Obama: The referendum in Crimea on Russian annexation violates international law

posted at 3:21 pm on March 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

If you thought U.S.-Russian relations were tense before, read this. I wonder if Vlad knows that he just crossed the ultimate “red line.”

Skip to 1:30 for the key bit, in which O denounces the bogus annexation referendum as illegitimate unless and until the new Ukrainian government signs off on it. Fair enough, but shouldn’t he also demand that Russian troops be removed before the vote takes place? I realize that’s mostly a formality — a province that’s just been occupied by a superpower probably won’t dare vote no, even if invading forces are (temporarily) off the streets. But if the point is to get Russia to de-escalate before it goes rolling on through eastern Ukraine, getting those troops to cool off is a key priority. Crimea’s probably lost no matter what. Giving Putin a reason to put his guns away now at least might keep the rest of the country intact.

Over at Breitbart, Joel Pollak hammers O for making democratic self-determination a core U.S. demand in all this. After all, the more we talk about letting the people decide, the easier it is for Putin to say that that’s just what Crimea is doing. I wonder if that isn’t the whole point, though: The U.S. knows that there’s no military option to kick Russia off the peninsula, so the only way out of this for the west is to create some fig leaf of legal and orderly annexation. If the Ukrainian government can be convinced to let Crimea go and Putin can be convinced to send his tanks home so that the annexation vote kinda sorta looks “free and fair,” then the province can be handed over and the crisis kinda sorta defused. The objection, in other words, is simply that Putin’s making the surrender more difficult than it needs to be.

By the way, fairly or not, the Crimea standoff does appear to be hurting Obama at home. Note the trend from Fox News’s new poll:

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His approval rating is down to 38 percent, a new low for him in FNC polling. Meanwhile, at Gallup, Obama’s disapproval has reached 55 percent after briefly touching a new high of 56 just this past weekend. Think having Harry Reid mumble about the Koch brothers on the Senate floor every day will make things right?


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Putin cares almost as much about adhering to international law as Barry Obama cares about adhering to the U.S. Constitution.

AZCoyote on March 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Kinda funny that he should say that, huh? Pot, kettle and all that.

Hill60 on March 6, 2014 at 6:03 PM

“We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders”

“because these days we tyrants find it much easier to redraw national borders by simply ignoring our own nation’s immigration laws and refusing to enforce laws that prohibit our foreign invaders from adding their names to our already over-burdened welfare rolls. In this way, we easily erase our national borders by pretending they simply don’t exist, and by pretending that the American middle class can continue to foot the bill for as many of the world’s poor as can waltz across our non-existent borders and sign up for their ‘free’ food stamps and Obamaphones.”

AZCoyote on March 6, 2014 at 6:13 PM

The referendum in Crimea on Russian annexation violates international law …

So does bombing Syrian unilaterally.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2014 at 6:26 PM

“We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders”

Like the ’67 borders? Eh, Barack?

MrX on March 6, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Destroyer USS Truxtun heads for Black Sea amid heightened tensions over Crimea

The ship is scheduled to train with Romanian and Bulgarian naval forces for an unspecified period of time, conducting joint maneuvers and landing aircraft on ships. The spokesman, Lt. Shawn Eklund, said the visit is unrelated to Russia’s recent incursion into Ukraine.

Kaffa on March 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Lebensraum

Philly on March 6, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Where is this “International” place?

I’d like to visit – it seems to be a peaceful place the way Obama describes it.

kcewa on March 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

It’s where all the unicorns live, when they’re not powering liberals’ cars.

Nutstuyu on March 6, 2014 at 6:46 PM

F you Obama, you violate American law all the time.

VorDaj on March 6, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Not sure why we can’t do to the russians in ukraine what we did to them in afghanistan.

philrat on March 6, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Putin cares almost as much about adhering to international law as Barry Obama cares about adhering to the U.S. Constitution.

AZCoyote on March 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

the irony of that :)..which, of course , he doesn’t see…

jimver on March 6, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Destroyer USS Truxtun heads for Black Sea amid heightened tensions over Crimea

The ship is scheduled to train with Romanian and Bulgarian naval forces for an unspecified period of time, conducting joint maneuvers and landing aircraft on ships. The spokesman, Lt. Shawn Eklund, said the visit is unrelated to Russia’s recent incursion into Ukraine.

Kaffa on March 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Of course it’s all a ‘coincidence’, same like the. Russians’ new ICBM test and their ‘exercise’ in Kaliningrad…good for our navy boys ‘ moral though, Romanian girls are hawt :)…

jimver on March 6, 2014 at 7:02 PM

He ought to know about violating the law…..Obamacare anyone

jaywemm on March 6, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Of course it’s all a ‘coincidence’, same like the. Russians’ new ICBM test and their ‘exercise’ in Kaliningrad…good for our navy boys ‘ moral though, Romanian girls are hawt :)…
jimver on March 6, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Do the navy boys even like girls still? Aren’t they all ghey now?

Nutstuyu on March 6, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Vlad is laughing, at you, Ozero.

captnjoe on March 6, 2014 at 8:51 PM

If anyone’s an expert on violating the law it’s Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

ConstantineXI on March 6, 2014 at 9:26 PM

That red line has moved so many times it’s practically invisible. Even obama doesn’t know where it is.

onesheep on March 6, 2014 at 10:23 PM

The Ukrainians should have remembered Prince Sirik Matak’s letter to the US Ambassador as Cambodia fell to the Khmer Rouge: “I thank you very sincerely for your letter and for your offer to transport me towards freedom. I cannot, alas, leave in such a cowardly fashion. As for you and in particular for your great country, I never believed for a moment that you would have this sentiment of abandoning a people which has chosen liberty. You have refused us your protection and we can do nothing about it. You leave us and it is my wish that you and your country will find happiness under the sky. But mark it well that, if I shall die here on the spot and in my country that I love, it is too bad because we are all born and must die one day. I have only committed the mistake of believing in you, the Americans.”

Why anyone would trust the US to come to their defense is beyond me. Next up, China …

Over50 on March 6, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Kaffa on March 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Savage said Russia just sank a ship in the Black Sea. Whose ship it was, I didn’t catch. Multi-tasking at the moment.

bluefox on March 6, 2014 at 10:31 PM

U.S.S. Truxton(sp?) left VA headed to the Black Sea. Carrier airwing 8, other U.S. warships remain in the region. Training with others before heading to the Middle East. Obama is escalating this.

bluefox on March 6, 2014 at 10:38 PM

He’s right it’s just that Putin doesn’t give a flying fig about any stinkin’ laws. Maybe if he’d have explained it that this would be the same as China taking over the northern half of CA because there’s a big China Town in S.F. as an excuse and then eying the southern half, too, because the people there really want to be free or something. I really don’t think BO should give the Ukraines a $B of our dollars. It’s gonna end up in Putin’s pocket.

Kissmygrits on March 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

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