Obama warns Russia will pay price for Crimea annexation

posted at 9:21 am on March 24, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Later today, the G-7 will meet on the sidelines of a nuclear summit in the Netherlands to figure out a coordinated response to the Russian annexation of Crimea. Barack Obama pledged that Russia would suffer “a cost” for its “actions” and that the leaders of Europe and the US are united in that effort. So far, though, Obama appears to be significantly in front of his colleagues on the cost-imposition effort:

President Obama vowed Russia would “pay a price” for its annexation of Crimea as he kicked off a week of talks with European leaders focused largely on the crisis in Ukraine.

“Europe and America are united in our support of the Ukrainian government and Ukrainian people,” Obama said. “We are united in imposing a cost on Russia for its actions so far.”

Obama noted that he and other leaders of the G-8 — minus representatives from the Kremlin — will meet later Monday, and are expected to consider permanently expelling Russia from the economic group. The world leaders are also expected to discuss additional economic penalties for Russia in response to its aggression in the region.

“Prime Minister Rutte rightly pointed out yesterday the growing sanctions would bring significant consequences to the Russian economy,” Obama said. “And I’ll be meeting with my fellow G-7 leaders later today, and we’ll continue to coordinate closely with the Netherlands and our European partners as we go forward.”

Rutte said both leaders saw Russia’s moves in Crimea “as a flagrant breach of international law, and we condemn its actions in the strongest possible terms.”

The problem thus far with the effort is that it seems to be mainly American in nature. The EU has imposed sanctions, but they lag in impact behind the second round of penalties Obama announced late last week. Even those have only limited impact on the Russian economy, and Moscow isn’t taking them all that seriously at the moment.  The West has not frozen assets of Russian companies, although they have limited access to certain individuals, and Russia is still in the G-8. In fact, at least officially, the G-8 is still scheduled to meet in Sochi, not far from Crimea, in June.

Europe has a lot more to lose in a trade war with Russia, of course. But they have more to lose with newly-invigorated Russian aggression and expansionism, too. Already, the Baltic states are expecting unrest among ethnic-Russian enclaves, and a move there would be a direct challenge to NATO:

“I mean if you are a Baltic country, where we have 40 percent of people speaking Russian, you are not very comfortable these days,” said an EU official, who asked to remain anonymous.

“I would not be surprised if we are now going to see troops of some of our member states in some of these countries.”

Russian speakers make up about 35 percent of Latvia’s 2 million population. In Estonia, around a quarter of its 1.3 million people are Russian speakers. In neighbouring Lithuania, which does not border Russia, ethnic Russians make up about 6 percent.

The three Baltic states are all NATO members, and Lithuania will be the last of them to adopt the euro currency next year as the three lean towards the West, but they are also hugely dependent on energy from Russia and have strong trade ties.

Some fear their Russian enclaves could be geopolitical flashpoints, potentially manipulated by President Vladimir Putin to destabilise the region. Moscow has long complained about the rights of ethnic Russians in the Baltics.

Obama has to convince his European allies to get tougher on sanctions. No one has the stomach for war to prevent the rest of Ukraine from being overrun by Russia, nor could the West organize a military response to stop it short of threatening nuclear war — the logistics for a conventional-weapons defense are impossible, and the value of Ukraine to the West doesn’t merit the attempt. That calculation would change for Baltic states and perhaps for Moldova as well, but the first line of defense has to be to freeze Russia in place by economic sanctions. A handful of personal sanctions is not going to do it, and Obama has to find a way to get Europe to get past its need for Russian energy in order to get tougher sanctions in place to stop Vladimir Putin from rolling forward in Ukraine.

