New “red line”: Obama vows there’ll be consequences if people “step over the line” in Ukraine

posted at 3:21 pm on February 19, 2014 by Allahpundit

This is so meaningless, both on its own merits and in light of his Syria fiasco last fall, that I’d be inclined not to blog it if I had any better content to give you. In no meaningful sense is it “news” when O issues some pro forma “stern warning,” especially when Putin’s on the other side of it.

But a slow day content-wise has its price.

President Barack Obama condemned the violence in Ukraine on Wednesday, saying that the U.S. holds the government “primarily responsible for ensuring they are handling protesters peacefully” and that “there will be consequences if people step over the line.”

“We expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence,” Obama said in Mexico. “We expect peaceful protesters to remain peaceful.”

Your guess is as good as mine what “consequences” means. Presumably he’s referring to sanctions — McCain, naturally, is busily drafting a bill right now — but it’s vague enough that Obama will have an easy out if he backs away later and is challenged on it by the press. Ditto for “stepping over the line.” Does that mean violence, which has already occurred, or a certain hazily defined amount of violence that the White House would deem intolerable? If Syria is any indication, the bar for bloodshed that’s so unacceptable that the U.S. would feel obliged to get involved is really, really high. So reluctant is O to get sucked into this, in fact, that it fell to Joe Biden, not Obama himself, to call Putin’s buddy Yanukovych last night to express the White House’s displeasure.

And yes, this is all familiar. Here’s a quickie refresher on the evolution of O’s “red line” for Syria, which began with him warning that he wouldn’t tolerate Assad using or transporting chemical weapons. Once Assad started using chemical weapons, the White House dutifully looked the other way to avoid enforcing the red line for as long as it could, until an attack in August forced O to do something. At that point he (a) falsely claimed that it was the world that set the red line, not him; (b) announced that he intended to strike Syria, before adding that he’d do it only if Congress approved; (c) halfheartedly tried to round up congressional support for an attack before failing at that too; and then (d) accepted Putin’s lame “compromise” to have Assad voluntarily disarm in the interest of saving face. That’s worked out exactly as well in practice as everyone expected it to. That’s the sort of steely resolve and sharp-eyed strategic prowess the Euromaidan protesters in Kiev can count on now.

Here’s the vid via NRO. Putin went easy on him last fall, but after that hockey disappointment today, watch out.


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Can we at least criticize all the peace-at-any-costs leftists hypocrites who didn’t say shit when he was threatening to attack Syria unilaterally?

hawkdriver on February 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Sure, but lets not forget that it was a congressional coalition of both Democrats and Republicans that stopped the Syria intervention.

Pasionaria on February 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Bmore

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Criticizing President Obama for his “red line” on Syria is cheap and hypocritical when it comes from the same conservatives who stopped the intervention, claiming that we have no interests there. I was against the intervention myself, but you can hardly argue that Obama wasnt willing to go through with it.

Pasionaria on February 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

How exactly did “conservatives” (which the establishment RINOs are not) stop him?
He has a pen and a phone, remember?
He can do whatever he wants, and he doesn’t need Congress, remember?

dentarthurdent on February 19, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Sure, but lets not forget that it was a congressional coalition of both Democrats and Republicans that stopped the Syria intervention.

Pasionaria on February 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Can you give record or link to that vote?

oldroy on February 19, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
14m
Truce agreed with opposition leaders in Ukraine, president says – @BBCBreaking, @AFP
end of alert

canopfor on February 19, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Everything they do turns to absurd failure, but he keeps looking like none of it affects him. There are those that might call Putin, Tim. Laughing as obozo and his gang get destroyed by the killer rabbit.

Flange on February 19, 2014 at 3:55 PM

“RUN AWAY!”

Midas on February 19, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Sure, but lets not forget that it was a congressional coalition of both Democrats and Republicans that stopped the Syria intervention.

Pasionaria on February 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM

But you said earlier it was “conservatives” that stopped him.
Are you now saying a bunch of Democrats are actually conservatives?

dentarthurdent on February 19, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Read this slowly:

There are NO good guys in Syria and it is NONE of the US’s business to ally with terrorists.

obama and McVain are equally culpable.

The people of the US were smarter than either of them.

