As Russia takes over Crimea, Kerry, Carney warn Putin not to cross the “line”

posted at 2:01 pm on February 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

In their defense, what else can they say? If they say nothing, they’ll be pilloried for silence in the face of aggression. If they get too explicit about the consequences of line-crossing, everyone will think of Obama’s humiliation over his Syria “red line” and laugh. There’s nothing the U.S. can do to stop Russia from knocking heads and reclaiming Crimea if it wants to. Which means all that’s left is the traditional stern yet scrupulously vague admonishment.

Kerry, in comments that highlighted Washington’s rising suspicion of Moscow, said the U.S. is watching to see if Russian activity in Crimea “might be crossing a line in any way.” He added that the administration would be “very careful” in making judgments about that.

“While we were told that they are not engaging in any violation of the sovereignty and do not intend to, I nevertheless made it clear that could be misinterpreted at this moment,” Kerry said. “There are enough tensions that it is important for everybody to be extremely careful not to inflame the situation and not send the wrong messages.”

Meanwhile:

What on earth is an “intervention line” and how has Russia not already crossed it? AP photographers snapped pics this morning of Russian personnel carriers on the move inside Crimea:

Between that and the seizure of the airports in Sevastopol and Simferopol, for which, apparently, Russia is now admitting responsibility, Ukraine’s new interior minister says this has become a “military invasion and occupation.” Seems like the fabled “intervention line” has been crossed. Then again, if there’s any one lesson to take from the Syria “red line” debacle, it’s that the White House is willing to look the other way repeatedly at violations in order to avoid having to enforce its lines. Remember, Assad’s side was accused more than once of chemical attacks before the big one last August that finally compelled the White House to act. Could be that Obama and Kerry are following a similar approach here: So long as the movements of Russian troops can kinda sorta be explained as defense of their naval bases in Crimea, that’s technically not an “intervention.” Just like, er, this isn’t an intervention either:

The White House’s plan, I assume, is to hope that Putin will be satisfied with this little bit of muscle-flexing and agree to talks on the disposition of the country rather than take parts of it by force. The goal is probably partition: If the choice is between letting eastern Ukraine and Crimea leave and a major war that Russia will have much more interest in prosecuting than the EU will, why not try to secure Russian acquiescence in letting western Ukraine go and call it a day? The Russians aren’t waiting around on their end of this:

There was a draft law debated to this effect in the Russian State Duma. Now, this announcement on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Facebook page:

“Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Simferopol urgently requested to take all necessary steps to start issuing Russian passports to members of the “Berkut” fighting force.”

In other words, Russia is now urging the nationalization of Yanukovych’s riot police.

Why is this important? Before Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 they issued passports to ethnic Russians.

At now, the Russian State Duma is discussing a draft law for adding a new subject of the Russian Federation, i.e. Crimea. In other words, Russia is taking many steps that it took before invading Georgia. This looks to be an attempt to annex Crimea.

I’m … reasonably sure that full annexation would cross the “intervention line,” requiring some sort of U.S. response, but we’ve been through too much to underestimate O’s ability to retreat from his own ultimatums. Stay tuned.

Update: The fact that Kerry’s saying things like this makes me think Russia’s not too worried about crossing anyone’s line.


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obama is Putin’s diaper.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Not our concern. Not while Mexico does the same thing.

abobo on February 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Bmore, please photoshop obama/Kerry/Hagel into the 3 stooges and possibly find a secondary role for Carney.

To watch the circus is painful.

The ‘merican media are derelict, once again.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Send in the Light Brigade.

Mark1971 on February 28, 2014 at 2:04 PM

If they get too explicit about the consequences of line-crossing, everyone will think of Obama’s humiliation over his Syria “red line” and laugh.

Lines are diminishing obama.

Were it not so tragic

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Obama to Americans: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

Putin to Obama/Kerry: “If you like your red line, you can keep your red line….and shove it up your….”

easyt65 on February 28, 2014 at 2:06 PM

President Maginot Line will stop him.

Flange on February 28, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Putin took the temperature of obama/Kerry/Hagel and laughed his tiny thuggish azz off.

Hillary, hon, cool reset! Congratulations.

I can’t wait for the trolls…don’t count on any.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 2:06 PM

who’s afraid of Obama other than GOP leadership?

