Video: Obama announces new sanctions after Crimea annexation

posted at 12:01 pm on March 20, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

After several days of criticism over the lack of energy in Western sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea, Barack Obama attempted to up the ante a bit this morning. He announced an expansion of the individual sanctions already in place, and added a Russian bank to its enforcement. Obama also warned that further sanctions will aim at sectors of the Russian economy rather than individuals:

President Barack Obama says the United States is levying a new round of economic sanctions on individuals in Russia, both inside and outside the government, in retaliation for the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine.

Obama says he has also signed a new executive order that would allow the U.S. to sanction key sectors of the Russian economy.

NBC also reports that the warning is still just that — a warning:

President Barack Obama said Thursday that he has signed an executive order giving the United States authority to impose sanctions on “key sectors of the Russian economy” if necessary in light of Russia’s “dangerous risks of escalation” in Ukraine.

“These sanctions would not only have a significant impact on the Russian economy, but could also be disruptive to the global economy,” Obama warned. “However, Russia must know that further escalation will only isolate it further from the international community.”

Obama also announced that the United States will impose further sanctions on Russian individuals with “substantial resources and influence” on Russian leadership and on a bank that has provided “material support” to those individuals.

Stephen Hayes asked one of his resources on the region about the impact of this announcement, and got a disappointing answer:

https://twitter.com/stephenfhayes/status/446665771151024128

This belies an incremental approach that might have been more effective at the beginning of the crisis. It’s understandable that the White House wants to both protect the American economy from a trade war and allow Vladimir Putin a face-saving path to retreat from his aggression, but Putin clearly doesn’t want it. The editorial board at the Dallas Morning News wondered before this statement when Obama plans to catch up to reality, and it’s doubtful they heard anything encouraging this morning:

[T]his week’s wrist-slap sanctions to a handful of Putin advisers — but not Putin himself — yielded more mockery than concern in Russia. These followed by hours the kangaroo-court vote in Crimea — 97 percent! — to separate from Ukraine. And a day after that, in a shocking development, Russia voted to wrap Crimea in a mother-bear embrace.

And with each passing moment, the Western powers sound more and more ineffectual. Torrents of words, tiny actions. President Barack Obama sent Vice President Joe Biden to the region, which might have led our Eastern European allies to ask whether he brought some real sanctions with him.

Sorry, no, but words we got!

Obama’s sanctions, revealed in conjunction with the European Union, were intended to inflict economic pain to Putin and Russia. Obama refrained from calling Putin’s mother a hamster or noting that his father smelled of elderberries but did reserve the option to taunt him a second time. …

Ukraine, meanwhile, waves a 1994 treaty in which the U.S., United Kingdom and Russia pledged to respect its territorial boundaries and wonders if anyone remembers signing anything.

So far, Putin seems unfazed by the West’s tepid and incremental reaction. Russia has a few tricks up its own sleeve, too. They imposed a half-day ban on imports from Ukraine in retaliation, although it has apparently ended. Nevertheless, it demonstrates the reliance Ukraine has on Russia for its economy:

Russia halted all imports from Ukraine for about 12 hours early Thursday, raising fears of a full-blown embargo that could further cripple the country’s moribund economy, officials said.

Russian never fully explained what began or ended the disruptions, which left hundreds of trucks standing at the Ukrainian side of the border. Ukrainian officials said that Russian border-control officers began stopping Ukrainian trucks entering Russia after midnight Thursday, and that trade resumed at about noon.

Russia’s customs service denied that it had closed the border or stopped imports altogether, but said that it had “strengthened controls” at border posts because of information about imports of banned goods including weapons.

Ukraine fears an embargo on its exports to Russia, which has in the past punished neighbors for taking political positions deemed hostile to Moscow. During a chill in relations with Georgia, Russia banned Georgian wine and mineral water for putative quality-control issues. Last summer, Russia’s consumer watchdog stopped imports of Roshen candies, citing safety concerns. Roshen is controlled by Petro Poroshenko, a Ukrainian candy tycoon and pro-European politician.

