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Kerry: “All options are on the table” in response to Russian invasion of Crimea
Hot Air ^ | March 2, 2014 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 03/02/2014 9:22:45 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe the Obama administration is taking the Budapest Memorandum more seriously than we imagined — or at least want Russia to think we are. Secretary of State John Kerry told ABC’s This Week that “all options are on the table” for a response to Vladimir Putin’s Crimean invasion, including military options:

Secretary of State John Kerry said that “all options are on the table” when it comes to steps the U.S. can take to hold Russia accountable for its military movements in Ukraine, including economic sanctions and potentially military action.

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos today on “This Week,” Kerry said Russian troops moving into the Ukrainian region of Crimea was “a military act of aggression” and that the U.S. will move swiftly to impose penalties if Russian President Vladimir Putin does not withdraw his troops.

While military force is among the options President Barack Obama is considering, Kerry said the U.S. and its allies hope they can avoid such action.

“The hope of the U.S. and everybody in the world is not to see this escalate into a military confrontation,” he said.

Sounds like tough talk, but would Russia buy it? Moving troops into Ukraine from the west would all but declare war between NATO and Russia, including the US. If Putin thought for a moment that the West would fight over Crimea again, he wouldn’t have taken it over this week in the first place.

That’s not to say that we have no options, and even some military signals can have an impact on the situation, argues retired Admiral James Stavridis at Foreign Policy:

In the military sphere, these include ordering the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), led by U.S. General Phil Breedlove, to conduct prudent planning and present options in response to the situation. While such planning should be left to the current commanders and military experts, some ideas to consider would include:

Increasing all intelligence-gathering functions through satellite, Predator unmanned vehicles, and especially cyber.

Using the NATO-Ukrainian Council and existing military partnerships with the Ukrainian military to share information, intelligence, and situational awareness with authorities in Kiev.

Providing advice to Ukrainian armed forces to prepare and position themselves in the event of further conflict. Developing NATO contingency plans to react to full-scale invasion of Ukraine and to a partial invasion likely of Crimea. NATO contingency planning can be cumbersome, but in Libya it moved quickly. …

Many will consider any level of NATO involvement provocative and potentially inflammatory. Unfortunately, the stakes are high and the Russians are moving. Sitting idle, without at least looking at options, is a mistake for NATO and would itself constitute a signal to Putin — one that he would welcome.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, put it another way on Fox News Sunday. The problem is that we’re reacting instead of driving events, while Putin has moves figured out several steps ahead:

“Putin is playing chess and I think we are playing marbles, and I don’t think it’s even close” the Michigan Republican said on “Fox News Sunday.” “They’ve been running circles around us. And I believe it’s the naïve position on the National Security Council and the president’s advisers that, if we just keep giving things to Russia, they’ll wake up and say, ‘the United States is not that bad.’ That is completely missing the motivations of why Russia does what Russia does.”

Putin intends to expand Russia’s “buffer zones,” as it has in Ukraine, Rogers said, predicting the next former Soviet republic to see a Russian invasion will be Moldova.

“It is in their interest to continue to push out that buffer zone,” Rogers said. “And, by the way, the big one that started this was the absolute retreat on our missile defense system in Poland and Czechoslovakia, caused us huge problems for our allies and emboldened the Russians and it really has been a downhill slide.”

Ethnic Russians only comprise 6% of the Moldovan population, compared to 18% in Ukraine. Moldova is also land-locked on the other side of the north shore of the Black Sea and has no common border with Russia, and wouldn’t even in a partitioned Ukraine. If I were Latvian (26% ethnic Russian) or Estonia (25% ethnic Russian), I’d be a lot more concerned than the Moldovans at the moment.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Russia
KEYWORDS: bhorussia; cfr; crimea; demagogicparty; euglobalists; kerry; lurch; memebuilding; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; putin; russia; secstatekerry; soros; soskerry; ukraine; ukrainecrisis; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
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1 posted on 03/02/2014 9:22:45 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t that what he said about Syria ?


2 posted on 03/02/2014 9:24:17 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I just messed up my tagline. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Crappola. Putin could invade Puerto Rico and Obama would do nothing.


3 posted on 03/02/2014 9:24:19 AM PST by wny
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So far the only action done was to suspend discussion of the seating arrangements for the G8 meeting.


4 posted on 03/02/2014 9:25:13 AM PST by AU72
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Right now the Ukrainians (not the Bandera Nazis) are really mad at McCain and Kerry. It’s hilarious. They’re saying,

“Who are these McCain and Kerry and why are they getting involved in Ukraine? Do they want to move here?”


