 are especially laughable. Trade ties between US and Russia are dismal and mostly involve exports of US-grown foods into Russia which is nowhere near as critical for Russians as it is to US farmers.
And it is so good that Afghan op end is near because US military there is even more dependant on Russian support. Also NASA cannot even bring a thing to space without their assistance.
Is there any sphere with Russians dependent on US?
The only beneficiary of such a cooling between two nations is a Russian regime. The lesser traveling between US and Russia = the lesser US influence within their country.
This American display of weakness will bring down the US Dollar. Part of the US Dollar strength is due to our powerful militarily and ability to project it. This gives foreigners confidence in holding US Dollars.
So naturally commie Obama is decimating our military which tank the US Dollar.
Meanwhile that headstrong imbecile John Kerry lurches around creating even more damage
Gas provider is not Ukrainian pipe but Russian company Gasprom.
USA troops in Afghanistan cannot go home without Russia help.
Ukraine did that so Russia has now alternative. Gasprom company has no intention to feed Ukraine at own account for they did not pay and have no money. Ukraine asked EU for financial help of 35 000 000 000 $, current debt is 140 000 000 000 with no slightest prospect to pay it back
We should send more warships into the Black Sea to get Americans out if the balloon goes up. I would add, put NATO troops on alert in Europe. Maybe the USA should pay the bills of the Ukrainians-—Maybe Obama should put on a Flack Jacket and visit Kiev himself to show his support. The French President did that in Kosovo if I recall. Maybe send Hillary as a special ambassador to talk to Putin. Maybe give some F-16s to the Ukraine (like they did to Egypt) How about sending Ukraine some medical supplies and food and tents? There is a lot that can be done—BUT does Obama have the guts? I think Not.
One way or another Europe will drag us into another World War unless we act wisely.
If not over the Ukraine and Crimea, it will be over some other needless conflict.
Putin doesn’t have to figure Obama out. Putin has ALL of Obama’s personal information. Obama is being soundly blackmailed.
I never listen to anything congenital liars say.
Either blackmailed or the old soviets did a good enough job of research on him that they know who he is and what his experience is. Experience that counts. The Russians know tons more about Obama than the American voter.
It comes from Gazprom, but don’t most of the pipelines pass through Ukraine? Any disruption of the area would certainly disrupt the gas supply - which Europe depends on, and which Russia depends on too (for the income).
Ukrainians too LOL
Unauthorised are protesters. Them are banderovtsy, heirs of Nachtigal anb Galitsia SS.