DanMan on February 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I’m sorry but how the hell is this any of our business? Can we mind our own, and take care of our own before we start gambling with more and more American treasure and lives.

MoreLiberty on February 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Don’t think for a moment that obama doesn’t like this. It’s all going according to plans.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Where are John Ringer and Russell Ziskey when you need ‘em…

ladyingray on February 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

I’m … reasonably sure that full annexation would cross the “intervention line,” requiring some sort of U.S. response, but we’ve been through too much to underestimate O’s ability to retreat from his own ultimatums. Stay tuned.


Poland
…he’ll draw an “absolutely red line” at Poland …

… which conveniently does NOT say WHICH side of the Polish border would be an “absolutely red line”

PolAgnostic on February 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Name one foreign policy success under obama/Hillary/Rice/Powell, I triple dare you. Be factual.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Don’t worry, if Putin crosses the red line, then Putin will step in and engage in tough negotiations with Putin to snap Putin back into line.

/smart power

The Schaef on February 28, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Is an intervention line red in color? These people are beyond hilarious.

Kissmygrits on February 28, 2014 at 2:09 PM

No one respects Obama.

darwin on February 28, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Top priority for the US media in all of this:
- Ignore or hide it from the American people.
- Give cover for Obama…as in do not press him on the situation.
- Get some quotes from Hillary Clinton to make her look like 2016 Presidential material.
- Quickly find some negative story about Republicans to fill the headlines…

albill on February 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Word feckless comes to mind to describe this bunch of bozos. Putin must just be laughing.

major dad on February 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Medvedev: Boss, Kerry again say … to not cross line.
Putin: Da Dmitry, I hear on news.
Medvedev: This time is now … “interwention” line.
Putin: Da, is now “interwention” line.
Medvedev: Is different this time?

BWAHAHAHAHA!

Medvedev: Is funny, Boss?
Putin: Da, da, is funny.

I’m … reasonably sure that full annexation would cross the “intervention line,” requiring some sort of U.S. response, but we’ve been through too much to underestimate O’s ability to retreat from his own ultimatums. Stay tuned.

When spoofing this administration’s intent is close to the truth and scary as Hell.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM

What are you talking about? I was told the world set those lines. It wasn’t obama, the fun loving jack ass. At this point why bother? Any line set by this administration gets crossed and then they sit there looking like the inept goons they really are. They just need to step back and shut up.

JAGonzo on February 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Putin is laughing his aZZ off at this paper tiger admin..

melle1228 on February 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Putin…Obama who?

workingclass artist on February 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

So that’s what he meant by flexibility.

John Deaux on February 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

If Putin stops with annexing the Crimea nothing will happen. Until Kruschev located the Crimea in the Ukraine’s regional authority the Crimea had always been Russian. If Putin goes further??? If he does or does not it will have nothing to do with the US. Putin will decide based on his intel of how much the Ukies will resist. Ukraine has a substantial military. An army of 150K active and 750K reserves. It has a significant arms industry. Its obstacle now is its command and control and chain of command. Who exactly is in charge in Kiev? If Putin believes chaos in Kiev will paralyze the Ukie military he will go for it. If he believes the Ukies would offer significant conventional resistance he will back off. Unless of course he reconvenes the 1994 guarantors and stipulates that he only wants Russian Crimea and ethnic Russian Eastern Ukraine. Then we can get the umbrella ready for Barky and Kerry to take to Yalta.

xkaydet65 on February 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

What a shock. Putin is taking full advantage of the gang of imbeciles — John “Swift Boat” Kerry, Samantha “The Jew Deserved It” Power, and Barack “You Can’t Criticize Me, I’m Black” Obama.

I want to see the Obama Party spin this. I BEG the Obama Party to attempt to spin this.

And where’s Slow Joe Biden, their so-called foreign-policy expert? Did someone lock him in the Oval Office and tell him to find a corner again?

northdallasthirty on February 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

If you want to help the Ukrainians then take out your own checkbook, and send them YOUR money; also, jump on a plane and risk your own life. Until our homes, American citizens or the US Constitution are threatened don’t get involved.

MoreLiberty on February 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Pretty soon this administration is gonna resort to the “This time we really really mean it” tactic.

