Obama to Putin: Pull back from Ukraine border

posted at 8:41 am on March 28, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Somewhat belatedly, President Obama has called on Vladimir Putin to pull back his troops from the Russian-Ukraine border, where 80,000 have massed for several weeks in apparent preparation to enter eastern Ukraine. Also somewhat belatedly, Obama has begun taking Putin at his word on the loss of the Soviet Union:

President Obama, in an interview in Rome with “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley, said Russia must take steps now to reduce tensions over Ukraine.

Asked what he’s seeing on the Ukrainian border that worries him, Mr. Obama replied, “It’s well known and well acknowledged that you’ve seen a range of troops massing along that border under the guise of military exercises. But these are not what Russia would normally be doing. And, you know, it may simply be an effort to intimidate Ukraine or it may be that they’ve got additional plans.”

To resolve and de-escalate the situation right now, Mr. Obama said Russia needs “to move back those troops and to begin negotiations directly with the Ukrainian government, as well as the international community.”

Obama also tacitly admitted that reset buttons don’t change the nature of national leaders and their ambitions in the world:

Turning to Vladimir Putin and what he wants, Mr. Obama said the Russian president has been “willing to show a deeply held grievance about what he considers to be the loss of the Soviet Union.”

“You would have thought that after a couple of decades that there’d be an awareness on the part of any Russian leader that the path forward is not to revert back to the kinds of practices that, you know, were so prevalent during the Cold War but, in fact, to move forward with further integration with the world economy and to be a responsible international citizen.”

Yes — and you’d think that Obama would already know this, since Putin has been publicly airing that “deeply held grievance” for almost a decade. The Bush administration belatedly came to the conclusion that Putin was an imperialist after he started talking about the Soviet collapse as history’s greatest tragedy in 2005 and began recalculating the US relationship with Russia, especially in the area of missile defense in regard to Iran, whom Russia insisted on protecting (along with China). Obama insisted that the problems with Russia were just George W. Bush being a cowboy, which is how we ended up with the “reset button” and the retreat on missile defense, along with Obama’s promise to Dmitri Medvedev for more “flexibility” after the election.

By the way, remember when the cognoscenti said that the giant hammer and sickle floats at the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony were just a nod to “one of history’s pivotal experiments“? Welcome to another.

Even after all that, Obama insisted that Putin is misreading the West:

“What I have repeatedly said is that he may be entirely misreading the West,” Mr. Obama continued. “He’s certainly misreading American foreign policy. We have no interest in encircling Russia and we have no interest in Ukraine beyond letting the Ukrainian people make their own decisions about their own lives.”

Putin seems to be reading the West just fine at the moment. Obama, on the other hand, still doesn’t appear to grasp Putin. The seizure of Crimea wasn’t to parry the West, nor will be the seizure of eastern Ukraine when it happens. It will be to reabsorb as many Russian enclaves back into a “Greater Russia” as Putin thinks he can without prompting a military response from the West.

When might a military operation cross the border into eastern Ukraine? It may not happen today, but look for a Friday night/Saturday morning move that takes Western leaders off guard. That was the strategy in Crimea.


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Putin to 0bama: Or what?

CurtZHP on March 28, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Or I will send another strongly worded letter.

cozmo on March 28, 2014 at 8:45 AM

do it or I’ll draw this invisible pink line that nobody can see or hold me to.

dmacleo on March 28, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Ding…ding…ding…

Obama ringing his sissy handlebar bell

Electrongod on March 28, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Keep poking that bear peewee.

dogsoldier on March 28, 2014 at 8:47 AM

“What I have repeatedly said is that he may be entirely misreading the West,” Mr. Obama continued. “He’s certainly misreading American foreign policy. We have no interest in encircling Russia and we have no interest in Ukraine beyond letting the Ukrainian people make their own decisions about their own lives.”

The 1980s haven’t called Putin to ask for their foreign policy back while our rat-eared idiot is acting like the Twelve Colonies of Mankind is at peace with the Cylons.

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 8:47 AM

“Whatever you do, please don’t denounce me!!!”

-Vlad

crrr6 on March 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Yawn – Putin

workingclass artist on March 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Are Obama’s threats and proclamation even worth the bandwidth used to transmit them?

rplat on March 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

He looks purple in that screen cap.

gophergirl on March 28, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Very very strongly worded letter to follow IMMEDIATELY after the military invasion starts…

Khun Joe on March 28, 2014 at 8:53 AM

What’s happening to the people in the Ukraine is exactly what would happen to us if the progs take away our guns. We’d have regime goons massing at the state borders or the Russians or Chicoms taking over starting with AK. This is how dictators operate.