5 posted on 03/02/2014 9:26:49 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ooh, the milquetoasts are keeping “all options on the table”.

So scawey!


6 posted on 03/02/2014 9:27:09 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Military action?? And the enemy?? Russian Ukrainians?? Do they raise their hand or what??


7 posted on 03/02/2014 9:27:14 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As of this point what difference does it make? We should be repeating that line constantly in conversation on every situation - political, international, domestic, local, personal.


8 posted on 03/02/2014 9:27:33 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Game set and Match to Putin. Kerry and Obama look like the bumblers now.


9 posted on 03/02/2014 9:27:39 AM PST by sr4402
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“all options are on the table” [ . . .], including military options:



Wow. Maybe he'll suggest nuking Novgorod!
10 posted on 03/02/2014 9:27:50 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“If you like your autonomy, you can keep it - period.”

Verrrry reassuring.


11 posted on 03/02/2014 9:28:05 AM PST by gaijin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The State Dept. has already ruled out any military action. Kerry needs to actually listen to his own department.


12 posted on 03/02/2014 9:28:18 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wonder what he'd do with a nuclear football?

13 posted on 03/02/2014 9:29:13 AM PST by McGruff (Every night has it's dawn.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Putin better watch it or Obama will pinch him.


14 posted on 03/02/2014 9:29:55 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
THIS John Kerry?

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15 posted on 03/02/2014 9:30:01 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“All options are on the table”Rollover; stick head in the sand; Please sir can I have another!
16 posted on 03/02/2014 9:30:05 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ukranians are calling up their reserves, up to 46 years of age. My Brother in law lives in Russian speaking Kherson and wants to fight with Ukraine. Not all Russian speaking Ukranians are for Russia. My wife was crying today as she watched protestors in Moscow against Russian intervention get arrested and hauled off to jail.


17 posted on 03/02/2014 9:30:15 AM PST by usual suspect
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Kerry: “All options are on the table” Old tiresome BS rhetoric liken to beating a dead horse!
18 posted on 03/02/2014 9:30:52 AM PST by SIRTRIS
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To: don-o

Whoa.....Edwards has nothing over Kerry...


19 posted on 03/02/2014 9:31:58 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Headlines from Russian Tass-Itar suggest a predicate is being developed of beleaguered Russians in Ukraine needing assitance:

Actions in support of Russian compatriots in Ukraine held in Moscow, Petersburg, Krasnodar

From beginning of the current year Ukraine’s 675,000 citizens have entered the RF

“The Russian authorities are fixing clear evidences of a coming humanitarian catastrophe,” Russia’s border authority reports

Ukrainian Army servicemen en masse pledging allegiance to new Crimean government

20 posted on 03/02/2014 9:32:09 AM PST by AU72
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama may even give Putin a stern talking to!


21 posted on 03/02/2014 9:32:24 AM PST by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: don-o

Those girls probably think they're posing with a horse.

22 posted on 03/02/2014 9:32:53 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: AU72

Putin has been offering all Ukrainians a Russian passport if they want it. Only requirement is that they speak Russian.


23 posted on 03/02/2014 9:34:03 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All options are on the table:

1. they wet themselves
2. they cower in a corner at the U. N.
3. they cut our military some more so nobody will see us as a threat
4. they damn anyone who disagrees with this
5. they go on a global bow tour to show our respect for tyrants
6. they fart, and remind folks what bold action they took
7. they find some idiotic thing to take credit for, and claim they improved the lot of the Ukrainians


24 posted on 03/02/2014 9:34:12 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: Sacajaweau
THIS Edwards?

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25 posted on 03/02/2014 9:34:56 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: wny

Well,...if these bungling leftist do make an aggressive move, they will instigate world war 3...probably.


26 posted on 03/02/2014 9:35:27 AM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, except for actually doing anything. So spoketh his royal haughty highness lord long face, john f’n kohn-kerry-heinz. Sit down and shut up john.


27 posted on 03/02/2014 9:35:39 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme),unemployment will necessarily skyrocket! Despite the % dropping. Period.)
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To: McGruff
"You brutes you brutes! Keep your hands off me! EEEEEEEE! Tah-ray-zuh! HELP!"


28 posted on 03/02/2014 9:36:11 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: fabian

Too true. We have such idiots, they wouldn’t know what actions to take to discourage this sort of thing.


