Video: Kerry stunned to learn Putin denied that Russian troops are in Crimea

posted at 4:41 pm on March 4, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Greg Hengler, I don’t think this is evidence that Kerry, like Obama on so many matters, seems to be getting his news from TV rather than from his briefers. I think it’s evidence that he had a busy day. He was in Kiev all morning meeting with the opposition and probably didn’t have a chance to watch Putin’s presser before holding his own.

Worth linking anyway, though, as further evidence that the alleged geopolitical grand master is making some … strange plays lately. What’s the point in continuing to deny that the guys in fatigues carrying Kalashnikovs and driving around Crimea in Russian personnel carriers are Russian troops? What does Putin gain from it? See why even people who know him, like Angela Merkel, think he’s starting to lose it? Julia Ioffe, TNR’s veteran Putin critic, watched today’s press conference and came to the same conclusion as Merkel:

Gone was the old Putin, the one who loves these kinds of press events. He’d come a long way from the painfully awkward gray FSB officer on Larry King, a year into his tenure. He had grown to become the master of public speaking, who had turned his churlish, prison-inflected slang to his benefit. A salty guy in utter command of a crowd. That Putin was not the Putin we saw today. Today’s Putin was nervous, angry, cornered, and paranoid, periodically illuminated by flashes of his own righteousness. Here was an authoritarian dancing uncomfortably in his new dictator shoes, squirming in his throne.

For the last few years, it has become something like conventional knowledge in Moscow journalistic circles that Putin was no longer getting good information, that he was surrounded by yes-men who created for him a parallel informational universe. “They’re beginning to believe their own propaganda,” Gleb Pavlovsky told me when I was in Moscow in December…

Merkel was absolutely right: Putin has lost it. Unfortunately, it makes him that much harder to deal with.

A couple of Twitter pals argued with me about this earlier today, claiming that it’s dangerous nonsense to dismiss Putin’s lurch towards Crimea as the act of a madman. And that’s true, to an extent: I gave you a perfectly rational reason in the last post to explain why he’d seize a province that neither faced nor posed any threat. The thing is, “rational” and “delusional” aren’t perfectly mutually exclusive. A strongman who really is starting to believe his own BS may respond rationally within the parameters of the delusion he’s created for himself. To see what I mean, read David Brooks’s piece today about the goofy, messianic Russian nationalist propaganda that Putin’s spent years ingesting. He may believe, quite rationally, that he needed to make a show of strength in Crimea to intimidate other Russian satellites into joining his new Eurasian Union. He may simultaneously believe, not so rationally, that Russia is destined to unite east and west in some sort of spiritual utopia, if only the decadent Americans will stop obstructing him. If he sees Ukraine tilting away, and then maybe Belarus or Lithuania, what happens to that vision? How far would he go to protect it? If he’s perfectly rational and all the garbage spewed by the Kremlin about Nazis taking over Kiev is just cynical propaganda, there’s nothing much to worry about. But what if he isn’t?

Exit question: If Kerry’s going to indict Putin for failing to work through international institutions like the UN (there’s that dopey “19th century versus 21st century” talking point again), which he did at length in today’s presser, why doesn’t he read from Putin’s own op-ed in the NYT last year? Remember that? Right after he got done thoroughly humiliating Obama over his phantom Syria “red line,” Putin decided to spike the ball by extolling the virtues of the United Nations in America’s leading newspaper. Actual quote: “No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.” If that’s his rule, make him live by it.


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Kerry probably still thinks the Viet Nam war is still going on.

sadatoni on March 4, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Is Kerry capable of finding his way home?

rplat on March 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Kerry stunned to learn that Putin thinks he’s an idiot. Film at eleven.

major dad on March 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Kerry probably still thinks the Viet Nam war is still going on.

Seared. Seared in his memory.

cbenoistd on March 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

As for the mental health of Putin, there is a clock ticking.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

LOL.

Vlad has clearly been taking PR lessons from people like Obama and Harry Reid. They constantly make public statements that are demonstrably untrue, and then the media report it as fact.

Vlad probably just figured that since it has worked so well for them, why shouldn’t he try it too?

AZCoyote on March 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Kerry is busy thinking about how he can keep Massachusetts taxes away from his yacht.

