Skip to comments.Criminal Actions by Obama; Two Wrongs Make a Right
Posted on 03/24/2014 9:57:54 AM PDT by Kaslin
To President Obama, two wrongs make a right. Also, might makes right.
Suppose a neighbor steals your cat. Would it be morally just to punch a different neighbor (or the neighbor's kid) in the face to retaliate?
If you are president Obama, the answer is yes.
Please consider How Obama Crippled a Russian Bank with a Stroke of a Pen.
On Thursday, President Obama sent a message to Russian president Vladimir Putin about strength. Specifically, economic strength. The message was this: Whenever I decide to, I can pick up a pen, and kill a significant financial institution in your country.
Obamas victim was the St. Petersburg-based Bank Rossiya.
Bank Rossiya is not the largest bank in Russia by a long shot, but its significance lies in its clientele rather than its size. In announcing the sanctions, the Treasury Department noted that Bank Rossiya is the personal bank for senior officials of the Russian Federation including members of the Ozero Dacha Cooperative, an exclusive community where members of Putins inner circle live. In addition, it provides financial services to the single largest segment of the Russian economy the oil, gas, and energy sector.
Essentially, this is a credit union for oligarchs, with a side business in financing the Russian energy industry. Its customers include many more high-profile Russians than just those named in the Treasury statement. As of Thursday it is, for all intents and purposes, out of business.
Theyve got to go to another bank, said Lester M. Joseph, former principal deputy chief of the Department of Justices Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering section. That bank is pretty much a pariah.
Currently the international investigations manager at Wells Fargo Bank, Joseph said when heard about the sanctions on Bank Rossiya, the first thing he did was check to see if it was a customer of his institution. It is not, thankfully, he said.
The impact doesnt stop there, Joseph explained. His next step, which is ongoing, is to see if any banks that Wells Fargo has relationships with are also doing business with Bank Rossiya, and to make sure that none of those banks are routing transactions from the Russian bank through Wells Fargos system. If a transaction from that bank is coming from another bank, we would have to block it, he said.
As one U.S. official told Reuters, Bank Rossiya will be frozen out of the dollar.
This is a new thing, said Joseph. Its not a rogue bank. Its a bank in a country where we do a lot of business. Its not involved in a criminal case. Compared to other actions by past administrations, he said, Its much more complex.
Criminal Actions by Obama
Bank Rossiya is frozen out of the US dollar even though it is not a rogue bank, is not involved in any criminal investigation, and in fact has not done anything wrong.
I cannot predict the result of this, and also suspect the impact as assessed above is a bit trumped up. After all, how many US dollar transactions does Bank Rossiya conduct?
Regardless, the actions of Obama are disturbing. You do not (rather you should not), punch an innocent party in the face as a means to force a third party to do what you want.
The action by Obama is both criminal and hypocritical. And I bet it does not even work.
“After all, how many US dollar transactions does Bank Rossiya conduct?”
Isn’t international oil traded in US dollars? Isn’t this the bank used by Russian oil companies?
O’bastard may screw around and get the world oil markets to stop using the dollar.
Two wrongs do not, cannot make a right. The second wrong only compounds the first, and it is all cumulative.
Three left turns can make a right, though, in a rectilinear road pattern. Of course, that would be a little bass ackwards.
You could be right. This could come back to bite the U.S.A. big time. Financial services are a huge business — actions like this will make international investors think hard, about the possible downsides of parking money in the U.S.A.
Do you actually mean to say, Obama is, um, backing up to engage a problem?
Would this be a first? Is this a benefit we've been missing all these years, by not having a pervert in the White House? </s>