Kissmygrits on March 28, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Weird, President Obama accepts the absurd “grievances” of Islamic barbarians as to why they act out, because for a millenia they were persecuted (never mind they didn’t complain when they were in the driver’s seat of persecution, nor do they show any concern for their minorities to this day). I’m actually quite shocked he didn’t fly to Moscow to apologize for the US destroying the Soviet Empire. I would say that means he’s maybe somehow connected to reality, but I’m sure it’s more his pollsters said he needs to act “strong” against the Russians. My daughter is gonna have a hell of a world to clean up…

LeeBelieu on March 28, 2014 at 8:54 AM

What’s funny about this whole situation is that the average Lefty believes that because conservatives are openly mocking Obama for his pathetic, clueless, and ignorant foreign policy we must therefore be huge fans of Putin and what Putin is doing.

Certainly the Left must be able to comprehend that we might think Obama is a fool and also that Putin is a thug?

tobes on March 28, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Uh … BarryPutin‘s troops are already in Ukraine.

corona79 on March 28, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Or else what?

Akzed on March 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM

The world is laughing at him, his approval ratings are underwater, his “signature achievement” is a bomb. This makes this narcissistic nitwit a very dangerous man. I think he’s gonna pop soon, and it scares me.

waterytart on March 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Obama replied, “It’s well known and well acknowledged that you’ve seen a range of troops massing along that border under the guise of military exercises. But these are not what Russia would normally be doing. And, you know, it may simply be an effort to intimidate Ukraine or it may be that they’ve got additional plans.”

Is it just me or do the utterances of the most magnificent orator of our time sound suspiciously like a 7th grader trying to impress?

2L8 on March 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM

By the way, remember when the cognoscenti said that the giant hammer and sickle floats at the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony were just a nod to “one of history’s pivotal experiments“? Welcome to another.

Yea. That Propoganda Train bit was a tad eery too.

Tsar of Earth on March 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

He looks purple in that screen cap.
gophergirl on March 28, 2014 at 8:52 AM

He’s only half purple.

Akzed on March 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Or I’ll mention you in an unrelated fundraising speech.

rogerb on March 28, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Obama to Putin: Pull back from Ukraine border

I broke out laughing when I read that.

burt on March 28, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Pull out of Ukraine or I’ll tweet something harshly worded about you! Sissy mom-pants.

Mini-14 on March 28, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Putin:BWAHAHAHAHAHA.

Southernblogger on March 28, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Is it just me or do the utterances of the most magnificent orator of our time sound suspiciously like a 7th grader trying to impress?

2L8 on March 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM

When he’s not reading words other people wrote off of a TelePrompTer he usually sounds pretty bad.

tobes on March 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

“Don’t call my bluff”

forest on March 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Looks like the God Who Walks Among Us is about to be mighty disappointed in us.

He may even decide we’re no longer worthy of his continued Beneficence. Oh, will we all be sorry then!!

Tom Servo on March 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Putin has been preparing for this moment for years and we haven’t.

crankyoldlady on March 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

White House Amateur Hour.

ButterflyDragon on March 28, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Are Obama’s threats and proclamation even worth the bandwidth used to transmit them?

rplat on March 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

He will do anything – say anything to keep ZeroCare™ out of the headlines or the FBI rounding up his socialist pals all over the US.

dogsoldier on March 28, 2014 at 9:06 AM

He’s only half purple.

Akzed on March 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Ooompah Loompahs are shamed..

Electrongod on March 28, 2014 at 9:07 AM

More red lines in crayon

Philly on March 28, 2014 at 9:08 AM

I got a photoshop in email of Obama caddying for Putin. It’s fantastic but I don’t know how to post it.

Dingbat63 on March 28, 2014 at 9:08 AM

…we have no interest in Ukraine beyond letting the Ukrainian people make their own decisions about their own lives.”

You don’t think Putin and other world leaders have noticed the intrusions you’ve made in American’s lives and know that you’re a lying hypocritical sack of excrement?

Flora Duh on March 28, 2014 at 9:09 AM

In all seriousness, everyone knows Obama won’t do anything against someone who can fight back. Only impotent leaders in Libya and on-the-run warlords in Africa need to worry about having any action taken against them.
 
Now that I think about it, that’s pretty much the definition of a bully, isn’t it?

rogerb on March 28, 2014 at 9:09 AM

“You would have thought that after a couple of decades that there’d be an awareness on the part of any Russian leader that the path forward is not to revert back to the kinds of practices that, you know, were so prevalent during the Cold War but, in fact, to move forward with further integration with the world economy and to be a responsible international citizen.”

