Krauthammer: If Obama thinks that sanctioning seven Russians is a sanction, he’s living in a different world

posted at 8:41 pm on March 17, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

It didn’t take long after President Obama announced the implementation of sanctions against some of Russia’s high-ranking officials for Russia to not only respond in kind with sanctions against several U.S. senators but to openly laugh at the suggestion that the measures were any real skin off of their collective nose:

As Krauthammer puts it, “if he thinks that sanctioning seven Russians, out of a population of, what, 150 million, is a sanction, he’s living in a different world.” I don’t know about Dr. K’s suggestion that we could get the Europeans to join in on real, robust economic sanctions, given their degree of energy dependence on Russia, but today’s announcement definitely amounts to little more than weaksauce symbolic gesture:

He’s being ridiculed by Russia, especially, because the statement and the policy are ridiculous. He doesn’t have a lot of cards, but he has some cards, and if he thinks that sanctioning seven Russians, out of a population of, what, 150 million, is a sanction, he’s living in a different world. The one thing that we could do is to respond to the Ukrainian request, when the president was here last week, they asked the Pentagon for weapons, and we said no, because somehow, to arm the victim of aggression is a provocation. … This response of, you know, we are not going to calibrate, as if Putin is, they’re going to sanction 11 Russians now, so I’ll have to stop where I am, is really preposterous. Again, if you’re going to do something, do it. Otherwise, say nothing, but this really is a humiliating response by a president who can’t even get the Europeans to join him in effective sanctions, which we could do.


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Michelle would kill him if he got in her way of having caviar.

astonerii on March 17, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Obama is tougher on the Tea Party than anybody else.

TarheelBen on March 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Obama is trying to go from the ridiculous to the sublime.

But so far he’s still stuck in ridiculous. Sublime is nowhere in sight.

s1im on March 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Next week Obama will sic the IRS on ‘em, and maybe send a few drones to monitor vodka smuggling. Look out, Little Red Lyin’s on the WARPATH!

RushBaby on March 17, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Oh Charles, you haven’t seen anything yet!

He’s getting ready to ban Russian Dressing.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Obama: “I fart in your general direction.”

Corporal Tunnel on March 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

If the Russians take the rest of Ukraine he might sanction 22 people. How about Poland? 50 people? That’ll show’em.

Kaffa on March 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM

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canopfor on March 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM

That’s a clown sanction, bro.

faraway on March 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Nice touch, Dmitrij, calling Dear Leader “Comrade.”

NavyMustang on March 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Considering recent forays by our best and brightest, Putin is probably doing us a favor. Just saying… LOL

NiteOwl on March 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

I love how the Russians think calling Obama “comrade” is some sort of insult.

Chuck Schick on March 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

I love how the Russians think calling Obama “comrade” is some sort of insult.

Chuck Schick on March 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Heck, Dmitrij’s not being insulting! He’s just being accurate!

NavyMustang on March 17, 2014 at 8:53 PM

I love how the Russians think calling Obama “comrade” is some sort of insult.

Chuck Schick on March 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Well it is to them. Obama probably loves it.

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM

I’m glad that we are more respected around the world.

The world gives Obama a toilet swirly every day.

faraway on March 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Seriously, I understand Obama and Kerry are gearing up for a round of “harsh rhetoric” to be delivered any day now.

TarheelBen on March 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Sasha: “Daddy, why does Comrade Pooty Poot bully you?”

faraway on March 17, 2014 at 8:56 PM

I don’t know about Dr. K’s suggestion that we could get the Europeans to join in on real, robust economic sanctions, given their degree of energy dependence on Russia, but today’s announcement definitely amounts to little more than weaksauce symbolic gesture…

Erika, if we had a real leader instead of a dear one, we would have already real allies in Europe and as a group we would have put together a real sanctions package.

But, that would be too much work for Comrade Barack. Doesn’t he have a fundraiser he has to be at?

NavyMustang on March 17, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Obama is tougher on the Tea Party than anybody else.

TarheelBen on March 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

He has lots of company. Romney, McCain, McConnell

astonerii on March 17, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Kaffa on March 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Your family still doing ok? They still have my best wishes. :-)

NiteOwl on March 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

He’s got this.

BKeyser on March 17, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Comrade Obama has more ‘flexibility’ now.

faraway on March 17, 2014 at 8:59 PM

I predict that within ten days Lurch will announce that the U.S. will be sending $8 billion in “aid” to Russia.

