Skip to comments.Obama imposes new sanctions on Russian officials, signs order authorizing broader measures
Posted on 03/20/2014 8:36:11 AM PDT by ColdOne
President Obama announced Thursday that he is imposing sanctions on additional senior Russian officials and others over the country's annexation of Crimea, warning that broader economic sanctions could be in store if Russia does not stand down.
The president, speaking on the South Lawn of the White House, voiced concern that Russian military positioning could point to "further incursions" into southern and eastern Ukraine. He also issued an executive order giving the U.S. authority to impose sanctions on "key sectors of the Russian economy."
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does everyone love us yet?
He’s really serious now....He’s threatening to impose ObamaCare on Russia.
It has zero effect.
Today, the State Duma gave its approval to the Crimean accession. The Federation Council is expected to follow suit tomorrow.
All of this shows a pathological unwillingness on the part of the West to come to terms with reality.
I know, Barry can stop the import of Russian Tula and Bear ammunition for sale on the commercial market. Two birds...
Ukraine? Last week’s news. The world now is focused on the missing plane...
And Obama's NCAA Bracket.
But did the order come from Congress?
An absolute embarrassment. Just shaking my head...
fyi... next week will be estonia
I just gotta think that there is a little old lady somewhere in Poland who is praying for us right now because she remembers when America came to their aid both during WWII and Ronald Reagan’s “Evil Empire” comment.
Oh my. This is going to be ludicrous.
I’d be ashamed except I feel more pity than anything else. That America fell for Barack Obama. Well we do not miss the water till the well runs dry.
Puppy barks at lion the lions tail drops......
I don’t think Putin will want THAT, yet. He wants Russophone (Russian speaking) peoples. So far.
Obama: “I hereby swear that I will tickle their funny bone until they can no longer stand up...”
Russia has no interest in provoking Europe and the crisis will likely recede.
The problem was for us Crimea was not a hill to die on but for Russia it has centuries of resonance for it on all levels.
And Russia was willing to pay the price in terms of Western disapproval and sanctions to acquire it. The Russian elite does not care if they can’t vacation in Florida this summer.
Our influence on Russia is zero and the new additional sanctions don’t bite deep enough to do it real damage.
That's what my gut is telling me, but we should be vigilant and start coming up with a plan to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian oil and gas.
No more than the Rhineland was in 1936....And there was NOBODY, that would have been willing to go to war with Germany back then over the Rhineland.
That is going to take months if not years. Something tells me in a few months every one will get back to business as usual with Russia. Its too powerful a country and a major world player for the West to blacklist for long. And Crimea? It will be forgotten just like Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia are that do not a rate mention in the headlines nowadays.
And I don’t think Putin is that stupid. This was low-hanging fruit for him.
We can do it, if we have the will to do it (which we don't).
Obama will have to go to Congress to get broader sanctions.
The budget brand of ammo "Monarch" that turns up in sporting goods stores is packaged imports from Russia and Serbia (depending on caliber). I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes scarce.
All of this shows a pathological unwillingness on the part of the West to come to terms with reality.
Absolutely. The civilized world is shocked that the leader of Russia is willing to invade his neighbor with a sissy boy army wearing masks and no insignia. Putin’s pansies on the march... Time for the west to wake up.
What’s Congress’ constitutional role in all of this? They have the power to declare war. Why not the power to declare military action in a particular region to protect the Ukraine from Russia? I also wonder what in the Constitution gives Obama the unilateral power to impose sanctions on Russia etc.
“The Russian elite does not care if they cant vacation in Florida this summer.”
They can go to Cuba just as easily.
I’m afraid it will be worse than ludicrous. Now that obambi and Hagel the Henchman have decimated our armed forces (and, no, I am not suggesting we go to war over Ukraine), the saber we once could rattle is down to a tarnished handle and a 3” stub of blade. And Vlad knows it!
It’s still true that to keep the peace, you must be prepared for war, “prepared” being the key term.
The next step is a RED LINE!!!!! Careful Putin.
The really humorous thing (or sad) about all this is that Russia is actually very weak, but our POTUS is such a loser he can’t even handle this situation.
“Whats Congress constitutional role in all of this? They have the power to declare war. Why not the power to declare military action in a particular region to protect the Ukraine from Russia?”