Obama may have a tougher time overcoming skepticism at home, even in the American media. John King leads this CNN panel from earlier today, noting with a touch of scorn that Obama promised to “unite the world and have better international diplomacy than George W. Bush,” asking the panel that Obama really doesn’t have good options in this case. Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev laughs at Obama’s “reset” and says the White House didn’t see the problem coming “until it was almost too late”:

Almost? NATO doesn’t think it was “almost,” not in its current estimate:

U.S. and Ukrainian officials warned Sunday that Russia may be poised to expand its territorial conquest into eastern Ukraine and beyond, with a senior NATO official saying that Moscow might even order its troops to cross Ukraine to reach Moldova. …

In Brussels, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Europe, said Russia had assembled a large force on Ukraine’s eastern border that could be planning to head for Moldova’s separatist Transnistria region, more than 300 miles away.

Ukrainian officials have been warning for weeks that Russia is trying to provoke a conflict in eastern Ukraine, a charge that Russia denies. But Breedlove said Russian ambitions do not stop there.

“There is absolutely sufficient force postured on the eastern border of Ukraine to run to Transnistria if the decision was made to do that, and that is very worrisome,” Breedlove said.

Ukraine Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia warned that Russia was trying to provoke Ukraine into a response that would justify war, and that Ukraine was determined not to provide one. But don’t expect Russian tanks to stop at the Dniepr, which means that Europe had better act quickly to provide economic deterrents to more action.


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Uh oh, Putin has ASKED for it… Obama is going to unleash the 96 point Arial BOLD STRONGLY WORDED LETTER!

Oh the Humanity!

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 9:23 AM

What price will Putin pay? Obama will unfriend him on FaceBook?

DAT60A3 on March 24, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Barack Obama pledged that Russia would suffer “a cost” for its “actions”

Barky’s going to send bills for $21.73 to 14 select Russians. That’ll teach ‘em!!

STFU, you third-world, America-hating retard. The cost that Russia should have to suffer is your presence. I’d donate a thousand dollars to ship Barky to Russia as punishment for their Crimean offensive. And he can take his BarkyCare with him, the dog-eating pea-brain. It would be great if we could ship all of his supporters with him …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 24, 2014 at 9:26 AM

…speech….speech!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Wait a minute, I thought I read over the weekend that Russia annexing Crimea was not a big deal and Obama said it wasn’t worth going to war over and how it wasn’t a problem, etc. Now they are going to pay a price for invading?

Johnnyreb on March 24, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Obama has to learn to announce penalties when they’re already an accomplished fact and not just threats. There could be some distance to go before “Russia pays a price” for the Crimea theft.

MTF on March 24, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Europe needs to grow a spine. After all they don’t need the Russian pipeline. They can burn babies for energy.

NotCoach on March 24, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Reuters: In neighbouring Lithuania, which does not border Russia, ethnic Russians make up about 6 percent.

Hate to be a geography scold, but yes it does border Russia. Kalinengrad, a non contiguous part of Russia. It used to be Keonigsburg, capital of East Prussia.

forest on March 24, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Russia Takes Crimea
Obama: Your going to pay!
Russia Takes Eastern Ukraine
Obama: Your going to pay!
Russia takes Estonia
Obama: Your going to pay!
Russia takes more and more countries.
Obama: Your going to pay!

..
.
Russia takes Alaska.
Obama: Your going to pay!

astonerii on March 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

And much like the “Polish Corridor” excuse Hitler used to justify invading Poland to reunite East Prussia to Germany proper, Putin could use the same excuse in the very same geographic location.

forest on March 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

yeah, I misused your. Blech! You’re

astonerii on March 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

When will our southern border be secured? Our country is overrun with illegal aliens.

claudius on March 24, 2014 at 9:38 AM

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Not sure how effective that would be, since Putin doesn’t have the weakness that the NorK leader has – of being ronery.

GWB on March 24, 2014 at 9:38 AM

DAT60A3 on March 24, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Heh, beat me to it. It’s a great put-down, isn’t it. Long live The People’s Cube!

petefrt on March 24, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Barack Obama: A man so utterly flaccid that even an overdose of Political Viagra wouldn’t help him.