Russia also issued warnings to Kyiv after Ukraine announced that Russian visitors would need to apply for visas. Moscow specifically warned Ukraine not to seize Gazprom property (after seizing Ukrainian bases in Crimea), saying such a move would lead to “a quite complex chain reaction, from which … Ukraine will not benefit.” Somehow, these warnings and threats seem a little more ominous than the individual sanctions being applied in the West.

Meanwhile, the Duma’s lower chamber has overwhelmingly voted to approve Crimean annexation, and the bill will go to their upper chamber tomorrow. The sanctions thus far have not produced much effect on Russian politics, as only one deputy in the Duma registered disapproval:

The vote in the State Duma to annex Crimea was 443 to 1. The measure needed 300 votes to pass.

The bill is scheduled to be taken up Friday by the upper house, the Federation Council, where expected approval will make Crimea officially part of the country under Russian law — despite the insistence of the United States, Europe and others that it remain part of Ukraine. …

The lone Duma dissenter, Ilya Ponomaryov, later tweeted, “The best intentions have led us to a big political mistake: I vote against the war.”

Too bad we’re not convincing more Russians of the same thing.


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“words…just words…”

Murphy9 on March 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM

obama is LilliPutin’s lilliputian.

Nation of fools, in the majority.

obama told LilliPutin “go ahead, make your day”.

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:06 PM

What are they? The Mooch not going on vacation there till they give the Crimea back?

Wisdom_of_Homer on March 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM

“Now I really mean it this time.”

-Precedent O’bumbler

portlandon on March 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Crickets

LeftCoastRight on March 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Vlad doesn’t care. He’s got the wind at his back and a downhill stroll. He’s two jumps ahead of the West.

butch on March 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Drudge is a riot. Go see. One glance tells you all which is wrong with the US and the world.

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Obama should invade Cuba and Venezuela – yeah that will show em!!!!

redguy on March 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Then the oaf went to FL, to talk about “equality”, he who hates the middle/lower classes.

Rejoice, buffoons who brung, then kept this turd.

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Ukraine, meanwhile, waves a 1994 treaty in which the U.S., United Kingdom and Russia pledged to respect its territorial boundaries and wonders if anyone remembers signing anything.

“The 1990′s are calling, asking for their foreign policy back”
*dogeater

VegasRick on March 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Ordinary Russians Retaliate

antisense on March 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM

If obozo was serious and wanted to scare Putin there’s only one sanction he needs to impose. Just ban the democrat party from participating in American elections. Get rid of the American hating liberals and Putin will quickly fall in line.

Flange on March 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Somehow, these warnings and threats seem a little more ominous than the individual sanctions being applied in the West.

Because they have the kind of credibilty you don’t get by throwing out an Executive Order before hopping on Marine One to go off on a campaign trip. In an announcement taking less time than the earlier interview with Ellen where he admitted that he didn’t make his bed this morning.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM

“I have a pen…and a phone…..”

Electrongod on March 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM

“What a pussy”

-Jimmy Carter

portlandon on March 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Sanctions like the ones that allowed Cuba to have the best healthcare in the world?
 
Those sanctions, (D)s?

rogerb on March 20, 2014 at 12:11 PM

President Obama. Please just stop!!!

Before they invade The Bahamas, please … just … stop.

(someone make him stop)

hawkdriver on March 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

“I have a pen…and a phone…..”

Electrongod on March 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM

If only the full statement were I have a pen, and a phone, and a clue.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

obama told Putin that he can do all he wants, that the US will not intervene.

obama destroys the US, apace.

Media submit questions to Carney, ahead of briefings.

Final warning
– the end it so true.

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Oh, what’s next in The Prez’s schedule of “sanctions”? Is he going to pout? Stamp his foot? Glare? Shake his finger? Tell Putin to go sit in a corner?

majorzot on March 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

RWM link

Caroline Atkinson

Daniel Pfeiffer

Benjamin Rhodes

Harry Reed (sic)

John Boehner

Robert Menendez

Mary Landrieu

John McCain

Daniel Coats

McCain, tragi-comedic

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:14 PM

If obozo was serious and wanted to scare Putin there’s only one sanction he needs to impose. Just ban the democrat party from participating in American elections. Get rid of the American hating liberals and Putin will quickly fall in line.