The US had NO business going to Libya either. The only reason obama went there, without congressional approval, was because Qaddafi, with a few other lands, threatened to get rid of the US dollar in their oil trades.

obama traded Quaddafi for different muzzie brotherhoods, all against the US, made Libya worse, in addition to the clusterfark and cover up in Benghazi, all for weapons to Syria, illegally and without the congress, and for other covered up reasons.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Sure, but lets not forget that it was a congressional coalition of both Democrats and Republicans that stopped the Syria intervention.

Pasionaria on February 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Um. Don’t you mean the vote that Obama asked Congress to delay and then he went with the Russian scheme of inspections?

oldroy on February 19, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Can you give record or link to that vote?

oldroy on February 19, 2014 at 4:29 PM

It lies.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Putin saved obama’s azz on Syria and the world knows it.

Benghazi
Snowden/Syria
obama’care’

These are obama’s legacies and he knows it, the wussified empty Armani.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2014 at 4:33 PM

And if he had not put it up for a vote, people like you would be among those whining about the “shredding of the constitution” and the “imperial presidency”.

Pasionaria on February 19, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Not relevant to the point you made, sweetheart. People like me never wanted him to draw any red line to begin with. People like me new our purported allies were overrun with our enemy. People like me knew his threat was empty. People like me know Obama doesn’t seek Congressional approval for for his actions (Libya, 404Care, immigration, etc.). People like me know Zero doesn’t care about about living up to his word.

What is relevant, honey, is that Zero made an empty threat, and then moved heaven and earth to try to weasel out of (1) making good on his threat and (2) taking the blame for failing to live up to his word.

Nomennovum on February 19, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Sure, but lets not forget that it was a congressional coalition of both Democrats and Republicans that stopped the Syria intervention.

Pasionaria on February 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM

NO, it wasn’t.

Kerry’s tongue slipped.

Putin took his offer.

obama, the child, breathed a sigh of relief, and took it.

Period.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Criticizing President Obama for his “red line” on Syria is cheap and hypocritical when it comes from the same conservatives who stopped the intervention, claiming that we have no interests there. I was against the intervention myself, but you can hardly argue that Obama wasnt willing to go through with it.

Pasionaria on February 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

So, you don’t like us criticizing 0bumble for drawing a red line that he could not back up, in a place that was none of our business, and you were supposedly against it as well, as were a majority of Congress (both Dem and Rep), and yet it was “conservatives” who stopped him from doing anything – even though he can do whatever he wants, and he has a pen and a phone and doesn’t need Congress.
Is that about right?
Are OFA’s talking points that confusing today?

dentarthurdent on February 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM

“RUN AWAY!”

Midas on February 19, 2014 at 4:29 PM

That’s exactly the image this administration conjures up for me. Then they’ll huddle, all serious like, never discussing the stupidity of their plans, while offering more stupid ideas, all while soiling their armor.

Flange on February 19, 2014 at 4:36 PM

hawkdriver on February 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Sure, but lets not forget that it was a congressional coalition of both Democrats and Republicans that stopped the Syria intervention.

Pasionaria on February 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM

No it wasn’t a coalition of anyone that stopped the war-monger in chief from unilaterally attacking a country. It’s was your SECState asking a question that he wasn’t prepared to get an answer to from Vladimir Putin that chomped them into being able to do, nothing.

Also. Where was the hollywood left? Where were the peace marches for any of his three failed war interventions?

Ed Anser said they were afraid to criticize the first black US president. What’s up with that? Peace at all cost. Oh, unless …

hawkdriver on February 19, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Don’t ever forget that the Kerrys dined with the Asaads not long ago and that Asaad was Hillary’s “friend” not so long ago either.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

NO, it wasn’t.

Kerry’s tongue slipped.

Putin took his offer.

obama, the child, breathed a sigh of relief, and took it.

Period.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2014 at 4:34 PM

In the name of God, leave one for me. Please?

hawkdriver on February 19, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Oh please ……

BD57 on February 19, 2014 at 4:38 PM

there’ll be consequences if people “step over the line” in Ukraine

Putin: You see news, Dmitry?

Medveded: Da, da, Valimir. Oooooh Boss, do not cross obama’s … LINE!!!

silence

Room erupts into laughter.

Putin: Is funny?

Medveded: Da, da is funny.

hawkdriver on February 19, 2014 at 4:17 PM

+7%

:)

Seven Percent Solution on February 19, 2014 at 4:38 PM

In the name of God, leave one for me. Please?

hawkdriver on February 19, 2014 at 4:38 PM

It’s all yours, since you detailed it better, with compliments and a tip of the hat, Sir!