“Flexibility” as they say.

Lance Corvette on March 17, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Sasha: “Daddy, why does Comrade Pooty Poot bully you?”

faraway on March 17, 2014 at 8:56 PM

More accurate “Daddy, has Putin filled your hole yet?”

NiteOwl on March 17, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Russians awaiting sanctions.

Kaffa on March 17, 2014 at 9:01 PM

More accurate “Daddy, has Putin filled your hole yet?”

NiteOwl on March 17, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Ok, to be even more accurate “Daddy, has Putin plugged your hole yet?”

NiteOwl on March 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Oh, keeeeee-rist, this drama called the second term of President Pantload is growing beyond tedious! MKH and BOREilly in their nightly steel cage death matches, Charles Nelson Reilly Krauthammer throwing YET ANOTHER comment into the gaping maw of the Cable News Talking Head Bloviation, Drudge dredges up more controversial, end-of-time headlines..

..and on and on it goes, punctuated only by the 2014 elections and the attendant persiflage, until that fat-legged, pantsuit wearing bee-yotch steps up and takes her eight year turn.

And we proles sit here, munching our popcorn, eyes glazed over, trying to shag down a loaf of bread or two that the media and the gummint throw to us up in the stands.

Quick, bring out the next matched pairs; my money is on the guy with the trident and the net. My wife wants them to fight in a jock strap ’cause it’s too hot or something.

“ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?”

The War Planner on March 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

NiteOwl on March 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Thank you, NiteOwl. Yes, everyone is fine. Everyone feels safe. The phones are working and we can still send money via Western Union. I appreciate your thoughts.

Kaffa on March 17, 2014 at 9:04 PM

At this point, the perfect riposte for Putin would be for him to route all messages from Obama through a second-level Russian diplomat.

PersonFromPorlock on March 17, 2014 at 9:08 PM

But, these are ‘serious’ sanctions. Obama said so.

Resist We Much on March 17, 2014 at 9:09 PM

This is stompy foot stomping his foot…

d1carter on March 17, 2014 at 9:10 PM

The War Planner on March 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Nice that you oppose little boots, but do you have a solution? Most, myself included, delve in distraction to distract from impotence on events in our world.

What have you done? What will you do?

Pfft! We are almost all disgusted with the way things are… bitching at us achieves nothing. But if it makes you feel better, by all means carry on.

Of course you could give us an option?

You are named War Planner after all?

NiteOwl on March 17, 2014 at 9:15 PM

If the Ruskies don’t withdraw, we’ll unfriendl them on Facebook.

Racistanyway on March 17, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Obama: “You boil-dripping, beef, fart-sniffing bubble butt!”

faraway on March 17, 2014 at 9:20 PM

LOL, My last post appears to be in moderation… or just vanished. Or maybe it’s just Monday! Anything can happen, and to me it usually does!~ :-)

NiteOwl on March 17, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Krauthammer wants Obama to “do something”. when he supports Rinos who do nothing.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Maybe Zero should make a list of 64 Russians to sanction. Make it the Baraketology list….

ScottG on March 17, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Krauthammer wants Obama to “do something”. when he supports Rinos who do nothing.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 9:21 PM

The GOP has so much ammo, and they do nothing with it.

faraway on March 17, 2014 at 9:23 PM

This is just embarrassing.

mpthompson on March 17, 2014 at 9:24 PM

The War Planner on March 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Apparently the best I can do now is glare at you and give you a :-(!

NiteOwl on March 17, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Sheesh. Obama’s EPA does more against private citizens that build ponds than he does against tyrants who annex bordering countries.

mpthompson on March 17, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Who cares. It’s not the border of Crimea that should matter but the border between the United States and Mexico. It’s not Russia that should be sanctioned but employers of illegal immigrants. The role of the American government should be to defend America, not Crimea.

American policy now makes no sense on any level. But it wouldn’t matter, because America has no real interest in Ukraine, except that while America promotes a pointless fight with Russia over territories of the former Soviet Union, serious matters are being neglected.

David Blue on March 17, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Who cares. It’s not the border of Crimea that should matter but the border between the United States and Mexico. It’s not Russia that should be sanctioned but employers of illegal immigrants. The role of the American government should be to defend America, not Crimea.

David Blue on March 17, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Agreed.