Flange on March 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Lol…yeah, they’d be just like George C. Scott in Dr. Strangelove….

vlad martel on March 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Ofeckless: “I’m going to continue hitting Putin’s fist with my mouth until he admits I was right about the ACA.”

vnvet on March 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Oh, what’s next in The Prez’s schedule of “sanctions”? Is he going to pout? Stamp his foot? Glare? Shake his finger? Tell Putin to go sit in a corner?

majorzot on March 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Face it, Obama is like the weak parent who keeps threatening to turn the car around if the kids don’t behave. And the kids just ignore the threat because they know the parent isn’t serious.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM

I’ve already heard Putin’s response to King Putt (indirectly) may have been – “good luck getting up to the space station…”

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 12:18 PM

McCain, tragi-comedic

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Dam! I was hoping we could ship him off to Siberia for awhile…

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM

For a guy as notoriously thinskinned as Barry, you just know those Rooskie taunts regarding the first sanctions have gotta sting. Especially in front of the whole world. He’ll just have to suck it up.:)

butch on March 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM

I’ve already heard Putin’s response to King Putt (indirectly) may have been – “good luck getting up to the space station…”

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Yeah, they were talking about that on local radio this morning.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2014 at 12:22 PM

BUSHMIN, Evgeni Viktorovich (a.k.a. BUSHMIN, Evgeny; a.k.a. BUSHMIN, Yevgeny); DOB 10 Oct 1958; POB Lopatino, Sergachiisky Region, Russia; Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation; Chairman of the Council of the Federation Budget and Financial Markets Committee (individual) [UKRAINE2].

DZHABAROV, Vladimir Michailovich; DOB 29 Sep 1952; First Deputy Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2].

FURSENKO, Andrei Alexandrovich (a.k.a. FURSENKO, Andrei; a.k.a. FURSENKO, Andrey); DOB 17 Jul 1949; POB St. Petersburg, Russia; Aide to the President of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2].

GROMOV, Alexei; DOB 1960; POB Zagorsk (Sergiev, Posad), Moscow Region, Russia; First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office; First Deputy Head of Presidential Administration; First Deputy Presidential Chief of Staff (individual) [UKRAINE2].

IVANOV, Sergei (a.k.a. IVANOV, Sergey); DOB 31 Jan 1953; POB St. Petersburg, Russia; Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office (individual) [UKRAINE2].

IVANOV, Victor Petrovich (a.k.a. IVANOV, Viktor); DOB 12 May 1950; alt. DOB 1952; POB Novgorod, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

KOHZIN, Vladimir Igorevich; DOB 28 Feb 1959; POB Troitsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

KOVALCHUK, Yuri Valentinovich (a.k.a. KOVALCHUK, Yury Valentinovich); DOB 25 Jul 1951; POB Saint Petersburg, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

MIRONOV, Sergei Mikhailovich (a.k.a. MIRONOV, Sergei); DOB 14 Feb 1953; POB Pushkin, Saint Petersburg, Russia; Member of the Council of the State Duma; Leader of A Just Russia Party; Member of the State Duma Committee on Housing Policy and Housing and Communal Services (individual) [UKRAINE2].

NARYSHKIN, Sergey Yevgenyevich (a.k.a. NARYSHKIN, Sergei); DOB 27 Oct 1954; POB Saint Petersburg, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

OZEROV, Viktor Alekseevich (a.k.a. OZEROV, Viktor Alexeyevich); DOB 05 Jan 1958; POB Abakan, Khakassia, Russia; Chairman of the Security and Defense Federation Council of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2].

PANTELEEV, Oleg Evgenevich (a.k.a. PANTELEEV, Oleg); DOB 21 Jul 1952; POB Zhitnikovskoe, Kurgan Region, Russia; First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Parliamentary Issues (individual) [UKRAINE2].