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2014 at 4:39 PM

In the name of God, leave one for me. Please?

hawkdriver on February 19, 2014 at 4:38 PM

The NSA knows what you’re planning to type….
Check you tooth fillings – they probably planted a bug during your last dentist visit so they can read your mind.

dentarthurdent on February 19, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Criticizing President Obama for his “red line” on Syria is cheap and hypocritical when it comes from the same conservatives who stopped the intervention, claiming that we have no interests there. I was against the intervention myself, but you can hardly argue that Obama wasnt willing to go through with it.

Pasionaria on February 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

*insert eye roll here*

It’s immediately obvious to a casual observer that Mr. “Red Line”, who subsequently and laughably denied he ever said such a thing – even *he* knows he wasn’t willing to go through with it.

Midas on February 19, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Pasionaria on February 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM

But you said earlier it was “conservatives” that stopped him.
Are you now saying a bunch of Democrats are actually conservatives?

dentarthurdent on February 19, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Good catch. (way before Schadenfreude) I digress.

Anywho, will we ever get a liberal commenter who is actually honest and knows what he’s talking about?

hawkdriver on February 19, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Good catch. (way before Schadenfreude) I digress.

Anywho, will we ever get a liberal commenter who is actually honest and knows what he’s talking about?

hawkdriver on February 19, 2014 at 4:42 PM

No way

Fool and Liar on display.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM

hawkdriver on February 19, 2014 at 4:38 PM

The NSA knows what you’re planning to type….
Check you tooth fillings – they probably planted a bug during your last dentist visit so they can read your mind.

dentarthurdent on February 19, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Starting to be suspicious like Axe.

It’s all yours,

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Actually all yours. You be on fire today.

hawkdriver on February 19, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Ooooo. Bet they’re scared !

stenwin77 on February 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Hail Obama the Conquering Hero. Ukrainian President and Protestors agree to a truce. Good thing he set that red line.

oldroy on February 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM

No way

Fool and Liar on display.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Gahhh! At least you do it to everyone. Really later.

hawkdriver on February 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Cross This Line, You Die!

D-fusit on February 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Take care hawk.

Note how the liar vanished.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

OK – Did Emperor 0bumble use the words “like totally” at the end of this threat? Cuz we all know you’re not really serious unless you say that.

dentarthurdent on February 19, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Peace in our time. Thank you Obama and Sheriff Joe.

oldroy on February 19, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Bad word choice, and goes without saying, but what do you expect? If the situation degenerates, there will be sanctions to hit the folks in power in Ukraine (but not, of course, Russia). Unlike Syria, Obama’s not saying we’ll do anything violent; presumably he knows that there’s little that would accomplish anything good in that regard. I doubt even 1% of the protesters want us to bomb or invade them. But this is barely worth mocking, let alone commenting on. (In fact, like bombing Ukraine, mocking this can be counterproductive. Best to focus on Obama’s real failures and anti-Constitutionalities than to divert attention with cutesy remarks about “red lines.”)

calbear on February 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM

OK – Did Emperor 0bumble use the words “like totally” at the end of this threat? Cuz we all know you’re not really serious unless you say that.

dentarthurdent on February 19, 2014 at 4:54 PM

The word he always uses to demonstrate sincerity is Period!…like he ended his promises about keeping our insurance and doctors.

butch on February 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Yes…it…does…

cozmo on February 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Ha! I stand corrected. I guess it does mean something to Obama.

tommer74 on February 19, 2014 at 5:05 PM

The word he always uses to demonstrate sincerity is Period!…like he ended his promises about keeping our insurance and doctors.

butch on February 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM

See, he’s just NEVER going to catch on with the younger generation using that word – no wonder he can’t keep his promises.
To be REALLY serious, you have to say “like totally” or it just doesn’t count….

dentarthurdent on February 19, 2014 at 5:12 PM

It’s not our business to issue warnings & issue sanctions for this. It’s not our country, & I have yet to see that the Ukraine has asked for our help.

I didn’t see anybody issuing warnings or threatening sanctions to us when the Watts riots were going on. We don’t need to arbitrarily stick our nose into their business in return … or Venezuela’s. Obama certainly has enough to do in Washington (complete his over-due budget, play golf, really “fix” ObamaCare, learn about what global warming is about, play golf) without creating more meaningless red lines.

majorzot on February 19, 2014 at 5:14 PM

What’s so stunning about him making a remark about there being “consequences” is that he has no clue whatsoever that no one takes him seriously anymore. He’s lost all his credibility with world leaders. Strong statements come from strong leaders, not leaders who issue empty threats. He’s the laughing stock in chief.