For the love of god those, “practices,” have been around since humans started writing stuff down. Powerful nations bully smaller ones, and the best you can hope for is the bully is an enlightened bully.

This is not cold war practices either. Putin is not trying to expand the borders of Communism around the world, but has instead re-established the standard operating procedures of Imperial Russia. They want what Russia always has wanted,

(1) Warm water ports free of ice in the winter
(2) Influence in Eastern Europe
(3) Want Constantinople back as the center of the Eastern Orthodox Church
(4) Promote Slavic Nationalism

The only new thing is defending their oil fields in Eastern Russia and to drive up the price of oil and natural gas. So we can add..

(5) King Oil

William Eaton on March 28, 2014 at 9:10 AM

And in a couple of months expect this announcement from Dear Liar: “Due to the current crisis with Russia, it is imprudent to change political leadership. Therefore I am suspending the November elections until such time as I deem prudent.”

Harry Reid: “I concur with the President on his wise leadership.”

Nothing like a shooting war that can result in MAD to suspend the Constitution. Not even a Civil War.

rbj on March 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM

“I call your bluff and raise you two divisions.” -Vald the Obama Impaler

Akzed on March 28, 2014 at 9:12 AM

What’s funny about this whole situation is that the average Lefty believes…

tobes on March 28, 2014 at 8:56 AM

My last boss had a PhD in Cognitive Sciences (I didn’t). I casually dropped a comment to the effect that liberalism was a mental defect. He objected on principle. We debated for five years (yes, with occasional breaks).

Fast-forward to his retirement: He called me to his office and stated that I had finally convinced him. I wear this badge with great pride.

Tsar of Earth on March 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM

The naivete and discarding of intellectual and perhaps historically buttressed conclusions is stunning as it is dangerous.

The president has tried to tell us he is not an “ideologue”. Yet, in situations such as this where it should be relinquished to the trash bin, Mr. Obama clings to it.

One can simply not make diplomatic decisions through this lens without exposing us, and the world, to great danger. Weakness, fecklessness and indecisiveness create opportunity for the wicked.

Combined with the historic economic failure Mr. Obama has created, his penchant to divide the people of our country and exchange dependance for personal initiative makes us a lesser nation. This is part of his historic failure.

When the people of our nation elect a president based on populist fiction instead of real leadership qualities, this is the predictable result. The world is a much more dangerous, insecure, unproductive and unpredictable place for every one of us.

Marcus Traianus on March 28, 2014 at 9:14 AM

It’s like a cartoon. Putin has his hand on Barky’s forehead, keeping him at arms length, while Barky flails away at the air, trying to land a punch.

battalion on March 28, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Pull out of Ukraine or I’ll tweet something harshly worded about you! Sissy mom-pants.

Mini-14 on March 28, 2014 at 9:02 AM

But probably won’t unfriend him. That would be escalating the tensions. /

Seriously, it’s as if the rat-eared wonder thinks that ignoring the situation in Ukraine will make it go away. IMO, it’s because the filthy coward has never been interested in this foreign policy and national security stuff. That’s hard stuff that takes intelligence and effort. Much easier to ignore it, make snarky comments about the 1980s calling, and going off to golf, vacation, and book some slutty no-talent singer for the Mooch’s birthday party.

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 9:14 AM

“I call your bluff and raise you two divisions ex-soviet republics.” -Vald the Obama Impaler

Akzed on March 28, 2014 at 9:12 AM

(FIFM)

Tsar of Earth on March 28, 2014 at 9:14 AM

This makes this narcissistic nitwit a very dangerous man. I think he’s gonna pop soon, and it scares me.

waterytart on March 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM

You’re right to be scared, because when he does “pop”, it’s going to be very ugly.

Flora Duh on March 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Obama needs to shut the F@! Up!

He’s an impotent man trying to show off his “prowess”

ConstantineXI on March 28, 2014 at 9:18 AM


Weakness, fecklessness and indecisiveness create opportunity for the wicked.

Marcus Traianus on March 28, 2014 at 9:14 AM

…and lest we should forget.

Tsar of Earth on March 28, 2014 at 9:19 AM

United States is giving high level military technology to Russia

Mar 25, 2014
Press Release
Washington, DC, March 25, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, DC—Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, and House Armed Services Committee Member Jim Bridenstine along with sixteen House colleagues, sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Moniz regarding the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) FY15 proposal to provide the Russian Federation with the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES).