Kaffa on March 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Putin called him a “prankster”. The national humiliation is complete. I’m just not sure all this was worth the stroll-free thread status.

hawkdriver on March 17, 2014 at 9:36 PM

He’s still looking for someone’s a$$ to that he can kick…

Cher’s been getting kinda lippy on Twitter…

BigWyo on March 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Obama should sic his army of vicious ghays on Putin! Tell them he doesn’t allow ghays to marry, won’t allow their weddings to be photographed, and won’t allow bakers to make them a wedding cake! That ought to do the trick! Putin won’t know what hit him!

Marco on March 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Bret Baier (at the end): “The last Democratic President…”

We can only hope.

Dandapani on March 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Putin called him a “prankster”. The national humiliation is complete. I’m just not sure all this was worth the stroll-free thread status.

hawkdriver on March 17, 2014 at 9:36 PM

(Video)…seriously, what’s up with that dude’s hair cut???

Not trying to go Godwin here or anything…

..but Jesus…..

BigWyo on March 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Obama should sic his army of vicious ghays on Putin! Tell them he doesn’t allow ghays to marry, won’t allow their weddings to be photographed, and won’t allow bakers to make them a wedding cake! That ought to do the trick! Putin won’t know what hit him!

Marco on March 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Obama sent gays as our representatives to the Olympics in Sochi. A poke in Putin’s eye. So now we have the gays and Putin has Crimea.

Kaffa on March 17, 2014 at 9:44 PM

OmomaBama will be below 29% approval.

Starlink on March 17, 2014 at 9:43 PM

With 90% support among blacks no matter what he does plus the Hispanics and liberal-guilt whites he probably cannot get much below what he’s at now — 35-40%. Sad. I don’t know how anyone can support this POS based on performance.

Kaffa on March 17, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Contrast this humiliating, flaccid response from Obama relative to the global coalition Bush 41 assembled for the gulf war.

If we really want to punish Obama, we should sign him up for Obamacare

matthew8787 on March 17, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Contrast this humiliating, flaccid response from Obama relative to the global coalition Bush 41 assembled for the gulf war.

matthew8787 on March 17, 2014 at 9:52 PM

“If you’re going to do something, do it.”

Voting “present” has always worked for Obama.

Why change now?

MichaelGabriel on March 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Obama is just doing this “sanctioning seven Russians”, so that when Russia doesn’t invade Ukraine, or at least doesn’t invade western Ukraine, or at last doesn’t invade Germany and France, he can say his wise and forceful action stopped him. The MSM will then praise him and the Nobel Committee will give him another peace prize.

VorDaj on March 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Obama is a joke and has made America a laughing stock. ‘Fundamentally Change America’s?! Mission accomplished, you @$$-clown!

easyt65 on March 17, 2014 at 9:57 PM

I think Obama was chooming while his friends were playing Risk.

faraway on March 17, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Agreed.

Kaffa on March 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

A country led by competent people could easily manage both. Both are important – and the failure of both, as it now appears, have far reaching implications for our future. And while this crew in the WH is terrible, and Hillary’s would be just as bad if no worse, there is reason to suspect that any GOP DC admin wouldn’t be substantially better.

Zomcon JEM on March 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

but this really is a humiliating response by a president who can’t even get the Europeans to join him in effective sanctions, which we could do.

But…but…but we were told that if Obama were elected, the world would LOVE us!

GarandFan on March 17, 2014 at 10:04 PM

If the Russians take the rest of Ukraine he might sanction 22 people. How about Poland? 50 people? That’ll show’em.

Kaffa on March 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM

And if Mexico takes California, Obama will sanction Arizona.

VorDaj on March 17, 2014 at 10:04 PM

I think Obama was chooming while his friends were playing Risk.

faraway on March 17, 2014 at 9:59 PM

In Risk, I bet Obamas friends always ganged up to wipe him out first.

He was probably annoying, played wrecklessly, had no strategy and messed up the game for everyone else.

MichaelGabriel on March 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM

(Video)…seriously, what’s up with that dude’s hair cut???

Not trying to go Godwin here or anything…

..but Jesus…..

BigWyo on March 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Male pattern baldness onset caused by drinking grain alcohol from their T72 liquid to liquid coolers.

hawkdriver on March 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

But…but…but we were told that if Obama were elected, the world would LOVE us!

GarandFan on March 17, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Well, Putin is smiling, isn’t he?

VorDaj on March 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Male pattern baldness onset caused by drinking grain alcohol from their T72 liquid to liquid coolers.

hawkdriver on March 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Bull$hit…that thing’s on purpose…..All’s he needs is the round glasses or the little square mustache….