Whitey Ford on March 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Kerry stunned to learn Putin denied that Russian troops are in Crimea

Lying is so 19th century…

Electrongod on March 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Putin needs Obamacare. Kerry needs an old folks home.

gerrym51 on March 4, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Putin is acting in a manner reminiscent of Jenjis [sic] Khan.

steebo77 on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Allah,

He’s not just believing his own BS. He now has conservative politicians and commentators talking about how great of a strategist he is! Not only are his yes-men telling him that, but his perceived enemies are saying that as well. It’s insane.

Every move he makes, conservatives in the country preach of great a move it was. “He’s playing Chess! Look how smart his is! He wears better clothes!”

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Not just amateur hour. Amateur EIGHT YEARS… IF we are lucky…

ConstantineXI on March 4, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Is Kerry capable of finding his way home?

rplat on March 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Not even if it were across the street. Fortunately when the government hasn’t provided him a limo and a driver, Theresa has.

ConstantineXI on March 4, 2014 at 4:52 PM

What’s the point in continuing to deny that the guys in fatigues carrying Kalashnikovs and driving around Crimea in Russian personnel carriers are Russian troops? What does Putin gain from it?

There’s a substantial number of people around the world who just automatically believe anything bad about the US. Putin is attempting to circulate a meme that he hasn’t invaded Ukraine and that the whole thing is some sort of plot by the US to take the country over. Maduro’s howling about US “sabotage” of Venezuela is laughed at by us, but it’s taken very seriously in South America by many on the left.

That is who Putin is reaching out to. I think the idea that he’s gone mad is just wrongheaded. I think he could easily inhale Ukraine, the Baltic states, and even Poland and the other states of Eastern Europe without any repercussions whatsoever. He’s figuring this out and is now looking to see what he can get away with.

Doomberg on March 4, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Wow. Nobody lied to me when I was in Vietnam…

Galtian on March 4, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I think it has more to do with Obama and Kerry opening their mouths and inserting their feet every chance they get. How’s that Syria disarmament going?

oldroy on March 4, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Obama: “Undocumented immigrants won’t be signing up for Obamacare.”

Harry Reid: “All those people claiming they’ve lost their doctors or their coverages because of Obamacare are lying.”

Vlad Putin: “There are no Russian troops in Crimea.”

See how it works? Just say whatever you want people to believe, and then it magically becomes the truth (or at least, the U.S. media will pretend it’s the truth, so same difference).

AZCoyote on March 4, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Putin. Master troll.

Xanatos90 on March 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Every move he makes, conservatives in the country preach of great a move it was. “He’s playing Chess! Look how smart his is! He wears better clothes!”

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Ah, there’s the “sabotage!” angle. I knew the left would invent one eventually.

It can’t be that Obama is an inept fool whose foreign policy is a joke, and it can’t be that Obama is an idiot who has been easily outwitted by Putin. No, it must be that conservatives are “sabotaging” Obama by pointing out how Putin is humiliating him over and over.

Do you even realize how you sound?

Doomberg on March 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Why is Kerry, who works for Goebbels, so shocked?

Schadenfreude on March 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Propaganda is not the sole purview of leftist thugs in DC.

Schadenfreude on March 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

…the inmates are running the asylum!

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Those are NOT troops in Crimea. They are untagged/masked thugs.

Schadenfreude on March 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

obama denies there is terrorism.

Schadenfreude on March 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

It could be that Putin is taking a play out of Obama’s book and just plain denying reality. The question is will his state sponsored media get behind him like the state sponsored media in the USA gets behind the lies of Obama?

jukin3 on March 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Allah,

He’s not just believing his own BS. He now has conservative politicians and commentators talking about how great of a strategist he is! Not only are his yes-men telling him that, but his perceived enemies are saying that as well. It’s insane.

Every move he makes, conservatives in the country preach of great a move it was. “He’s playing Chess! Look how smart his is! He wears better clothes!”

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Hahaha. Fox News calls all the shots all over the world.

You guys are such beta male whiners.

Chuck Schick on March 4, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Kerry “what reset button?”

Talk about stunned!