The Notorious G.O.P on February 28, 2014 at 2:16 PM

No one respects Obama.

darwin on February 28, 2014 at 2:09 PM

…and the USA under obama…Congratulations world, and sheepledom who brung/kept him.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Putin’s #LetsMove campaign.

mwbri on February 28, 2014 at 2:16 PM

northdallasthirty on February 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I can’t wait to see what Hillary has to say…reset button.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

“Look, if we were to build a large wooden badger…” -John Kerry

Flange on February 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Kerry needs to check his office to see if Killary left that box of overcharge buttons laying around.

HumpBot Salvation on February 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

I’m sorry but how the hell is this any of our business? Can we mind our own, and take care of our own before we start gambling with more and more American treasure and lives.

MoreLiberty on February 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

.
When does it become “any of our business?”

Germany?

France?

England?

South America?

Canada?

Nebraska?

Side Note: We are NOT taking “care of our own” whether you want to talk about our:

a) veterans – VA scandal or cutting benefits WHILE raising taxes
b) unemployed – GOPe pushing for tens of millions of new “legal” workers
c) uninsured – CBO says “30 million uninsured in 2020″ – EXACT same number as 2010

PolAgnostic on February 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Hah, Kerry was going to force Israel into a deal with the Pallis.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM

He looks so Super-Genius there, but was that a pick or a scratch?

Tsar of Earth on February 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I can’t wait to see what Hillary has to say…reset button.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

She’s not going to say anything, because there are plenty of examples of her a) gushing over the Russians and b) attacking Republicans like Romney for pointing at Russia as a major geopolitical threat.

She cannot criticize the black child, which I find endlessly amusing.

northdallasthirty on February 28, 2014 at 2:20 PM

“Look, if we were to build a large wooden badger…” -John Kerry

Flange on February 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Medvedev: Boss, Flange on Hot Air say use wooden badger.
Putin: Da Dmitry, I read. Worse than “intervention” line.
Medvedev: Launch Bear Bombers?
Putin: No, but get ready.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM

MoreLiberty on February 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM
PolAgnostic on February 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

I have to agree with you both. IMHO we need to watch and see. This is the Ukraine who did this all on their own, their own people, tired of the corruption.

We need to vote the a-holes out and start working on the US.

If anything happens, then go help. The UN needs to but the hell out too. Ukraine is a bunch of proud people. When they want help, they know all they have to do is ask.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM

What line? Berlin’s city limits?

mjbrooks3 on February 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Wiki puts the population of Crimea at just under 60% Russian. About 1/4 are Ukrainian. Looks like Russia could easily claim protection for its citizens.

It could also be said that Russia wants to ensure their lease from the Ukraine for the Naval base at Sevastopol remains intact.

There is nothing Obama and friends can (or really want?) to do about what Russia intends.

TerryW on February 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Putin won’t be contained – certainly not by Obama…..

Putin knows he has 3 years to expand Russia.

And I doubt a future American President – Republican or Democrat, will do anything either….

The way to control the world is energy. Which we have and can bring OPEC and Russia to it’s knees.

Of course Obama is on Putin’s side, so don’t look for Obama to really do anything.

It’s up to the people of Ukraine…..

redguy on February 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM

AH,NC

22044 on February 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM

If anything happens, then go help. The UN needs to but the hell out too. Ukraine is a bunch of proud people. When they want help, they know all they have to do is ask.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM

The UN is more corrupt than Russia.
The UN is probably bought off by Putin.
The UN needs to be kicked out of America….

redguy on February 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM

I can’t wait to see what Hillary has to say…reset button.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Dude, you need to provide content warning when posting a link with Angrier Mitchell’s face jumping out at ya.

HumpBot Salvation on February 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Remember what Sarah Palin said:

“I can see Putin’s shoe print on Obama’s backside from my house.”

Occams Stubble on February 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

When spoofing this administration’s intent is close to the truth and scary as Hell.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM

and the fact that they are now staying in Afghanistan after saying they were going to pull out?

Makes one wonder.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

As Russia takes over Crimea, Kerry, Carney warn Putin not to cross the “line”

So, what line are they waiting for Russia to cross?? Maybe waiting till tanks are rolling through Keiv?!