However, I do worry about Vlad. Although laughter is good for your health, I suspect that he’s laughing so hard that he might slip into hypoxia.

Save Vladimir! :P

turfmann on March 24, 2014 at 9:43 AM

How many ethnic Mexicans do we have living in the US?

One would assume that if your calculus for reclaiming land you believe should still be yours is the ability to withstand economic sanctions with zero threat of military retaliation, then the resulting economic positives of annexing Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Southern Cali would seem to outweigh the temporary hit on your already crappy economy.

I mean, it’s not like we’d fight to keep it, would we? Something like half of the 18-34 demo doesn’t even believe in borders, and most of the other half -along with a significant crossover- doesn’t believe in war.

So essentially, if you had designs on weakening the US -potentially to the point of also-ran territory- you convince Mexico to grab Texas and Canada to grab North Dakota… and we’re done.

BKeyser on March 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

…speech….speech!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2014 at 9:27 AM

NOOOO!!! Don’t give him any ideas – I’d like to see if we can go for a week without a speechifyin’ session from the commoonity o-ganizer!

Key West Reader on March 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

petefrt on March 24, 2014 at 9:39 AM

And blocks him on Twitter.

BKeyser on March 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

But don’t expect Russian tanks to stop at the Dniepr, which means that Europe had better act quickly to provide economic deterrents to more action.

The last time I looked, an economic sanction wouldn’t punch through the glacis of a T-90.

I realize the Eurogurus and The One think that a nasty glare from EuroUnion Magical Circle Girl plus some restrictions on currency transfers will stop any nation in its tracks.

The trouble is, what might work on Uganda to make them rethink their sodomy laws is unlikely to impress a much larger and better-armed nation-state now seemingly bent on empire-building, that is ready and willing to do it “the old-fashioned way”.

I might add that after that nation-state has conquered a given amount of territory, and has control of the resources on and under it, “sanctions” go from being insufficient to asinine.

For a gedankenexperiment, ask yourself how well “sanctions” voted in Washington would have worked in 1855-60 to convince the South to give up on slavery.

Oh, that’s right. They tried it and got a war for their trouble.

Once certain polities decide on a course of action, they tend to remain on that course even when others find it incomprehensible that their “pressure” and “good intentions” are not having the effect they are certain they must, in a “rational”, “multilateral” world.

Contrary to the belief of our elites’, there are still people who don’t agree with their worldview. Some of them even run major nation-states with serious armies.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 24, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Putins response:

“You get nothing…I get that for free”

BobMbx on March 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM

c’mon barry and grow a pair.

renalin on March 24, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Putin annexes Alaska. O’: “Thanks!” Putin tries to annex Texas – Putin burgers now available online….

vnvet on March 24, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Russian speakers make up about 35 percent of Latvia’s 2 million population.

I guess California goes back to Mexico…but Obama will be really p!ssed when he reads about it.

dirtseller on March 24, 2014 at 9:53 AM

The President needs to stop talking and act. He needs to prove he is not just a talking head though it may be too late.

It took Jimmy Carter three years to learn the world has some bad characters. For our current President, after six years, he still has not learned a thing.

GoodAg77 on March 24, 2014 at 9:53 AM

So essentially, if you had designs on weakening the US -potentially to the point of also-ran territory- you convince Mexico to grab Texas and Canada to grab North Dakota… and we’re done.

BKeyser on March 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Mexico can’t even grab it’s own northern and southern provinces (they are under the control of the cartels) much less invade Texas.

Texas could, at this point, probably declare independence and fight off the decadent United States as well, especially given that other states would likely go along with them (ie: Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, etc).

North and South Dakota would probably REJOICE if Canada annexed them at this point.

Yes, I DO believe that some sort of break up of the United States is not only possible, but it’s LIKELY. The Western Roman Empire started breaking apart in it’s last 50 years under the mostly weak and uninspiring later Emperors.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 9:54 AM

I guess California goes back to Mexico…but Obama will be really p!ssed when he reads about it.

dirtseller on March 24, 2014 at 9:53 AM

No one will be madder, you mean.