Schadenfreude on March 4, 2014 at 4:59 PM

What does Putin gain from it?

C’mon, if you had the opportunity to troll Dear Liar’s regime you’d do it too.

rbj on March 4, 2014 at 4:59 PM

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Yeah right, like CNN acting as apologists for Putin and protecting native Russionas from “Nazis”.

Right now Putin has the Crimea. It’s done. He has done it in a matter of making Obama look stupid at home – even the lefty organs aren’t happy. Have you read the WaPo editorials? Didn’t know they were a conservative mouthpiece. If all you have is FOX News, my sympathies. You clearly have left the world of the thinking.

Zomcon JEM on March 4, 2014 at 4:59 PM

BagDad Bob moment!!

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Leftists, the media and you enable obama-the-thug.

Schadenfreude on March 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Kerry stunned to learn Putin denied that Russian troops are in Crimea, and that Obama lied about much of what is known as ObamaCare.

“He really said that?”

BobMbx on March 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Actual quote: “No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.” If that’s his rule, make him live by it.

What makes anyone think Putin cares about what he said during a propaganda piece given to the NYT? I doubt Putin’s going to be driven with Alinsky / Chicago tactics.

Padre on March 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM

obama is the only one who enables Putin.

Putin saw the green lights and made obama his diaper.

Schadenfreude on March 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM

DFATD ‏@DFATDCanada 2m

.@HonJohnBaird meets with Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada, Vadym Prystaiko, to discuss the situation in #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/cAb3EiIMLU
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https://twitter.com/DFATDCanada/status/440969602151874561/photo/1/large

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Allah,

He’s not just believing his own BS. He now has conservative politicians and commentators talking about how great of a strategist he is! Not only are his yes-men telling him that, but his perceived enemies are saying that as well. It’s insane.

Every move he makes, conservatives in the country preach of great a move it was. “He’s playing Chess! Look how smart his is! He wears better clothes!”

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

LOL, cuz yeah Putin gets all his political strategy from perusing conservative websites.

And no worries, you have every member of the libtard media beating there chest and proclaiming that it is really obama who is playing 3 dimensional chess and is already the victor.

So go clutch your pearls elsewhere.

Oh and please enlighten us on your thoughts on the commentary obama provided at the DNC shindig…you know the one that started just hours after the situation in Ukraine/Crimea got testy. You know the one where he lambasted and demonized republicans. But yet, they are supposed to gather around and sing his praises.

And oh yeah, the adults are in charge. Who cares what the republicans think. amiright!

HumpBot Salvation on March 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Today’s Putin was nervous, angry, cornered, and paranoid, periodically illuminated by flashes of his own righteousness. Here was an authoritarian dancing uncomfortably in his new dictator shoes, squirming in his throne.

…are you sure it was Putin?…sounds like someone else we know!

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Why would Putin do this?

I mean..

Didn’t NBC give kudos to “One of Modern History’s Pivotal Experiments”

Electrongod on March 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

I remember a time when it was patriotic to question what a [president does and his actions. This was when the democrat illiterati leadership would say that presidents are “losers” or that the “war is lost” and on and on.

Of course it was a republican president and he was not black or even half black. Oh and he hadn’t screwed up as much as Obama.

So to any and all that say i am some traitor for stating the obvious and reality of the total c*ckup that has been the last five years in foreign policy I say kiss my a$$.

jukin3 on March 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Padre on March 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM

True – because he doesn’t care what he says. Its the same way you defeat Alinsky. Make stuff up and throw it back.

Zomcon JEM on March 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

I think Putin’s doing this simply because he can. He knows Obama’s weak, that Europe has too much money tied up in Russia, that Ukraine really can’t stop him. He wants to re-establish Russia as a world power…Sochi was one aspect of that, this is another. I don’t think he’s lost it at all.

changer1701 on March 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.
 
segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

 
Thanks in advance.

rogerb on March 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

We have been against Obama since the beginning. Try again.

jukin3 on March 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Stephen Harper ‏@pmharper 1h

I have directed that all activities between the CAF & the military of the Russian Federation be suspended. http://bit.ly/1dnw8VS #cdnpoli

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM

If he sees Ukraine tilting away, and then maybe Belarus or Lithuania, what happens to that vision? How far would he go to protect it? If he’s perfectly rational and all the garbage spewed by the Kremlin about Nazis taking over Kiev is just cynical propaganda, there’s nothing much to worry about. But what if he isn’t?

