Skip to comments.Inside Obama’s Plans to Squeeze Russia
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. Its all part of the work to prepare an executive order now under consideration at the Obama administrations highest levels.
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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.
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.
Elections have consequences worldwide.
Highest levels ... LMAO!
there’s only one thing Obama is qualified to squeeze
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.
I am certain Putin is quaking in his shoes right now!
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
I suppose our having a huge exportable energy surplus would have strengthened our bargaining position.
It's a pity Keystone never got approved, eh?
I agree, he is gonna get a lot of people hurt.
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 .....?
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.
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?
What ??? Send Vladimir to bed with no tuck-in, no Ovaltine, and no reading of Goodnight Moon ???
You can almost see Valerie’s forked lizard tongue in that photo.
Economic Assault on Russia, huh?
That’s EASY —frack like fracking crazy.
Will he do it? NO.
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!
A helluva lot of other countries will gladly take their oil and gas.
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.
It worked so well on Iran ...
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.
He might unleash HealthCare.gov on the Russkies!
He either has more guts than I gave him credit for, or he has some sort of death wish.
Obama plays tiddly-winks while Putin plays 3-dimensional chess.
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.
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?
Teddy Roosevelt said “Walk softly and carry a big stick”. Obama screams shrilly and swings a big purse.
Yeah, take money from the Russian Mafia. That some smart move there, Barky.
Wow, she shamed the boy president. That’s for sure.
“theres only one thing Obama is qualified to squeeze”
Yeah, and it’s probably the same thing that he steps on repeatedly.
Obama is far from being a/the competitor that Putin is. Obama is no Reagan by a long shot. The USA needs another Reagan.
I expect Obama to ban the importation ofcaviar, vodka, and borscht.
***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.
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".............
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......
The Coming great battle to the South....Armageddon.
I’m not even sure I can see a Russian error.
Obama to punish Russia? What’s he gonna do? Send in Bruiser?
Russia is a kleptocracy. Any Russian with major assets plays for Team KGB. That makes their holdings in the west fair game for sanctions.
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.
Costs... like the Rooskies will almost die, doubled over with laughter.
“require American taxpayers to underwrite cheap fuel to the EU”
It would come from where?
Well since Putin sent in the Night Wolves, I suppose Barack could send the Hells Angels.
Putin is toying with the Boy Wonder.
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.
Or Dykes on Bikes.
There seems to be a rash of Daily Beast articles on FR. Is this opposition research or simple masochism?