Open thread: Obama to make statement on Ukraine at 4:45; Update: “There will be costs”

posted at 4:38 pm on February 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

Turn on your TV. We’re about to find out what an “intervention line” is and how you cross it.

Does this qualify?

Russian aircraft carrying nearly 2,000 suspected troops have landed at a military air base near the regional capital of the restive Crimean peninsula, a top Ukrainian official said Friday, accusing Moscow of an “armed invasion”.

“Thirteen Russian aircraft landed at the airport of Gvardeyskoye (near Simferopol) with 150 people in each one,” Sergiy Kunitsyn, the Ukrainian president’s special representive in Crimea, told the local ATR television channel, adding the air space had been closed.

Ukraine’s ambassador told the UN this afternoon that 11 Russian military helicopters plus some unknown number of military transport planes landed in Ukraine today. Stand by for updates. While we wait, why not take a stroll down memory lane?

Update: Is this how Putin stays on the right side of the “intervention line”?

A creeping Kremlin takeover of Crimea by ostensibly local ethnic Russian forces is more likely than a military assault on all or parts of Ukraine, U.S. and European intelligence officials and analysts said…

“Moscow knows an army invasion would cause too many problems, so they’re operating just below the waterline to make it look like a bottom-up movement led by ethnic Russians,” Joerg Forbrig, a senior program officer at the Berlin bureau of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., said in a phone interview. “They’re avoiding the impression of an open military intervention, but that’s what it is.”

“It would be a last resort if there are Russian casualties in Crimea,” Forbrig said. “There could also be provocations aimed at trigging a Russian intervention. Something might happen at an office, a government building, to the infrastructure or even an attack on a military memorial to create a pretext for the Kremlin to move in.”

In other words, to give the west a way to save face in acquiescing in a Russian takeover, Putin’s willing to halfheartedly stage this as some sort of domestic Crimean uprising rather than an invasion by Moscow. (The troops who took over the airports in Crimea are reportedly Russian mercenaries, not regular troops, presumably to sustain this pretense.) Then the EU and Obama can spin it as some sort of ethnic-Russian counterpart in the south to what’s been happening with the Euromaidan protesters in Kiev. Problem is, no one seriously believes it, especially with Ukrainian officials claiming that thousands of Russian troops are being flown in. O may want to play along with Putin’s charade but I don’t think he can get away with it.

Note the bit in the excerpt too about provocations. Joshua Foust made the same point:

Right. If/when some of Russia’s mercenaries are attacked by Tatars, then regular troops can enter to “protect” the ethnic Russian majority there.

Update: It’s not really an invasion until there’s a “We are all __________ians” statement from McCain. Done and done.

Update: A new sternly worded statement:

Update: I guess we’re not playing along with Putin’s “domestic uprising” pageant:

Update: Obama’s late, as usual, so here’s another page from the scrapbook:

Update: He’s “deeply concerned” and sees unspecified “costs” to come for Russia if they violate Ukraine’s sovereignty but the situation is “fluid,” which is his way of giving Putin some room to de-escalate. The one thing that did catch my attention was when he congratulated Ukraine for showing “restraint.” That’s an allusion to Foust’s point about Russia watching and waiting for a pretext to order a wider invasion. If their comparatively small force in Crimea comes under attack, a bigger force is waiting.


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yeah, at least that carter wasn’t black…

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

You have no idea you stupid fool.

cozmo on February 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

The only thing that keeps this from being worse is the relative size of the Russian military compared to the late 70′s.

cozmo on February 28, 2014 at 5:31 PM

But the major difference there was the military of the entire Soviet Union vs now Russia only.
Doesn’t matter – 0bumble doesn’t have the balls to do anything anyway.

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Wow, I sure am late to this party !!
Just catching up.

