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Posted on 03/19/2014 5:23:29 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
March 19, 2014, 05:09 pm Obama's promise: No military action in Ukraine from US
By Jeremy Herb
President Obama said Wednesday that the U.S. military would not take military action in Ukraine against Russia.
"We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine, Obama said in an interview Wednesday with KNSD, the NBC affiliate in San Diego.
"I think even the Ukrainians would acknowledge, for us to engage Russia militarily would not be appropriate and would not be good for Ukraine, either, Obama added.
Obama is coming under increased pressure to take action against Russia for its actions in Ukraine, and has already signaled he will pursue expanded sanctions against the country.
But the president made clear he is hesitant to provide military assistance to Ukraine, a step advocated by some members of Congress.
Russian President Vladimir Putin this week signed a treaty that annexed Crimea as part of Russia, a move that was condemned by the United States and the West.
Obama dismissed the notion that Putin was acting out of strength, telling the San Diego station the annexation of Crimea was an action taken out of weakness.
Might doesnt make right, Obama said.
He also said Putins incursion shouldnt and wouldnt be read as a sign the United States was incapable of defending its allies.
"His strategic decisions are no way based on whether he thought that we might go to war over this, Obama said. I think theres a clear understanding that when it comes to our core interests or our NATO allies we can protect ourselves.
In his interview with St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK, Obama reiterated his call on Congress to pass an economic aid bill supporting Ukraine at a time when they have an economic crisis to go along with this political crisis.
The Obama administration issued sanctions against 11 individuals from Russia and Ukraine on Monday in response to Russias military intervention, and Obama has indicated that further sanctions could be on the way.
What we are going to be do is mobilize all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we've got a strong international coalition that sends a strong message, Obama said Wednesday.
This story was updated at 8:00 p.m.
Ya bunch of peasants...........
Might doesnt make right, Obama said, stamping
We are seeing “more flexibility”in action.
Impotence on parade.
Might doesn’t make right? What a transparent diabolical non-man.
Of course might makes right, depending on whose might it is.
Was the might that stopped Hitler wrong?
Is the might that stops someone from a crime wrong?
What an idiot - imagine anyone in the position to curtail wrong-doing not using their might. There are bad people in the world....this is what these flakes refuse to see.
Goes without saying. Obama can’t even cast a shadow, let alone rattle a sword.
Besides, Bambi is too busy doing two fundraisers in Florida and filling out his NCAA brackets for the buttlicking media!!
Obama is ALSO too busy trying to populate the military with homosexuals while simultaneously shrinking it to pre-World War II levels and destroy America's freedoms in the religious and economic realms!
I agree with the part about not going to war.
But I don’t think the Russians look weak; soft power has its limits.
Obama doesn’t appreciate the importance of military strength to ensure treaties are more than pieces of paper.
We have a problem and its not Putin.
Well, we can’t intervene militarily. We would lose, thanks to the bungler-in-chief.
Hey China: you were looking at expanding right? :)
Does Putin and Obama exchange May Day cards with one another?
As the Fraud-in-Chief continues to weaken the USA and stiff its allies — all in favor of Muslims and commie dictators. Such a beautiful sight —
Hey Libs — proud of what you put in our White House? Oh, I forgot — you don’t care.
Remember that the next time you are inclined to say, "I won."
We have no business there.
We have no vital interest in Crimea. Certainly nothing to start a war over.
Go ahead O. Now is the time to take anything else off the table that might piss Putin off. Diplomacy is all about taking the weakest possible position an hoping for the best from there.
Now is the time to draw another red line. That’s always a knee slapper.
Nothing like walking in to a slaughter! 0 missed the moment oh he always misses the moment! There is not a Military man in the US that would walk into that mess!
Lock and Loa............... Well Lock!
Besides our rules of engagement are Run Away, and that’s one big Rabbit!
Is he sorry he said it or is he sorry that it is true?
What?? Not even a Kerry-esque “It’ll only be a soft response, and it’ll be over by morning (and this is going to hurt me more than it does you)”???
Why in the hell would he say that? That’s like playing poker and asking to have your cards dealt face up.
Obama acts like a criminal.
heard that we and the Brits are having a joint military exercise with Ukraine this summer. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, of course.
