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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The new Hillary, meh

Schadenfreude on March 2, 2014 at 12:57 PM

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

VegasRick on March 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM

‘Scuse me while I whip this out.

Bishop on March 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM

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

Strange things happen to the American polity in times of war and other foreign instability.

And bet your arse the Liar-in-Chief knows it.

Never let a crisis go to waste…

JohnGalt23 on March 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM

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

Don’t forget Chuckie Hagel. Together they make the Three Stooges.

slickwillie2001 on March 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM

11 year old girls…in charge…

No wonder Putin is winning.

obama has dragged the entire world down…oceans and all that…

obama/Hillary/Hagel/Kerry/Rice/Power, the laughing stock of the world, for 1001 reasons.

Putin, the thug, king of the world who filled the leadership vacuum.

Schadenfreude on March 2, 2014 at 1:04 PM

I’m sure that Putin is quaking in his little, commie boots at the sabers being rattled by Lurch. /s

MJBrutus on March 2, 2014 at 1:06 PM

‘Scuse me while I whip this out.

Bishop on March 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM

“Michelle!, where did you put my………….?”

VegasRick on March 2, 2014 at 1:07 PM

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

All none of them.

There are no options.

farsighted on March 2, 2014 at 1:08 PM

No wonder Putin is winning.

obama has dragged the entire world down…oceans and all that…

obama/Hillary/Hagel/Kerry/Rice/Power, the laughing stock of the world, for 1001 reasons.

Putin, the thug, king of the world who filled the leadership vacuum.

Schadenfreude on March 2, 2014 at 1:04 PM

http://weaselzippers.us/177403-tweet-of-the-day-putin-rolls-obama-runs/

VegasRick on March 2, 2014 at 1:10 PM

I would argue that given Mr Obama and Kerry’s worldview, this is precisely what they want to happen and Putin knows it.

Putin will expand Russia’s “buffer zone”, by force if necessary- uncontested. It will ultimately weaken the NATO mission and alliance.

It is also meant to send a signal to other nations with democratic aspirations you are own your own: save a few rhetorical deluges and some sonorous encouragement.

It is simply another leg of the Obama strategy to remove America from its unique role in the world and dilute American exceptionalism.

What Mr. Obama and Kerry don’t understand is history, and how our posture before them plays a big part in keeping us safe. It has also reduced the number of conflicts by not allowing autocratic regimes which would ultimately grow more powerful, to prosper. It has also let those who are powerful know there is a price to pay for aggression.

None of that enters into Mr. Obama’s thinking and we will be less safe because of it. Ultimately, he will do nothing substantive to stop the Russian invasion of Ukraine and what looks to be at a minimum their taking by force the Crimean Peninsula.

Marcus Traianus on March 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM

The Putin problem has a solution but it is one that is anathema to PBHO and his donkey allies. That solution is cheap energy. The Russia economy is not that different than the Arab Middle East. It is based on exporting fossil fuels.

If we in the US would stop our ridiculous ecophobia over CO2 and drill for plentiful nat gas and oil (including shale) and building nuclear plants, Russia (and the Arabs too for that matter) would be relegated back to being turd world annoyances at most. The entire world would be a much better and safer place.

MJBrutus on March 2, 2014 at 1:18 PM

John Kerry Chamberlain? He’ll sign the surrender documents with a gold pen…..

Hey as long as the Russian troops don’t mess up the environment in the Ukraine….

Don L on March 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM

The Guardian 1h 17m ago

The new commander of the Ukrainian navy, Denys Berezovsky, has “defected”, just one day after being appointed, it is being reported.

1-day Ukraine’s navy commander #Berezovsky defects, takes oath of office as new Crimea’s commander-video by @KSHN http://youtu.be/Zt9efnLV4UY

9:45 AM – 2 Mar 2014

Yesterday one of the Ukrainian Navy battleships defected to the Russians. Today the commander of the Ukrainian Navy defects.

Note: It was the Czars Navy that defected and made possible the Russian revolution circa 1917.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 1:24 PM

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.

Ali Weinberg, ABC News, on March 2, 2014 at 9:36 AM

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Way to go, Mr Secretary … Vladimir will be calling any time now, to surrender . . . . .

listens2glenn on March 2, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 1:24 PM

That would be frigate. Let’s try to be right here.

cozmo on March 2, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Yesterday one of the Ukrainian Navy battleships defected to the Russians. Today the commander of the Ukrainian Navy defects.

