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Inside Obama’s Plans to Squeeze Russia
The Daily Beast ^ | 03.02.14 | Josh Rogin

Posted on 03/02/2014 8:20:03 PM PST by Mariner

The Obama administration is working around the clock to come up with ways to punish Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine. But will any of them work?

Behind the scenes, Obama administration officials are preparing a series of possible battle plans for a potential economic assault on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, an administration source close to the issue told The Daily Beast. Among the possible targets for these financial attacks: everyone from high-ranking Russian military officials to government leaders to top businessmen to Russian-speaking separatists in Ukraine. It’s all part of the work to prepare an executive order now under consideration at the Obama administration’s highest levels.

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I don't believe Obama can win the support of the EU for economic sanctions, enshrining himself as the most incompetent man to ever hold the job.

To announce this effort which is sure to fail is no less than folly.

Europe gets too much of it's energy from Russia and Russia buys too much of their stuff for them to consider serious, biting sanctions.

It's still a bit nippy across much of Europe and loss of 1/2 their energy would hurt.

1 posted on 03/02/2014 8:20:03 PM PST by Mariner
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To: GeronL; KC_Lion

Ping.


2 posted on 03/02/2014 8:21:57 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Mariner

Where’s Charlie Wilson and Gust Avrakotos when you really need them?

Oh, yeah. Obama has already dismantled the CIA and turned the NSA and remaining intelligence agencies from foreign espionage and intelligence to domesitic espionage and intelligence against our own citizens.


3 posted on 03/02/2014 8:24:10 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: catnipman

Elections have consequences worldwide.


4 posted on 03/02/2014 8:25:29 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: Mariner

Highest levels ... LMAO!


5 posted on 03/02/2014 8:25:39 PM PST by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: Mariner

there’s only one thing Obama is qualified to squeeze


6 posted on 03/02/2014 8:25:41 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: Mariner

The USA will have to step up and provide all the energy needs necessary to Europe in order to offset any cuts Russia will make as punishment for the EU not giving in to them. We are the top energy producer in the world now. It can be done. Let the Reds eat their oil and gas.


7 posted on 03/02/2014 8:26:50 PM PST by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Putin = Hitler 2014)
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To: Mariner

I am certain Putin is quaking in his shoes right now!


8 posted on 03/02/2014 8:27:33 PM PST by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: catnipman

I weep for the Nation we once were..
and I fear what we have facing us...

this president is not a leader, he is lost in the woods..

PRAY FOR AMERICA
WAKE UP VOTERS...TURN THAT SENATE IN 2014


9 posted on 03/02/2014 8:28:01 PM PST by haircutter
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To: Mariner
It's still a bit nippy across much of Europe and loss of 1/2 their energy would hurt.

I suppose our having a huge exportable energy surplus would have strengthened our bargaining position.

It's a pity Keystone never got approved, eh?

10 posted on 03/02/2014 8:28:28 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: haircutter

I agree, he is gonna get a lot of people hurt.


11 posted on 03/02/2014 8:29:07 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: neverdem; Nachum; SunkenCiv; Army Air Corps

OK, let me see if I get this.

Russia invades a foreign country to “saveguard” its (only) warm water port on the Black Sea, and takes over with real missiles, tanks, soldiers and planes around its own ships and dockyards, right?

Obama is going to propose economic “??????” against senior Russian officials, who don’t work in the west and who work FOR Russia, right?

And Obama is going to propose enforcing these “sanctions” against Russian senior officials by going to the EU and “demanding” action, right?

At which point Russia immediately turns off 75% of the natural gas flowing to the EU ....

And Obama is going to do .....?


12 posted on 03/02/2014 8:30:42 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Red White and Blue patriot
"We are the top energy producer in the world now. It can be done. Let the Reds eat their oil and gas."

That's a capability we should have been building for the last 5 years. To do what you say would SUBSTANTIALLY reduce US stocks during a cold winter here too.

Sure, in the olden days Americans would bit the bullet and step up.

But not without strong leadership.

Besides, Obama's base would never stand for it.