In case not previously posted .. a word from some ‘idiot’ who hails from the frozen north …

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/02/28/Flashback-Palin-Mocked-in-2008-for-Warning-Putin-May-Invade-Ukraine-if-Obama-Elected-President

pambi on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Posted and credit given. :]

Palin Mocked in 2008 for Warning Putin May Invade Ukraine if Obama ElectedHT pambi in the gulch…

OmahaConservative on February 28, 2014 at 4:50 PM

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

yeah, at least that carter wasn’t black…

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Projecting your own racism really isn’t very attractive. Seek professional help.

Midas on February 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

If only half of the reports that I am reading coming out of the Ukraine are true, eastern Ukraine has already been invaded.

Walter L. Newton on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

What have you heard and are you certain its eastern Ukraine and not just the Crimea?

sharrukin on February 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

0bumble doesn’t have the balls to do anything anyway.

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I guess letting 150K troops go was a bad idea. Oops his bad.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

True, but as it currently stands, the Russians cannot march all the way to the English Channel.

cozmo on February 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/02/28/Flashback-Palin-Mocked-in-2008-for-Warning-Putin-May-Invade-Ukraine-if-Obama-Elected-President

pambi on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

I posted it for you darlin, with a HT to pambi on the first page…

OmahaConservative on February 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM

The Cold War wasn’t all that bad. Remember disco?

Mark1971 on February 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM

The Cold War wasn’t all that bad. Remember disco?

Mark1971 on February 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM

LOL

and YIKE

Midas on February 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Oh look, it’s the misogynist who thinks women should enjoy rape. GFY racebaiting, woman hating, bigot. Oh and wipe your chin.

BeachBum on February 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Alright! More war! Puttin’ the PIECE PRIZE Y0 to good work!

Jeddite on February 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Dont worry guys, the American left has already found a solution to this invasion thingy problem: we force the Russians to bake cakes!

Valkyriepundit on February 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/02/28/Flashback-Palin-Mocked-in-2008-for-Warning-Putin-May-Invade-Ukraine-if-Obama-Elected-President

pambi on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

davidk beat me to it. Link has been reposted on every page. We don’t want anyone to miss it!

INC on February 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Putin’s GOT to be scared to death.

What’s Barky going to do? Try and kill him with second hand Choom smoke at the next Summit?

NoPain on February 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

yeah, at least that carter wasn’t black…

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Yeah. They are pretty much equal as far as performance is concerned, but since obama is black … .

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

yeah, at least that carter wasn’t black…

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Typical of the racist libtard to be the first to make it a race issue.

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

yeah, at least that carter wasn’t black…

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Seriously, he was an incompetent boob just like our current SCFOMF and ‘folks’ could point that out without being called a racist by a$$holes like you.

BigWyo on February 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

If only half of the reports that I am reading coming out of the Ukraine are true, eastern Ukraine has already been invaded.

Walter L. Newton on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Links?

INC on February 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

yeah, at least that carter wasn’t black…

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

This thread just wouldn’t be complete without one of you idiots attributing criticism of Barry’s incompetence to raaaaaaacism!

Thanks for playing. Soros will mail your check ASAP.

AZCoyote on February 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

yeah, at least that carter wasn’t black…

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Racism is not the reason that Americans are now looking back on the gawdawful Jimmuh days with nostalgia.

MJBrutus on February 28, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Has Juan McCain (D-Mexico) volunteered to deliver the GOP response?

Jeddite on February 28, 2014 at 5:39 PM

What was the purpose of that Presidential statemtent..?
Just to confirm that he has heard about this problem and it is concerning?

d1carter on February 28, 2014 at 5:39 PM

cozmo on February 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Cool, and thanks, OC.
Obviously not gone unnoticed by HAirians, all around.
I just knew the addy was still in my clipboard, and took advantage … LOL.

pambi on February 28, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Remember when Castro sent 250,000 felons and metal patients to the US and Pres. Carter did nothing. Well, the Ukrainians are coming! The Ukrainians are coming!