I don’t see anything “peaceful” about protesters who arm themselves with catapults, either, but maybe I missed something.

scalleywag on February 19, 2014 at 5:18 PM

New “red line”: Obama vows there’ll be consequences if people “step over the line” in Ukraine

Hilarity ensues.

Global guffawing.

petefrt on February 19, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Bill Clinton – ‘It all depends on the meaning of the word ‘is’…’

Barack Obama – ‘It all depends on the meaning of ‘red line’ and ‘consequences’…

Athos on February 19, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Don’t worry, Putin’s on the case.

Ward Cleaver on February 19, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Another Obumbles red line?

“You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means!”

I think he really means “green” as in “Go ahead.”

xNavigator on February 19, 2014 at 5:35 PM

“We expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence,” Obama said in Mexico. “We expect peaceful protesters to remain peaceful.”

Is this what you call predicting the past — and getting it wrong? Or, is it another prime example of Leading from Behind?

Dude, the government has not shown restraint and the protesters have not remained peaceful. Duh, that’s why dozens of protestors and police are dead. Are they supposed to all stop cold now because some ninny thousands of miles away with a toy gun “expects” them to?

Or, is Barack Obama trying to, single-handedly, address the clown shortage?

IndieDogg on February 19, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Obama vows there’ll be consequences if people “step over the line” in Ukraine

Does he know they are all laughing at him?

dirtseller on February 19, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I believe we could be attacked on our own land and Obama wouldn’t do a thing. I feel really sorry for the next president, regardless of party because Obama’s setting the stage.

Cindy Munford on February 19, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Please give him 3 years’ worth of choom and Doritos and send him to Hawaii so he stops embarrassing us.

rmkdbq on February 19, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Walk softly but carry a big stick – against the Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News Channel.

TarheelBen on February 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Does he know they are all laughing at him?

dirtseller on February 19, 2014 at 5:45 PM

…at this point I think the only people that aren’t laughing at him are the lick-spittles in his admin….

BigWyo on February 19, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Oh Bull. . .t! This guy is as phony as a $3 bill and totally incompetent.

rplat on February 19, 2014 at 6:04 PM

rplat on February 19, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Considering what an arrogant narcissist he is, maybe we are lucky that military strength is the one place he isn’t willing to show off. Drones seem to be it for him.

Cindy Munford on February 19, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Obama vows there’ll be consequences if people “step over the line”

Of course the key word is “consequences” and the key phrase is “step over the line”.

“consequences” can mean
1 No more peacocks’ tongues sauteed in creamery butter at State Dinners.
2 The 82nd Airborne, in full combat gear, is currently boarding transport planes, bound for the Ukraine, with -0- instructions on whom to attack and whom to defend.
3 John Kerry won’t speak to you at the next White House Reception.
4 If you don’t “play ball”, your punishment will be to spend the night with Michelle the Moose. Hillary is waiting in reserve.

“stepping over the line” can mean a million things including ducking while being shot at.

MaiDee on February 19, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Words to an old song, plagirized by many a failed musician:

Obama will shine tonight, Obama will shine!
Obama will shine tonight, all down his line!
Obama will shine tonight, obama will shine!
When the sun goes down and the moon comes out
Obama will shine!

Obama has a thing about lines.

Old Country Boy on February 19, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Obama’s motto: Walk softly and carry a nerf stick.

sadatoni on February 19, 2014 at 6:36 PM

AAAAHAHAHAHAHAAhahahahaaaaaaa!!!

RRRIIIIGGHHHTT!!!!

Because your *last* “Red Line” was so dangerous, right, BO?

This guy is *SO* Putin’s bitch it is unreal.

He has officially jumped the shark.

a5minmajor on February 19, 2014 at 6:38 PM

At this point, does there exist ANYONE who takes threats by Pharaoh seriously anymore he’s so BE-CLOWNED himself?

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

President Red Lines issues ultimatum, world snickers and yawns; Putin raises his glass of vodka and exclaims, “This is just too easy!”, throws head back and laughs until tears run down his cheeks…

Obama EXPECTS “the Ukrainian government to not resort to violence,” and the “peaceful protesters to remain peaceful.”

