Kerry: “All options are on the table” in response to Russian invasion of Crimea

posted at 11:01 am on March 2, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe the Obama administration is taking the Budapest Memorandum more seriously than we imagined — or at least want Russia to think we are. Secretary of State John Kerry told ABC’s This Week that “all options are on the table” for a response to Vladimir Putin’s Crimean invasion, including military options:

Secretary of State John Kerry said that “all options are on the table” when it comes to steps the U.S. can take to hold Russia accountable for its military movements in Ukraine, including economic sanctions and potentially military action.

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos today on “This Week,” Kerry said Russian troops moving into the Ukrainian region of Crimea was “a military act of aggression” and that the U.S. will move swiftly to impose penalties if Russian President Vladimir Putin does not withdraw his troops.

While military force is among the options President Barack Obama is considering, Kerry said the U.S. and its allies hope they can avoid such action.

“The hope of the U.S. and everybody in the world is not to see this escalate into a military confrontation,” he said.

Sounds like tough talk, but would Russia buy it? Moving troops into Ukraine from the west would all but declare war between NATO and Russia, including the US. If Putin thought for a moment that the West would fight over Crimea again, he wouldn’t have taken it over this week in the first place.

That’s not to say that we have no options, and even some military signals can have an impact on the situation, argues retired Admiral James Stavridis at Foreign Policy:

In the military sphere, these include ordering the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), led by U.S. General Phil Breedlove, to conduct prudent planning and present options in response to the situation. While such planning should be left to the current commanders and military experts, some ideas to consider would include:

  • Increasing all intelligence-gathering functions through satellite, Predator unmanned vehicles, and especially cyber.
  • Using the NATO-Ukrainian Council and existing military partnerships with the Ukrainian military to share information, intelligence, and situational awareness with authorities in Kiev.
  • Providing advice to Ukrainian armed forces to prepare and position themselves in the event of further conflict.
  • Developing NATO contingency plans to react to full-scale invasion of Ukraine and to a partial invasion likely of Crimea. NATO contingency planning can be cumbersome, but in Libya it moved quickly. …

Many will consider any level of NATO involvement provocative and potentially inflammatory. Unfortunately, the stakes are high and the Russians are moving. Sitting idle, without at least looking at options, is a mistake for NATO and would itself constitute a signal to Putin — one that he would welcome.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, put it another way on Fox News Sunday. The problem is that we’re reacting instead of driving events, while Putin has moves figured out several steps ahead:

“Putin is playing chess and I think we are playing marbles, and I don’t think it’s even close” the Michigan Republican said on “Fox News Sunday.”  “They’ve been running circles around us. And I believe it’s the naïve position on the National Security Council and the president’s advisers that, if we just keep giving things to Russia, they’ll wake up and say, ‘the United States is not that bad.’ That is completely missing the motivations of why Russia does what Russia does.”

Putin intends to expand Russia’s “buffer zones,” as it has in Ukraine, Rogers said, predicting the next former Soviet republic to see a Russian invasion will be Moldova.

“It is in their interest to continue to push out that buffer zone,” Rogers said. “And, by the way, the big one that started this was the absolute retreat on our missile defense system in Poland and Czechoslovakia, caused us huge problems for our allies and emboldened the Russians and it really has been a downhill slide.”

Ethnic Russians only comprise 6% of the Moldovan population, compared to 18% in Ukraine. Moldova is also land-locked on the other side of the north shore of the Black Sea and has no common border with Russia, and wouldn’t even in a partitioned Ukraine. If I were Latvian (26% ethnic Russian) or Estonia (25% ethnic Russian), I’d be a lot more concerned than the Moldovans at the moment.


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Shut up Kerry. You are an impotent dirt bag.

TX-96 on March 2, 2014 at 11:03 AM

It is difficult to decide who is a bigger embarrassment to the US: Lurch or St Barry?

rmkdbq on March 2, 2014 at 11:06 AM

He won’t do it. His base will not support him in a war or even threatening Russia. It goes against everything they believe and the Dem’s will be destroyed in the mid-term. Have no illusions, the only priority of team obama is to keep this disaster from reducing their domestic power.

rob verdi on March 2, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Secretary of State John Kerry said that “all options are on the table” when it comes to steps the U.S. can take to hold Russia accountable for its military movements in Ukraine, including economic sanctions and potentially military action.

BWAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!! Putin skeered!

Way to go, America.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Putin called the fall of the Soviet Union the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.”