KW64 on February 28, 2014 at 5:40 PM

yeah, at least that carter wasn’t black…

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

O_o

ROFL

An entire deck of race cards must make for a difficult game of solitaire.

Bishop on February 28, 2014 at 5:40 PM

When you flinch in Syria to Vlad, you flinch all over the world to everyone.

I suspect the Chicoms or the North Koreans will move next.

It’s quite clear that our enemies haven’t bought that messiah bit as easily as has half of America.

Don L on February 28, 2014 at 5:40 PM


Update: “There will be costs”

O_o

Seven Percent Solution on February 28, 2014 at 5:40 PM

If only half of the reports that I am reading coming out of the Ukraine are true, eastern Ukraine has already been invaded.

Walter L. Newton on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Links?

INC on February 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

I meant Crimea. Sorry for the confusion.

Walter L. Newton on February 28, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Gah, this timewarp crap, well, sucks.

Great work, IT weenies.

Midas on February 28, 2014 at 5:41 PM

I fell like my life has come full circle. As a kid I grew up during the height of the Cold War. I remember my parents discussing what we would do in case of a nuclear attack. Those of you who remember that time know some of that apprehension and fear.

Then came Reagan….

Now we’re entering the 2001 version of a stand-off with Russia, one that didn’t have to happen if we’d had, not even someone like Reagan, but even a president who didn’t hate American and as Sarah Palin said wasn’t characterized by indecision and moral equivalence. As it is here we are with the weakest and most anti-American president we’ve ever had.

INC on February 28, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Has Juan McCain (D-Mexico) volunteered to deliver the GOP response?

Jeddite on February 28, 2014 at 5:39 PM

We’re all Ukrainians now. And who stole my strawberries?

Midas on February 28, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Though now that I think about it, Carter wasn’t nearly as clean and articulate as Dog Eater. No, Jimmy was more of your average, everyday, typical white person.

Bishop on February 28, 2014 at 5:42 PM

yeah, at least that carter wasn’t black…

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Don’t worry, Barry is only going to arm the Ukrainians with non-lethal skeet shotguns.

slickwillie2001 on February 28, 2014 at 5:42 PM

True, but as it currently stands, the Russians cannot march all the way to the English Channel.

cozmo on February 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Well. Not this week anyway.

Who is going to stop them?

cr666 on February 28, 2014 at 5:42 PM

What was the purpose of that Presidential statemtent..?
Just to confirm that he has heard about this problem and it is concerning?

d1carter on February 28, 2014 at 5:39 PM

I think the statement was fine. He said absolutely nothing, which is what he should have said.

MJBrutus on February 28, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Maybe Obama has a plan?

sharrukin on February 28, 2014 at 5:43 PM

The Cold War wasn’t all that bad. Remember disco?

Mark1971 on February 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM

And leisure suits, with Qiana shirts. Oh, and don’t forget porn staches.

Ward Cleaver on February 28, 2014 at 5:43 PM

What have you heard and are you certain its eastern Ukraine and not just the Crimea?

sharrukin on February 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

If they want a warm weather port that can have California. No resistance.

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 5:43 PM

I kinda/sorta remember Carter. But now the feeling is worse.

yeah, at least that carter wasn’t black…

nonintelligent on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Neither was O’bama’s Mother.

F-

Del Dolemonte on February 28, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Please God No… Do not let this man be in charge of things… He’ll be out jogging in wingtips and a tie with Joe Biden.

2Tru2Tru on February 28, 2014 at 5:43 PM

cr666 on February 28, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Germans

cozmo on February 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Remember when Castro sent 250,000 felons and metal patients to the US and Pres. Carter did nothing. Well, the Ukrainians are coming! The Ukrainians are coming!

KW64 on February 28, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Only the Muslim, America-hating Ukrainians. Barry will give them all asylum (so they can immediately get themselves on food stamp and welfare rolls).

It worked out so well before with the Chechnyans, right Boston?