What in the world is he talking about? Has the fool seen the video from Kiev? The body count?

Does he seriously imagine that anybody in Ukraine give a rat’s a$s what he “expects”?

Do as I expect, OR ELSE! Or else what? Refuse entry visas to a ballet troupe? Embargo Ukrainian soccer balls?

How pathetic. And stupid. Stupid and pathetic.

Byron on February 19, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Once Assad started using chemical weapons, the White House dutifully looked the other way to avoid enforcing the red line for as long as it could, until an attack in August forced O to do something

Is this just phrased ambiguously, or are you content to believe that Assad was responsible for the (perhaps) Sarin attack in August, rather than it being a false-flag operation by AQ or related “rebel” groups?

bofh on February 19, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Is it just me or is this eerily similar to another Tom Clancy novel?

Nutstuyu on February 19, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Kind of a cool image of Independence Square in Kiev…a before-and-after comparison…

http://i.imgur.com/wx3ImcY.jpg

JetBoy on February 19, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Putin is still laughing from the Syria deal…prob pee`d his boxers over this one. The Emperor not only has no clothes, he has morphed into The Laughing stockJoe Biden

NY Conservative on February 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

I’m thinking he goes commando most of the time. Just a hunch.

Nutstuyu on February 19, 2014 at 7:02 PM

#Newredline consequences Kerry will throw his medals over your fence!

Tom McDonald on February 19, 2014 at 7:04 PM

“We expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence,” Obama said in Mexico. “We expect peaceful protesters to remain peaceful.”

Is this what you call predicting the past — and getting it wrong? Or, is it another prime example of Leading from Behind?

Dude, the government has not shown restraint and the protesters have not remained peaceful. Duh, that’s why dozens of protestors and police are dead. Are they supposed to all stop cold now because some ninny thousands of miles away with a toy gun “expects” them to?

Or, is Barack Obama trying to, single-handedly, address the clown shortage?

IndieDogg on February 19, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Give him a break, it hasn’t made the papers yet!

Nutstuyu on February 19, 2014 at 7:05 PM

More consequences -Kerry will throw his medals over your fence!

Tom McDonald on February 19, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Valerie Jarrett will give you advice

Tom McDonald on February 19, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Al Gore will leave Sochi

Tom McDonald on February 19, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Hillary will take your 3AM phone call

Tom McDonald on February 19, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Does Barry know the difference between a Third World Country and a Superpower? Me thinks not.

Firmworm on February 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Sweet Mary mother of all things even remotely Holy…

You can’t even get sanctions through with Russia inevitably vetoing anything. Best to say something bland than stepping in doodoo again. Especially hours before the govt began cracking down and burying the opposition into their foxhole.

Spliff Menendez on February 19, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Does Barry know the difference between a Third World Country and a Superpower? Me thinks not.

Firmworm on February 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM

No, because he came from one. Indonesia or Kenya, take your pick.

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Has The Barry enunciated his position on what is going on tonight in Venezuela ?

Appalacher on February 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Your guess is as good as mine what “consequences” means.

I’m going with a stern look and a stomp of Prezy Stompyfoot’s hoof. Followed by a round of golf. That’ll show ‘em!

ghostwalker1 on February 19, 2014 at 7:45 PM

“there will be consequences if people step over the line.”

Prezit of the people, baby.

Lover of the poor? Make everything more expensive. Lover of Unions? Feed Government Extortion Societies taxpayer money. Forward!!

Lover of the Middle Class? Force them into economic servitude by destroying their healthcare options. Kill their job opportunities then tax them to support the parasites. Forward!!

Lover of the Worlds’ oppressed? Make ambiguous threatening statements about…..? What, Lightbringer?

What a clueless a$$.

98ZJUSMC on February 19, 2014 at 8:10 PM

When crossed: “Now, now, you was just putiin words in my mouth, that wasn’t the line I was speakin of, now, now, I mean you know you was takin me outta context.”

jake49 on February 19, 2014 at 8:17 PM

It’s not a Tom Clancy novel. If this were such a novel, no one would believe that the US would have such an incompetent administration.

philosoph0123 on February 19, 2014 at 8:35 PM

This administration determines their policy or actions in a way reminiscent of a dorm room full of dumb a$$ed college sophomores having a bull session. They think, with their combined IQs and professorial approval that they HAVE to come up with the mostest right and mostest appropriate answer to the problem. Those that have to stay in the dorm room after the BS session is over and has come up with the answer becomes trolls on Hot Air.