ROTENBERG, Arkady; DOB 15 Dec 1951; POB St. Petersburg, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

ROTENBERG, Boris; DOB 03 Jan 1957; POB St. Petersburg, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

RYZHKOV, Nikolai Ivanovich (a.k.a. RYZHKOV, Nikolai); DOB 28 Sep 1929; POB Duleevka, Donetsk Region, Ukraine; Senator in the Russian Upper House of Parliament; Member of the Committee for Federal Issues, Regional Politics and the North of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2].

SERGUN, Igor Dmitrievich; DOB 28 Mar 1957; Lieutenant General; Chief of the Main Directorate of the General Staff (GRU); Deputy Chief of the General Staff (individual) [UKRAINE2].

TIMCHENKO, Gennady (a.k.a. TIMCHENKO, Gennadiy Nikolayevich; a.k.a. TIMCHENKO, Gennady Nikolayevich; a.k.a. TIMTCHENKO, Guennadi), Geneva, Switzerland; DOB 09 Nov 1952; POB Leninakan, Armenia; alt. POB Gyumri, Armenia; nationality Finland; alt. nationality Russia; alt. nationality Armenia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

TOTOONOV, Aleksandr Borisovich (a.k.a. TOTOONOV, Alexander; a.k.a. TOTOONOV, Alexander B.); DOB 03 Mar 1957; POB Ordzhonikidze, North Ossetia, Russia; alt. POB Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia, Russia; Member of the Committee on Culture, Science, and Information, Federation Council of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2].

YAKUNIN, Vladimir; DOB 30 Jun 1948; POB Vladimir Oblast, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].

ZHELEZNYAK, Sergei Vladimirovich (a.k.a. ZHELEZNYAK, Sergei; a.k.a. ZHELEZNYAK, Sergey); DOB 30 Jul 1970; POB Saint Petersburg, Russia; Deputy Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2].

The following entity has been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

BANK ROSSIYA (f.k.a. AKTSIONERNY BANK RUSSIAN FEDERATION), 2 Liter A Pl. Rastrelli, Saint Petersburg 191124, Russia; SWIFT/BIC ROSY RU 2P; Website http://www.abr.ru; Email Address bank@abr.ru [UKRAINE2].

http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20140320_33.aspx

The List.

Walter L. Newton on March 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Wow! Putin can hardly wait for Obama’s next “sternly worded warning”!

GarandFan on March 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Die on your feet, don’t live on your knees.

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Our Dear Feckless Leader has spoken. Russia laughs.

ConstantineXI on March 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Or, “Good luck getting out of Afghanistan by land.”

butch on March 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Wow! Putin can hardly wait for Obama’s next “sternly worded warning”!

GarandFan on March 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Yes, next time they will ditch the 72 point font and go ALL THE WAY to the 96 point font!

ConstantineXI on March 20, 2014 at 12:25 PM

The US lilliputian talking to LilliPutin

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:26 PM

This is getting sick. No more then huff and puff Obama trying to show the mid term elections crowd that he is the Great and Powerful OZ. In the long history of the Crimea they have changed flags about ever 50-60 years. This is nothing new. It appears to be going on in a non-violent and Democratic manner. Is of no importance to us EXCEPT as Michelle Obama’s source for Black Sea Caviar. Since Obama took office the US has had “Boots on the Ground” at least twice. Why! Why!

jpcpt03 on March 20, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Wow! Putin can hardly wait for Obama’s next “sternly listlessly worded warning”!

GarandFan on March 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Putin is getting courted by the Chinese, Koreans, Iranians, Syrians, and possibly Afghanistan. Power attracts. And Obama is giving back all the hard earned work of the US, its allies, and blood sweat & tears of the past 75 years.

Obama is reigniting the cold war because of his weakness and inability to focus.

I still am on the fence as to if Obama is doing this by on purpose or if he is just that stupid.

portlandon on March 20, 2014 at 12:29 PM

And the girl partner and I were actually looking to visit Russia next year, visit the smaller rural places, away from the big cities.

