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Stephanopoulos Grills Kerry: Is There Any Indication Putin Is Listening to Obama At All?
Mediaite ^ | March 2, 2014 | Evan McMurry

Posted on 03/02/2014 11:13:56 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

On This Week With George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning, the titular host pressed Secretary of State John Kerry for specifics as to the United States’ planned responses to Russia’s invasion of the Crimean peninsula, and whether President Barack Obama had the ability to execute repercussions against Russia. “All those violations,” Stephanopoulos said, “what’s the penalty for what Russia’s already done?”

“The United States is currently considering all options,” Kerry said. “This really puts into question Russia’s role in the world…They are inviting the possibility of very serious repercussions, on trade, on investment, on asset freeze, on visa bans, on the potential of actions by the global community.”

Kerry called upon Congress to pass economic aid for Ukraine, and Stephanopoulos asked if the US was considering economic sanctions against Russia, in addition to Ukrainian aid. “It may well come that we will have to engage in that kind of activity,” Kerry said.

Kerry added that Russia was jeopardizing its membership in the G8 and G20. “You cannot behave this way in the 21st Century, and sit around the table with the normal entities and pretend that life is as usual,” he said. “But we believe that there is an alternative. We call on Russia to engage with the government of Ukraine. We are prepared to work very closely with Russia in order to address the very legitimate concerns that exist.”

“Do you have any indication at all that President Putin is taking heed of what President Obama is saying?” Stephanopoulos asked, in reference to the fruitless phone call yesterday between Obama and Putin.

“Well, they just had the conservation yesterday,” Kerry said. “We’re going to continue to engage diplomatically. This is a time for diplomacy, in order to steer this away from an increase of tension and the level of the crisis.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; Russia
KEYWORDS: bhorussia; kerry; obama; putin; soskerry; ukraine
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KGB Major versus Community Organizer. Who would you bet on?
1 posted on 03/02/2014 11:13:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lurch & Obozo = won’t end well
Putin is laughing at how well his plan is going.


2 posted on 03/02/2014 11:21:23 PM PST by rainee (Her)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Listening enough to laugh at those two boneheaded clowns.


3 posted on 03/02/2014 11:23:48 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of course hes not listening. Why would he?

Obama is just another world leader, no different to the leaders of Denmark and Norway. That’s how Russia views him and that’s how he views himself.

Key consequences of Obama’s weakness:

1) US’ word means nothing. Our treaties are void.
2) China is emboldened to seize the Senkaku Islands from Japan. The US would do nothing beyond sending ketchup face on the Sunday shows.
3) Poor countries increasingly see Russia as the world’s power broker
4) Arms race in Europe, and a growing climate of fear


4 posted on 03/02/2014 11:29:53 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of course he listens. He listened very carefully when Obama announced we weren’t the world’s policeman, and when Obama told him he’d have more leeway to cut our missles after the election. And I’m sure he listened very well when Obama’s administration announced they are cutting our military to pre WWII levels.

Now if Stephanopoulos had asked if Putin RESPECTS Obama or fears him, that would probably be a No.

Obama reeks of incompetence. Putin is well aware of it.


5 posted on 03/02/2014 11:31:31 PM PST by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think Putin has more important things to do than listen to that Kenyan impostor. Remember, every minute spent listening to him...is gone and you can’t get it back! ;)


6 posted on 03/02/2014 11:34:42 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: rainee

“Putin is laughing at how well his plan is going.”

March 2, 2014

“Today the majority of the Ukrainian armed forces deployed in Crimea passed to the side of the authorities of the Crimean autonomous republic. The transition was absolutely peaceful, without a single shot fired either by the military or by the forces of self-defense.”

Newly appointed by Kiev, the Navy Chief rear admiral Denis Berezovsky has sworn allegiance to the people of Crimea.
Ukraine’s Navy flagship, the Hetman Sahaidachny frigate, has refused to follow orders from Kiev, and come over to Russia’s side in the port of Sevastopol, flying St.Andrew, the Russian naval flag.
Five top military, security commanders take oath to Crimea:
The head of the Security Service of Crimea Petyor Zima, Chief of Department of Internal Affairs in the Crimea Sergey Abisov, the head of Service for Emergency Situations Sergei Shakhov and acting Chief of the Border Guards of Crimea Victor Melnichenko all took an oath of allegiance to the people of Crimea.