I don’t think Putin believes this any more than he believed the NYT op-ed he wrote. He is using the word, “Nazi,” the same way progressives and Obama and his team use the word, “Racist,” which is silence opposition by using guilt trips. Same with the op-ed, which drug out the and UN and League of Nations. He knows certain Americans, especially progressives in Obama’s own party, are susceptible to that kind of rhetoric. Betraying America as the bad works with those people.

William Eaton on March 4, 2014 at 5:06 PM

For the last few years, it has become something like conventional knowledge in Moscow journalistic circles that Putin was no longer getting good information, that he was surrounded by yes-men who created for him a parallel informational universe

Sounds like our Barry, though in his case it’s five years.

slickwillie2001 on March 4, 2014 at 5:06 PM

StateCraft Runneth Amuck/Amok!!!!!

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

No, that’d be CNN, the New York Times and NBC News enabling a dictator.

slickwillie2001 on March 4, 2014 at 5:07 PM

He had grown to become the master of public speaking, who had turned his churlish, prison-inflected slang to his benefit. A salty guy in utter command of a crowd. That Putin was not the Putin we saw today. Today’s Putin was nervous, angry, cornered, and paranoid, periodically illuminated by flashes of his own righteousness. Here was an authoritarian dancing uncomfortably in his new dictator shoes, squirming in his throne.

For the last few years, it has become something like conventional knowledge in Moscow journalistic circles that Putin was no longer getting good information, that he was surrounded by yes-men who created for him a parallel informational universe. “They’re beginning to believe their own propaganda,” Gleb Pavlovsky told me when I was in Moscow in December…

I’m sensing some parallels, replace Putin with Obama and it rings even more true.

HumpBot Salvation on March 4, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Worth linking anyway, though, as further evidence that the alleged geopolitical grand master is making some … strange plays lately. What’s the point in continuing to deny that the guys in fatigues carrying Kalashnikovs and driving around Crimea in Russian personnel carriers are Russian troops? What does Putin gain from it?


You were on a hot streak there for a few weeks, AP …

… but you’ve lost it on virtually everything you’ve put out today.

You’ve fallen back into the MSM narrative trap – you know, the folks that last Friday morning were ALL saying Putin wouldn’t do ANYTHING in Ukraine?

Now the Kneepad Media is slobbering over the “Putin’s lost it!” meme – which is just as moronic as their arguments last Friday.

When Putin’s “lost it”, EVERYBODY will know it because he won’t be in charge of Russia anymore.

Russia is a “Mafia state”. It operates on largely the same principles as the Mafia did in its heyday.

WHY is Crimea occupied? Because there is no longer a “world policeman” to prevent the Russian Mafia capos (you call them oligarchs) from taking it. Obama “took the bribe” on Syria – NOW he’s going to do something about Crimea?

Putin may NOT be the principal sponsor of this move.

There are a number of capos with the contacts and resources to put mercenaries into Crimea – they may even be getting Yanukovych to fund their efforts.

An “independent action” of that nature could cause an open power struggle in Russia … with the “winner” taking control of thousands of nuclear weapons.

There’s a comforting thought.

PolAgnostic on March 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Wait, wasn’t he elected in one of those free & fair elections your hero Jimmy Carter yammers incessantly on about.

RickB on March 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM

For the last few years, it has become something like conventional knowledge in Moscow journalistic circles that Putin was no longer getting good information, that he was surrounded by yes-men who created for him a parallel informational universe.

Sooooooo… it’s happening on their side too, huh?

dominigan on March 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Oh and please enlighten us on your thoughts on the commentary obama provided at the DNC shindig…you know the one that started just hours after the situation in Ukraine/Crimea got testy. You know the one where he lambasted and demonized republicans. But yet, they are supposed to gather around and sing his praises.

And oh yeah, the adults are in charge. Who cares what the republicans think. amiright!

HumpBot Salvation on March 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Let’s not forget that they are adults because they all went to the DNC HAPPY HOUR WHEEEEEEEE.