Looks like a visa will be a bit hard to attain unless things settle down in the next 18 months.

Walter L. Newton on March 20, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Ofeckless: “I’m going to continue hitting Putin’s fist with my mouth until he admits I was right about the ACA.”

vnvet on March 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM

He will threaten to boycott the Sochi Olympics, then go golfing.

VegasRick on March 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM

The sanctions thus far have not produced much effect on Russian politics, as only one deputy in the Duma registered disapproval:

Having been fed plutonium, he’ll be with Yanukovich now.

Too bad we’re not convincing more Russians of the same thing.

If the Russians were ever free, alas, they’d be in the streets, 80% of them, protesting Putin. They were for the most part sheeple, and still are.

Same as their US brothers, in the majority today

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM

This is getting sick. No more then huff and puff Obama trying to show the mid term elections crowd that he is the Great and Powerful OZ. In the long history of the Crimea they have changed flags about ever 50-60 years. This is nothing new. It appears to be going on in a non-violent and Democratic manner. Is of no importance to us EXCEPT as Michelle Obama’s source for Black Sea Caviar. Since Obama took office the US has had “Boots on the Ground” at least twice. Why! Why!

jpcpt03 on March 20, 2014 at 12:27 PM

King Putt is showing that flexibility he promised.

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM

portlandon on March 20, 2014 at 12:29 PM Stupid.

Bull/Chinashop.

avagreen on March 20, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Looks like a visa will be a bit hard to attain unless things settle down in the next 18 months.

Walter L. Newton on March 20, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Maybe they’ll let you in if you tell them you voted against King Putt.

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 12:31 PM

In the long history of the Crimea they have changed flags about ever 50-60 years. This is nothing new. It appears to be going on in a non-violent and Democratic manner. Is of no importance to us EXCEPT as Michelle Obama’s source for Black Sea Caviar. Since Obama took office the US has had “Boots on the Ground” at least twice. Why! Why!

jpcpt03 on March 20, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Probably the longest owner of the Crimea was the Roman/Byzantine Empire which held it from about 1AD to about 1200 or so.

In other words, Greece (or Italy) has just as legit a claim to invade the Crimea as Russia, perhaps more so, because they held it for more than 1,000 years, the Russians less than 200.

ConstantineXI on March 20, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Putin better take heed. If he doesn’t, Obama might go nuclear on him – he might unfriend him on Facebook.

HugoDrax on March 20, 2014 at 12:31 PM

So, no more Netflix for he Russians?

I still am on the fence as to if Obama is doing this by on purpose or if he is just that stupid.

portlandon on March 20, 2014 at 12:29 PM

He is purposely stupid….

Oil Can on March 20, 2014 at 12:32 PM

How come the US hockey team beat the Russians in the paralympic Sochi competition, if obama threatened non-participation?

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:32 PM

He is purposely stupid….

Oil Can on March 20, 2014 at 12:32 PM

The oaf is not stupid in his aim to destroy the US. He’s very successful at it.

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:33 PM

The US lilliputian talking to LilliPutin

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:26 PM

They’re both sorry but nobody is madder than Obama.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Obama also warned that further sanctions will aim at sectors of the Russian economy rather than individuals

Doing what he does best. Taking other people’s money.

fogw on March 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM

13m
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., tweets: ‘I’m proud to be sanctioned by Putin’ – @SenJohnMcCain

Murphy9 on March 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM

YES! More meaningless B$ Sanctions against individual Russian Citizens which will also be openly mocked, ridiculed, and laughed at in front of the world!

(Rolling my eyes)

Again, If Obama wanted to send a clear-cut message to Putin right now he would announce the United States is now going to be building the Missile Defense Shield in Poland as originally promised to Poland.

easyt65 on March 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Putin better take heed. If he doesn’t, Obama might go nuclear on him – he might unfriend him on Facebook.

HugoDrax on March 20, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Or write a scathing Yelp review.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Wow! Putin can hardly wait for Obama’s next “sternly worded warning”!