I knew obama would do nothing. He did nothing in Iran during the Green revolution. he did nothing in Egypt when reporters were being assaulted. he did nothing when our ambassador was being murdered in Libya. he’s not doing anything in Caracas, why would he do now.

he is hands down the worst American prez ever.

ConservativePartyNow on February 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

The UN is more corrupt than Russia.
The UN is probably bought off by Putin.
The UN needs to be kicked out of America….

redguy on February 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM

We need to stop paying for the UN period. But then, that is just an echo chamber in here.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I just checked the tank and we’re running WAAaaaY low on moral authority to tell the Russians not to interfere in the internal affairs of another country using military force. Just sayin’

VA_gent on February 28, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Posting the map on this thread.

http://subseaworldnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/South-Stream-Offshore-Section-Construction-Progresses-According-to-Schedule.jpg

Merkel needs Coal & Putin keeps his pipeline.

workingclass artist on February 28, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Meanwhile, on display

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 2:25 PM

MoreLiberty on February 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM
PolAgnostic on February 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

I have to agree with you both. IMHO we need to watch and see. This is the Ukraine who did this all on their own, their own people, tired of the corruption.

We need to vote the a-holes out and start working on the US.

If anything happens, then go help. The UN needs to but the hell out too. Ukraine is a bunch of proud people. When they want help, they know all they have to do is ask.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM


Sorry
… but I didn’t give a “both” choice – let’s review:

When does it become “any of our business?”

Germany?

France?

England?

South America?

Canada?

Nebraska?

Pick ONE of those six choices.

PolAgnostic on February 28, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Isn’t Russia still occupying Georgia? If no one did anything about his last excursion, why would he be deterred now? Or in the future?

Dead Hand Control on February 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Russian MPs have proposed new laws that would make it easier for Russia to incorporate parts of Ukraine, and allow Russian citizenship to be fast-tracked.

Passport applicants would not have to pay a state tax, and previous residence in Russia would no longer be required.

The bill’s preamble says it is aimed “at supporting the fraternal people of Ukraine, especially the Russian-speaking ones, who are defenceless in the face of the ‘brown threat’,” a reference to World War Two fascists who wore brown uniforms.

The bill would allow Ukrainians to apply for Russian passports at Russian diplomatic missions before 1 August, and they could become citizens after two months, instead of waiting a year, as is currently the norm.

The plan to have a new fast-track procedure for issuing Russian passports was announced in Sevastopol on Thursday by A Just Russia leader Sergei Mironov.

sharrukin on February 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Every time I hear one of these goons talk about “crossing the line”, I just sit back and laugh. They (Russians, Syrians, et al) will cross “the line” at will, and when they do I hope they pop the whole gang right in their collective mouths.

MustLoveBlogs on February 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

We can’t get physically involved i.e. military wise but we should have stepped in on the diplomacy side awhile back. This is a major geopolitical event that Obama and Lurch let get away from them. Obama is too worried about boys of color getting more federal dollars and Lurch is wringing his hands about climate change. Didn’t Romney get hung out to dry for saying that Russia was the number one geopolitical threat?

major dad on February 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Pick ONE of those six choices.

PolAgnostic on February 28, 2014 at 2:25 PM

How about Alaska.. since I can see it from my darn porch.

Or maybe the russians should ask japan about the last time Alaska was invaded.

And until it matters to the Americans, it won’t matter. Get it?

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

sharrukin on February 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

you think this was planned or something….

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Makes one wonder.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

As in if there were some sense to be derived from it?

It just confuses me. But it’s all good. I’m sure they’re confused too.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

hawkdriver on February 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM

You make Boris and Natasha proud.

Flange on February 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

As in if there were some sense to be derived from it?

It just confuses me. But it’s all good. I’m sure they’re confused too.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

aren’t we all.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Russian MPs have proposed new laws that would make it easier for Russia to incorporate parts of Ukraine, and allow Russian citizenship to be fast-tracked.

Passport applicants would not have to pay a state tax, and previous residence in Russia would no longer be required.

The bill’s preamble says it is aimed “at supporting the fraternal people of Ukraine, especially the Russian-speaking ones, who are defenceless in the face of the ‘brown threat’,” a reference to World War Two fascists who wore brown uniforms.