AZCoyote on February 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

My guess is that Obama plans to play four rounds of golf this weekend. How in the hell did we stuck this moron?

SC.Charlie on February 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

“There will be costs”

Putin says, “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!”

Ward Cleaver on February 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

And leisure suits, with Qiana shirts. Oh, and don’t forget porn staches.

Ward Cleaver on February 28, 2014 at 5:43 PM

oh dear God no.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Update: “There will be costs”

O_o

Seven Percent Solution on February 28, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Which really means – dam, my poll numbers are going to drop a few more points….

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

pambi on February 28, 2014 at 5:39 PM

No, thank you for posting it down in the gulch. Have I mentioned I really love good links? :)

OmahaConservative on February 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

What’s the vibe in Warsaw today?

Murphy9 on February 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

cr666 on February 28, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Germans

cozmo on February 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

wouldn’t it be more like Communists?

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Maybe Bashir Assad can step in and be an intermediary. Yeah, that’s it!

Ward Cleaver on February 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Only the Muslim, America-hating Ukrainians. Barry will give them all asylum (so they can immediately get themselves on food stamp and welfare rolls).
AZCoyote on February 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Ahhhh – so THOSE are the costs he was talking about…..

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 5:46 PM

If I were a betting person, and I had Putin in one corner and some skinny azz community organizer/agitator in mom jeans in the other?

Hate to say it, but I wouldn’t put my chips behind obama. Our Military, YES! Generals, YES! Obama? Newp!

Key West Reader on February 28, 2014 at 5:46 PM

yeah, at least that carter wasn’t black…

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Suck on this – Bill Clinton was the first black US president and obama is the first half-black one.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Humanitarian aid, I’m sure:

Spokesman for the Ukrainian border service says 8 Russian transport planes have landed in Crimea – @AP

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Hillary did a great job with presenting that reset button to the Russians. She was the best Secretary of State ever./s

SC.Charlie on February 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

obama is trying to get Putin to understand that exhaust from all of those tanks, apcs, and helicopters will contribute to global warming, which will impose horrible costs on all living creatures.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

“There will be costs.” Too bad we`ll be paying them.

ThePrez on February 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Do I remember correctly … dinna Romney also remind us of the Russian threat, after O or some other lefty dunce declared them a tiny widdle worry, tiny nation ? ?

(sorry .. on high-powered allergy meds, mind is spinning)

pambi on February 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew/status/439520572486070272

MSNBC map still has Czechoslovakia

Mark1971 on February 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Germans

cozmo on February 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

wouldn’t it be more like Communists?

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

The French? They’ve never stopped anyone.

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 5:48 PM

The French? They’ve never stopped anyone.

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 5:48 PM

sad, yet funny.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 5:48 PM

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

No, Germans is correct.

cozmo on February 28, 2014 at 5:49 PM

What’s the vibe in Warsaw today?

Murphy9 on February 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Good question. I don’t imagine obama’s non-speech gave them any comfort.

Course we didn’t do anything in’68 either.

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I’m sure that there will be consequences with Barry in charge. He’s sure to complain to his surrogate mom/real president Valerie. Who will no doubt tell him what a courageous and principled boy he is for speaking up. As for Putin, I suspect he’s not too worried about our limp noodle in the White House.

SteveThomas on February 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Nice–President Obama doesn’t even know the name of the Ukrainian prime minister. Well, we can rest assured that this topic has his full attention. Scratch that, he can go golfing! VP Biden is on it! Game, set, match.

m064404 on February 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

No, Germans is correct.

cozmo on February 28, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I meant the here and now… same concept, different name.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Suck on this – Bill Clinton was the first black US president and obama is the first half-black one gay President.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 5:46 PM

My collie says:

Fixed!