He is getting the band back together and no amount of nuanced rhetoric from John Effing Kerry is going to stop Putin.

Murphy9 on March 2, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Wait, I thought the Russians were just there to help “stave off economic collapse”? I’m getting mental whiplash.

Fenris on March 2, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Spoiler alert: they’re going to do nothing then deny they said all the dopey things they said, just like Syria

Chuck Schick on March 2, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Unfortunately, Moochelle ate most of them.

Flange on March 2, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Team Fecal Touch is on the job!!!!!1111!!!!elebinty

The Ukraine is so screwed.

jukin3 on March 2, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Just out of curiosity, we once had a legion of obama-trolls. Now all we have is a sparse crew of HillRod supporters.

What happened?

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 11:12 AM

As long as Russia has a leader, and we don’t, USA won’t matter. War monger neo-cons might have to wait a bit longer than they want to. They thought Syria would give them war stock returns, but after that failed, they couldn’t wait to see what’s next. I doubt Oblummer will do anything, but look for McCain and company to fuel the fire of war.

LaughterJones on March 2, 2014 at 11:13 AM

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/462565/China-and-Japan-on-the-brink-of-Third-World-War
What we should be seriously watching.

LtGenRob on March 2, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Maybe Kerry can throw his communist pins over the wall.

That’ll learn ‘em.

Skywise on March 2, 2014 at 11:13 AM

One former U.S. intelligence officer told The Daily Beast:

“Putin’s aim is to show that he is in the catbird seat, and there is nothing we can do about it,” this former officer said. “He’s like a kid with a can of gasoline and a book of matches, and he laughs as Obama tries to deliver lectures on how fire is dangerous. Indeed, Putin throws banana peels on the ground, and Obama manages to slip on every one of them. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Having a bozo like Kerry for Sec of State only compounds the problem.

petefrt on March 2, 2014 at 11:15 AM

LtGenRob on March 2, 2014 at 11:13 AM

The world is about to blow up all around us, and Obama/Kerry are obsessing about global warming.

petefrt on March 2, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Kerry is an abject moron. In what bubble does he think anyone will take this BS seriously?

novaculus on March 2, 2014 at 11:17 AM

What happened?

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Even the idiot true believers can only defend crap for so long.

Besides, its the beginning of the month. They just got more 0bamaminutes loaded on their 0bamaphones.

cozmo on March 2, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Maybe Kerry can throw his communist pins over the wall.

That’ll learn ‘em.

Skywise on March 2, 2014 at 11:13 AM

You mean throw someone else’s medals, he doesn’t have the strength of character to throw his own.

Flange on March 2, 2014 at 11:20 AM

You mean throw someone else’s medals, he doesn’t have the strength of character to throw his own.
Flange on March 2, 2014 at 11:20 AM

True. He’ll throw Obama’s pins.

Which is a win-win as a statement and a way to get rid of the evidence.

Skywise on March 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

kerry is a bellicose moron

runner on March 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Brave Sir John Kerry ran away from Fox News Sunday

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 11:23 AM

All options include the as-yet-to-be-submitted UN resolution instituting a “Shared Responsibility Payment” for foreign intervention activity.

BobMbx on March 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

jon gabriel @exjon
The ghost of Neville Chamberlain just told John Kerry to sack up.

Flora Duh on March 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Nothing will happen . . . we have 38,000 troops in Afghanistan who are supplied largely through the “Northern Route,” which passes through Russia, and which can be cut off post-haste, leaving us to supply they solely through . . . Pakistan???

BLOC on March 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Kerry: “All options are on the table” in response to Russian invasion of Crimea

Bull! That isn’t even credible as a threat! Dr. Krauthammer had it right on Friday when he talked about things the rat-eared wonder could have done. Withdrawing the Russian ambassador, for example. Or declining to go to the big summit (G-20?) that Russia is hosting this spring. Instead all that has been done is an expression of “grave concerns.” So for Kerry to talk about all options on the table days after Russia invaded Ukraine, well that is just goddamned stupidity.

Happy Nomad on March 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Take his sailing and give his some ketchup…

right2bright on March 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Unfortunately JFKerry said this in his droning Brahmin accent and no one could understand him.

Bishop on March 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Ohh Oh!! I feel a strongly worded memo coming…

And let me rephrase what I wrote in haste:

Take Putin sailing and give him some ketchup…about as effective as anything this administration will do.

right2bright on March 2, 2014 at 11:33 AM

“All options” means sending a strongly worded letter in both Arial, Times New Roman, and Windings, plus 3 separate font sizes for a total of 9!! strongly worded letters.