BigWyo on March 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM

How can we get a message to Russia?
I want to distance America from Obama.
He’ s going to get us killed.

bailey24 on March 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Oh Charles, you haven’t seen anything yet!

He’s getting ready to ban Russian Dressing.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

And if really decides to get tough, Russian Ballet. Rahm will be crushed.

VorDaj on March 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Obama’s secret weapon against Putin – a picture of the MOAB (Mother Of All Butts) – Michelle’s uncovered behind.

VorDaj on March 17, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Big Wyo, are we both talking about the guy pictured in my link, Dmitry Rogozin?

hawkdriver on March 17, 2014 at 10:14 PM

The War Planner on March 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

(“persiflage” my, my.)

Looks like B.O. stompyfoot is getting wee-weed up!

Galtian on March 17, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Before this is all over, if we are still a country,

Starlink on March 17, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Oh … we’re still a country. Not the US anymore. We’re the American Socialist Superstate – A.S.S. of the world.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 17, 2014 at 10:23 PM

What white people do to other white people, is of no concern for the purple-lipped dog-eater.

Rebar on March 17, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Big Wyo, are we both talking about the guy pictured in my link, Dmitry Rogozin?

hawkdriver on March 17, 2014 at 10:14 PM

No dude, I was talking about the newscast guy…

BigWyo on March 17, 2014 at 10:31 PM

…hey!…al the media wants to do…is talk about the ‘plane’…shut up Chuck!

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM

But…but…but we were told that if Obama were elected, the world would LOVE us!

GarandFan on March 17, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Oh, they do! We’re the best joke ever!

Laura Castellano on March 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM

If Obama deliberately wanted to establish the United States as a weak and ineffectual player in world affairs, then there’s almost nothing about his policies that he would need to change. The only possible difference is that he might be a little more subtle about it.

86 on March 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

hawkdriver on March 17, 2014 at 10:14 PM

No dude, I was talking about the newscast guy…

BigWyo on March 17, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Krauthamster? Who do you think he looks like?

hawkdriver on March 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

This B.O. guy doesn’t seem to have much experience being a leader.

Galtian on March 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Krauthamster? Who do you think he looks like?

hawkdriver on March 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I’m getting ‘Bishop’ed here.

Good lord…this guy!!

It was from YOUR link.

BigWyo on March 17, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Oh crap..now the link is Dianne Sawyer…

Dude was from the ABC Digital website….

BigWyo on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Sheesh. Obama’s EPA does more against private citizens that build ponds than he does against tyrants who annex bordering countries.

mpthompson on March 17, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Someone at PJMedia compared the value of the Russian sanctions to the fines Obamacare wants from Hobby Lobby.

slickwillie2001 on March 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

but this really is a humiliating response by a president who

Sorry, Doc. You have to have humility and/or a conscience to be humiliated.

a5minmajor on March 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Over $100 billion in marketable Treasuries has been removed from US banks in recent weeks, presumably most of which belongs to either the Russian government or some of their oligarchs who feared such sanctions. It isn’t as if the idea wasn’t openly discussed as the ONLY thing we might do.

So even if the sanctions might have had an effect, the delay in imposing them after telegraphing our intent gave the bad guys plenty of time to move their money.

Adjoran on March 18, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Do you remember when you were in school during gym class and two kids were picked to choose teams? Our president was the dopey kid who once got to pick and you were hoping and praying that he didn’t pick you for his team. Yeah, that kid.

trapeze on March 18, 2014 at 12:36 AM

As Krauthammer puts it, “if he thinks that sanctioning seven Russians, out of a population of, what, 150 million, is a sanction, he’s living in a different world.”

He is living in a different world. Like all socialists, he is delusional and out of touch with reality.

farsighted on March 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seven Russian’s, toasting and laughing at our dear leader…

You can bet Obama wishes he was back with his choom gang now…

right2bright on March 18, 2014 at 9:42 AM

If Obama can look at himself in a mirror without experiencing total disgust, it would be a miracle. A miracle that has obviously never occurred.

However, I have no doubt that he can, and does, look in any mirror and still sees a handsome bon vivant leader flush with successes on the international playing field – a common failing in a narcissist of Obama’s type.

dockywocky on March 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

As long as he thinks he’s regulating them, why not force them to sign up for Obamacare?

OCULUS on March 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM