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Kerry: Putin now acting out of 'weakness' and 'desperation'
The Hill ^ | March 2, 2014 | Kyle Balluck and Russell Berman

Posted on 03/02/2014 11:34:12 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “stunning, willful” choice to invade Ukrainian territory and warned of possible sanctions.

“You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country,” Kerry said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” one of several appearances on network interview shows.

“It’s serious in terms of the modern manner in which countries resolve problems,” Kerry said.

“That’s not the act of somebody who’s strong, “ Kerry added, saying Putin is acting out of “weakness” and “desperation.”

On ABC’s “This Week,” Kerry called Putin’s move a “brazen act of aggression” and raised the possibility that allied nations would move to kick Russia out of the Group of 8 in addition to boycotting the G8 summit in Sochi this summer.

“It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century that really puts into question Russia’s capacity to be in the G8,” Kerry said.

He called on Congress to put together an economic aid package for Ukraine and said the U.S. would be prepared to impose economic sanctions on Russia.

“It may well come that we have to engage in that kind of activity, absolutely. I think all options are on the table,” he said.

Kerry said specifically Russia is “inviting the possibility of very serious repercussions, on trade, on investment, on assets — asset freeze, visa bans, on the potential of actions by the global community against this unilateral step.”

When Putin sent Russian troops into Georgia in 2008, then-President George W. Bush dispatched warships to the region and distributed humanitarian aid on military aircraft. Asked if Obama was prepared to take similar actions, Kerry replied: “The hope of the United States and everyone in the world is not to see this escalate into military confrontation. That does not serve the world well, and I think everybody understands that. The president has all options on the table.”

Kerry said if Putin rolled back the military intervention, the U.S. would work with Russia to protect ethnic Russians in Ukraine and “stand up to any hooligans, any thuggery” there.

Appearing after Kerry on the same program, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the House would be “very cooperative with the administration” on preparing an aid package for Ukraine and potential sanctions on Russia.

“First off, we have to accept that the reset with Russia is over,” Kinzinger said.

When asked on CBS if a 90-minute call between President Obama and Putin on Saturday had any impact, Kerry said “we’re going to have to wait and see.”

Obama made it clear during the call that Russia’s military intervention is “absolutely unacceptable,” Kerry said. "President Obama wants to emphasize to the Russians that there are a right set of choices that can still be made to address any concerns they have about Crimea, about their citizens, but you don’t choose to invade a country in order to do that," Kerry added.

"There are all kinds of other options still available to Russia. There still are."


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: brzezinski; crimea; demagogicparty; eunwo; johnkerry; lurch; memebuilding; msmpropaganda; noreset; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; putinsmearcampaign; reset; resetover; retard; russia; secstatekerry; soros; sorosmedia; ukraine; ukrainecrisis; usstatedepartment; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
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“You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country,” Kerry said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” one of several appearances on network interview shows.

Chris Wallace reported on Fox News Sunday that Kerry would not appear on Fox News.

1 posted on 03/02/2014 11:34:12 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Someone’s weak and desperate...but it ain’t Putin.


2 posted on 03/02/2014 11:35:09 AM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s rather interesting that, we hear “American” propaganda coming from this Administration, and laugh. Whereas, we hear Russian propaganda and wonder if there’s something to it.


3 posted on 03/02/2014 11:36:47 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I kept looking for “satire” in the keywords....


4 posted on 03/02/2014 11:36:59 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Kerry added, saying Putin is acting out of “weakness” and “desperation.”

Yep, only "weak" countries invade other countries and thumb their noses at the U.S.

Kerry and Odumbass have officially surrendered "world leader" status to Putin.

5 posted on 03/02/2014 11:37:12 AM PST by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What a pathetic joke this guy is.


6 posted on 03/02/2014 11:37:13 AM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Broi)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Who is Kerry? What is he? What does he do?


7 posted on 03/02/2014 11:37:22 AM PST by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Putin knows exactly what he is doing.


8 posted on 03/02/2014 11:37:42 AM PST by expatguy (Donate to "An American Expat in SE Asia")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

could we honestly have any more pathetic characters in the govt than we now have ?