SouthernGent on March 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Prepare the strongly worded letter!!1!

wytshus on March 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Who the heck is he talking to?

ladyingray on March 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

The Russian bear is on the move.

Biden says “Give ‘im a double load of the ol’ buckshot!”

Bishop on March 2, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Putin = Pit Bull that hasn’t been fed in a week.

Obama = lap dog that rolls on to its back and pees itself in submission.

turfmann on March 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

BLOC on March 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Correct. So, why the phucke are we in Afghanistan?

ElectricPhase on March 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Will they commit Hagel’s “nimble” forces to confront the Russian bear?

rplat on March 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Obama didn’t rescue our gay Ambassador, why would he rescue a bunch of gay Ukranians?

faraway on March 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM

. If I were Latvian (26% ethnic Russian) or Estonia (25% ethnic Russian), I’d be a lot more concerned than the Moldovans at the moment.

Latvia & Estonia actually are part of NATO. We would actually have to go to war over those two. Unless we had a president who wanted to utterly humiliate America. Oh, wait. . .

rbj on March 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM

All options are on the table?? If this isn’t a signal to Vlad that we are not going to do anything, I don’t know what is.

Aplombed on March 2, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Wouldn’t you love to be Putin, or Khamenei or Jinping, playing opposite Barry and Kerry? It’s like NBA stars playing high school champions. The other countries know that all Barry can do is call them names – he does not have the will, the knowledge, the ability or the leadership skills needed to do more than that.

Over50 on March 2, 2014 at 11:45 AM

All options are on the table?? If this isn’t a signal to Vlad that we are not going to do anything, I don’t know what is.

Aplombed on March 2, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Yep.

The ultimate “We aren’t going to do shiite and everyone and their sister knows it so we will issue this scary memo instead”.

Bishop on March 2, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Yep.

The ultimate “We aren’t going to do shiite and everyone and their sister knows it so we will issue this scary memo instead”.

Bishop on March 2, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Obama has never defended liberty over tyranny and he’s not about to start now.

ConstantineXI on March 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Waiting for the Lurch “Peace in our time” treaty in the next few days.

faraway on March 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Hagel said he didn’t cut the military, sequestration did. I thought that ended…but even if what he said is partially true, he is cutting way more than sequestration ever did.

ladyingray on March 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Clearly Putin has read and grasped John Boyd’s paper.

xkaydet65 on March 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

i can only think of one thing worse than kerry opening his mouth, and that’s biden opening his. hope they locked him at an undisclosed location and hid the keys.

runner on March 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Boy, I’ll bet the Russians are shaking in their boots as they cross red line after red line. Where are the pen and phone now?

COgirl on March 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Waiting for the Lurch “Peace in our time” treaty in the next few days.

faraway on March 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

If Putin gets away with seizing Crimea, he will seize Ukraine. If he gets away with seizing Ukraine, he will seize the rest of the European former soviet “republics”.

ConstantineXI on March 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

“All options” means sending a strongly worded letter in both Arial, Times New Roman, and Windings, plus 3 separate font sizes for a total of 9!! strongly worded letters.

SouthernGent on March 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

But no bolding- Wouldn’t want to be going “nuclear” at this point.

Happy Nomad on March 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

He won’t do it. His base will not support him in a war or even threatening Russia. It goes against everything they believe and the Dem’s will be destroyed in the mid-term. Have no illusions, the only priority of team obama is to keep this disaster from reducing their domestic power.

rob verdi on March 2, 2014 at 11:06 AM

This.

Lolo on March 2, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Have no illusions, the only priority of team obama is to keep this disaster from reducing their domestic power.

rob verdi on March 2, 2014 at 11:06 AM

That’s for sure. The rat-eared wonder gives a speech about Ukraine and heads off to a cocktail party fundraiser. He didn’t even bother attending the National Security Team’s meeting yesterday- EVEN THOUGH IT WAS BEING HELD AT HIS HOUSE! And today we get Kerry out there with a couple of vague threats. Ukraine simply isn’t a priority for this administration.

Happy Nomad on March 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Obama Administration to Distribute 13,000 Armored Mine-Resistant Vehicles to Police Units Around the US

Obama is more interested in rolling tanks into American cities.

Murphy9 on March 2, 2014 at 11:58 AM

I’m not sure about Lithuania though, from what I understand those boys live for fighting and went out on patrol with our guys in Afghanistan wearing only shorts and helmets, singing at the top of their lungs and praying for contact.

Poot Poot might keep biting at the chunks of old empire but he’ll find a bigger fight than he wants or can handle.

Bishop on March 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Obama Administration to Distribute 13,000 Armored Mine-Resistant Vehicles to Police Units Around the US

Obama is more interested in rolling tanks into American cities.

Murphy9 on March 2, 2014 at 11:58 AM

This is because he knows the People aren’t going to take his ever increasing tyranny forever.

ConstantineXI on March 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Putin has read and grasped the meaning of Boyd’s OODA Loop.

xkaydet65 on March 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Statement made to the American press. Putin wasn’t listening. He’s already told Barry he was taking Ukraine back, and Barry said, “Okay. Whatever you say, boss.”

BKeyser on March 2, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Oh yeah? So he may decide to sail his yacht to any port in the world? Good to have options.

NotCoach on March 2, 2014 at 12:02 PM

OT: I missed this one…

Bill Clinton pictured posing with two PROSTITUTES at star-studded charity event in his honor

Can’t wait till The Clenis is back in the White House!

Murphy9 on March 2, 2014 at 12:04 PM

That’s for sure. The rat-eared wonder gives a speech about Ukraine and heads off to a cocktail party fundraiser. He didn’t even bother attending the National Security Team’s meeting yesterday- EVEN THOUGH IT WAS BEING HELD AT HIS HOUSE! And today we get Kerry out there with a couple of vague threats. Ukraine simply isn’t a priority for this administration.

Happy Nomad on March 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

That pretty much encapsulates the seriousness and professionalism of this administration in one tidy little package.

The POTUS, the freakin’ POTUS, has time for wine spritzers with the boneheaded alcoholics of the demorat party, but when it comes time to discuss a calamitous world event involving an old enemy, it’s a wave of the hand and a quick murmur of “Yeah yeah, I’ll figure it out later, just leave me alone.”

There’s a movie line from Fred Thomas which fits perfectly here.

Bishop on March 2, 2014 at 12:04 PM

No Jazz Shaw today?

OmahaConservative on March 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

“And, by the way, the big one that started this was the absolute retreat on our missile defense system in Poland and Czechoslovakia, caused us huge problems for our allies and emboldened the Russians and it really has been a downhill slide.”

Pulling the missile defense system was a totally unforced error that everybody and his sister knew was an incredibly stupid move that would come back to bite us in the ass.

Smart Power!

AZCoyote on March 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I’m not sure about Lithuania though, from what I understand those boys live for fighting and went out on patrol with our guys in Afghanistan wearing only shorts and helmets, singing at the top of their lungs and praying for contact.

Poot Poot might keep biting at the chunks of old empire but he’ll find a bigger fight than he wants or can handle.

Bishop on March 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Lithuania is also a NATO member, and Mr. Mom Jeans isn’t likely to still be preznit when/if Putin decides to exert force on them. Of course if he is still preznit it will be so uber awesome to watch Mr. Mom Jeans renig on our NATO obligations, won’t it?

NotCoach on March 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Obama is buying more red markers today to draw more lines.

Krupnikas on March 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

We have officially become the mall security of the world! “Hey, stop…don’t do that, no, no, don’t make me shine my flashlight on you…don’t do it, my whistle is now out too you know!”

nextgen_repub on March 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Lithuania is also a NATO member, and Mr. Mom Jeans isn’t likely to still be preznit when/if Putin decides to exert force on them. Of course if he is still preznit it will be so uber awesome to watch Mr. Mom Jeans renig on our NATO obligations, won’t it?

NotCoach on March 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM

NATO and other defense agreements have reached the status of the Constitution and actual law with these piglets, they’ve become living, breathing documents to be interpreted in whichever way is most convenient for Dog Eater and his ego.

Bishop on March 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

If Putin gets away with seizing Crimea, he will seize Ukraine. If he gets away with seizing Ukraine, he will seize the rest of the European former soviet “republics”.

ConstantineXI on March 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

It’s not just Putin. Obama has started a worldwide free-for-all.

SovereignNado.

faraway on March 2, 2014 at 12:12 PM

No Jazz Shaw today?

OmahaConservative on March 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Shhh.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Well in that Kerry and Obama etal of the commie Democrat Party have an unAmerican, ie hate America voter base what are the options?

Most likely what he and Obama are saying “We are more flexable now”, so which cheek of you ass do you want kissed.

Options like that.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Pulling the missile defense system was a totally unforced error that everybody and his sister knew was an incredibly stupid move that would come back to bite us in the ass.

Smart Power!

AZCoyote on March 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Absolutely. The Poles must really hate this administration.

DrStock on March 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Correct. So, why the phucke are we in Afghanistan?

ElectricPhase on March 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

To guard the poppy fields?

chewydog on March 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Kerry’s way of saying he has no freaking idea what should be done. He’s a worthless heap of squat plop. BUT not to worry, Kerry’s not alone, he’s got to other heaps of SQ, obama & Hillary to brian storm with.

lel2007 on March 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Teddy Roosevelt: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

Barack Obama: “Speak loudly and wave a small dick.

myiq2xu on March 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

While military force is among the options President Barack Obama is considering, Kerry said the U.S. and its allies hope they can avoid such action.

ROFLMAO

DarkCurrent on March 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Bill Clinton pictured posing with two PROSTITUTES at star-studded charity event in his honor

Can’t wait till The Clenis is back in the White House!

Murphy9 on March 2, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Looks like he is in hog-heaven…

OmahaConservative on March 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

This White House – this President – believes that Putin will wake up one day and realize that the old balance of power, geopolitical strategies of the 20th century and before no longer apply.

Guess what? He’s not going to do so.

SteveMG on March 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Look “amesty” over there, quick,,, just look…

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Global Warming is the important issue just ask any loon commie Democrat.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Obama would love NOTHING BETTER than to be responsible for the complete undoing of Ronald Reagan’s legacy and letting the Soviet Empire reform on his watch.

ConstantineXI on March 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Bill Clinton pictured posing with two PROSTITUTES at star-studded charity event in his honor

Can’t wait till The Clenis is back in the White House!

Murphy9 on March 2, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Looks like he is in hog-heaven…

OmahaConservative on March 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Those were dudes!

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM

“The hope of the U.S. and everybody in the world is not to see this escalate into a military confrontation,” he said.

It takes two to have a confrontation. So that’s unlikely.

kcewa on March 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM

“All options are on the table”?

Hey, Winter Back-Stabber, go f**k yourself. The simple reality is that world knows you and Chuck and Obuggerme have the U.S. military on the way to a UK-style neutering.

M240H on March 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Putin told Obama he would help the commie Democrats with the Republican war on women and they signed a pledge.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Don’t encourage Obama and Kerry to “act tough”. Please.

oldennis on March 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

NATO has the Baltic Air Police an aerial response force currently patrolling the skies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania who have been full fledged members of the alliance. Currently USAF F-15s are on guard. Only a small deterrent but a definite thorn in Putin’s side. Any move into the Baltics by Putin would be a disaster for him. For historical persepctive after Stalin’s second occupation of Lithuania in 1944, partisans known as the forest brothers took out over 40, 000 Soviet troops over 20 years. Similar partisan movements were present in the other Baltic States as well as the Ukraine. Of course they were branded as “fascists” by the Russkies. In 2014, democracy movements have been also branded as “fascists” and “terrorists” by Putin’s mouth pieces. God help Ukraine.

Krupnikas on March 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

“All options are on the table”?

Hey, Winter Back-Stabber, go f**k yourself. The simple reality is that world knows you and Chuck and Obuggerme have the U.S. military on the way to a UK-style neutering.

M240H on March 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Exactly. No one believes this, especially Putin.

ConstantineXI on March 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

“It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century and it really puts at question Russia’s capacity to be within the G8.” – Kerry

Ben Judah, Russia analyst tweets: If you are going to expel Russia from a forum, make it one Putin can actually be bothered to turn up to. He missed Obama’s G8 in 2012.

kcewa on March 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

um, let’s not get involved in a Slavic fratricidal nightmare.