13 posted on 03/02/2014 8:31:15 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner
Grab a Snack, Sit Back and Watch Judge Jeanine Obliterate Obama's Foreign Policy Like Only She Can
14 posted on 03/02/2014 8:31:22 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Army Air Corps
I wonder if any of these "senior administration officials" have paused to consider what the blowback would be if we actually took any of these actions. Putin is not the type to take a hit without a response. And as of the present, at least, Putin is in a far more advantageous position to act than the US is under obama.
15 posted on 03/02/2014 8:31:57 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Mariner

What the hell, Barack? I have got Ukraine all figured out.
And, I don't need you making any unscripted comments.
Do you understand me?

16 posted on 03/02/2014 8:32:01 PM PST by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: Mariner
The Obama administration is working around the clock to come up with ways to punish Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine.

What ??? Send Vladimir to bed with no tuck-in, no Ovaltine, and no reading of Goodnight Moon ???

17 posted on 03/02/2014 8:32:33 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Slyfox

You can almost see Valerie’s forked lizard tongue in that photo.


18 posted on 03/02/2014 8:34:37 PM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: Mariner

Economic Assault on Russia, huh?

That’s EASY —frack like fracking crazy.

Will he do it? NO.


19 posted on 03/02/2014 8:35:02 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
"And Obama is going to do .....?"

Every time this administration opens it's mouth or leaks some planning they make the situation far worse, especially for US prestige...which is nearly exhausted.

All of them just need to STFU. If they're going to do something, do it. If not, shut up and quit shaming the nation!

20 posted on 03/02/2014 8:35:36 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: haircutter
PRAY FOR AMERICA WAKE UP VOTERS...TURN THAT SENATE IN 2014

If the GOP were a true opposition party they would run on IMPEACHMENT if they could take back the Senate. That should be their primary theme but OH NO, cannot say anything negative about the first white/black President.
21 posted on 03/02/2014 8:36:29 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Red White and Blue patriot

A helluva lot of other countries will gladly take their oil and gas.


22 posted on 03/02/2014 8:36:43 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Mariner

Financial attacks?

Obama’s gonna tax the Russians.

If they don’t stop doing what they are doing, then he is going to impose Obamacare and make them use Healthecare.gov to sign up for it.

That’ll show ‘em.


23 posted on 03/02/2014 8:37:17 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Mariner

It worked so well on Iran ...


24 posted on 03/02/2014 8:38:10 PM PST by RightResponse (It depends on what the defamation of Islam is .....)
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To: hinckley buzzard

That requires insight and a thorough understanding of the geopolitical situation. That is asking a lo from the Duffer in Chief and his merry band of nitwits.


25 posted on 03/02/2014 8:39:16 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: TomGuy

He might unleash HealthCare.gov on the Russkies!


26 posted on 03/02/2014 8:39:52 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Mariner
What are "financial attacks" against businessmen? He's going to steal money from Russian businessmen who aren't even involved in this dispute?

He either has more guts than I gave him credit for, or he has some sort of death wish.

27 posted on 03/02/2014 8:40:09 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Mariner

Obama plays tiddly-winks while Putin plays 3-dimensional chess.


28 posted on 03/02/2014 8:41:07 PM 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: Mariner

Maybe if obama wants to punish Putin, he can sens over a bunch of DVD’s of his speeches. Make sure they are in the wrong format too.


29 posted on 03/02/2014 8:41:29 PM PST by Clay Moore ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: Mariner
...while also preparing a multi-billion dollar economic aid package for the new leaders in Kiev.

Where are these multi-billions coming from? Greece has just demanded an additional $20 billion in aid, most other EU economies are suffering - how will multi-billions in aid for Ukraine go over politically among the economically-strapped EU countries?

As for the US, where will we get the money? More drastic cuts in the defense budget? Large increases in the debt limit?

30 posted on 03/02/2014 8:41:29 PM PST by BusterBear
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To: Mariner

Teddy Roosevelt said “Walk softly and carry a big stick”. Obama screams shrilly and swings a big purse.


31 posted on 03/02/2014 8:42:00 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: Cementjungle

Yeah, take money from the Russian Mafia. That some smart move there, Barky.


32 posted on 03/02/2014 8:42:24 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Cheerio

Wow, she shamed the boy president. That’s for sure.