The bill would allow Ukrainians to apply for Russian passports at Russian diplomatic missions before 1 August, and they could become citizens after two months, instead of waiting a year, as is currently the norm.

The plan to have a new fast-track procedure for issuing Russian passports was announced in Sevastopol on Thursday by A Just Russia leader Sergei Mironov.

sharrukin on February 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Makes the demographic shifts that are inevitable in a Partition…simpler?

workingclass artist on February 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Jeez … another line. Maybe this one is a green line.

majorzot on February 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Jeez … another line. Maybe this one is a green line.

majorzot on February 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

or a parallel?

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Never fear. Did you know that Secretary Kerry served in Vietnam? When he says there is a line not to be crossed there is a line somewhere.

Mason on February 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Does anybody even acknowledge these dolts?

rplat on February 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM

“Boris” Putin and “Natasha” Medvedev vs “Rockerry” and “Obullwinkle”.

My money is not on moose and squirrel.

battalion on February 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Love the picture. Potential caption: “John Kerry. Can’t even pick his nose right.”

morganfrost on February 28, 2014 at 2:32 PM

The fact that Kerry’s saying things like this Barack Obama is POTUS makes me think Russia’s not too worried about crossing anyone’s line.

Fixed that for ya.

William Teach on February 28, 2014 at 2:32 PM

you think this was planned or something….

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

I think Putin is going to push and push until he gets what he wants and he’s smart enough to give the western leaders an easy out as he’s doing it. Guys like John McCain will be jumping up and down screaming “Bomb, bomb, bomb” while the rest scurry for whatever cheap figleaf they can find to cover their unwilling to do anything.

The west will render the Ukraine every assistance short of actual help.

sharrukin on February 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

hawkdriver on February 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM

You make Boris and Natasha proud.

Flange on February 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Спасибо. Я любил Rockey и Bullwinkle. Вы хоть знаете, если вы переводите России, или в этом отношении любой Слович язык, это звучит немного как, что.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

sharrukin on February 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

get outta my head shar.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

We have much more to fear from our current government than anything Putin can do to US. It would be nice though to hear Kerry call Putin the Genghis Khan of the Ukraine!!

Deano1952 on February 28, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Don’t be crossin’ that mauve line, Vlad, or I ain’t gonna be so flexible…..

BobMbx on February 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Partition?? Sudetenland, Munich, protecting ethnic brothers. Have we gone down this road before? Don’t Poland, Slovakia, Romania, and the Baltic Republics have significant Russian minorities? Does anyone in the administration or the media read and understand history?

xkaydet65 on February 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Putin is a fool. He’s played right into Obama’s hands.Vlad,prepare to meet with… smart power.

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ByTori Richards | Watchdog.org

We’re fluked.

onomo on February 28, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Makes the demographic shifts that are inevitable in a Partition…simpler?

workingclass artist on February 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

It does and the Russians will have the fascist paramilitaries helping make their case as they become more and more extreme. Extremists always push to the top in situations like these as we have seen in Syria, Egypt, etc. For now it will be restricted to the Crimea, but I suspect that the south and east of the Ukraine will depart.

sharrukin on February 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Don’t be crossin’ that mauve line, Vlad, or I ain’t gonna be so flexible…..

BobMbx on February 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM

You mean that line that keeps moving?

onesheep on February 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

There’s going to be another Yalta conference on how to divide the Ukraine. Putin, Putin, and Putin will be there, saying “Mine!”

TerryW on February 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

I believe in self determination. If Eastern Ukraine wants to separate and join with Russia, let them.
Same with Western Ukraine, if they want to orient toward Europe, that is their right.
It’s not up to us and not worth our blood and treasure.

Curmudgeon on February 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM

As Russia takes over Crimea, Kerry, Carney warn Putin not to cross the “line”

…it’s nor red again…is it?

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Don’t be crossin’ that mauve line, Vlad, or I ain’t gonna be so flexible…..