Note: It was the Czars Navy that defected and made possible the Russian revolution circa 1917.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 1:24 PM

The Ukrainians should have cleaned ethnic Russians out of their military when the USSR fell apart. This is the price they pay for their negligence.

slickwillie2001 on March 2, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Yesterday one of the Ukrainian Navy battleships defected to the Russians. Today the commander of the Ukrainian Navy defects.

Note: It was the Czars Navy that defected and made possible the Russian revolution circa 1917.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I wonder if we will see the Ukrainian military step in and remove the Kiev government?

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

MJBrutus on March 2, 2014 at 1:18 PM

.
Ah HA ! … I see you hiding behind that comment, over there … it won’t do you any good.

listens2glenn on March 2, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Kerry should warn Russia that annexing the Ukraine will result in an immediate jump in their average Temperatures and CO2 output.

That’ll stop ‘em dead in their tracks.

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2014 at 1:29 PM

MJBrutus on March 2, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Exactly. The exporting of fossil fuels, like natural gas, is something that could do major damage to the Russian economy. There are many ways to “skin the cat”. The indirect approach is preferable to the direct approach.

It is also a political winner, more fracking and drilling at home, means more jobs and America in less Middle Eastern adventurers. The Democrats would have a hard time arguing against that, except the GOP seems attached to getting involved in Middle Eastern adventures.

William Eaton on March 2, 2014 at 1:29 PM

That would be frigate. Let’s try to be right here.

cozmo on March 2, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Sorry, I’m not a Navy man and I was too lazy to go look it up.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 1:32 PM

British ministers to shun Sochi Paralympics over Ukraine: Cameron

Apparently they are going to boycott the Sochi Olympics.

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Does anyone remember how Romney was laughed at when he made the comment about Russia being the greatest threat to world peace? I think he’s been proven right again.

This is a perfect example of why we should study history.

But a few rounds of golf ought to make all of this go away.

COgirl on March 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

“Don’t call my bluff.”

Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria and now this. It’s going to be a long three years.

Blacksheep on March 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I can’t abide Kerry–Mr. Phineas T. Bluster– who blathers his empty rhetoric and who acts (?) in an ineffectual way. He has been a blight on this country since his Viet Nam days.

onlineanalyst on March 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Libs are lazy.

Be better

cozmo on March 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

“I think Putin is playing chess, and I think we’re playing marbles. It’s not even close,” the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), said on “Fox News Sunday.”

OmahaConservative on March 2, 2014 at 1:16 PM

I disagree. We aren’t even playing jacks…

ladyingray on March 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

What Mr. Obama and Kerry don’t understand is history, and how our posture before them plays a big part in keeping us safe. It has also reduced the number of conflicts by not allowing autocratic regimes which would ultimately grow more powerful, to prosper. It has also let those who are powerful know there is a price to pay for aggression.

None of that enters into Mr. Obama’s thinking and we will be less safe because of it. Ultimately, he will do nothing substantive to stop the Russian invasion of Ukraine and what looks to be at a minimum their taking by force the Crimean Peninsula.

Marcus Traianus on March 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM

+1000

China (per Zero Hedge) has just, quietly, acquired an airforce base in Zimbabwe.

If I were South Korea or Taiwan I’d have skid marks by now.

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Was this Kerry’s “extremely tiny” response to the crisis? Hard to tell.

virgo on March 2, 2014 at 1:39 PM

I wonder if we will see the Ukrainian military step in and remove the Kiev government?

knowing history is so liberating. unfortunately obama missed class that day, he was inhaling.

runner on March 2, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Was this Kerry’s “extremely tiny” response to the crisis? Hard to tell.

virgo on March 2, 2014 at 1:39 PM

“stick it in!”

“it already is”

“oh”

VegasRick on March 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

675,000 Ukrainians pour into Russia as ‘humanitarian crisis’ looms

An estimated 675,000 Ukrainians left for Russia in January and February, fearing the “revolutionary chaos” brewing in Ukraine, Russia’s Federal Border Guard Service said. Officials fear a growing humanitarian crisis.