GarandFan on March 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Vlad, “I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries. You don’t frighten us, American pig dog. Go and boil your bottom, you son of a silly person. I blow my nose at you, so-called “Obama President,” you and all your silly administration.”

hawkeye54 on March 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM

hawkeye54 on March 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Game over.
There’s no topping a good Holy Grail quote.

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Walter L. Newton on March 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Do THESE Russians even have any bank accounts, money, property, investments, holdings – anything – outside of Russia, or is this going to be another embarrassing event like last time where we find out almost none of them have anything to ‘sanction’ outside of Russia?

easyt65 on March 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM

The oaf is not stupid in his aim to destroy the US. He’s very successful at it.

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I used to think that too, that he wasn’t stupid, just evil.

I think that’s wrong. He is both STUPID AND EVIL. The brains behind his operation are all from George Soros.

ConstantineXI on March 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM

I think the strong horse-weak horse question has been settled.

butch on March 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM

hawkeye54 on March 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Game over.
There’s no topping a good Holy Grail quote.

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Agreed – BRAVO!

easyt65 on March 20, 2014 at 12:39 PM

He also said he is going to send Vladmir to bed with no desert!

Minnfidel on March 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

I think the strong horse-weak HOBBY horse question has been settled.

butch on March 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM

VegasRick on March 20, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Just a matter of time until Obama changes the emblem of the United States from a bald eagle to a chipmunk.

fogw on March 20, 2014 at 12:41 PM

I think the Obama should send military troops to invade the Russian section of Epcot…this display of superior military might would surely instill fear in Vladamir Putin!

easyt65 on March 20, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Some things we could do, if we were serious:

1) End the foolish New START Treaty

2) Fulfill the pledge on a nuclear weapons shield for the Czech Republic and Poland

3) Kick Russia out of the G8 and IMF

4) Ban American banks from doing business with Russians (who have moved nearly $1 trillion out of Russia for ‘laundering’ and safe-keeping since 2008)

5) Provide weapons to the Kiev government (since we did promise to protect them if they gave up their weapons)

6) Approve the Keystone pipeline

7) Build LNG port facilities

8) Expand drilling onshore and offshore

9) Lift the ban on crude oil exports

10) Place sanctions on Gazprom and prohibit oil and gas service companies in the US from doing business with the Russians

11) Expand petroleum exports to Europe

Resist We Much on March 20, 2014 at 12:44 PM

The oaf is not stupid in his aim to destroy the US. He’s very successful at it.

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:33 PM

It doesn’t take a lot of intelligence to destroy things. I really doubt his IQ is even 100. Some of the people pulling his strings may be evil geniuses, but he is certainly not one of them.

Flange on March 20, 2014 at 12:47 PM

If only he could be as tough on Pooty-Poot as he is on the Little Sisters of the Poor.

slickwillie2001 on March 20, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Resist We Much on March 20, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Whoa, whoa, whoa – you are out of control! We can’t actually propose logivcal, common sense responses like that!

(On a serious note – SPOT ON! This is exactly what we need to do…which is why Her Obama will never do so.)

easyt65 on March 20, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Next up: NO MORE TYLER PERRY MOVIES

Chuck Schick on March 20, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Drudge is a riot. Go see. One glance tells you all which is wrong with the US and the world.

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Oh, for f*cks sake.

Midas on March 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM

The oaf is not stupid in his aim to destroy the US. He’s very successful at it.

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I used to think that too, that he wasn’t stupid, just evil.

I think that’s wrong. He is both STUPID AND EVIL. The brains behind his operation are all from George Soros.

ConstantineXI on March 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM

I have such disdain for the man. Is it bad to dislike the President so much. I never felt this way to a President before…never. I mean, I really think he is evil.

Oil Can on March 20, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Do THESE Russians even have any bank accounts, money, property, investments, holdings – anything – outside of Russia, or is this going to be another embarrassing event like last time where we find out almost none of them have anything to ‘sanction’ outside of Russia?

easyt65 on March 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Yes – pure embarrassment.
King Putt doesn’t actually want to hurt any of the Russians for real – it’s just a top cover show for our side while in reality he’s showing the Russians his flexibility.

