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What will Obama do about Ukraine with Vladimir Putin's hand on his throat?
The Washington Examiner ^ | MARCH 1, 2014 AT 12:24 PM | CHARLES HOSKINSON

Posted on 03/02/2014 6:21:09 AM PST by mandaladon

President Obama is tiptoeing around Russia's apparent intervention to help separatists in Ukraine's Crimea region, but what else can he do when he has squandered any clout he might have had?

Obama came to the podium in the White House to say that "we are now deeply concerned by military movements taken by the Russian Federation within Ukraine," and warned that intervention would invite international condemnation. Obama warned Russia that there would be "costs" from the international community, but did not say how that would be arranged. Russia, as one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, has the power to veto any action by the world body.

But what he said didn't go much farther than earlier statements by administration officials, including press secretary Jay Carney, who earlier refused repeatedly to speculate on what the U.S. might do if proof emerged of Russian intervention aimed at splitting Ukraine. Since Russia has a major naval base in the Crimea, at Sevastopol, at least some of its forces are already in the region and are a focus of reports that Moscow is aiding separatists there. Some conservatives slammed the response as insufficient, but there really isn't much the administration can do after years of giving Russian President Vladimir Putin the impression that President Obama is a pushover. From the "reset" through the voluntary withdrawal of missile defense deployments in Eastern Europe and the "red line" over chemical weapons use in Syria that wasn't a line at all to Obama's Feb. 19 comment that Ukraine is not a piece on a "Cold War chessboard," the administration hasn't given Putin much reason to fear its resolve.

Putin "views the United States as weak," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told Britain's Channel 4.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: obama; putin; russia; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
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It's bad enough that Obama has allowed the Russians to see him as weak over the years. It's worse to have to confront them with Putin's hand on Obama's throat.........The whole world sees Obama as a weak leader.
1 posted on 03/02/2014 6:21:10 AM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon
Meanwhile, there's also the problem of Afghanistan — the "real war," as Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry used to describe it. Now they want to disengage, and the Ukraine crisis creates a very uncomfortable problem: The U.S. needs Moscow's cooperation as it withdraws the more than 33,000 troops left in Afghanistan because one of its main withdrawal routes runs through Russia. The Pentagon began developing a supply route from Afghanistan through Central Asia and Russia because of frequent disruptions on the main routes through Pakistan, including a seven-month closure in 2011-12 stemming from the deaths of 24 Pakistani troops in a NATO air raid. A three-month blockade by a provincial government in Pakistan's northwest in protest over the U.S. drone strike policy only ended Thursday after a court ordered it stopped. Russia has allowed NATO to develop a transit hub at a base in Ulyanovsk to move cargo by air, road and train from Afghanistan through the country to its northern ports. At least a third of the cargo coming out of Afghanistan is expected to move by that route -- if Moscow doesn't shut it down.................In other words Barry doesn't have many options.
2 posted on 03/02/2014 6:23:42 AM PST by mandaladon (If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill)
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To: mandaladon

half of the USA sees that Obama is harder on domestic foes like conservative PACs than he is on Islamic terrorists and Russia invaders.


3 posted on 03/02/2014 6:24:57 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: mandaladon
What will Obama do about Ukraine

Zero.

4 posted on 03/02/2014 6:26:39 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: mandaladon

Putin’s got the goods on Obama. If Russia invaded Alaska tomorrow, Obama couldn’t do more than threaten a stern warning through the UN.


5 posted on 03/02/2014 6:26:51 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: mandaladon

6 posted on 03/02/2014 6:27:23 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: mandaladon; onyx; musicman

As one of the most apt FReepathon graphics showed, it wasn’t a Reset Button, it was an Easy button.


7 posted on 03/02/2014 6:27:54 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Screw the farmers. I can get everything I need at the grocery store.)
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To: mandaladon

Obama is the world’s bitch, and we are his bitch, so what’s that say about us ;/


8 posted on 03/02/2014 6:28:10 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: mandaladon

The only people scared of obama are republican congressmen.


9 posted on 03/02/2014 6:28:23 AM PST by Pietro
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To: mandaladon
What will Obama do about Ukraine with Vladimir Putin's hand on his throat?

Choke.

10 posted on 03/02/2014 6:28:41 AM PST by Kenton
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To: mandaladon

Jump on air force.

Give an unrelated speech to cover the cost

Hide somewhere and play golf.

repeat


11 posted on 03/02/2014 6:28:48 AM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: mandaladon
What will Europe do with Putin's hand on their throat?
12 posted on 03/02/2014 6:30:21 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Pietro

Right on!