Obama’s not in the loop on that one. But then again he’s in very few loops.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Putins response:

“You get nothing…I get that for free”

BobMbx on March 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM

That is how the Republican party treats conservative votes.

astonerii on March 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Everybody keeps screaming that there is nothing the United States can do militarily in the Ukraine. Bunk.

We can arm the Ukrainians with weapons just like we did with the Afghans in Afghanistan. And the Ukrainians clearly want to fight (at least the ones outside of the Crimea). We have a golden opportunity here to give Putin a huge pain in the butt, just like the one he had in Chechnya, only the Ukrainians are not Muslims. We can even supply the Ukrainians with Russian made weapons, probably purchased from Egypt or some other third-world country, thereby giving them weapons they actually trained on.

It would also send a clear signal to Putin NOT to go any further and not to even THINK about going after the Baltic states. But with Obama in office, our version of Neville Chamberlain, I doubt any of this will happen. Obama is meeting today with the other Europeans to seek “Peace in our time,” and all he’s going to get, in the end, is a war with Russia, especially when Putin decides to go into the Baltic states. Then, like Britain in 1939 where they were forced to defend Poland, we will have to defend (because of NATO) the Baltic states.

Does anybody in Washington every crack open a history book?

Libertyship46 on March 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

President Obama vowed Russia would “pay a price” for its annexation of Crimea as he kicked off a week of talks with European leaders focused largely on the crisis in Ukraine.

So Putin is no longer living rent-free in Obama’s head?

Besides being meaningless gestures, these strongly worded statements and mild sanctions are reactive in nature. You annexed Crimea so we’re going to make it harder for you to cash a check.

Where is the long-term strategy for what happens when Putin decides he needs more real estate to protect the annexed Crimea? What happens if he goes out after territory owned by a NATO or EU member? The rat-eared wonder doesn’t have a clue and simply hopes that it doesn’t come to that.

The 2000s called to remind you that hope isn’t a strategy.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Then, like Britain in 1939 where they were forced to defend Poland, we will have to defend (because of NATO) the Baltic states.

Does anybody in Washington every crack open a history book?

Libertyship46 on March 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

NATO is effectively dead. We won’t defend the Baltic States. We won’t defend Poland. I’d be surprised if we even defended Germany.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 9:58 AM

If Obama gets on his canadian bus and does a talking points speaking tour amongst the european hoi polloi…that will surely fix everything…

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Does anybody in Washington every crack open a history book?

Libertyship46 on March 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

I’d be open to giving them three nuclear weapons and the launch system to get them to the three largest Russian cities along with conventional arms. They gave up their nuclear weapons with the promise that the United States of America would defend their borders. Not that that promise is binding, but the honorable thing to do would be to honor it by rearming them so they can defend their own borders.

astonerii on March 24, 2014 at 9:58 AM

If Obama gets on his canadian bus and does a talking points speaking tour amongst the european hoi polloi…that will surely fix everything…

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 9:58 AM

He still thinks that he can accomplish anything by giving that same speech he’s been giving for 6 years.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM

NATO is effectively dead. We won’t defend the Baltic States. We won’t defend Poland. I’d be surprised if we even defended Germany.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 9:58 AM

I’d be surprised of Germany defended Germany. Poland would certainly fight to the last man.
Basing this on the fact that they lay down and let the rest of Europe rape their nation daily.

astonerii on March 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Obama is really getting serious now – I hear that he is going to cancel Putin’s Netflix account.

Tom Servo on March 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM

That calculation would change for Baltic states

NATO expansion was stupid, and NATO expansion into the Baltics- right up to Russia’s border- was insane.

Think about it: We are treaty-obligated to go to war with a nuclear great power over tiny Estonia.