Old Country Boy on February 19, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Of course there will be consequences if the Ukrainian government oppresses the demonstrators. Let’s see…

1. Putin will be happy.

2. Some no-name, non-Democratic-voting little people in a faraway country will be beaten up / killed / whatever, can we just skip to blame Bush already?

3. The media circus will shortly move on.

4. Somehow, this will be more proof of Hillary’s suitability for the White House.

What, you were expecting more from the most transparent administration ever?

Teleros on February 19, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Get ready for one of those strongly worded letters

gxbhkt on February 19, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Putin is laughing…so is the rest of the world….

crosshugger on February 19, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Why is anyone listening or reporting on this lying bufoon anymore?

John the Libertarian on February 19, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Has Barky already offered Putin the services of our IRS / Stasi?

viking01 on February 19, 2014 at 8:48 PM

I believe we could be attacked on our own land and Obama wouldn’t do a thing. I feel really sorry for the next president, regardless of party because Obama’s setting the stage.

Cindy Munford on February 19, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I’m sorry to tell you this, Ma’am…but…We already are. He’s visiting the invading country right now.

And Barry makes Hans Blix look like Charles Bronson.

a5minmajor on February 19, 2014 at 8:51 PM

I would pay $100.00 to see a “Team America” take on Barry and Michelle Antoinette.

I’ll just bet Matt and Trey would score big with this much material.

a5minmajor on February 19, 2014 at 8:52 PM

For some reason the image of a wimp being stuffed into a locker came into my mind just now.

tenore on February 19, 2014 at 8:55 PM

There would have been no benefit from attacking Syria, and there will be no benefit from attacking Ukraine.

David Blue on February 19, 2014 at 9:13 PM

We are much too civilized here in 21st century America to ever take to the streets against our tyrants.

Here in the Nations they call us the civilized tribe. They call us civilized because we are easy to sneak up on. – Chief Dan George
(The Outlaw Josey Wales – 1976)

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Effin’ fool!

claudius on February 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM

So I saw our brave president today repeatedly refer to “peaceful protesters“. I haven’t seen one clip of peaceful protesters unless you count the fire bombs, burning barricades and flipped over cop cars as peaceful…

So why is Fox News in agreement about this evil Ukrainian mistreatment of these peace lovers?

If these same people were Occupy Wall Street types or Tea Party members would the president and Fox News be calling them “peaceful”?

So who wants to charge into battle with John McCain?

essequam on February 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM

The only people that ever pay any of Obama’s “consequences” are white middle-class Americans.

M240H on February 19, 2014 at 9:40 PM

When he said “redline” he meant that crossing that line would cause his Administration to issue a new “redline” in response.

Mahdi on February 19, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Sit down before Vladie slaps the poo out of you Mr. Red Line.

Mason on February 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM

did he issue this stern warning from the 18th green?

getthelibsout on February 19, 2014 at 10:51 PM

The Kremlin was probably in stitches when Obama fired this most recent shot over Putin’s bow.

Krupnikas on February 19, 2014 at 11:24 PM

a5minmajor on February 19, 2014 at 8:51 PM

That is a more insidious invasion but I do think we will have another 9/11 type attack.

Cindy Munford on February 19, 2014 at 11:46 PM

The Kremlin was probably in stitches when Obama fired this most recent shot over Putin’s bow.

Krupnikas on February 19, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Ah, I get it now.

The strategy is to have the Kremlin laughing so hard at the Clown Prince they’ll forget to make trouble.

fadetogray on February 20, 2014 at 12:34 AM

Like what? A nasty letter?

ckilmer on February 20, 2014 at 1:30 AM

All the Obama-taunting aside, do any of you have an opinion on the protests or even know what they’re about?

eh on February 20, 2014 at 1:49 AM

Yeah, Right!
The mess we’re in right now is because of threats issued and never carried out.
The only line this guy can deal with is a coke line.

Another Drew on February 20, 2014 at 2:29 AM

When it comes to foreign policy, Obama becomes John Boner.

Brock Robamney on February 20, 2014 at 5:56 AM

Ah, but he didn’t say it was a red line.

de rigueur on February 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Well, the red line apparently didn’t work very well, so he must be trying a different color.

dentarthurdent on February 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Yellow. It suits him.

Flora Duh on February 20, 2014 at 6:16 AM

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