The US Congress declared war only five times in history: the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. Since 1942, it never declared another war, neither in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan or Iraq.
In your opinion, what would be the rationale of a declaration of war to Russia? Has Russia attacked the United States or is a menace to its security? I’m curious how you would justify a declaration of war.
The really humorous thing (or sad) about all this is that Russia is actually very weak, but our POTUS is such a loser he cant even handle this situation.
Exactly. The west tip toed through the tulips for weeks on Russia. Then Erdogan made one phone call and put that tin pot czar in his place.
“the saber we once could rattle is down to a tarnished handle and a 3 stub of blade.”
Saber rattling doesn’t work for both sides. That’s why the countries owning nuclear weapons adopted the dissuasive strategy. It worked during the cold war era (1949-1990) and it’s working now. Only irresponsible leaders would brandish it. Who is ready to play Dr.Strangelove’s part?
I think Obama’s next step should really turn the heat up on Russia. I’m thinking this is very series and perhaps this warrants an address the, yes, the United Nation
I'm exploring congressional options in this kind of situation since Obama is fairly useless. I go back to Reagan and think, what would he have done? Well, I'm sure he would have seen this coming (Palin suspected it in 2008) and would have been ready to move military exercises into that region while having ongoing discussions with Putin, making it clear America would not stand by while a free country is invaded by an aggressor like Russia. And, as he did with Granada, not hesitate to go in and fight for Ukraine freedom if they were invaded.
Congressional ability is much less nimble and surgical in their ability to deal with an aggressor nation, but at the same time, it seems that our hands may not have to be completely tied because of Obama's typical Leftist inability to respond decisively.
Rationale could be a few things.
1) America, as the most powerful free country on earth, has been, under the right leadership, a protector of free countries from outside aggression. The freer the world, the safer the world for everyone, including the U.S. (I do NOT advocate the mutton-headed so-called "Bush Doctrine" of invading countries to "make them democratic" (his eventual rationale for invading Iraq after abandoning the WMD rationale - his real reason was to finish the job on Saddam that his dad didn't). The "Bush Doctrine" is repulsive and un-Ameircan. We stand for freedom not invasion and forced servitude.)
2) It also is in America's best interests because other aggressive nations are watching. A strong, decisive response to unwarranted and unwelcomed aggression upon a free nation will make other totalitarian aggressors think twice about their takeover plans. Here, we know China, North Korea, Syria, and Iran are taking notes and making plans accordingly. As a direct result of Obama's hand-wringing indecisiveness, Israel has now had to declare that they will take on Iran without the U.S. who they no longer can rely on.
We cannot play the isolationist game the way we could when Washington was President ("no entangling alliances"). We shouldn't politically or militarily entangle ourselves internationally unnecessarily, but our world has shrunk since the 18th Century and things like the intercontinental nuclear threat makes these things very much a part of U.S. interest.
Or does Barry want to be the one spanked?
If only we could get some clarity from the administration.
This is what seems to have the financial talking heads on Fox Business worried, although the market averages don't agree with them. Could Obama have found a way to hurt the Western economies while maintaining that he is protecting them from the Russian Bear?
NOTHING in your rationale justify a US declaration of war to Russia.
This would obviously have more potential risk than tiny Grenada, but my point is, our hands are not necessarily tied becasue of Obama's Leftist double-minded catatonic state. But we would have to have the attitude that we were in it to win it, else you end up with a Vietnam-type stalemate. If we weren't prepared to win, we should stay out and let Putin have his way. But at some point, we should be ready to step in if necessary - Putin seems to have more plans. Also, watch out for these other countries who are going to be emboldened by Obama's double-minded weakness.
Dats not bewwy fwendwee, Obama. Aren’t you imposing your values on the west of the werld?
He’s trying to start a war.
he and the dums will have to bring back the draft.
I’m sure Putin is shaking in his boots, now.
Obama: I hereby swear that I will tickle their funny bone until they can no longer stand up...
And the “we want nooklear war over this” armchair Rambos won’t be happy until they see mushroom clouds over cities.
Cuba sucks. Why would anyone in their right mind choose to vacation there, with so many better alternatives?