Employed by the U.S. military for training purposes, the MILES is a tactical force-on-force trainer, which uses a system of lasers and dummy ammunition to simulate ground combat for soldiers. While a military-grade technology, MILES could be compared to a “laser tag” system available in some commercial markets. Both Turner and Bridenstine are concerned that the Administration’s planned supply to the Russian Federation is grave mistake given the recent invasion of Ukraine launched by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.

The letter said, in part, “In the process of reviewing the Fiscal Year 2014 budget and the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget request, it has come to our attention that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has been, and is planning to continue providing the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) to the Russian Federation free of charge.”

“It’s ludicrous that U.S. taxpayers are paying to give Russia free military equipment after President Obama announced a suspension in military engagement with Moscow. It’s just another example of how the President is hanging on to his failed “reset with Russia” policy despite Russia’s invasion and occupation of Ukraine. I expect Secretary of Energy Moniz to act quickly and stop irresponsible military equipment transfers,” said Bridenstine.

“Putin has proven that he has a brazen disregard for the sovereignty and stability of Eastern Europe and that he will continue manipulate and disregard international law. Despite this overwhelming evidence that Putin is not our ally, it is astonishing that the Obama Administration would still provide superior, U.S. military technology to an aggressive and advancing Russia. The United States must seriously redirect its approach and immediately terminate all military aid to Russia,” said Turner.

Akzed on March 28, 2014 at 9:19 AM

You’re right to be scared, because when he does “pop”, it’s going to be very ugly.

Flora Duh on March 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Yeah, we got a small taste of it when a reporter dared ask a question when he arbitrarily said the DREAMERs could stay and again when the Congress didn’t vote to ban guns. I can only imagine what will happen with a full-scale mental breakdown by this stupid stupid radical idiot.

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 9:19 AM

He’s an impotent man trying to show off his “prowess”

ConstantineXI on March 28, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Is Moochelle still in China?

Oh..nevermind….you said prowess….

My bad.

Electrongod on March 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM

“What I have repeatedly said is that he may be entirely misreading the West,” Mr. Obama continued. “He’s certainly misreading American foreign policy. We have no interest in encircling Russia and we have no interest in Ukraine beyond letting the Ukrainian people make their own decisions about their own lives.”

Is this a joke?

He’s read the west perfectly. He knows O has no interest in stopping him, that’s why he’s doing what he’s doing.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Joe Biden is on the hunt for O’s steel spine.

mankai on March 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM

He’s an impotent man trying to show off his “prowess”

ConstantineXI on March 28, 2014 at 9:18 AM

I generally call that “winging it” with the hope you can baffle them with BS to make up for the fact you’re a stupid lazy moron.

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM

And in a couple of months expect this announcement from Dear Liar: “Due to the current crisis with Russia, it is imprudent to change political leadership. Therefore I am suspending the November elections until such time as I deem prudent.”

Harry Reid: “I concur with the President on his wise leadership.”

Nothing like a shooting war that can result in MAD to suspend the Constitution. Not even a Civil War.

rbj on March 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM

They try THAT and it’s time for an ARMED march on DC to string up every mother’s son of them.

ConstantineXI on March 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Or what?

catmman on March 28, 2014 at 9:21 AM

I generally call that “winging it” with the hope you can baffle them with BS to make up for the fact you’re a stupid lazy moron.

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM

If you can’t blind them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit

ConstantineXI on March 28, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Mr. Obama must have convinced himself that there’s magic in his words. All he has to do is utter them, and everything will be all right.

oldennis on March 28, 2014 at 9:22 AM

How many fools crowed about the Cold War being over when the Soviet Union was dissolved? And how many fools were willing to welcome Russia as a world market partner? And how many of these fools were our elected representatives? And how many of thee fools elected them. We get what we pay for, people.

HiJack on March 28, 2014 at 9:23 AM

No more red lines being drawn, apparently, just pink, frilly ones

TXUS on March 28, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Are Obama’s threats and proclamation even worth the bandwidth used to transmit them?

rplat on March 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Post this every day for the rest of this man’s term in office.

Brilliant post.

ToddPA on March 28, 2014 at 9:23 AM

I generally call that “winging it” with the hope you can baffle them with BS to make up for the fact you’re a stupid lazy moron.

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Prediction: when he snaps he attempts to order a nuke strike ON PART OF THE US. Such as Texas.