7 posted on 03/02/2014 11:39:49 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Steffy grills Kerry ? Would that be with or without kneepads ?


8 posted on 03/02/2014 11:43:17 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Only Soetoro sycophants listen to the Commie pink FAG. Tweedle dee and Tweedle dumb.
9 posted on 03/02/2014 11:44:15 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not taking that bet.

It’s kinda funny, I remember several years ago discussing with another FReeper the subject of Obama’s ability to be easily rattled, and his naive views on foreign affairs. The FReeper (I forget his name) commented that I could be sure that Moscow and Beijing had noticed the same thing, and were including that in their intel profiles and adjusting accordingly.

It would seem that FReeper’s observations are coming true before our very eyes. Though I do not share the love for Putin some folks around here have, there’s no denying he is a force. He has also consistently outgamed the U.S. in the past few years, and seems to have little fear of U.S. objections over his actions. To paraphrase an old cliche, one side is playing checkers, while the other is playing a very shrewd game of chess.


10 posted on 03/02/2014 11:48:44 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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Show of hands-who wants to go die for Crimea?
11 posted on 03/02/2014 11:50:31 PM PST by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: RC one

Does passionately wanting someone else to go die for the Crimea count? We have lots of those.


12 posted on 03/02/2014 11:56:15 PM PST by Psalm 144 (1. Sow. 2. Reap. 3. Eat the result.)
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To: Psalm 144

typical. I think I prefer the idea of stepping back and allowing things to... develop. Not just in the Ukraine mind you.


13 posted on 03/03/2014 12:00:45 AM PST by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Well, they just had the conservation yesterday,” Kerry said. Really, the word “conversation” was mispelled in your paste-up? Makes sense, given the parameters of quoting, Secretary of State John F. Kerry.


14 posted on 03/03/2014 12:05:51 AM PST by RedHeeler
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To: RedHeeler
I don't normally correct misspellings unless it's egregious.
15 posted on 03/03/2014 12:07:29 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I didn’t believe it was yours, brother.


16 posted on 03/03/2014 12:12:10 AM PST by RedHeeler
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not in the least I think.


17 posted on 03/03/2014 12:37:27 AM PST by Republican1795.
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Steffie is not a jounalist. He majored in Orthodox Greek Divinity before becoming Bill Clinton’s lead rear end coverer. I refuse to watch him as he is a Democrat strategist first and foremost.


18 posted on 03/03/2014 12:47:34 AM PST by Semperfiwife (Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Russia never forgets. We do.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Better yet, who would you rather have walking next to you if in a dark alley?


19 posted on 03/03/2014 12:57:04 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: Semperfiwife

Who in the media ISN’T a Democrat strategist ?


20 posted on 03/03/2014 1:09:54 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think Obama WANTS Putin to do this. I think that’s what he meant by being “more flexible” after the election. I don’t think he gives a RATS ASS about ANYTHING other than America been WEAKENED......oh and GOLF and VACATIONING with his friends!!


21 posted on 03/03/2014 1:14:21 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Kerry called upon Congress to pass economic aid for Ukraine,
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Stop it! Stop it! The billions or trillions of US taxpayers’ dollars that have been given to other countries over the past few decades has NOT endeared those countries to ‘like’ the US. And, in most cases IMO, those countries despise the US.

If Congress wants to help reduce the deficit/debt, they should begin by severely cutting funds given as foreign aid and pass legislation requiring Congressional approval before any is given. ....Other countries don’t respect the US anymore, but love the liberals who give them money.


22 posted on 03/03/2014 1:18:05 AM PST by octex
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To: rainee

Boy Putin is in trouble now, mac daddy just received a carton of red pens and he is willing to use the entire carton drawing red lines for months to show how angry he really really is and that Putin had better listen.