Eisenhower and Reagan would have considered that madness.

Jon0815 on March 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Not that that promise is binding, but the honorable thing to do would be to honor it by rearming them so they can defend their own borders.

astonerii on March 24, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Obama’s failure to defend Ukraine has probably dealt a death blow to nuclear nonproliferation. No other nation will ever give up nukes again in exchange for promises of protection.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

And blocks him on Twitter.

BKeyser on March 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Good grief, this is escalating out of control:

Gloves finally off: Obama uses pen and phone to cancel Putin’s Netflix account

petefrt on March 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM

I’d be surprised of Germany defended Germany. Poland would certainly fight to the last man.
Basing this on the fact that they lay down and let the rest of Europe rape their nation daily.

astonerii on March 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM

The Poles still know what it’s like to be crushed under the Russian boot. They will fight to the last man. But I think that’s the only fight there will be.

Then Obama will probably decline to give them refugee status in the United States because they aren’t muslims.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Tom Servo on March 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Heh, hope this means a lot of people are reading The People’s Cube nowadays. Great site.

petefrt on March 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Obama’s failure to defend Ukraine has probably dealt a death blow to nuclear nonproliferation. No other nation will ever give up nukes again in exchange for promises of protection.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

I see Japan is getting ready to arm up for aggression rather than defense. I am not sure if they have Nuclear weapons now, but with their nuclear reactors, I cannot imagine they are more than a light switch away.
When Iran goes nuclear, then there will be several other sun baked brain middle eastern nations going nuclear too.

Of course, it could just be the Malthusians helping get the population of the world down to a hundred million or so…

astonerii on March 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Obama could allow exports of oil and natural gas from the US, but that would hurt his Muslim Brotherhood buddies in the middle east.

And if we do produce enough to possibly export, why are we still importing oil from Saudi Arabia?

albill on March 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Best revenge is to have Barry call Putin every day and talk for an hour.

GarandFan on March 24, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Of course, it could just be the Malthusians helping get the population of the world down to a hundred million or so…

astonerii on March 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Atomic weapons is a technology that is now well over half a century old. They aren’t even all that complicated. Proliferation is inevitable. It’s also a certainty that once islamic nutbags get their hands on them they WILL USE THEM. Why worry about the consequences of your own people getting nuked in return if you believe that dying in the name of your child rapist prophet while killing infidels is the only sure ticket to heaven?

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Best revenge is to have Barry call Putin every day and talk for an hour.

GarandFan on March 24, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I think forcing someone to listen to Obama for an hour each day is outlawed by the Geneva Convention.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I would like to see Obama pay for being an incompetant whimp. The trouble is the rest of us are going to pay.

crankyoldlady on March 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM

astonerii on March 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Japan knows they will need to protect themselves now. I don’t think they have aggression in mind. Obama’s ineffectiveness has changed the dynamic of the whole planet.

crankyoldlady on March 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

George Bush built NATO back up but I don’t know what their leadership is like now. Who is in charge?

crankyoldlady on March 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Japan knows they will need to protect themselves now. I don’t think they have aggression in mind. Obama’s ineffectiveness has changed the dynamic of the whole planet.

crankyoldlady on March 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Japan cannot rely on the United States for it’s defense. They SHOULD go nuclear and rearm. This isn’t the Japan of 1941, they aren’t going to act aggressively. We need them to fill the vacuum we are leaving in the Pacific.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Best revenge is to have Barry call Putin every day and talk for an hour.

GarandFan on March 24, 2014 at 10:13 AM

At 3am.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

At 3am.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Barry doesn’t work at 3AM. Or 3PM for that matter. So you can forget THAT foolishness.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM

George Bush built NATO back up but I don’t know what their leadership is like now. Who is in charge?

crankyoldlady on March 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM

In the era of Leading from behind…a leader is unnecessary…so sayeth Obama.