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 12:52 PM

He also said he is going to send Vladmir to bed with no desert!

Minnfidel on March 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

That might be too harsh.
I sure wouldn’t want a mouthful of dry sand….

;)

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 12:54 PM

“I have a pen…and a phone…..”

Electrongod on March 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM

His phone should be the one on the other side of that glass panel separating visitors from convicts.
His pen should be a crayon with which he can scrawl his prison memoirs and bracket picks.

justltl on March 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Resist We Much on March 20, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Whoa, whoa, whoa – you are out of control! We can’t actually propose logivcal, common sense responses like that!

(On a serious note – SPOT ON! This is exactly what we need to do…which is why Her Obama will never do so.)

easyt65 on March 20, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Out of the question – those things might actually hurt someone.
And what kind of flexibility would that show?

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Payback time for Pooty?… Wikileaks: Obama secretly took Russian money for his campaign

slickwillie2001 on March 20, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Laugh of the Day

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM

I have such disdain for the man. Is it bad to dislike the President so much. I never felt this way to a President before…never. I mean, I really think he is evil.

Oil Can on March 20, 2014 at 12:51 PM

In just over 4 years he has done more damage to this country than even our most ardent enemies could ever have dreamed of doing.

justltl on March 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Putin has not only exposed the complete and utter weakness of this nation and of the Obama administration, it has exposed the utter weakness and unwillingness of NATOm specifically their unwillingness to respond to direct threats and even attacks.

With one swift, calculated move, Russia has shown Iran they have absolutely NOTHING to fear over continuing their development of nuclear weapons, He has exposed our ‘new-born’ weakness to China.

God Forbid, if Putin and China wanted to finish off the U.S. once and for all, they would make a serious new to have the U.S. dollar stripped and replaced as the world’s currency. The dollar would collapse…as would this nation.

easyt65 on March 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Laugh of the Day

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Well, it’s partly right.
Putin did act out of weakness – it was King Putt’s weakness that caused Putin to act.

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Bmore, one heck of a treasure

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 1:01 PM

What is the one statement you always hear in these situations, everything is on the table including military action. O’Bumbler took that off the table already. Two ways to make Putin take notice, restart European missle defense and open up gas and oil exports.

Sven on March 20, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Putin did act out of weakness – it was King Putt’s weakness that caused Putin to act.

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Yes, he can!

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Watching this situation between Putin and Obama go back and forth, the thought occurred to me…if both men where in Prison and Putin made an intimidating threat to Obama, Obama would have ONE CHANCE to respond in such a way to force Putin to back down. Based on Obama’s responses to Putin’s aggression so far, the jailed version of Obama would be Putin’s b!t@h!

easyt65 on March 20, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Putin did act out of weakness – it was King Putt’s weakness that caused Putin to act.

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Yes, he can!

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Да, он может!

Resist We Much on March 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM

What a joke:

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NBC Nightly News ‏@nbcnightlynews 2h

‘Russia must know that further escalation will only isolate it further from the international community’ -Pres. Obama pic.twitter.com/QiI0HxtDZ9

https://twitter.com/nbcnightlynews/status/446664455774928896/photo/1/large

canopfor on March 20, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Ukraine Boinked over Twice by Two Democrat Administrations:

Joze Biscak ‏@JozeBiscak 22h

#Democrats Break Their Promises (via @avedu) #Ukraine #euromaidan #crimea #crimeainvasion #WhiteHouse @CrimeaEU #kiev pic.twitter.com/KX16t2AZNQ

https://twitter.com/JozeBiscak/status/446362915226927104/photo/1/large

canopfor on March 20, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Hmmmm,……………………….:

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Douglas Burdett ‏@DouglasBurdett 7h

Russia to open electronic warfare base on Finland’s border ~via IHS Jane’s 360 http://bit.ly/1hFrzW9
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C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment
Russia to open electronic warfare base on Finland’s border
Bruce Jones, London – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
18 March 2014
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Russia’s two Arctic bases in Alakurtti, currently being re-established, will house a newly created Northern Fleet signals intelligence unit, according to state media.