23 posted on 03/03/2014 1:19:50 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: octex

So you think that Kerry and his boss want countries to like us?


24 posted on 03/03/2014 1:20:26 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: rainee
...”Lurch & Obozo = won’t end well
Putin is laughing at how well his plan is going”...

Do you suppose he decided now is the time after his own NSA learned some things about how bad things really are in America? I have given up on our dumbed-down press. They are either inept, corrupt or drugged-up. Even the comediennes are protecting the unknown consequences to what amounts to a revolution without batting an eye. Honest historians will have a lot to say about our time, that is, if the world lasts.

25 posted on 03/03/2014 2:30:38 AM PST by jazzlite (esat)
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To: DemforBush

>> Though I do not share the love for Putin some folks around here have,

I suppose you’re being facetious.


26 posted on 03/03/2014 2:34:01 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Psalm 144

> Does passionately wanting someone else to go die for the Crimea count? We have lots of those.

Perfect timing to test out our new pink berets.


27 posted on 03/03/2014 2:42:12 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Gene Eric

Not really, no. I have been flamed and insulted by more than one person here for criticizing Putin. He’s the cat’s pajamas to a few folks around here, and I’m apparently (among other things) a liberal spy or something for pointing out his failings, and clinging to the somehow absurd notion that Putin is not our buddy just because he does a couple things that appeal to us (standing up to gay activists, etc.).


28 posted on 03/03/2014 2:47:17 AM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: rainee

Obama is nothing but a mouse that is huffing helium.


29 posted on 03/03/2014 2:49:28 AM PST by Spartan302
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hopefully, these abject displays of weakness will ensure that the communist Democrats wander around in the wilderness for the next 20 years.


30 posted on 03/03/2014 2:57:50 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The PASSING LANE is for PASSING, not DAWDLING)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ya gots to know even Teresa kicks Kerrys ass regularly.


31 posted on 03/03/2014 2:59:30 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“This really puts into question Russia’s role in the world…They are inviting the possibility of very serious repercussions, on trade, on investment, on asset freeze, on visa bans, on the potential of actions by the global community.”

Yes, I understand that, but what concrete consequences are there for Russia that Russia actually gives a damn about?

32 posted on 03/03/2014 3:09:02 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: RC one
Show of hands-who wants to go die for Crimea?

Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. "Forward, the Light Brigade!

33 posted on 03/03/2014 3:16:40 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
ABC covered up Obama's Moslem background.


34 posted on 03/03/2014 3:20:52 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They are inviting the possibility of very serious repercussions, on trade, on investment, on asset freeze, on visa bans, on the potential of actions by the global community.

You mean, like Obama did with Iran?

Wait, wut?

35 posted on 03/03/2014 3:31:31 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is there any indication that anyone is listening to Obama at all?


36 posted on 03/03/2014 3:57:33 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Semperfiwife

“Bill Clinton’s lead rear end coverer. I refuse to watch him as he is a Democrat strategist first and foremost.”

And we can all conclude that Steffy believes that the big payoff will be his role as Hillary’s clintorius.


37 posted on 03/03/2014 3:58:20 AM PST by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: ApplegateRanch

I have been to Balaclava at that very spot Cardigan was an idiot


38 posted on 03/03/2014 4:00:43 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Kerry added that Russia was jeopardizing its membership in the G8 and G20. “You cannot behave this way in the 21st Century, and sit around the table with the normal entities and pretend that life is as usual,”

Which is exactly why the Olympics were awarded to China and Russia - they shining record of the way they treat their citizens and lie to the world.

39 posted on 03/03/2014 4:07:21 AM PST by Cyclone59 (Where are we going, and what's with the handbasket?)
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To: ApplegateRanch
serious repercussions, on trade, on investment, on asset freeze, on visa bans, on the potential of actions by the global community.”