On Saturday, Russian migration authorities reported that 143,000 requests for asylum had been sent to Russia within a two-week period. Russian officials have promised to expedite the processing of those requests.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

and what looks to be at a minimum their taking by force the Crimean Peninsula.

Marcus Traianus on March 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM

…for now…

Schadenfreude on March 2, 2014 at 1:46 PM

I disagree. We aren’t even playing jacks…

ladyingray on March 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Yep…

OmahaConservative on March 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM

…he’s got a pen…and a phone!

KOOLAID2 on March 2, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I’m confused. I thought this was an “uncontested arrival”. Why all the sudden fake tough talk from Lurch?
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Bitter Clinger on March 2, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Ukrainian troops dispatched in Crimea switch to region’s side – sources

Ukrainian armed forces dispatched to Crimea have switched to the side of local authorities and are expected to take military oath soon, Russian news agencies report.

Earlier, Ukrainian troops in Crimea were said to be resigning on a massive scale. Living quarters, weapons and ammunition have all been left under the protection of the so-called ‘self-defense forces.’

Letters of resignation have been coming in since early morning, as the self-defense forces continue to preserve order on the streets of Simferopol, RIA Novosti said citing own reporters on the ground.

It’s not just the Navy defecting.

Please note that the source for this is “Russia Today”. However, it seems to be the same report as from other sources.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

RT is pure propaganda.

DisneyFan on March 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

knowing history is so liberating. unfortunately obama missed class that day, he was inhaling.

runner on March 2, 2014 at 1:40 PM

There are more than a few signs that things within the Ukrainian military are not going well.

The Kiev government issued a statement that Ukrainian aircraft had been sent to the Crimea to intercept Russian aircraft. Crickets since then.

The head of the military has recently been removed and the naval commander has defected. A frigate seems to have defected as well.

http://rt.com/news/ukrainian-warships-leave-sevastopol-476/

About 10 Ukrainian Black Sea Fleet ships have left the naval base in Sevastopol, with several vessels now heading to Odessa, administrative sources have said. The ships left the base voluntarily but some of them broke down and returned, they claimed.

Several vessels have since returned to the base in Sevastopol “because of malfunctions,” the source said.

Ukrainian state agencies have been categorically denying both the claims of Ukrainian soldiers switching sides en masse and, earlier, reports of warships leaving Sevastopol.

However, the governor of southern Ukrainian Odessa Region told local media that several Ukrainian ships are sailing to the city of Odessa and it is being decided where they will dock.

If those malfunctions are real that doesn’t speak well to the state of preparedness of the Ukrainian military. I suspect that they are simply choosing not to be a part of the coming conflict.

Ukrainian armed forces dispatched to Crimea have switched to the side of local authorities and are expected to take military oath soon, Russian news agencies report.

The local military have not been paid for many months, the source also told RIA Novosti.

If they aren’t being paid their moral isn’t going to be all that great.

These are unfortunately only Russian reports because western reporters don’t seem to want to bother to report anything but Obama’s White house handouts.

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 1:53 PM

RT is pure propaganda.

DisneyFan on March 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Which is like… totally different than CNN, MSNBC, or the New York Slimes?

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Starlink on March 2, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Oh I agree that our military has been overextended, but I believe that is recoverable. They were not large wars in terms of loss of life or loss of equipment when compared historically to other wars. What worries me is the political and economic damage those wars caused at home may be harder to overcome.

Near the end of WWII, there was debate in the Truman administration about the invasion of Japan and how to win the war. One side was staked out by President Truman who was more concerned about American causalities. The other side was lead by General Marshall who was more worried about how to win the war as fast as possible even if that meant more American causalities.

Marshall’s reasoning was in a democracy people grow weary of war over time. It would be better to have a quick war that was violent and bloody, but decisive, than a long drawn out slow bleed. Marshall realized that the American people, although still very patriotic and pro-war, were growing weary and now that Germany had been defeated, Marshall feared that in an attempt to keep American causalities low the war with Japan would not end in decisive success if it lasted too much longer.

Thankfully the Atomic bombs came along, and the Japanese fear of Soviet Russian invasion of Japan itself, caused them to fold before any invasion took place. The point is there seems to be a feeling that it is American causalities that Americans can’t stomach. I don’t think that is true. We don’t like losing lots of soldiers, but if the war is quick and decisive the American people can justify it.

The constraint on American wars is not the loss of lives of Americans, and especially not the loss of life of the enemy, or “innocent civilians”, but how long is the war going to take. Any war that last more than four years is going to cause major problems for the American people, with major political consequences for which ever political party that supported it, and major economic problems because our government wastes money on everything, including wars. The longer an American war goes on the more likely “special interests” will find ways to steal tax payer money on things that have nothing to do with winning the war.

William Eaton on March 2, 2014 at 2:01 PM

RT is pure propaganda.

DisneyFan on March 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Perhaps, but the Guardian is reporting much the same.

The MSM will report nothing that hurts Obama unless they have to. CNN thinks that poor Barack Hussein is being “bullied” by Putin. It’s all about Obama.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 2:04 PM

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

Your points are valid in many ways, but you are assuming that Obysmal is motivated to lessen the growth of Muslim hegemony.

onlineanalyst on March 2, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Sounds like tough talk, but would Russia buy it?

ROFL. Why would anyone buy it, least of all a stone-cold KGB hitman?

bofh on March 2, 2014 at 2:09 PM

“All options are on the table”

Really?

From what I’ve read, part of Obama’s retreat plan from Afghanistan includes using a RUSSIAN port to withdraw 1/3 of our heavy equipment.

Having screwed Poland and Czechoslovakia, does Obama think NATO will jump into this while he ‘leads from behind’?

GarandFan on March 2, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Rob Verdi:

“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.”

Exactly right. For the Dems foreign policy is just a political football. It is damn near treasonous.

FOAF on March 2, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Perhaps, but the Guardian is reporting much the same.

The MSM will report nothing that hurts Obama unless they have to. CNN thinks that poor Barack Hussein is being “bullied” by Putin. It’s all about Obama.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Way to get your game on brother. Good post.

VegasRick on March 2, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Interesting…

Radio listeners across Germany have reportedly woken up to a surprise turnaround in the media coverage of the escalating Ukrainian crisis, following the February regime change and the ensuing uprising of Ukraine’s Russia-leaning east and south.

German blogosphere and social networks are abuzz with the new stance of several state-run radio stations

According to on-the-ground reports, a slew of WDR services – WDR Eins Life, WDR 2, WDR 4 – and live news channel N24 have revised their take on the Ukrainian crisis overnight, going from the Ukraine-under-Russian-siege rhetoric to detailed coverage of pro-Russian protests that have fanned out across Crimea and scuffles between rival groups in the country’s east.

I wonder if the Merkel government has decided that natural gas shipments and a toasty house in winter trump standing with the Kiev government?

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 2:13 PM

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.

Except Latvia and Estonia enjoy NATO protection. Though the West is weak and unwilling to act, NATO’s hand would be forced if Latvia or Estonia were threatened. There’s much more lower hanging fruit for Putin to snatch in his power grab that still give the western world excuses not to act.

FreshAir on March 2, 2014 at 2:17 PM

With Barry Ozero in charge, Vlad Putin has nothing to fear, not even fear itself.

steveracer on March 2, 2014 at 2:19 PM

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 2:13 PM

interesting. couple that with putin’s phone call with Angela today, recent statement from Cameron (his man is in kiev now)…obama is gonna have his a** handed to him pretty soon.

runner on March 2, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Putin and Merkel discuss Ukraine

Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin has discussed Ukraine with the Germany Chancellor, Angela Merkel, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency.

He told her that measures taken by Russia have been “completely appropriate” given the situation in Ukrainem and that there had been a threat of violance from “ultra-nationalists”.

According to the same report, Putin and Merkel agreed that Germany and Russia would continue with bilateral and multilateral consultions to bring about “normalisation” of the situation there. We have yet to hear any public response from Germany to confirm that account.

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 2:23 PM

interesting. couple that with putin’s phone call with Angela today, recent statement from Cameron (his man is in kiev now)…obama is gonna have his a** handed to him pretty soon.

runner on March 2, 2014 at 2:22 PM

What statement did Cameron issue?

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM

last time barack wanted to involve cameron in one of his schemes (SYria) cameron had enough sense to run the other way.

runner on March 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Look, even at the height of USA power there would have been little we could do. So, why don’t Obama and Kerry just shut up, do whatever they are going to do, and stop making our country look so pathetic.

Sheerq on March 2, 2014 at 2:26 PM

INVASION OF THE CRIMEAN PENINSULA
RUSSIAN FORCES AND MOVEMENTS

This link provides a map of Russian forces as of March 2nd.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Except Latvia and Estonia enjoy NATO protection. Though the West is weak and unwilling to act, NATO’s hand would be forced if Latvia or Estonia were threatened. There’s much more lower hanging fruit for Putin to snatch in his power grab that still give the western world excuses not to act.

FreshAir on March 2, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Agreed.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM

What statement did Cameron issue?

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM

uk press you can probably find it, but

the last paragraph is interesting –

“A stable Ukraine is in the interests of everyone – including the UK. Ukraine is one of the largest countries in Europe and a neighbour of the European Union. Its economic prosperity, security and stability matter. The sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine has been violated and this cannot be the way to conduct international affairs.”

other than the last sentence, sounds like they may go with those who can assure stability….

runner on March 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM

DOuble-secret probation!!

exhelodrvr on March 2, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Yep…

OmahaConservative on March 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Actually we aren’t doing anything because Choomy is either high or out playing golf. He’s a complete Zero and Lurch is too.

We are led by complete airheads.

dogsoldier on March 2, 2014 at 2:34 PM

We are led by complete airheads.

dogsoldier on March 2, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Amen.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Actually we aren’t doing anything because Choomy is either high or out playing golf. He’s a complete Zero and Lurch is too.

We are led by complete airheads.

dogsoldier on March 2, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Airheads or azzholes?

VegasRick on March 2, 2014 at 2:40 PM

“The failed U.S. reset policy is an exact copy of appeasement pursued by Western powers right up to the beginning of World War II.” – Victor Davidoff
And compared to Obama, Neville Chamberlain was a giant.

ShadrachSmith on March 2, 2014 at 2:40 PM

“I think Putin is playing chess, and I think we’re playing marbles. It’s not even close,” the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), said on “Fox News Sunday.”

I don’t see a need to use analogies.

Obama and his administration are being completely outmaneuvered at every turn. They have no idea what they’re doing, nor what the result of what they are doing will be.

BobMbx on March 2, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Unconfirmed reports that Poland is mobilizing its forces.

I guess, Poland wants to drag NATO into this.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I wonder if the Merkel government has decided that natural gas shipments and a toasty house in winter trump standing with the Kiev government?

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 2:13 PM

You are quite right.Gazprom has the German’s by the short hairs.

celtic warrior on March 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Unconfirmed reports that Poland is mobilizing its forces.

I guess, Poland wants to drag NATO into this.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Don’t blame them a bit. They should.

VegasRick on March 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Unconfirmed reports that Poland is mobilizing its forces.

I guess, Poland wants to drag NATO into this.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Not true,I live in Poland.

celtic warrior on March 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

“All options have been tabled.” –There, fixed it for ya’.

njcommuter on March 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Has Kerry submitted the answers to his Global Test yet?

Another Drew on March 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM

“All options have been tabled.” –There, fixed it for ya’.

njcommuter on March 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM

“All options have been rigorously explored and it has been determined that we don’t have any”.

VegasRick on March 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Not true,I live in Poland.

celtic warrior on March 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

I live in the US and I have no idea what Obama is doing. He may start WW III if he thinks it’ll help him in the mid-terms.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Moldova was part of Romania, snatched by Russia as the outcome of the Ribbentrop-Molotov part.

While Western Europe and US is all weepy about the fate of paleoswinians showering them with money, we Romanians and by extensions “Moldovans” (a Stalin manufactured nation like East-Germans to justify the creation of Moldovan SSR, which had such aberrations like Romanian language (Latin) written with Cyrillic alphabet) are good only for political maneuvering.

Even as NATO member, Romania got zilch, we even have to buy some obsolete F-15 for crazy prices while US “allies” Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey got billions per year in military aid. And we got the honor to lose brave men in Afghanistan.

That said, while I’m fully disgusted by Russians and Ukrainians for being both complicit in the killing and deportation of hundreds of thousands of Romanians from Southern Bassarabia and Northern Bukovina (both under Ukraine rule now) I say USA, STFU.

You are just a dictatorship like Russia is, and more red than them at this moment. I was quite pro-US for a whole while, but US diplomacy is resumed at two things: antagonizing Russia with all cost (Brzezinski style) and supporting jihadi muslims.