Nor forget that Obama missed his security briefing on Friday but got all after that briefing on Monday. Would any sane person hire obama to any position of responsibility in a private company?

The private sector has spoken and they put Obama in the incompetent government sector.

jukin3 on March 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Here’s hoping that Obama announces that nuking Washington, DC is the new “Red Line!” How ironic if then Putin did it and saved America!!

Deano1952 on March 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM

William Eaton on March 4, 2014 at 5:06 PM

LOL…correction…

Betraying = Portraying

Love that spell checker…

William Eaton on March 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Department of State ‏@StateDept 2h

.@JohnKerry & @GeoffPyatt visited Shrine of the Fallen, met with Ukrainians. #Ukraine photos: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjTQPPux pic.twitter.com/eVSGFnQruj
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https://twitter.com/StateDept/status/440932058399911936/photo/1/large

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Ah, there’s the “sabotage!” angle. I knew the left would invent one eventually.

It can’t be that Obama is an inept fool whose foreign policy is a joke, and it can’t be that Obama is an idiot who has been easily outwitted by Putin. No, it must be that conservatives are “sabotaging” Obama by pointing out how Putin is humiliating him over and over.

Do you even realize how you sound?

This is so lazy. My post was completely about Putin and his ego. I didn’t mention anything about sabotage or Obama, but you weren’t going to keep that from pasting your talking point

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Is the shrine of the fallen in a garbage dump?

Murphy9 on March 4, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Allah,

He’s not just believing his own BS. He now has conservative politicians and commentators talking about how great of a strategist he is! Not only are his yes-men telling him that, but his perceived enemies are saying that as well. It’s insane.

Every move he makes, conservatives in the country preach of great a move it was. “He’s playing Chess! Look how smart his is! He wears better clothes!”

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

…you totally have your head up your rectum. Instead of spewing crap…why don’t you be more productive…and describe the polyps you’re seeing!

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2014 at 5:12 PM

This is so lazy. My post was completely about Putin and his ego. I didn’t mention anything about sabotage or Obama, but you weren’t going to keep that from pasting your talking point

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

You said we were “enabling a dictator”. Forget sabotage, my little drama queen. Go ahead and accuse us for TREASON!

Chuck Schick on March 4, 2014 at 5:12 PM

I have to admit John Kerry is far better at his job than Hillary Clinton, and far more intelligent than Barack Obama. That is not to say I like him, or that I agree with him on much of anything. I just feel the need to compliment his hands on approach with the Secretary of State job (in comparison to Hillary Clinton who treated as a way to get into cool parties while Benghazi and the rest of the Middle East burned).

eski502 on March 4, 2014 at 5:14 PM

For the last few years, it has become something like conventional knowledge in Moscow Washington journalistic circles that Putin Obama was no longer getting good information, that he was surrounded by yes-men who created for him a parallel informational universe. “They’re beginning to believe their own propaganda.”

Sound familiar?

IndieDogg on March 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Remarks at a Solo Press Availability

Remarks
John Kerry
Secretary of State
U.S. Embassy Kyiv
Kyiv, Ukraine
March 4, 2014
*************

MS. HARF: Great. Thank you. The first question is from Andrea Mitchell of NBC. There’s a microphone coming.

QUESTION: Thank you very much. Mr. Secretary, U.S. officials have been saying that Vladimir Putin will be isolated by his actions. Yet today, he seemed defiant, speaking for an hour, taking questions. He said, among other things, that Russia reserves the right to take any action, to use any means – obviously, military means. He described events here as an unconstitutional coup. He denied that there were any Russian troops in Crimea, occupying Crimea. He blamed the crisis on United States interference, saying that the U.S. –

SECRETARY KERRY: He really denied there were troops in Crimea?

QUESTION: Yes, he did. He also blamed the crisis on the United States, saying that the United States was acting as though it were conducting an experiment across the ocean on lab animals, on rats here. And he showed no sign of being ready to step down – step down or de-escalate the military presence in Crimea. There have been fire – shots fired today. There’s the presence reported of naval Russian ships along the isthmus between Ukraine and Crimea.