9 posted on 03/02/2014 11:37:44 AM PST by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Kerry: Putin now acting out of 'weakness' and 'desperation'"

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10 posted on 03/02/2014 11:38:08 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (It saID)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Kerry and 0bama fit nicely into certain Monty Python skits.

5.56mm

11 posted on 03/02/2014 11:38:58 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Dallas59

Lurch wins the 2014 “Projection of the Year Award.”


12 posted on 03/02/2014 11:39:06 AM PST by Ancient Man
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
If left to this Viet Nam "War Hero" the world would be in flames.

These people are dangerous.

13 posted on 03/02/2014 11:39:16 AM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Dallas59
Who is Kerry?

He's a Viet Nam war hero, didn't you hear about that?

14 posted on 03/02/2014 11:40:11 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Kerry is such a clueless jerk.


15 posted on 03/02/2014 11:40:51 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Elections have consequences.” - President Barack Hussein Obama

“They sure do.” - blueunicorn6


16 posted on 03/02/2014 11:41:02 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: norwaypinesavage

John Kerry:

You just DON'T invade another country these days!

This is totally unacceptable!

17 posted on 03/02/2014 11:41:16 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All

Yea, that’s right Johnny boy, you tell em...

What an effing disgrace that man is.


18 posted on 03/02/2014 11:42:22 AM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Mariner

The only Desperate ones are the sane Americans that have to live under the rule of Dumb and Dumber! SMH


19 posted on 03/02/2014 11:42:27 AM PST by DocJhn
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To: RoosterRedux

Ask the Ukranians if Putin looks weak and desperite,are those the boy scouts walking around in Crimea?
Hey Johnny maybe they don’t know,YOU SERVED IN VIETNAM!


20 posted on 03/02/2014 11:43:17 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


21 posted on 03/02/2014 11:43:41 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Weak? Desperate?

Hey, if the shoe fits, Mr. Ketchup....


22 posted on 03/02/2014 11:43:49 AM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Russia weak?

REALLY?


23 posted on 03/02/2014 11:44:30 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Kerry pouts eloquently. It is said he passes out red crayons as souveniers wherever he goes. Sadly he is a pretentious narcissistic gasbag and it is no suprise that he holds high office in the decadent and declining age of Obama.


24 posted on 03/02/2014 11:44:45 AM PST by allendale
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Stupid is as stupid does. Lord have mercy!


25 posted on 03/02/2014 11:45:14 AM PST by firebasecody (Orthodoxy, proclaiming the Truth since AD 33)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

26 posted on 03/02/2014 11:45:42 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Cementjungle

He’s a Viet Nam war hero, didn’t you hear about that?
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Hmm... Must not have been in the paper or on TV news ..
.Not that I am a real fan of either OR JF’nKerry for that matter.


27 posted on 03/02/2014 11:46:18 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --In CNNs (feeble) mind, EVERYONE that doesnt ask for more Kool-Aid is bullying BO)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck as Secretary of State.”


28 posted on 03/02/2014 11:47:00 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I find it utterly impossible to take this man seriously...

29 posted on 03/02/2014 11:48:15 AM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Dallas59
Who is Kerry? What is he? What does he do?

He is an important member of the Obama administration who is a bald faced liar and radical Communist. He brings disgrace to America. He was in Viet Nam, you know.

30 posted on 03/02/2014 11:49:18 AM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

KGB vs. ACORN.

Who is showing “weakness”?


31 posted on 03/02/2014 11:49:21 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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32 posted on 03/02/2014 11:49:43 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Putin holds all of the cards! He even hold the factory that makes them!

What do we have?


33 posted on 03/02/2014 11:50:59 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

PROJECTION!


34 posted on 03/02/2014 11:51:11 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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Kerry: Putin now acting out of 'weakness' and 'desperation'

Kerry is worse than dumb. Last I checked it was Putin in charge of the Crimea and Kerry with egg on his face.

35 posted on 03/02/2014 11:51:34 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor
I find it utterly impossible to take this man seriously...