13 posted on 03/02/2014 6:31:26 AM PST by mandaladon (If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill)
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To: mandaladon
By Royal decree: Every hour is "happy hour."
14 posted on 03/02/2014 6:32:11 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: mandaladon

Obama will draw another red line...meaning “nothing”!


15 posted on 03/02/2014 6:32:32 AM PST by native texan (Texans should be independent thinkers)
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To: mandaladon

"Our King is so wonderful, strong, and always right.
American Conservatives will remain our only true enemy."

16 posted on 03/02/2014 6:32:38 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: mandaladon
A weak leader? Seriously. Obama has already made the strongest possible statement on an invasion that a narcissist can ever make: "Russia's continued violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would negatively impact Russia's standing in the international community."

Loosely translated from the original Obamics that means, "If you don't stop, people won't like you. Nanny, Nanny, Boo-Boo."

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17 posted on 03/02/2014 6:32:40 AM PST by newheart (The worst thing the Left ever did was to convince the world it was not a religion.)
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To: mandaladon
Macho Putin vs. Girly-Boy Obama
18 posted on 03/02/2014 6:34:45 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: mandaladon

Reagan
“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Obama
“Mr. Putin, your table is ready.”


19 posted on 03/02/2014 6:36:45 AM PST by vekzen
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To: mandaladon

“What will Obama do about Ukraine”

He’ll send in Dennis Rodman.


20 posted on 03/02/2014 6:37:12 AM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: Jim Noble

Not entirely true - he did skip his national security breifing - so there.


21 posted on 03/02/2014 6:39:45 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: mandaladon
I can almost hear Putin's thoughts now:

Well, whattya know. This guy really is flexible.

I can twist him around like a pretzel.

22 posted on 03/02/2014 6:40:00 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: mandaladon

What will Obama do about Ukraine with Vladimir Putin’s hand on his throat?”

...become sexually aroused.


23 posted on 03/02/2014 6:40:12 AM PST by albie
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To: Jim Noble
What will Obama do about Ukraine

Zero.

Or take note of some of the articles from the MSM trying to blame Bush for not stopping Putin's intentions for the Ukraine permanently (while ignoring that he did actually put a stop to it that Obama re-opened the door to) because it's obviously his fault that Putin didn't respect him enough to bow to the pansy in the WH....

Expect the Dims to come up with new and ingenious ways to keep the "Blame Bush" meme alive because the MSM has already written op-eds that push the meme and indicate full support of it.

The GOPe folks will immediately go into apology mode and pave the way for the final destruction of the Nation.

24 posted on 03/02/2014 6:41:03 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: mandaladon

This is what happens when a weak president has no discernible foreign policy and a decimated military.

Putin knows this country is weak, so he will do whatever he pleases. He knows there will he no consequences of his actions.

What is really hard for our allies is that after years of cooperation and assistance from the US, these countries can’t depend on the US anymore. Must be frightening to know that your country can be invaded by anyone and no one will do anything about it.


25 posted on 03/02/2014 6:41:19 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: mandaladon

The Russians know that Obama can do very little. They will reincorporate Crimea into Russia the way the Chinese seized Tibet. If the Russians care about foreign responses, they want the Saudis to notice.The Russians from the beginning understood what the Saudis have been doing. The Saudis hope to create an Arabic speaking pan Sunni confederation that would include large parts of Syria and Iraq. They have funded post bin Laden al Qaeda as an international Sunni fighting force currently deployed in Syria and Iraq. The Russians with a horrendous problem with jihadists in southern Russia cannot allow nearby Syria to become a jihadist haven and safe base. The Saudis were so impudent that they offered to guarantee the security of the Sochi Olympics if only the Russians withdrew from Syria. Putin was amused. He told the Saudis they were now accountable for any trouble at Sochi and stationed submarines off the coasts of Saudi Arabia to make his point. Sadly neither Obama nor Kerry have a clue on what is really happening.


26 posted on 03/02/2014 6:41:24 AM PST by allendale
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To: FRiends

"Should I confront Putin, or play golf?"



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27 posted on 03/02/2014 6:41:50 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: mandaladon

Probably thank Allah for the continued destruction of America.


28 posted on 03/02/2014 6:43:41 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: mandaladon

"Da. I will transmit to Vlad. After election, you will be more malleable."

"No, no, no. I said flexible."

"Da. Malleable."

"No. Okay, fine. Whatever. I gotta tee time."

29 posted on 03/02/2014 6:44:06 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: mandaladon

I didnt think that I could despise the kids that voted for this guy even more than I already do.

They are the reason we have this mess.


30 posted on 03/02/2014 6:45:04 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: fatnotlazy

It seems to me that this is a bad time to decrease the size and strength of the U.S. Armed Forces.