Quoting sources close to Russian Naval Command on 13 March, the reports said the bases will be staffed with 3,000 electronic warfare (EW) specialists.

Alakurtti, on the Kola Peninsular and inside the Arctic Circle, was a part of Finland until 1941 and is 50 km from the Finnish border, 150 km from the White Sea, and 300 km from the Arctic Ocean.

The station’s role is stated as tracking military, maritime, and air movements and activities, supporting developments in the Arctic and the Far North, and searching for threats from the West.

Client log in to read more
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http://www.janes.com/article/35635/russia-to-open-electronic-warfare-base-on-finland-s-border?from_rss=1

canopfor on March 20, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Excellent

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Foreign policy

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 1:35 PM

UGH!!

Crimean crisis
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Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind.: ‘While I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to go on vacation with my family in Siberia this summer, I am honored to be on this list’ – @SenDanCoats

canopfor on March 20, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Foreign policy

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Schadenfreude: With the current Ukraine/Flight 370 situation,..Priceless:)

canopfor on March 20, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Direct confrontation with Russia over Ukraine will not work because it will force Russia to dig in its heels, Putin or no Putin, and Europe does not have the will or capability (due to their dependence on Russian energy) to directly confront them over Ukraine.

Obama is making things worse by constantly giving speeches and throwing out stupid sanctions which do nothing to stop Russia from doing whatever it wants, but are annoying enough to be used by Putin to stoke nationalism in Russia.

Same goes with the Neo-Cons who seem not understand that we have put ourselves in a bad strategic position, like depending on Russia for supplying our troops in Afghanistan. Maybe if we stopped trying to nation build Islamic countries, distracting ourselves with places like Syria, Libya, Iraq, maybe we would be in a better position to put the screws to Russia.

Everyone is going to have to understand take it will take a while to get Euroland off their Russian natural resource addiction, and frankly the Euros need to step up to the plate and start fracking and spend more money on their own military.

We also must not take our eye off China, which to me is a far greater threat to the future of U.S. national security. China has dreams of a blue water navy, and a powerful one. They also are a growing nation, unlike Russia, which frankly despite Putin’s little foray into Crimea, is still withering on the vine. Certain “cold warriors” are basically preparing for the wrong war, by hyperventilating about Russia and obsessing on the Islamic world.

See this as an example: Will China rule the waves?

Talking tough accomplishes nothing. Better to shut our traps and punish Russia with indirect methods, like arming the heck out of Eastern Europe, etc. We have lots of issues on our plate right now and we need to clean those up so we can be in a better position to “teach the Ruskies a lesson”.

William Eaton on March 20, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Crimean crisis
1h
Russia’s list of sanctioned US officials – via @StevenTDennis
see original on twitter.com

https://twitter.com/StevenTDennis/status/446675936000225281/photo/1

canopfor on March 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Да, он может!

Resist We Much on March 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Да, so glad you are back. Mend well, all the way!

Schadenfreude on March 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

News: The new Ukrainian government is taxing all bank deposits over $9,600 to make up for debt. Those Crimeans might feel extremely luck right now!

antisense on March 20, 2014 at 2:02 PM

3m
Russian troops storm Ukrainian warship in Crimea’s Sevastopol – @AJELive
read more on aljazeera.com

Murphy9 on March 20, 2014 at 2:02 PM

3m
Russian troops storm Ukrainian warship in Crimea’s Sevastopol – @AJELive
read more on aljazeera.com

Murphy9 on March 20, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Murphy9:Tru Dats,,,….if you don’t have these, here ye go:)
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https://twitter.com/NATOSource

https://twitter.com/Ukroblogger

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Agence France-Presse ‏@AFP 42m

Gunmen storm besieged Ukrainian warship in Crimea http://u.afp.com/fas via @Yahoo_MY pic.twitter.com/Zrm0zxEvL3

https://twitter.com/AFP/status/446699430004015104/photo/1/large

canopfor on March 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

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