Notice that every one of those "dire consequences" is economic. They think the world only cares about getting American taxpayer money. They won't dare consider anything other than words or money or symbolism, while Putin plays Risk and gobbles up more valuable territory... in much the same way that Germany gobbled up former provinces and ethnically German territory before slamming Poland and taking the mask off.

40 posted on 03/03/2014 4:29:34 AM PST by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: Teacher317
The parallels to the 1930's have been observed here many times. The fecklessness of the western democracies in facing up to a seemingly implacable foe, in the aftermath of exhausting warfare, is an ominous re-enactment.

Sadly, the left doesn't believe in history as we know it, and so they don't pay attention to it.

41 posted on 03/03/2014 5:18:15 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: RC one; 2ndDivisionVet
"Show of hands-who wants to go die for Crimea?"

There's no need for boots on the ground. How 'bout simply restoring the missile defense shield for Poland?

No, I guess not. It would take cojones to do that.

42 posted on 03/03/2014 5:18:57 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: DemforBush

I don’t trust Putin, nor do I like him. I do respect him.
He is a leader. Our leader is a clown.


43 posted on 03/03/2014 5:23:26 AM PST by stilloftyhenight (...staying home isn't an option.)
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To: stilloftyhenight

Putin knows what Snowden knows. Putin knows Obama is lame duck supreme. He knows Obama will continue to be bogged down by all the scandals and will get nowhere legislatively. He figures he has 2 years to arrange his part of the world the way he wants and that America will be that much further down the pole by then. No matter what we think of him, he has instilled pride in his country and recognizes the religious and moral side as being part of that. Obama is draining these aspects in his quest to diminish us as a country. Obama’s plan to gut the military insures we will not stand behind our allies. Welcome to a changed world.


44 posted on 03/03/2014 5:57:36 AM PST by taterjay
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To: taterjay

Hasn’t obumbo run out of red paint yet? Let me see, how many “Red Lines” has he painted now? Odumbo is nowhere near the league Putin is playing in.


45 posted on 03/03/2014 6:24:00 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They reserve the right to hit Putin with a fluffy pillow. Maybe even a very fluffy pillow, if he really misbehaves!


46 posted on 03/03/2014 6:26:08 AM PST by catbertz
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To: Viennacon

“Obama is just another world leader.........”

“LEADER”? You are being way too generous with that title. Odumbo couldn’t lead a dead chicken.


47 posted on 03/03/2014 6:26:33 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Viennacon
poor countries increasingly see Russia as the world's power broker

That I know nothing about. But it does bring up the question of what is to follow here. Assume Russia stops funding Ukraine, gets its oil out without Ukranian pipelines, and Ukraine's new leaders turn to Europe and the US to replace Russian financial help. Europe's "help" to the poorer countries has been to put them hopelessly in debt, buy their assets, and even confiscate savings. Meanwhile, any country that doesn't make nice with Putin has an energy situation.

And Europe doesn't get the Crimea, which I'd suspect was the prize and the rationale for destabilizing Ukraine.

It boggles the mind that according to Obama Crimea can't through protests overturn the government that took over for the one that was driven out through protests. Even some US media experts are cynical.

What everybody is missing here is that these "peaceful protests" are no longer about having an election. They're about toppling the government. In how many countries has there been an offer to have another election? The protestors get that, and become more violent, with outside help.

Methinks that after Egypt, where the gov that was elected didn't work out well, it doesn't suit the global agenda.

It isn't even subtle manipulation anymore.

48 posted on 03/03/2014 6:42:53 AM PST by grania
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Putin has made a point of demonstrating that he is a manly man in hopes of thwarting Obama’s girlish advances, but Obama still has the hots for him. What else can Putin do, if not ignore Obama. The little faggot is a pest.


49 posted on 03/03/2014 6:53:04 AM PST by pallis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess your comment to my #22 is tongue in cheek humor.

The billions spent on foreign aid (from taxpayers’ pockets) is nothing more than lame attements to make the foreigners “like” us and it does just the opposite; they hate us because the influx of dollars shows how poor they are and their leaders pocket most of those dollars.


50 posted on 03/03/2014 7:13:09 AM PST by octex
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