So with all of that, how has the U.S. pressure worked against Putin? What is your reaction to his assertions? And also, while you were here you met with many leaders. You did not meet with Yulia Tymoshenko. Is she viewed by the United States as not part of the solution or as possibly part of the problem?

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, let me answer the last part of the question first: not at all. I thought I actually might bump into her, but I didn’t. I had the meetings with the current group that represent the parties that have come together and most likely presidential candidates at this moment who – with whom I’ve been in touch and working with. I met with a number of them in Munich previously, and so we continued that conversation.

But with respect to President Putin’s comments, I’ve spoken as directly to President Putin today as I can to invite him to engage in a legitimate and appropriate dialogue, particularly with the current Government of Ukraine, knowing that there’s an election in 90 days and the people of Ukraine will have an opportunity to ratify their future leadership. The fact is that in the eastern part of the country, Russia recently tried to get a couple of city councils to actually pass something asking for Russians to come in. And lo and behold, those councils did the opposite. They said, “We don’t want Russia to come in. We want our independence.”

And I think that it is clear that Russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further. Russia has talked about Russian-speaking minority citizens who are under siege. They’re not. And in fact, this government has acted remarkably responsibly by urging total calm, by not wanting to have any provocation, by avoiding even their troops who have a legal right to resist the invasion of other troops, but has ordered them not to engage to give a pretext of anybody being in danger. Here in the streets today, I didn’t see anybody who feels threatened, except for the potential of an invasion by Russia.

So I would hope that President Putin, who is insisting against all evidence everywhere in the world about troops being in Crimea that they’re not there, that he will step back and listen carefully that we could like to see this de-escalated. We are not looking for some major confrontation. But – and I do not believe that his interests, which we understand – a base, strong ties, everybody knows that Khrushchev gave the Crimea to the Ukraine back in 1954 or ‘6, I think it was. We all know these things. There’s a long history of connection. We get it. But those things can continue and be worked out through the legal process, through the direct relationship with the Government of Ukraine. It is not appropriate to invade a country and at the end of a barrel of a gun dictate what you are trying to achieve. That is not 21st century, G8, major nation behavior.

And what we are looking for here is a responsible way to meet the needs of the parties but respect the integrity, the sovereignty, the territorial integrity of Ukraine. And in fact, the UN Charter, the Final Act of Helsinki, the 1994 Budapest Agreement, and the 1997 Base Agreement between Russia and Ukraine all require a certain set of standards which have not been followed here.

So again, we would like to see President Putin address the problems not by deploying forces, not through confrontation, but by engaging in the time-honored tradition of diplomacy, of discussion, of negotiation, and let’s find a path forward which puts everybody on a track that benefits this region and the world more effectively.
(More….)
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http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2014/03/222882.htm

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Are you seriously trying to state that the Russian leader listens to Fox News, and that the party of Reagan is actively enabling him?

Wow. Talk about a serious disconnect in the ‘ole brainpan…

dominigan on March 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

“He really said that?”

BobMbx on March 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Kerry stunned to learn that other leaders can lie as much as Obama.

dominigan on March 4, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Is the shrine of the fallen in a garbage dump?

Murphy9 on March 4, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Murphy9: A OCCUPY 99% Protest area!:)
(sarc)

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 5:20 PM

This is so lazy. My post was completely about Putin (Obama) and his ego.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Either name fits.

Electrongod on March 4, 2014 at 5:20 PM

I have to admit John Kerry is far better at his job than Hillary Clinton, and far more intelligent than Barack Obama. That is not to say I like him, or that I agree with him on much of anything. I just feel the need to compliment his hands on approach with the Secretary of State job (in comparison to Hillary Clinton who treated as a way to get into cool parties while Benghazi and the rest of the Middle East burned).

eski502 on March 4, 2014 at 5:14 PM

And even then he’s an utter dolt. I’m not sure what classification that puts Obama & Hillary in.

Bitter Clinger on March 4, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Next we will learn that the real reason there have been no clashes in the Crimea between Russian and Ukrainian troops is that the Ukrainian troops we see on TV are really Russian soldiers dressed as Ukrainian troops.

albill on March 4, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Vlad has clearly been taking PR lessons from people like Obama and Harry Reid. They constantly make public statements that are demonstrably untrue, and then the media report it as fact.

Vlad probably just figured that since it has worked so well for them, why shouldn’t he try it too?

AZCoyote on March 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

He is obviously a fan of Saul Alinsky. I wonder how many copies the Russian translation has sold.

slickwillie2001 on March 4, 2014 at 5:33 PM

I have to admit John Kerry is far better at his job than Hillary Clinton, and far more intelligent than Barack Obama. That is not to say I like him, or that I agree with him on much of anything. I just feel the need to compliment his hands on approach with the Secretary of State job (in comparison to Hillary Clinton who treated as a way to get into cool parties while Benghazi and the rest of the Middle East burned).

eski502 on March 4, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Much too kind. Rather than “far more intelligent” than the REB, I would say ‘not quite as mind-numbingly stupid’.

slickwillie2001 on March 4, 2014 at 5:36 PM

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canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 5:39 PM

“He really denied there were troops in Crimea?”

Perhaps he thought they were in Cambodia … … you know, John … … for Christmas, so cheer up, John, as perhaps one of them will find your magic hat and return it to you.

VorDaj on March 4, 2014 at 5:40 PM

This is so lazy. My post was completely about Putin and his ego. I didn’t mention anything about sabotage or Obama, but you weren’t going to keep that from pasting your talking point

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

You made the claim that conservatives were backing and pumping up Putin over Obama. That’s an accusation of sabotage.

Doomberg on March 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM

I have to admit John Kerry is far better at his job than Hillary Clinton, and far more intelligent than Barack Obama. That is not to say I like him, or that I agree with him on much of anything. I just feel the need to compliment his hands on approach with the Secretary of State job (in comparison to Hillary Clinton who treated as a way to get into cool parties while Benghazi and the rest of the Middle East burned).

eski502 on March 4, 2014 at 5:14 PM

And even then he’s an utter dolt. I’m not sure what classification that puts Obama & Hillary in.

Bitter Clinger on March 4, 2014 at 5:25 PM

My intended point exactly. When John Kerry seems to be the administrations most competent member we have serious, serious problems. But we know that already.

eski502 on March 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM

He denied that there were any Russian troops in Crimea, occupying Crimea. He blamed the crisis on United States interference, saying that the U.S. –

SECRETARY KERRY: He really denied there were troops in Crimea?

QUESTION: Yes, he did.

It actually sounds like Putin denied there were *Russian* troops in Crimea. Are they wearing Russian uniforms? My understanding is that they are not. If they’re mercenaries and not officially Russian troops, maybe Putin is playing semantics as someone suggested upthread.

Missy on March 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Name me one Fox News Correspondent or Conservative, that jet-setted around the world on the American Taxpayer’s dime, kissing the ass of, and literally *bowing to* every single world leader immediately following their coronation.

Or which country was it that *Fox News* made a deal with, where they would hand over their chemical weapons to the Russians, and then both countries broke their deal and literally laughed in barry’s face a week later, while barry did jack shit about it?

Or, Which Fox News Correspondent stood around and watched while an America Ambassador was murdered by terrorists…and then Fox News lied about it being due to an internet movie instead of terrorism?

Your messiah is a smiling, soft-shoeing buffoon. He’s a slick-ass little street-corner bitch, that has just had his punk-card pulled in front of the whole world…because the schoolyard bully has figured out he’s a little showboat pussy.

Now go home and get your f*ckin shine box.

a5minmajor on March 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM

This is so lazy. My post was completely about Putin and his ego. I didn’t mention anything about sabotage or Obama, but you weren’t going to keep that from pasting your talking point

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Sure it was. Except the part where it wasn’t.

JusDreamin on March 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM

I’m pretty sure that questioning anything that Obama has screwed up is racist. However, the term racist can o be construed as expert on the domestic economy, expert on foreign policy, and expert on how to deal with people socially. All of which Obama and his merry band of idiots are not.

jukin3 on March 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Every move he makes, conservatives in the country preach of great a move it was. “He’s playing Chess! Look how smart his is! He wears better clothes!”

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Please have Soros write you some new material.