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM

As a young man I railed agst US being the world’s policeman, while also acking that somebody HAD TO do it .. as I’ve gotten older and hopefully wiser .. oh and definitely more depressed when ManBearPig invented the internet .. I’ve come to realize that change is the only constant and the socialist dam in Eutopia had to give sometime and the only way for that to happen is for an invasion to start the ball rolling, thus bringing everyone back to reality .. there were other happy thoughts of Eutopia falling down on it’s collective arse long b4 that happened BUT an awakened Bear seemed the quickest path .. so part of me is happy and part of me is ambiguous .. meh .. still more concerned about the dumbing down of the American voting populace, the outright audacity of the lies of the LSM and the utter cluelessness or overt vileness of our supposedly right wing pols. Oh and also the vapidity of every new generation of younglings. Ramble off/

GKChesterton99 on March 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Libertyship46 on March 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

logistically speaking it would be very hard to supply the ukraine w/ much. it would have to be an airlift and even if our leaderhip had the cojones to do it the europeans we would need cooperation from would probably balk at it. and even if they didnt all we could realistically ship would be light arms, symbolic support at best. if we had leadership that wasnt perceived as weak and cowardly that kind of thing would send a broader message. but we dont :(

chasdal on March 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Japan cannot rely on the United States for it’s defense. They SHOULD go nuclear and rearm. This isn’t the Japan of 1941, they aren’t going to act aggressively. We need them to fill the vacuum we are leaving in the Pacific.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Exactly. All this due to the vacuum in Obungle’s head.

crankyoldlady on March 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Malaysian authorities texted the surviving family embers their relatives ended up in the Indian Ocean…Stay classy Malaysia…

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Malaysian authorities texted the surviving family embers their relatives ended up in the Indian Ocean…Stay classy Malaysia…

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM

If it turns out that isn’t true it’s outrageously insensitive.

crankyoldlady on March 24, 2014 at 10:39 AM

I’m sure Vladmir is scared. Actually, I think the Europeans who have much more to lose than we do should be taking the lead in all of this. Our dear leader is clueless anyway.

COgirl on March 24, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Funny isn’t it?

At a time when it is critical that a united front be shown to Putin, that the greatest deviderer of all time is dropping in on the G7 to offer his advice on how to do it.

dockywocky on March 24, 2014 at 10:43 AM

That’s “dividerer.”

dockywocky on March 24, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Putin: I won.

2lbsTest on March 24, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I’m sure Vladmir is scared. Actually, I think the Europeans who have much more to lose than we do should be taking the lead in all of this. Our dear leader is clueless anyway.

COgirl on March 24, 2014 at 10:42 AM

The problem Europe has is they have probably all along expected us to help them and didn’t get ready for the possibility that they might have to do it themselves. Good luck to them.

crankyoldlady on March 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Yes, I DO believe that some sort of break up of the United States is not only possible, but it’s LIKELY. The Western Roman Empire started breaking apart in it’s last 50 years under the mostly weak and uninspiring later Emperors.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 9:54 AM

+1.

Maddie on March 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM

This was a real problem with Odumbo since the beginning yet all the followers blindly marched along. “Pay a price”, what price. Long on rhetoric, short on specifics.

rjoco1 on March 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM

BREAKING:

Bilderbergers and CFR to hold joint meeting; Obama not invited

BobMbx on March 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM

This was a real problem with Odumbo since the beginning yet all the followers blindly marched along. “Pay a price”, what price. Long on rhetoric, short on specifics.

rjoco1 on March 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM

“Under my plan, my devastating rhetoric will necessarily skyrocket”

BobMbx on March 24, 2014 at 11:07 AM

BTW-

Where the hell is John Kerry these days?

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Pay the price? What will he do – force ObamaCare on them?

“Pay the price” – it’s the only thing Obama knows how to do – take money from others and put it into his pocket.

Maybe we should make Russia pay for the next year’s worth of Obama and/or family vacations. _That_ will show them.

