Skip to comments.Kerry: “All options are on the table” in response to Russian invasion of Crimea
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 ABCs This Week that all options are on the table for a response to Vladimir Putins 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 ABCs 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 wouldnt have taken it over this week in the first place.
Thats 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 were 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 dont think its even close the Michigan Republican said on Fox News Sunday. Theyve been running circles around us. And I believe its the naïve position on the National Security Council and the presidents advisers that, if we just keep giving things to Russia, theyll 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 Russias 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 wouldnt even in a partitioned Ukraine. If I were Latvian (26% ethnic Russian) or Estonia (25% ethnic Russian), Id be a lot more concerned than the Moldovans at the moment.
Isn’t that what he said about Syria ?
Crappola. Putin could invade Puerto Rico and Obama would do nothing.
So far the only action done was to suspend discussion of the seating arrangements for the G8 meeting.
Right now the Ukrainians (not the Bandera Nazis) are really mad at McCain and Kerry. Its hilarious. Theyre saying,
Who are these McCain and Kerry and why are they getting involved in Ukraine? Do they want to move here?
Ooh, the milquetoasts are keeping “all options on the table”.
Military action?? And the enemy?? Russian Ukrainians?? Do they raise their hand or what??
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.
Game set and Match to Putin. Kerry and Obama look like the bumblers now.
“If you like your autonomy, you can keep it - period.”
The State Dept. has already ruled out any military action. Kerry needs to actually listen to his own department.
Wonder what he'd do with a nuclear football?
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.
Whoa.....Edwards has nothing over Kerry...
Actions in support of Russian compatriots in Ukraine held in Moscow, Petersburg, Krasnodar
From beginning of the current year Ukraines 675,000 citizens have entered the RF
The Russian authorities are fixing clear evidences of a coming humanitarian catastrophe, Russias border authority reports
Ukrainian Army servicemen en masse pledging allegiance to new Crimean government