F-

Del Dolemonte on March 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

your talking point

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

your talking point:

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

F-

Del Dolemonte on March 4, 2014 at 6:13 PM

“The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children,” General Masoud Jazayeri said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency

ouch !

but wait there is more

Jazayeri called Obama’s statements regarding the deployment of US troops “completely inexpert remarks far from the reality, and these statements can be used as the joke of the year.”

runner on March 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM

So, play that on Kerry anyway.

jake49 on March 4, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Those are NOT troops in Crimea. They are untagged/masked thugs.

Schadenfreude on March 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Undocumented Community Occupiers

dddave on March 4, 2014 at 6:26 PM


The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children,” General Masoud Jazayeri said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency

Oh, my.
I find myself, somehow, agreeing with a mouthpiece of the Iranian government.
How times change.

PS: Note to Secretary Herman Munster: You should get out of the echo chamber once in awhile. Might learn some new things.

orangemtl on March 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Kerry amazed when told water is wet.

Another Drew on March 4, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Putin IS rational, in his own way. In today’s world, truth is relative according to the ‘enlightened’ effete. Heretofore, truth took its time to will out, with the real experience of real people over the millennia. Now, it is defined by short term perception, formed by historical revisionists, pop culture and political correctness – but, only in the West, and subject to change according to whim. The rest of the world goes by the beat of its own drummer, formed by their unique ‘Truth’ of the Ages. History cannot be denied. The cynical, massive and murderously forced relocation of populations following WW1 and during Stalin’s reign, aided and abetted by the West, went a long way in creating the clustarfark we have today. WWII is all the Russkies need to justify any and all push back coming from the West (re,Germany/NATO). The problem, I suppose, is the Yin and Yang nature of Russia. Whence the Bear – East, West, South (Muslim), or Mongrel? There-in lies the rub. Once Chesty has solidified his hegemony in the ol’ USSR by defacto, he’ll play nice – for awhile…

vnvet on March 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

No, King Barack the Magnificent and his “Smart Diplomacy” have enabled a dictator.

Dictator’s are not afraid of a putz who shoots his mouth off and draws red lines, then doesn’t back it up.

GarandFan on March 4, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Every move he makes, conservatives in the country preach of great a move it was. “He’s playing Chess! Look how smart his is! He wears better clothes!”

Conservatives and Fox News are enabling a dictator.

segasagez on March 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Boys and girls, let this be a lesson to you as to why you should never drink the bong water.

307wolverine on March 4, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Kudos to his advance team… way to keep him properly briefed and up to speed on the situation.

Hill60 on March 4, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Kerry stunned to learn Putin denied that Russian troops are in Crimea

Haven’t followed this as closely as I should, but my first thought was “define Russian troops”.

Are they Russian? Are they troops? Words matter and as we’ve so painfully seen, it’s possible to weasel out of a statement by nitpicking the definition of what a singular word means.

One thing I do know is not to discount Putin and to not “over” count the Obama Admin.

kim roy on March 4, 2014 at 7:32 PM

The man is an imbecile, he’s probably stunned to learn the Rhodesia no longer exists.

onesheep on March 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Translation:

Barky, his crew, and the media are suddenly confronted with evil, real evil, and don’t have a clue what to do about it.

All the feel-good, conflict-resolution tricks they’ve honed are not going to make any difference to Putin. Putin is just being who he is, after several years of play-acting for these idiots. He’s a stone cold KGB guy, who believes that he is going to make his country great again. No wonder Barky and friends can’t recognize it or figure him out. That’s totally foreign to their world view.

And Iran watches and learns. China watches and learns.

bofh on March 4, 2014 at 11:37 PM

The man is an imbecile, he’s probably stunned to learn the Rhodesia no longer exists.

onesheep on March 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Oh, am sure he heard of Zimbabwe, Mugabe is his boss’s inspiration and role model :)…

jimver on March 5, 2014 at 12:01 AM

I’m waiting to hear that Kerry has been arrested in Ukraine.

“Yes, we’re holding this man pending identification. He was claiming to be the US Secretary of State, which is of course ridiculous.”

claudius on March 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Alternate Headline:
Watch as Kerry gets his daily briefing from the press corps

RedManBlueState on March 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

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