29 posted on 03/02/2014 9:37:08 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
OPTIONS
  1. Surrender
  2. Surrender
  3. Surrender
  4. Surrender
  5. Surrender
  6. Surrender

30 posted on 03/02/2014 9:37:44 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Ethnic Russians only comprise 6% of the Moldovan population, compared to 18% in Ukraine. Moldova is also land-locked on the other side of the north shore of the Black Sea and has no common border with Russia, and wouldn’t even in a partitioned Ukraine. If I were Latvian (26% ethnic Russian) or Estonia (25% ethnic Russian), I’d be a lot more concerned than the Moldovans at the moment."

Moldova has their own breakaway region (Transnistria) that they cant even control.



Just so you know, that is the flag of the place.
31 posted on 03/02/2014 9:37:59 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Secretary of State John Kerry said that “all options are on the table” when it comes to steps the U.S. can take to hold Russia accountable for its military movements in Ukraine, including economic sanctions and potentially military action

Yea mac daddy will draw red lines until he runs out of red pens, that will show them.

And the world is ROTFLTAO.


32 posted on 03/02/2014 9:37:59 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

he could declare a code orange

33 posted on 03/02/2014 9:38:17 AM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: DoughtyOne

One thru seven is my guess. I have more “foreign policy” credentials than both of these people, and I’m an old, fat cripple with a keyboard.


34 posted on 03/02/2014 9:40:28 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

35 posted on 03/02/2014 9:44:21 AM PST by McGruff (Every night has it's dawn.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Obomler and Kerry will fire off a stern letter to Putin calling him a meanie. I am sending a map to Putin listing LA, San Fran, Boston, NY City, Chicago, and Boulder, Col. since he should claim his already taken cities. Let Russia have the cesspools and maybe he will leave the rest of us along. Sorry forgot Detroit.


36 posted on 03/02/2014 9:44:48 AM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: usual suspect

Prayers, peace and protection for your family.


37 posted on 03/02/2014 9:45:18 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Kerry: “All options are on the table” in response to Russian invasion of Crimea

With the Obama Administration, "all options" means one of four things: 1. Expressing "deep concern" 2. Issuing a strongly worded statement. 3. Drawing a "Red Line", then saying he didn't draw any lines. 4. Leaving for another golf outing.

38 posted on 03/02/2014 9:45:19 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
As with all of this admin. Weather it be Ben Ghazi, or the Ukraine, Mr. Kerry is a few moves behind the facts on the ground. Russia IS in Ukraine, has surrounded Missle bases, and raised it's flag all along the Black Sea coast. It's a little too late to discuss "options on the table". Putin kicked the "table" and it no longer exist.
39 posted on 03/02/2014 9:45:43 AM PST by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“all options are on the table”

Where were they before? On the floor?

Is Hillary "monitoring the situation closely"?

Boy these terrorist lovers really "go the distance".

40 posted on 03/02/2014 9:46:00 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why doesn’t he use his only “real” option: Throwing his (or someone else’s) medals over the Kremlin wall.


41 posted on 03/02/2014 9:46:45 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman

Those are Obama’s support centers. Be careful there. You may get a knock on your door.


42 posted on 03/02/2014 9:49:47 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Halp Us, Jon Kerry- We Are Stuk In Ukraine”...


43 posted on 03/02/2014 9:49:49 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I surrender, I surrender!

44 posted on 03/02/2014 9:50:26 AM PST by McGruff (Every night has it's dawn.)
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman

Sorry again, also D.C.


45 posted on 03/02/2014 9:50:27 AM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: wny; Impy; sickoflibs; NFHale; KC_Lion

So Obama is becoming the Neville Chamberlain of our time.


46 posted on 03/02/2014 9:50:27 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Just hope the AObame in the White House doesn’t double-down to make up for his losses of face.


47 posted on 03/02/2014 9:54:33 AM PST by BilLies (330,000 WHITE Union military went to their deaths to free the slaves .... REALLY???!!!)
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48 posted on 03/02/2014 9:54:41 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: DoughtyOne

At this point, what difference does it make? Knock don’t worry me, am expecting an armored personnel carrier to come thru my front wall. What is the state capitol of Conn.? Forgot them too. We have them surrounded, by the way.


49 posted on 03/02/2014 9:56:00 AM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman

Well, we can be as hard headed as we want, but that generally doesn’t just garner us problems. It garners our families problems.


50 posted on 03/02/2014 9:58:07 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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