Little Boomer on March 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Strong horse versus gelded horse.

butch on March 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

from the wires :

Ukraine navy chief says switches allegiance to Crimea pro-Russia authorities – AFP

ouch !

runner on March 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Ukraine navy chief says switches allegiance to Crimea pro-Russia authorities – AFP

ouch !

runner on March 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

He was just appointed yesterday and he’s already defecting.

kcewa on March 2, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Teddy Roosevelt: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

Barack Obama: “Speak loudly and wave a small dick.“

myiq2xu on March 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Sadly…

ladyingray on March 2, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Teddy Roosevelt: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

Barack Obama: “Speak loudly and wave a small dick.“

myiq2xu on March 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Sadly…

ladyingray on March 2, 2014 at 12:32 PM

“Don’t make me pull out my pen!”
*obamadunce

VegasRick on March 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM

He was just appointed yesterday and he’s already defecting.

kcewa on March 2, 2014 at 12:32 PM

apparently not as convinced about the legitimacy of his new masters as obama is, but then…he did not vote for them

runner on March 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Interesting how the Obama Administration’s rollout of expanding Soviet Communism is going swimmingly… even better than its rollout of the health care reform

dpduq on March 2, 2014 at 12:36 PM

“Don’t make me pull out my pen!”
*obamadunce

VegasRick on March 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM

*snort*

ladyingray on March 2, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Between Obama, Biden, Hillary, and Kerry, this Administration’s main foreign policy “thinkers” have been wrong on every major issue in the postwar era, including the “nuclear freeze” movement that would have “frozen” the Soviets’ upgraded medium-range missiles but prevented the US and NATO from countering with the Pershing IIs.

Obama is worthless and weak and Putin knows it. He also knows the girly-man President won’t do anything stronger than write a letter before he jets off to raise money and play golf.

America, this is what happens when you spend decades on Motor Voter, postcard registration, unrestricted absentee ballots, early voting, mail voting, and constantly badgering and cajoling every uninterested and undereducated halfwit who can fog a mirror to register, and make it so easy for them to vote they can’t resist the kvetching.

You get a pop culture icon with no experience, no guts, no spine, and no allegiance to his own country, and he populates his sissy Administration with like-minded worms.

Adjoran on March 2, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Talk is cheap, and so is Kerry.

Pathetic buffoon.

mojo on March 2, 2014 at 12:48 PM

CHECKMATE!
and the gas bill too….

Rea1ityCheck on March 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM

In 2014, democracy movements have been also branded as “fascists” and “terrorists” by Putin’s mouth pieces. God help Ukraine.

This is a point that is shared by Obama, Kerry, and the rest of the democrat party leadership.

jukin3 on March 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM

We have over extended ourselves in places like Afghanistan, and before that in places like Iraq. When I say overextended ourselves it is more from an economic and political sense than a military one. Neo-Cons never understand the political and economic impacts of their foreign policy at home. This matters because it makes the American people more resistant to get involved after ten years of mucking around in Iraq and Afghanistan with little to show for it. So when we need money and the political support to get involved in something more important to American national security it is harder to get.

We need rational hawks to regain power in American foreign policy circles. A rational hawk would put the missile defense shield in Poland and Czechoslovakia, and help Estonia and Latvia prepare their military forces. One way we could pay the Russians back now would be to re-approve the missile shield and open up our weapon sales to those countries.

Also instead of simply throwing money at friendly countries, why not aide them in terms of weapons and equipment. They would cover the costs of maintaining the material and it would be a force maximizer. We don’t have to be hands on with every conflict on this earth to have a major impact militarily in situations like this. We have to become the arsenal of democracy again. That should make the defense industry very happy, not to mention strong. This will free up our military forces to be in other places.

When dealing with Russia you want to be in a position of strength, but not openly hostile either. For example I don’t oppose Russia fighting Islamic jihadist in places like Chechnya. I would not mind seeing Russia gain more influence in Central Asia, which is basically all Muslim majority countries, because if they don’t Jihadist will simply gain influence in those places. Same goes for Afghanistan once we leave. It also has the side benefit of creating more tensions with China which is also looking gain influence in Central Asia and Afghanistan. Also the more Russia diverts military forces to fighting Muslims, and toward the East to contain Chinese growth, means less Russian military forces and resources they can devote to playing around in places like Ukraine and the Baltic states.

Right now however we have two crappy foreign policies competing with each other over how to deal with Russia. One is the Obama of strategy of appeasement, and the other is to treat Russia like they are still a communist state with global goals of world domination. We don’t have to oppose Russia all the time and in all places. Even worse we have somehow managed to do Russia a big favor by staying in Afghanistan. We need their support to keep supplies coming in to our troops there, which they can use against us as leverage in other places, and we are securing an important strategic flank for them which they otherwise might have had to devote military resources to if we were not there.

So our Russian foreign policy needs to be more complex, ruthless, and frankly underhanded. Let us get the Russians working for our strategic aims instead of us working for them.

William Eaton on March 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

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