CyberCipher on February 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Kerry and his wife will be on vacation in the Carriberian. He will be sail boarding for the next week and out of communication./s

SC.Charlie on February 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

yeah, at least that carter wasn’t black…

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

“Sir, I hate to inform you of this… but… your raceCard has expired. You may wish to try your stupidCard”

/Soft, kindly waiter speak

Key West Reader on February 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

pambi on February 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Yes, he did. Romney called it our number one geopolitical foe.

INC on February 28, 2014 at 5:51 PM

“There will be costs.” Too bad we`ll be paying them.

ThePrez on February 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

So, that’s how that ‘recharge’ button works…

ElectricPhase on February 28, 2014 at 5:51 PM

I’m sure that there will be consequences with Barry in charge. SteveThomas on February 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

They’ll find a scapegoat – like maybe a mailroom boy at the State Dept who hasn’t signed up for 0bumblecare to be fired for this.

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I picture Obama in the Oval Office sitting on his prayer rug, quivering and crying while endlessly pressing an imaginary RESET button.

LarryinLA on February 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

BREAKING NEWS: Kerry has asked for political asylum in Vietnam. /s

SC.Charlie on February 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

BREAKING NEWS: Kerry has asked for political asylum in Vietnam. /s

SC.Charlie on February 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on February 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Looks like Dr. K was spot on if not by just one day…

Putin’s Ukraine Gambit – Meanwhile, Obama fails to understand that American inaction creates a vacuum. By Charles Krauthammer

Seven Percent Solution on February 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Look at Dear Leader’s brilliant comment:

In the final debate of the presidential campaign, President Barack Obama tried to portray challenger Mitt Romney as a novice who lacks understanding of complex world issues.

“Gov. Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that al-Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaida. You said Russia … the 1980s, they’re now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” Obama said.

Yeah, Obama better call the 1980′s. He needs that foreign policy.

INC on February 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Putin better watch out! Obama’s gonna get all stompy foot and order double waygu beef with extra arugula tonight. Bad, Putin!

Key West Reader on February 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Do I remember correctly … dinna Romney also remind us of the Russian threat, after O or some other lefty dunce declared them a tiny widdle worry, tiny nation ? ?

(sorry .. on high-powered allergy meds, mind is spinning)

pambi on February 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Flashback: When Colin Powell Trashed Mitt Romney For Calling Russia Our Number-One Geopolitical Foe: “C’mon Mitt, Think. That Isn’t The Case”

And that was one of the main reasons he endorsed Obama in 2012, Powell was “uncomfortable” with Mitt Romney’s views on foreign policy.

http://www.hapblog.com/2014/02/flashback-when-colin-powell-trashed.html

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 5:55 PM

I picture Obama in the Oval Office sitting on his prayer rug, quivering and crying while endlessly pressing an imaginary RESET button.

LarryinLA on February 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

He better not pass gas… That voids a moslem’s wudu ritual and makes their prayers void.

http://www.ask-imam.com

Key West Reader on February 28, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Remember this?

In March 2012, at a summit in South Korea, Obama was caught in a “hot mic” incident. Without realizing he could be overheard, Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more ability to negotiate with the Russians about missile defense after the November election.

“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space,” Obama was heard telling Medvedev, apparently referring to incoming Russian president Vladi­mir Putin.

“Yeah, I understand,” Medvedev replied.

Obama interjected, saying, “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.”

INC on February 28, 2014 at 5:55 PM

yeah, at least that carter wasn’t black…

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Goodness no. The Carter family hated blacks.

portlandon on February 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

My 15 yr old granddaughter plays in a statwide youth symphony orchestra which is headed to Europe next week for 3 concerts. One in Prague, one in Berlin, and one in Dresden. I’m really not liking this at all.

butch on February 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Maybe Merkel and Putin will just divide up Ukraine.

Mark1971 on February 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

There will be costs.

My collie says:

I think that this means that Barky going start wearing those “mom jeans” again.

You didn’t SERIOUSLY think that Russia was going to pay the costs, did you?