Timothy S. Carlson on March 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Best revenge is to have Barry call Putin every day and talk for an hour.

GarandFan on March 24, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I think forcing someone to listen to Obama for an hour each day is outlawed by the Geneva Convention.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I’d think if Putin had to be put through this, that would drive Putin to nuke DC. Justifiable.

hawkeye54 on March 24, 2014 at 11:30 AM

“Under my plan, my devastating rhetoric will necessarily skyrocket”

BobMbx on March 24, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Yeah, Barry, keep it up. We can’t have enough of your devastating rhetoric.

hawkeye54 on March 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Yeah, but he’s our fool.

slickwillie2001 on March 24, 2014 at 11:38 AM

BTW-

Where the hell is John Kerry these days?

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Getting the yacht ready for Summer sailing season?

slickwillie2001 on March 24, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Obama has to convince his European allies to get tougher on sanctions.

Hah! Good luck with that.
Obama couldn’t convince fish to swim.

mrt721 on March 24, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Putin takes Afghanistan

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 11:55 AM

The Euroweenies deserve obama in full.

They cheered his Emptiness in 2008. They got him!!!

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Putin takes Afghanistan

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 11:55 AM

2015, Putin reclaims Alaska…..now Sarah Palin really can see Russia from her house.

hawkeye54 on March 24, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Japan cannot rely on the United States for it’s defense. They SHOULD go nuclear and rearm. This isn’t the Japan of 1941, they aren’t going to act aggressively. We need them to fill the vacuum we are leaving in the Pacific.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

And Taiwan? How do they protect themselves from China? Nukes all around.

Kaffa on March 24, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Don’t think putin is scared but if I were a so called friend of obamas new America, I would be. Your back is unguarded and he has a knife, you are on your own.

crosshugger on March 24, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Obama’s failure to defend Ukraine has probably dealt a death blow to nuclear nonproliferation. No other nation will ever give up nukes again in exchange for promises of protection.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

I see Japan is getting ready to arm up for aggression rather than defense. I am not sure if they have Nuclear weapons now, but with their nuclear reactors, I cannot imagine they are more than a light switch away.

astonerii on March 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Japan knows they will need to protect themselves now. I don’t think they have aggression in mind. Obama’s ineffectiveness has changed the dynamic of the whole planet.

crankyoldlady on March 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Japan cannot rely on the United States for it’s defense. They SHOULD go nuclear and rearm. This isn’t the Japan of 1941, they aren’t going to act aggressively. We need them to fill the vacuum we are leaving in the Pacific.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

You would think that is the lesson to be learned from this episode but this indicates otherwise:

Japan hands dangerous nuclear materials to U.S

(Reuters) – Japan will transfer all the highly enriched uranium and separated plutonium held at the country’s fast critical assembly facility to the United States, the two countries said in a joint statement on Monday

agmartin on March 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Obama made another threat today to do something about Russian aggression. (Yawn)

Unless he is announcing some plan to take more freedoms away from the American people, I am not going to be expecting him to follow through with anything meaningful.

His history shows he will not do the former, and most definitely will do the latter, if he can find a way. Tough talk is only believable if you’ve ever been tough in the past, and tough with someone who had the ability and will to bloody your own nose for getting in their way.

It is a blessing to the American people that he is being forced to focus away from us at least temporarily, so he is not discovering new diabolical ways to deprive us of our freedom, for a short time at least. It is pretty much useless for the people of Ukraine though.

s1im on March 24, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Russia didn’t do anything when the US government went into Afghanistan and Iraq. Why is Obama so bellicose about something in Russia’s backyard?

Another Libertarian on March 24, 2014 at 1:37 PM

:)

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 1:54 PM

The White House budget for cocaine must be skyrocketing.

Murphy9 on March 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM

US was able to supply weapons to afganistan and el salvado to defeat russia but not ukraine? Of course they can.

philrat on March 24, 2014 at 9:42 PM