33 posted on 03/02/2014 8:43:14 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: LeoWindhorse

“there’s only one thing Obama is qualified to squeeze”

Yeah, and it’s probably the same thing that he steps on repeatedly.


34 posted on 03/02/2014 8:44:34 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Mariner

Obama is far from being a/the competitor that Putin is. Obama is no Reagan by a long shot. The USA needs another Reagan.


35 posted on 03/02/2014 8:45:17 PM PST by noinfringers2 ( /*)
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To: Slyfox

I expect Obama to ban the importation ofcaviar, vodka, and borscht.


36 posted on 03/02/2014 8:46:28 PM PST by ken5050 (I fear a world run by adults who were never spanked as kids and got trophies just for participating)
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To: Red White and Blue patriot

***The USA will have to step up and provide all the energy needs necessary to Europe in order to offset any cuts Russia will make as punishment for the EU not giving in to them. We are the top energy producer in the world now. It can be done. Let the Reds eat their oil and gas.***

It is impossible for US suppliers to deliver energy resources to Europe at th same price point as Russia. We can’t even deliver nat gas to Arkansas for what Russia can deliver it to Poland today.

For the US to “punish” Russia will require American taxpayers to underwrite cheap fuel to the EU.

We are broke, that just will not happen.


37 posted on 03/02/2014 8:46:42 PM PST by wrench
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To: Mariner
"...these financial attacks: everyone from high-ranking Russian military officials to government leaders to top businessmen to Russian-speaking separatists in Ukraine. It’s all part of the work to prepare an executive order now under consideration at the Obama administration’s highest levels."

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I feel like I just took a crazy pill.

He's going to target high-ranking Russian military and government and business officials?

What's he going to do next? Target them for a tax audit?

This is B. Hussein Obama's M.O. He targets US military, government and business officials, so he won't have any guilt pangs doing the same to Russians.

Is this his idea of "flexibility?"

And, then there's those two words - "executive orders".............

38 posted on 03/02/2014 8:46:44 PM PST by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5. Period.)
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To: Mariner

Good luck - Obama’s spent five years giving our power and prestige away - after all, we’re not exceptional, just equal to everybody else, and we certainly don’t like to push people around with our power and economic influence - he might as well just stay under his desk and give more speeches - and hope people don’t laugh too loudly at him for threatening “costs” over what the Russians have done......


39 posted on 03/02/2014 8:48:17 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: hinckley buzzard

The Coming great battle to the South....Armageddon.


40 posted on 03/02/2014 8:49:19 PM PST by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

I’m not even sure I can see a Russian error.


41 posted on 03/02/2014 8:50:10 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: Mariner

Obama to punish Russia? What’s he gonna do? Send in Bruiser?


42 posted on 03/02/2014 8:50:30 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Cementjungle

Russia is a kleptocracy. Any Russian with major assets plays for Team KGB. That makes their holdings in the west fair game for sanctions.


43 posted on 03/02/2014 8:50:40 PM PST by lodi90
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To: Mariner

Just what I was thinking. Russia shuts the pipelines off and Europe turns on America for meddling. Putin is playing chess and 0bama is Googling the rules to checkers.


44 posted on 03/02/2014 8:50:46 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

Costs... like the Rooskies will almost die, doubled over with laughter.


45 posted on 03/02/2014 8:50:53 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: wrench

“require American taxpayers to underwrite cheap fuel to the EU”

It would come from where?


46 posted on 03/02/2014 8:51:19 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Well since Putin sent in the Night Wolves, I suppose Barack could send the Hells Angels.

Putin is toying with the Boy Wonder.


47 posted on 03/02/2014 8:52:13 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Mariner

Well, he can send a large delegation of gay athletes over to the Russian embassy in DC, have them unfurl a large rainbow banner, and then engage in a month-long sit-in outside.

That’ll show the world who’s boss.


48 posted on 03/02/2014 8:52:37 PM PST by BusterBear
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I suppose Barack could send the Hells Angels.

Or Dykes on Bikes.

49 posted on 03/02/2014 8:52:43 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Mariner
The Obama administration is working around the clock

minus Obama

There seems to be a rash of Daily Beast articles on FR. Is this opposition research or simple masochism?

50 posted on 03/02/2014 8:52:45 PM PST by Praxeologue
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