U.S. assessment of Crimea: This isn’t an invasion, it’s an … “uncontested arrival”

posted at 5:58 pm on February 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

My mistake. I thought the White House might try to make all of this go away by accepting Putin’s phony pretense that it’s a domestic uprising among ethnic Russians in Crimea, not an invasion by Russia. In fact, says the White House, there is a foreign element to the new troop presence — but it’s all good so far because Crimea isn’t resisting.

In other words, to save face over the fact that there’s nothing much we can do to stop this, the official U.S. line is that this can’t be an invasion if the Russians are being … greeted as liberators.

Popehat’s right: “Uncontested arrival” is the best Orwellian euphemism for war since “kinetic military action.” Laying aside the fact that we’re now lending rhetorical support to aggressive irredentism (the Tatars in Crimea are going to “contest” this “arrival,” I’m pretty sure), explain to me why he went out there an hour ago and blathered about his “deep concern” for violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty if we’re adopting the position that maybe Ukraine’s not the rightful sovereign in Crimea after all. I took his statement to be a condemnation of Russian action today, but maybe I have it wrong. Maybe all he meant was that a broader invasion of Ukraine would threaten the country’s sovereignty — although your guess is as good as mine as to how broad it’d have to be to trigger U.S. disapproval. A Russian incursion into the rest of eastern Ukraine might also go uncontested. At this point, if you’re Putin, hearing this reaction from the White House (and crickets from the EU, do note), why not give it a go?

By the way, while Moscow’s digesting the green light it just got from the U.S. to consolidate its gains, Obama’s at DNC headquarters kicking off happy hour for Democrats. I’m not kidding.


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I’m thinking we need a contiguous, US controlled land path from the lower 48 to Alaska. Sound good?

Cliff by the Ford on March 1, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Think of all the ethnic Americans suffering under the yoke of evil Canadians. And the natural resources and harbors that yearn for their true countrymen to come pull them back into our loving embrace. And why tell the Canadians before we do it. It will be homecoming, and a surprise party at the same time!

Cliff by the Ford on March 1, 2014 at 3:34 PM

U.S. assessment of Crimea: This isn’t an invasion, it’s an … “uncontested arrival”

So they are illegal immigrants or in Democrat words they are merely ‘undocumented workers’.

RJL on March 1, 2014 at 4:15 PM

I’m late with this but the U.S. response is Obama showing his “flexibility” to the Russians.

tim c on March 1, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Has the Ukrainian government said or taken any steps to dissolve or threaten the Russia’s right to use its port or other military facilities in the Crimea? To the best of my knowledge, they have not. Nor, to the best of my knowledge, were there any attacks on ethnic Russians or other Russian interests in Crimea. Has the United States even spoken to the lack of any justification for Russian intervention? No, they haven’t.

And all this crap about President Bush ever spoken in any macho manner is a bunch of crap. You who say it are propagandists, at best, and liars, at worst.

rlwo2008 on March 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Gekkobear,

The U.S. does not have a defense treaty with Ukraine. The Budapest Memorandum is not a treaty. Stop making shit up.

Pincher Martin on March 1, 2014 at 4:49 AM

The Budsapest Memorandum was signed by Clinton to get the Ukraine to give up their nukes with the understanding we’d defend them if needed against Russia.

The Ukraine DID give up their nukes, honoring their side of the deal… but who cares, right? We’re going to ignore that and simply pretend it doesn’t count.

You have to remember to make sure our fingers aren’t crossed when you make deals with the US, we’ll break them after the fact whenever we want.

Ok… so lets offer the North Koreans a treaty to give up their nukes… any chance they’d take that deal? Knowing full well we’ll renege on the deal immediately and hang them out to dry?

Why do you think that not honoring our agreements is a good plan? Being known as an untrustworthy liar who will violate agreements is good foreign policy?

I guess the goal of being a laughingstock who nobody takes seriously is the first step in a complicated foreign policy plan… care to fill in the next steps on how this doesn’t end up being a disaster?

Who should we sell out next to really show the world we don’t care what we sign and will ignore anything we want? South Korea, Israel, Japan? All of the above?

Why not? Isn’t that the plan?

gekkobear on March 1, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Anschluss = uncontested arrival

AshleyTKing on March 1, 2014 at 5:50 PM

At least Eastern Europe can rest easy at night knowing that there’s a missile defense shield in Poland.

blammm on February 28, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Thread winner.

jimver on March 1, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Think of all the ethnic Americans suffering under the yoke of evil Canadians. And the natural resources and harbors that yearn for their true countrymen to come pull them back into our loving embrace. And why tell the Canadians before we do it. It will be homecoming, and a surprise party at the same time!

Cliff by the Ford on March 1, 2014 at 3:34 PM

It would be a mere matter of marching and good experience for the attempt on Halifax in the following campaign season*

* My apologies to Jefferson for the mangled quote :)

BL@KBIRD on March 1, 2014 at 7:22 PM

And if they push into Moldova or the rest of Georgia or the Baltics, do we have to wait until they have futilely shed their blood in resistance and the Russian army is already there before we even offer criticism?

What if a bunch of no-insignia Spetznatz arrive in Alaska? Do the unarmed civilians have to throw themselves into a hopeless slaughter before Obama justifies any action?– Well, I guess they are Red Staters so what the heck.

KW64 on March 1, 2014 at 3:13 PM

They actually did push into Moldova a while ago, using the same lame ‘excuse’ they are trying in Ukraine now, which is concern for the Russian minority there. The result was that Transnistria was removed/separated from Moldova, though it’s not recognized by the UN as a state but it has some special status of autonomous territorial unit or so.

jimver on March 1, 2014 at 7:39 PM

It would be a mere matter of marching and good experience for the attempt on Halifax in the following campaign season*
* My apologies to Jefferson for the mangled quote :)
BL@KBIRD on March 1, 2014 at 7:22 PM

You know, now that you mention it, one coast just ain’t enough.

Cliff by the Ford on March 1, 2014 at 7:52 PM

U.S. assessment of Crimea: This isn’t an invasion, it’s an … “uncontested arrival”

Was this in the latest version of the New Speak dictionary? Must’ve missed it.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 1, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Pond scum, America hater, impotent bastard.

ultracon on March 1, 2014 at 9:29 PM

The green light for this was Obama’s red-line in Syria. Here, he demonstrated his famous “flexibility” to Putin.

For some reason, Obama is interested in muslim disputes, but not others. Hence his interference in Egypt, Lybia and Syria.

But any normal US president would be able to marshall US military and diplomatic power to impose pain on the Russians. They are far from omnipotent, it’s just that their leadership is better right now.

It is sad to see the world’s only superpower lying down in submission to Russia. Thanks, voters, was this the “hope and change” we were waiting for?

virgo on March 2, 2014 at 1:56 PM

So we now as American citizens have a right to determine our future according to B.O.

geezerintraining on March 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM

“Vice President Biden spoke with Pri…um…er…the new guy…”

Great show of flexibilty, Barry. Way to show your grasp, once again, of foreign policy, too. I bet they’re celebrating in Kiev tonight, secure in the knowledge they have President Obama’s full backing. After all, you don’t keep Democrats away from free booze without a serious reason.

Kenz on March 2, 2014 at 7:06 PM

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