Bosnia, Libya, Syria, Kosovo and so many other countries becoming jihadis heavens, incidentally many of them were under Soviet and later on Russian influence. Enough is enough.

EU and US supported something in Ukraine which can hunt us for years to come. BTW Moldavia already had their row with russian army from Transnistria in the 90′s, and not a peep from US then.

Rookie on March 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

I live in the US and I have no idea what Obama is doing. He may start WW III if he thinks it’ll help him in the mid-terms.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

He would. Period.

VegasRick on March 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

I don’t think Putin believes the military answer is on the table…he knows we are disarming unilaterally and he’s banking on us going through with it. He’s not in the least worried about us nor is anyone else.

My goodness, we’ll just set another red line and give him a stern lecture to prove how powerful we are – in the liberal mind, that is all it takes to get the job done.

evie1949 on March 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM

From The Telegraph:

19.35 Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Nato secretary general, has given another press conference.

He says Nato urges the dispatch of international observers to Ukraine.

But diplomats said the alliance was unlikely to agree on major steps to rein Russia in.

“Observers”. What are they going to observe? They’d better be taking notes on how Russia took over the Crimea without firing a shot. (Popular Mechanics: How to Annex Another Nation’s Territory: The Crimean Invasion in 6 Steps) Emphasis is mine.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Opprobrium would be a great name for a rock band.

exhelodrvr on March 2, 2014 at 3:22 PM

“I have no idea what Obama is doing” Neither does Obama And that’s the scariest part.

How about this? Obama invites Putin to the White House and has John “reporting for duty”Kerry, in full combat gear, hiding behind a couch. When Putin walks through the door, Kerry shoots him in the back (as he did the unarmed Vietnamese teenager)for which he is awarded another Silver Star (or maybe even a CMH) plus a Purple heart for scratching his finger on the trigger housing. “Aw shucks, it warrrn’t nuthin.”And Obama has one less competent leader to show him up.

But seriously, with this shipwreck of a leader, we are all in great danger.

MaiDee on March 2, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Netanyahu’s Lesson from Ukraine: Don’t Trust Obama on Iran

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in the United States this week, he will no doubt have taken heed of President Barack Obama’s weak response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. President Vladminir Putin crossed Obama’s “line”—just as Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, supported by Russia, crossed Obama’s “red line” on the use of chemical weapons, without consequences. Though Ukraine is not as close an ally as Israel, the lesson for Israel is clear. Under President Obama, American security guarantees cannot be trusted.

Note to Obama: the race card only works domestically against RINOs. Russia has no affirmative action programs.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 3:37 PM

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/02/ukraine-warns-russia-crimea-war-live

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has accepted a proposal by the German chancellor, Angel Merkel, to set up a “fact-finding mission” that would pave the way for some form of political dialogue in the crisis.

That’s according to a spokesperson for the German government, who has been giving Germany’s account of a conversation earlier between the two leaders.

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 3:43 PM

UKRAINE’S PRIVATBANK LIMITS ATM WITHDRAWALS TO UAH1,000/DAY ($103/day)

A temporary limit on withdrawals is needed to stop the forces that are working to destabilize the situation [and] are using the cash for [their] sabotage,” the bank said in a statement.

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has accepted a proposal by the German chancellor, Angel Merkel, to set up a “fact-finding mission” that would pave the way for some form of political dialogue in the crisis.

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 3:43 PM

“Fact-finding” and “Observers” that should have Putin winking at Medvedev — all is going as planned.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 3:47 PM

this admin is a perfect example of why NBC status, as originally written, is important.
thats all I will say on that subject.

dmacleo on March 2, 2014 at 3:51 PM

“Fact-finding” and “Observers” that should have Putin winking at Medvedev — all is going as planned.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 3:47 PM

I think the Kiev governments days are numbered. Putin has outmaneuvered Obama by acting when they thought he would just sit there and do nothing because of world opinion.

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Observed Russian tanks within 10km of the Ukraine-Russian border. Near Chernihiv Oblast.

The link shows a map. This is in Northern Ukraine near Belarus. Please note that this is from Euromaidan PR. I don’t know how reliable it is.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Jean Fonda Kerry: “Blah, blah, blah, blah. And furthermore, blah, blah, blah.