Barack Obama is a true scumbag. He has sold out the freedom fighters of Ukraine and will sell out the rest of Europe as well. NATO is on its last leg, the EU is run by a bunch of limp wristed cowards, and we have the anti-Reagan in the White House. It is time to impeach and remove the clown from office.
Crimea was Russian before Tennessee was American.
It’s a lesser evil. I was told principle doesn’t matter so no one could stop the idiot. They helped him get us to this point. Willingly. So everyone is good with the consequences right?
No? Imagine that...
Let’s have a good laugh in the midst of all this seriousness....Very short video....enjoy ..I’m still laughing
Romance...”the difference between men and women”
That was actually a perfect descriptor of Obama foreign policy ;)
That is funny. Thanks for the laugh.
"Son.....you're on your own."
Well, I’m glad I’m now clear about that. I’m sure Putin is too.
Never mind that treaty Clinton made with Ukraine.
Ask the American Indians how the US gov keeps those treaties.
Master Putin has the floor, ladies and gentlemen.
“I think even the Ukrainians would acknowledge, for us to engage Russia militarily would not be appropriate and would not be good for Ukraine, either, Obama;
FOR ONCE, he’s doing the right thing - nothing.
WHO will take the risk to start a war, which risks to turn nuclear?
Any amateur here to push the nukes button?
What Obama should be doing is announcing a plan to become the leading supplier of oil and natural gas to Europe in the next few years.
But it will never happen.
Well that would conflict with his eco agenda. So nope. Never happen.
And he should be impeached on that alone.
Every time Putin makes a move, Obama responds by telling him what we won’t do. Brilliant.
That’a a long time plan.
Obama will be out of WH by then, so he doesn’t care.
He’s too busy.
He has to take 37 more vacations prior November 2016.
Odumbo just weaken the US similar to Europe. Let the communists have their way. What do you expect from a diehard communist? Just wait he will turn the keys over to Russia and China yet and allow them to drive America.
I really believe that this scumbag used Columbia University’s partnership with students be able to study abroad at some Socialist/Communist University in Europe during the 80s. Look he always looks to Spain ( Madrid) for ideas that were done and failed in Spain.
I wish I kept the books from the 80s when I did a semester abroad. I paid the tuition for the American University and spent time in Scotland learning more about European Intellectual History. When the semester was done traveled through Europe in youth hostels before returning to America.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you - The Most Transparent Administration in American History . .
"I will have more flexibility after the election." Can you imagine if Bush had said this and then Russia did this. The audio would be played every night on the alphabet networks and cable.
“I will not send American boys half way across the world to do what Vietnamese boys ought to be doing themselves.”
LBJ, who then led us into one of the worst wars America’s been involved in and whose effects we’re still feeling today.
Anything Clinton signed isn’t worth the piece of paper it’s written on.
Seriously? Really? What the heck business is it of ours? Go back to toking with Reggie over the brackets.
This metrosexual thinks the military conducts “excursions”? Like a weekend trip to buy antiques? Meanwhile, Putin’s army is conducting exercises.
Ruins the day for all the armchair Rambos salivating over the thought of a nooklear war.
Well boys, I reckon this is it. Nuclear combat, toe to toe with the Rooskies. That was then, this is now: Barry doesn’t care about securing our own borders.
And after Syria, all he wants is ‘man-to-man’ combat, vacations, golf and Maui Wowee.
“Might doesn’t make right.” So, he’s admitting that Putin is mighty?”
Has any interviwer ever asked obama what he meant by “Tell Vlad I’ll have more flexibility after the election”?
"Now sign up for Obamacare or else".
Congress shall have the power to declare war. Art I, Sec 8, Clause 11 U.S. Constitution.
Obama doesn't have the final word on this. In a sense, constitutionally speaking, the POTUS is just an errand boy for Congress.
People are wringing their hands that we'll have to wait another three years before we have a POTUS who will actually defend freedom. But if we get the right people in Congress in 2014, we might not to have to wait that long.
I wonder if Congress can implement something short of declaring war on Russia, like declaring U.S. involvement in defending a country in a particular region.
Didn’t the people of Crimea guys democratically to become part of Russian Federation, or did I miss something? Where is “the crime” you speak of?
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