For the life of me, I cannot imagine why...

 photo kerrysmashed.jpg

36 posted on 03/02/2014 11:52:06 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: Cincinatus' Wife
You don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country

Iraq? Afghanistan? Bombing in Libya? Is he as dumb as he sounds, or does he just sound dumber than he is?

37 posted on 03/02/2014 11:52:52 AM PST by BusterBear
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

That picture makes him look like the embalmer at the funeral home just finished with him.


38 posted on 03/02/2014 11:53:13 AM PST by 2111USMC (Aim Small Miss Small)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

19th Century??

You don’t have to go back near that far JFnK!

It seems to me that there was “a whole lot of invadin going on” - during the 20th century.

sheesh...


39 posted on 03/02/2014 11:54:22 AM PST by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: RoosterRedux
Kerry and the obama administration (as well as many in the media), are so desperate for this to be true that they figure if they say enough it will become reality.

Standard M.O. for promoting the failed policies and actions of the Left/Democrat Socialists and their false political gods.

40 posted on 03/02/2014 11:55:18 AM PST by glennaro
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Kerry, just what sort of drugs are you on anyway? By the way, I still am not a baby killer.


41 posted on 03/02/2014 11:56:05 AM PST by mountainlion
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

John F. Kerry thinks countries don’t have national interests.

Vladimir Putin does and he knows its better to be feared than to be loved.

I’m an unabashed Putin fan - if only because he knows how to win respect. Kerry is the guy who threw his medals over the wall in the 60s and accused America of acting like Genghis Khan in Vietnam.

Putin has read Kerry and has contempt for him. Whatever you can say about the merits of what Russia is doing in Ukraine, Putin has no time for the flapdoodle nonsense spouted by Kerry that great powers are supposed to be decadent, flabby and weak.

I just love the sight of Kerry being hoist on Putin’s petard.


42 posted on 03/02/2014 11:57:12 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Kerry was a coward in Vietnam, he is still a coward.


43 posted on 03/02/2014 11:57:34 AM PST by CodeToad (Keeping whites from talking about blacks is verbal segregation!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Sure, John. The guy is about to launch an invasion out of weakness. And Jen-Jis Khan let the Golden Horde roll out of a sense of inadequacy. Good thing we have a profound psychological analyst like you in charge of foreign policy.


44 posted on 03/02/2014 11:57:34 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: RoosterRedux
Kerry: Putin now acting out of 'weakness' and 'desperation'

I believe Psychologists call this projection.

45 posted on 03/02/2014 11:58:01 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The concept of war was ended, abolished with vietnam...... the old fuddy duddies in Moscow didn’t get the telex apparently

Kerry is a buffoon, an embarassment to the global diplomatic corps


46 posted on 03/02/2014 12:01:25 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: clintonh8r

Putin recognizes we have a “Laurel and Hardy” show in DC except here we have three jokers: Obama, Biden, and now Kerry.

Oh, by the way where is that Benghazi cover-up woman who told the world we have a “reset” button with Russia and now wants to become the next US President.

Anyone remember Madeline Albright clinking champagne glasses with No. Korea’s tyrant?

This is all a consequence of a failed and indoctrinated public school system and mainstream media that is reduced to whores. Oh, sorry, that gives whores a bad name,


47 posted on 03/02/2014 12:01:30 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Every time I see this buffoon, Kerry, I'm reminded of Braveheart and the boyfriend of King Longshanks' fairy son. Remember the scene where Longshanks asks no one in particular "who is this person who speaks as if I need his advice?" The king then proceeds to throw him out the window of the tower. Too bad John Kerry doesn't try to give advice to King Longshanks.
48 posted on 03/02/2014 12:04:27 PM PST by CommerceComet (Ignore the GOP-e. Cruz to victory in 2016.)
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Where would we be if we didn’t have a sec state that just drips with intelligence and nuance?


49 posted on 03/02/2014 12:04:43 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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Woo Hoo!

Less than $3.3k to go!!
GIT-R-DONE!

Make Today, Day 61 the day!

50 posted on 03/02/2014 12:05:12 PM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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