BobMbx on February 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM

You mean that line that keeps moving?

onesheep on February 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

And soooper secret. Even they don’t know where it’s at.

onomo on February 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM

The puss in chief is ignored again…

Lurch threatens a sternly worded note…

Kuffar on February 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Obama: I dare you.
Putin: OK, there I did it.
Obama: I double dare you.
Putin: OK, I did that too.
Obama: I triple dare you.
Putin: OK, done.
Obama: Kerry, stand down, but complain about what Putin is doing. It will make me look good in the eyes of my base voters.

timberline on February 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM

And once again, our stories hero and god-king Barackus of Obama sniffs the pungent, yet bittersweet aroma of Eau de Putin’s Derriere. It is indeed a sad day on Mount Olympus as the daemons rend their collective garments

Marcus Traianus on February 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

US Defense Secretary has proposed shrinking Army to smallest size since BEFORE WWII redguy on February 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

How big an army would the US need to evict Russia from Crimea?

Akzed on February 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I can hear Russia laughing from my house.

M240H on February 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

I think you’ve crossed a line here. Your article seems to have an “air of criticism” regarding the action (or inaction) by our President and Secretary of State. You have to give them time to allow for diplomacy to work.

In other international news, I just saw this breaking story:

#Christians rioting in cities around the world due to release of new film Son of God because film depicts their leader being beaten.

I saw that story here: http://punditpete.blogspot.com/

PunditPete on February 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

maybe obama can email a photo of his nobel peace prize.

or
call putin a racist for not doing what the FIRST AMERICAN BLACK PRESIDENT HAS DEMANDED.

then msnbc can blame the tea party

ect ect

FAce it PUTIN will do whatever he wants in the ukraine and da annointed one wont do jack

sniffles1999 on February 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

stand by for a white house briefing
where Carney will say

The president is closely aware of the situation and is monitoring it closely

he wont do jack
but he is preparing a strongly worded condemnation.

sniffles1999 on February 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM

There goes the president again, so worried about the country’s borders, another country’s borders….As far an I am concern, he should stay out of this or Putin is going to make him look even more like a child-king than he already is. Plus, if he cannot protect our borders how the heck can he protect any other country’s borders.

One_If_By_Land on February 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM

When he says line, is he talking about a scrolling horizontal line on an old TV set? Or is imaginary line like in Syria? Or is he talking about an imaginary line to be ignored by Putin?

Brock Robamney on February 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Pick ONE of those six choices.

PolAgnostic on February 28, 2014 at 2:25 PM

How about Alaska.. since I can see it from my darn porch.

Or maybe the russians should ask japan about the last time Alaska was invaded.

And until it matters to the Americans, it won’t matter. Get it?

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

.
Six choices are obviously too difficult for you.

“And until it matters to the Americans, it won’t matter. Get it?”

.
Spewing simple sarcastic babble isn’t an answer – it’s another evasion.

Germany – it’s the ONLY remaining triple A rated government in the EU – if it falls under Russian control, the rest of the EU collapses overnight.

France – LOTS of seaports with direct access to the Med, North Sea, Atlantic and ability ot BLOCK the English Channel make it a strategic loss.

England -last major rallying point same as during world War II – KEY strategic loss

South America – CHINA has been buying resource rights for the next 50 years. Russia would love to own it. Might be a bone of contention.

Canada – Our single longest border – need one say more?

Nebraska or Alaska – American territory and where isolationists/surrender monkeys/uninformed sarcastic commenters “draw the line”.

SO – now with WHY ‘ALL of the above “matter to Americans” for someone who hasn’t studied history to understand the current situation.

Pick ONE

PolAgnostic on February 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM

LOL, more ‘line’ talk from an impotent administration.

Midas on February 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

he wont do jack but he is preparing a strongly worded condemnation. sniffles1999 on February 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM

What should he do?

Akzed on February 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Спасибо. Я любил Rockey и Bullwinkle. Вы хоть знаете, если вы переводите России, или в этом отношении любой Слович язык, это звучит немного как, что.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

No, I’ve never tried them, but I hear they’re excellent.

Flange on February 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I’m sorry but how the hell is this any of our business? Can we mind our own, and take care of our own before we start gambling with more and more American treasure and lives.

MoreLiberty on February 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I believe that we have a treaty with them, or some sort of mutual aid if attacked pact. I will have to check it out.

Johnnyreb on February 28, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Kerry and Carney. A formidable pair, that has Putin shaking in his boots, from laughter!

tomshup on February 28, 2014 at 2:52 PM

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