31 posted on 03/02/2014 6:47:34 AM PST by Savage Beast (Hubris and denial overwhelm Western Civilization. Nemesis and tragedy always follow.)
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To: DoodleDawg

“What will Europe do with Putin’s hand on their throat? “

Now that is a real good question. Perhaps they’ll turn to the US to bail them out yet again? I hate seeing Russia turning the whole of Europe into a client block, but I also hate helping the Europeans again when they won’t spend (money, lives) to help their own selves out. What to do?


32 posted on 03/02/2014 6:48:45 AM PST by MRadtke (Light a candle or curse the darkness?)
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To: mandaladon

Obama will give Putin his scariest stare! O thay, but not too scary.


33 posted on 03/02/2014 6:53:13 AM PST by jetson
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To: mandaladon

NADA


34 posted on 03/02/2014 6:56:21 AM PST by billhilly
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To: Mr. Jeeves
"...If Russia invaded Alaska tomorrow, Obama couldn’t do more than threaten a stern warning through the UN..."

Sure he could. He'd-(sternly)-draw a red line across the northern boarders of WA, ID, MT, ND and MN.

That'd probably do it alright!

35 posted on 03/02/2014 6:58:24 AM PST by skimbell
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To: Savage Beast

Wrecking the military is all part of the plan to destroy the US.


36 posted on 03/02/2014 7:03:56 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Cheerio

THANK YOU! Love it. Going to post on FB.


37 posted on 03/02/2014 7:05:11 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Cheerio

Everyone needs to see this. Perfect.


38 posted on 03/02/2014 7:07:20 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: mandaladon
President Obama is tiptoeing around Russia's apparent intervention


39 posted on 03/02/2014 7:12:04 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: allendale

Interesting analysis. Do you see Saudi fingerprints in any other areas? I think I do.


40 posted on 03/02/2014 7:15:37 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: mandaladon

Tinkle down his leg.


41 posted on 03/02/2014 7:16:42 AM PST by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: mandaladon

Obama endorses all behavior that diminishes America’s position in the world.


42 posted on 03/02/2014 7:17:35 AM PST by G Larry (Did You Like That Better?)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
Putin’s got the goods on Obama.

Well, to be entirely correct, everyone has the goods on Obama. I mean, his entire history is pretty well documented here and elsewhere on the net. So the issue isn't about actual facts, but about media & information.

He is the very definition of a compromised person - purposely placed at his current level to be easily controlled. So the question comes down to not just why he was placed in his position, and what his handlers expect to achieve.

The bankers/MIC have earned $trillions upon $trillions using 'Bama as a shell "buyer". Now it's Putin's term to use someone so woefully compromised that he can be anyone's bitch at their beck & call.

Some day, Obama might consider that his deal to just hang around getting stoned & playing golf might be exceeding his already low threshold. If his backers can no longer get anything useful out of him, and he's now more valuable to people like Putin, then we could see movement after the 2014 elections to finally remove his sorry ass.

43 posted on 03/02/2014 7:20:00 AM PST by semantic
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To: Texas Eagle

Which reporter will ask him or the spokesboy what they were talking about there? How do the presstitutes sleep at night?


44 posted on 03/02/2014 7:21:58 AM PST by Textide
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To: Textide
Which reporter will ask him or the spokesboy what they were talking about there?

My prediction: None.

How do the presstitutes sleep at night?

In onesies.

45 posted on 03/02/2014 7:24:22 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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46 posted on 03/02/2014 7:28:19 AM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: mandaladon

I hope that he’ll do nothing. That’s better than doing something because every time the POS does something, it harms this country.


47 posted on 03/02/2014 7:30:24 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: mandaladon

Cry


48 posted on 03/02/2014 7:34:58 AM PST by tomkat (3%+1)
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To: ps
Actually, in the interest of agitprop, the sissy-n-thief will prolly get with Boneless and they'll both have a good cry.
49 posted on 03/02/2014 7:38:22 AM PST by tomkat (3%+1)
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To: allendale

Moscow has said “no” to Saudi Arabia’s alleged proposal of a rich arms deal and protection of Russia’s gas interests in the Middle East in exchange for abandoning Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to Arab and European diplomats.
According to an undisclosed European diplomat, Prince Bandar proposed the deal and told Putin that “whatever regime comes after” Assad will be “completely” in Riyadh’s hands. The Prince reportedly stated that if the deal was accepted, Saudi Arabia would not sign any contracts damaging Russian interests by allowing Gulf countries to transport its gas across Syria to Europe.
http://rt.com/news/saudi-russia-arms-putin-239/


50 posted on 03/02/2014 7:41:01 AM PST by Rusty0604
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