CyberCipher on February 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

What’s the vibe in Warsaw today? – Murphy9 on February 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

My guess is that Central Europe – Poland, Hungry, Romania, etc. are far more upset by what is going on in Ukraine than the countries of Europe who were occupied by the Soviet Union after WWII.

SC.Charlie on February 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Putin better watch out! Obama’s gonna get all stompy foot and order double waygu beef with extra arugula tonight. Bad, Putin!

Key West Reader on February 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM

He’ll call them homophobes and racists, and then send the IRS!

the_nile on February 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

I’m sure that there will be consequences with Barry in charge. SteveThomas on February 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

They’ll find a scapegoat – like maybe a mailroom boy at the State Dept who hasn’t signed up for 0bumblecare to be fired for this.

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 5h

If only Hillary was still Secretary of State, at least we’d know which YouTube video to blame for the Russian invasion.

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Remember this? – INC on February 28, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Damn right I do. I hope that the voters are reminded of it in November and in 2016.

SC.Charlie on February 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Officers Of 76th Russian Shock Troops Division Operating In Ukraine

According to one of the participants in the operation, officers and contractors of the 76th Shock Troops Division have been re-locating to Ukrainian territory since last week.

Most likely, this was Sevastopol and Simferopol. Emergency troops remain in Yysk, and did not take part in the operation. The barracks of the 76th Storm Troops Division on Margelova Street in Pskov is practically empty.

In 2006 the 76th Airborne Division became an Air Assault Division. During the 2008 Battle of Tskhinvali 76th Airborne Division assaults were instrumental in driving Georgian troops from South Ossetia in the Southern Caucasus.

The 76th Division comprises three regiments – the 104th, 234th and 237th, whose ranks are filled by full time professional servicemen, as opposed to conscripts.

sharrukin on February 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM

BREAKING NEWS: Kerry has asked for political asylum in Vietnam. /s

SC.Charlie on February 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I hope he takes Barry with him. Vietnam might not take Barry so maybe Kerry could drop him off back home in Indonesia on the way. I’m sure they’d let him in becuase he still has his Indonesian passport.

TX-eye on February 28, 2014 at 5:59 PM

think that this means that Barky going start wearing those “mom jeans” again.
You didn’t SERIOUSLY think that Russia was going to pay the costs, did you?

CyberCipher on February 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

I think it means 0barky needs to buy some new mom jeans – as a result of his response to this incident.

“Bring me my red shirt”
.
.
.
“Bring me my brown pants.”

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 5:59 PM

My guess is that Central Europe – Poland, Hungry, Romania, etc. are far more upset by what is going on in Ukraine than the countries of Europe who were occupied by the Soviet Union after WWII.

SC.Charlie on February 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

If that was meant as a joke – I don’t get it.
ALL of those countries were occupied by the Soviet Union after WW2.

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Putin better watch out! Obama’s gonna get all stompy foot and order double waygu beef with extra arugula tonight. Bad, Putin!

Key West Reader on February 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM

He’ll really be chooming tonight…

OmahaConservative on February 28, 2014 at 6:01 PM

“Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply stabilizing,” Obama said in a hastily arranged statement delivered from the White House.

Linkage

Remember ONE thing. Obama never makes gaffes. He’s serious.

Key West Reader on February 28, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Keep hearing ‘the kingdom of the North’, and shivering.

Can’t help it.

pambi on February 28, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Putin’s GOT to be scared to death.

What’s Barky going to do? Try and kill him with second hand Choom smoke at the next Summit?

NoPain on February 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

I seem to recall Gregory putting forth (during the fill in time waiting for JugEars) that with an upcoming G4(or 6,8,10 or12?) meet-up scheduled soon in Russia, countries might “embarrass” Russia by not attending (what weak-kneed response!).

A better thought(?): send the US delegation full of them Gheys– Putin will freak out!!

socalcon on February 28, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Obama Administration calls invasion an “Uncontested Arrival”

I sh*t you not.

Key West Reader on February 28, 2014 at 6:02 PM

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