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Obama imposes new sanctions on Russian officials, signs order authorizing broader measures
foxnews.com ^ | 3/20/14 | AP

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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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: crimea; eo; measures; momjeans; obama; putin; russia; sanctions; thecatcher; threats; ukraine; warnings
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1 posted on 03/20/2014 8:36:11 AM PDT by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne

does everyone love us yet?


2 posted on 03/20/2014 8:38:21 AM PDT by sappy (criminaldems)
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To: ColdOne

He’s really serious now....He’s threatening to impose ObamaCare on Russia.


3 posted on 03/20/2014 8:39:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: sappy
 photo VladampBarackcopy_zpsd6cc41c3.jpg Be careful Vlad. Barack might blow some of that smoke in your face. He's been blowing it up our asses for years now and is very good at it!

4 posted on 03/20/2014 8:40:11 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: ColdOne

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.


5 posted on 03/20/2014 8:41:25 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: ColdOne

I know, Barry can stop the import of Russian Tula and Bear ammunition for sale on the commercial market. Two birds...


6 posted on 03/20/2014 8:43:34 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: ColdOne

Ukraine? Last week’s news. The world now is focused on the missing plane...


7 posted on 03/20/2014 8:44:29 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
The world now is focused on the missing plane...

And Obama's NCAA Bracket.

8 posted on 03/20/2014 8:46:26 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ColdOne

But did the order come from Congress?


9 posted on 03/20/2014 8:49:42 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ColdOne

Double-secret probation.


10 posted on 03/20/2014 8:50:31 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Huskrrrr

An absolute embarrassment. Just shaking my head...


11 posted on 03/20/2014 8:51:29 AM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: Cowboy Bob

fyi... next week will be estonia


12 posted on 03/20/2014 8:55:02 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: ColdOne

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.


13 posted on 03/20/2014 8:55:46 AM PDT by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: ColdOne
One year from now:"President Obama announced today that additional sanctions may be imposed on Russia if they do not they withdraw their forces west of the Mississippi."
14 posted on 03/20/2014 8:56:37 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: dfwgator
He’s really serious now....He’s threatening to impose ObamaCare on Russia.


15 posted on 03/20/2014 8:58:23 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: Dick Bachert

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.


16 posted on 03/20/2014 8:58:24 AM PDT 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: ColdOne

Puppy barks at lion the lions tail drops......


17 posted on 03/20/2014 8:58:53 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: GreenHornet

I don’t think Putin will want THAT, yet. He wants Russophone (Russian speaking) peoples. So far.


18 posted on 03/20/2014 8:59:57 AM PDT 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: ColdOne

Obama: “I hereby swear that I will tickle their funny bone until they can no longer stand up...”


19 posted on 03/20/2014 9:00:21 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: sten

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.


20 posted on 03/20/2014 9:01:40 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Russia has no interest in provoking Europe and the crisis will likely recede.

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.

21 posted on 03/20/2014 9:02:43 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: goldstategop
The problem was for us Crimea was not a hill to die on

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.

22 posted on 03/20/2014 9:05:07 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ColdOne


23 posted on 03/20/2014 9:08:09 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: dfwgator

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.


24 posted on 03/20/2014 9:08:17 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

And I don’t think Putin is that stupid. This was low-hanging fruit for him.


25 posted on 03/20/2014 9:09:11 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: goldstategop
That is going to take months if not years.

We can do it, if we have the will to do it (which we don't).

26 posted on 03/20/2014 9:17:42 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ColdOne

Obama will have to go to Congress to get broader sanctions.


27 posted on 03/20/2014 9:38:41 AM PDT by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: Yo-Yo
I know, Barry can stop the import of Russian Tula and Bear ammunition for sale on the commercial market.

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.

28 posted on 03/20/2014 9:41:30 AM PDT by ek_hornbeck
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To: goldstategop

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.


29 posted on 03/20/2014 9:41:42 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: ColdOne

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.


30 posted on 03/20/2014 9:47:34 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: goldstategop

“The Russian elite does not care if they can’t vacation in Florida this summer.”

They can go to Cuba just as easily.


31 posted on 03/20/2014 9:49:41 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

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.


32 posted on 03/20/2014 9:58:15 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: ColdOne

The next step is a RED LINE!!!!! Careful Putin.


33 posted on 03/20/2014 9:59:19 AM PDT by JayAr36 (When an American dies Obama lies. And lies, and lies and lies forever.)
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To: ColdOne

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.


34 posted on 03/20/2014 10:05:04 AM PDT by arkfreepdom
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To: PapaNew

“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?”

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.


35 posted on 03/20/2014 10:26:03 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: arkfreepdom

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.


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.


36 posted on 03/20/2014 10:29:41 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: Dick Bachert

“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?


37 posted on 03/20/2014 10:39:13 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: ColdOne

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


38 posted on 03/20/2014 11:09:17 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Marguerite
Well, first of all, the Constitution doesn't specify what justification is necessary for declaration of war.

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.

39 posted on 03/20/2014 11:10:57 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: ColdOne
If we catch one of these fellows, is Barry going to administer a spanking?

Or does Barry want to be the one spanked?

If only we could get some clarity from the administration.

40 posted on 03/20/2014 11:20:31 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: ColdOne
"Obama, warning of more costs to come for the Kremlin if the situation worsens, said he also signed an executive order that would allow the U.S. to penalize key sectors of the Russian economy. Officials said Obama could act on that authority if Russian forces press into other areas of Ukraine, an escalation of the crisis in Crimea."

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?

41 posted on 03/20/2014 11:23:29 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: PapaNew

NOTHING in your rationale justify a US declaration of war to Russia.


42 posted on 03/20/2014 11:33:12 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite
Did I say declaring war on Russia? Not sure that's called for nor wise at this point. I was talking about exploring a Congressional way to declare military action in a particular region to assist a sovereign, free country from invasion of a hostile aggressor country. Limited action and limited scope - kind of like the action Reagan took with Grenada. The citizens of Granada were saved from a hard-line Marxist coup and aggressor countries took note, backing off during the rest of Reagan's tenure.

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.

43 posted on 03/20/2014 12:16:43 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: ColdOne

Dats not bewwy fwendwee, Obama. Aren’t you imposing your values on the west of the werld?


44 posted on 03/20/2014 12:18:56 PM PDT by Phillyred
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To: ColdOne

He’s trying to start a war.


45 posted on 03/20/2014 12:26:00 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

he and the dums will have to bring back the draft.


46 posted on 03/20/2014 12:28:33 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Truth29

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101488950


47 posted on 03/20/2014 12:47:12 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: ColdOne

I’m sure Putin is shaking in his boots, now.


48 posted on 03/20/2014 1:12:49 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (Is the GOP actually TRYING to lose in 2014 and 2016?)
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To: Jack Hammer

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.


49 posted on 03/20/2014 1:18:02 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Rebelbase
They can go to Cuba just as easily.

Cuba sucks. Why would anyone in their right mind choose to vacation there, with so many better alternatives?

50 posted on 03/20/2014 1:19:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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