VorDaj on March 2, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Is anyone concerned about the Obama admin‘s neo-Nazi allies in Ukraine, or is it no big deal since they’re partnering with fascists in Egypt and al Qaeda in Syria? I haven’t seen one word here about the make-up of Obama’s most recent unsavory allies.

In order to topple Yanukovych, the US had to tacitly support fanatical groups of neo-Nazi thugs and anti-Semites. And, even though “Interim Ukrainian President Oleksander Tuchynov has pledged to do everything in his power to protect the country’s Jewish community”; reports on the ground are not so encouraging.
[...]
The US has gone off the rails, stark raving mad. … The rampaging US juggernaut lurches from one violent confrontation to the next without rhyme or reason, destroying everything in its path, forcing millions to flee their own countries, and pushing the world closer to the abyss. Isn’t that reason enough to be concerned?

Now Obama has thrown-in with the Nazis. It’s just the icing on the cake.

Rae on March 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Now Obama has thrown-in with the Nazis. It’s just the icing on the cake.

Rae on March 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

National Socialist is back in fashion these days!

What…don’t you trust these guys?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c9/I%D0%B4%D0%B5%D1%8F_N%D0%B0%D1%86%D1%96%D1%97.jpg

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 4:02 PM

The closest thing, and they are pretty damn close, to Nazis in the word today is Obama and his right here in America goose-stepping fascist-democrat party.

Although he tries to slip it all in under another guise
To all his fascist action most foul we must still be wise
In spite of all the Pinocchio lies
Dancing in Obama’s evermore Mussolini eyes!

VorDaj on March 2, 2014 at 4:08 PM

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.

Or, he presumes the West is sufficiently weak that if it came to this, he would win.

Seen anything to convince him otherwise?

Midas on March 2, 2014 at 4:09 PM

From the Guardian (scroll down):

I have met Ukrainian and Russian veterans who fought together to defeat Nazis. Why would their grandsons now fight each other? Over what?

7:29 AM – 2 Mar 2014

This is why many in the Ukrainian military are defecting. They are brothers. Some generals in the Ukrainian military first served in the old Soviet military. They train together. The have the same uniforms and the Ukrainians use old Russian equipment.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Now Obama has thrown-in with the Nazis. It’s just the icing on the cake.

Rae on March 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Putin calls all opposition to him in Ukraine, Nazis.

VorDaj on March 2, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Observed Russian tanks within 10km of the Ukraine-Russian border. Near Chernihiv Oblast.

The link shows a map. This is in Northern Ukraine near Belarus. Please note that this is from Euromaidan PR. I don’t know how reliable it is.

Kaffa on March 2, 2014 at 3:55 PM

So they would be tasked to move down the P13 roadway directly towards Kiev…about 250 kilometers.

sharrukin on March 2, 2014 at 4:10 PM

I have met Ukrainian and Russian veterans who fought together to defeat Nazis. Why would their grandsons now fight each other? Over what?

7:29 AM – 2 Mar 2014

And then impose communist tyranny over half of Europe.

VorDaj on March 2, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Some free advice to the Kenyan Imposter and Lurch the Traitor: Threaten to veto something, call them racists, accuse them of paying no taxes, threaten to send in the IRS, Accuse them of polluting the environment, threaten with EPA, Accuse them of engaging in a war on women, tell everyone that they don’t like homosexuals, threaten to use phone to call and tell on them, threaten to use food stamp army, and threaten with NSA, threaten them with OBAMACARE, and the IRS!
I know this will work because it is the winning formula in the Obama war on pasty-faced, timid, weak, gutless RINO Republicans!!!

Marco on March 2, 2014 at 4:13 PM

What difference does it make at this point?

Recall in 1974, the Turks invaded, annexed and enthically cleansed northern Cyprus (still an apartheid Turkish protectorate under a UN-brokered partition).

VIDEO: Famagusta, The Hostage Ghost City of Europe

Why don’t Leftists howl about the continuing cultural rape and occupation of northern Cyprus? Priceless antiquities have been pillaged; Greeks have been driven from their homes; ancient churches have been converted into mosques; and the thriving resort of Famagusta transformed into a ghost town. Nobody cares.

Instead, Leftists obsess over the trumped-up plight of the perpetually pampered Fakestinians– apartheid Islamo-supremacists committed to genocidal jihad.

Terp Mole on March 2, 2014 at 4:13 PM

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