ConstantineXI on March 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Pray for Ukraine. And I hope the nations of Europe have enough sense to realize that they’re on their own.

oldennis on March 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM

“What I have repeatedly said is that he may be entirely misreading the West,” Mr. Obama continued. “He’s certainly misreading American foreign policy.

Remember back when….
When Palin was asked about the Bush Doctrine?

Putin is stumped about Obama’s…

Electrongod on March 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM

What’s funny about this whole situation is that the average Lefty believes that because conservatives are openly mocking Obama for his pathetic, clueless, and ignorant foreign policy we must therefore be huge fans of Putin and what Putin is doing.

tobes on March 28, 2014 at 8:56 AM

And what’s funny about that is until Putin started creating problems for Obama, they were all big fans of Putin.

They think they know better when they know nothing and they wonder why we don’t want them running our lives.

magicbeans on March 28, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Mr. Obama must have convinced himself that there’s magic in his words. All he has to do is utter them, and everything will be all right.

oldennis on March 28, 2014 at 9:22 AM

If you figure that out, you have figured out Obama. He STILL thinks the solution to everything is reading the same speech he’s been giving for 6 years again. And it’s always Someone Else’s Fault.

ConstantineXI on March 28, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Well, if you can’t dazzle the minions with Unaffordable Care, then dazzle the world with your feigned frustration over your bestest friend whose predecessor you told that after the 2012 election you would have more flexibility to deal with Russia.

HiJack on March 28, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Fast-forward to his retirement: He called me to his office and stated that I had finally convinced him. I wear this badge with great pride.

Tsar of Earth on March 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Something must have happened to make him see the light. Everything is virtual to these people until faced with reality.

crankyoldlady on March 28, 2014 at 9:29 AM

As they say in the Ivy Leagues and on the streets of Jakarta, Barky is all wee wee’d up.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 28, 2014 at 9:29 AM

I can only imagine what will happen with a full-scale mental breakdown by this stupid stupid radical idiot.

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Scroll down to IV. Narcissistic and psychopathic Leaders – http://t.co/nmTsFHW5yy

Flora Duh on March 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Putin to Obama: Make me!

Tinker on March 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM

As the Russians roll over the borders of Ukraine, we’re in for watching the rat-eared wonder give a speech where he tells us how disappointed he is in Putin’s actions. As Kiev is occupied, Jay Carney will tell us that the rat-eared wonder is closely monitoring the situation and hopes that the Russians and Ukrainians can de-escalate tensions soon. By the time Ukraine is once again part of Europe- the Obamas will be on their next taxpayer-paid vacation.

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 9:35 AM

“He’s certainly misreading American foreign policy. We have no interest in encircling Russia and we have no interest in Ukraine beyond letting the Ukrainian people make their own decisions about their own lives.”

Doublespeak. Obama’s rhetoric is situational—after his election he’ll have more “flexibility” and Putin can do what he wants AND Obama denounces Putin’s actions and defends Ukraine’s autonomy with pathetic sanctions and more strong words. It all depends on the situation, the needs of the moment, and who’s interviewing him as to what we will hear. Obama is a paper tiger.

Ultimately, he doesn’t care what Putin does if it doesn’t affect his life and daily planner. In fact, Obama probably admires him for his dictator skills.

conservative pilgrim on March 28, 2014 at 9:41 AM

My last boss had a PhD in Cognitive Sciences (I didn’t). I casually dropped a comment to the effect that liberalism was a mental defect. He objected on principle. We debated for five years (yes, with occasional breaks).

Fast-forward to his retirement: He called me to his office and stated that I had finally convinced him. I wear this badge with great pride.

Tsar of Earth on March 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Bravo! Your perseverance is admirable.

conservative pilgrim on March 28, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Putin to Obama: “Stop it! I’m getting a cramp in my side! Bwahahahahah!!!”

Roy Rogers on March 28, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Pathetic.

Oldnuke on March 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ukraine’s deposed president Viktor Yanukovich called on Friday for each of the country’s regions to hold a referendum on its status within Ukraine, instead of presidential elections planed for May 25, Russia’s state Itar-Tass news agency reported.

I wonder if he’s actually still alive. And what a great excuse for Putin to go in and secure that territory that, by referendum, want to re-join Russia?

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

…(1) Warm water ports free of ice in the winter
(2) Influence in Eastern Europe
(3) Want Constantinople back as the center of the Eastern Orthodox Church
(4) Promote Slavic Nationalism

The only new thing is defending their oil fields in Eastern Russia and to drive up the price of oil and natural gas. So we can add..

(5) King Oil

William Eaton on March 28, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Constantinople isn’t in the cards for the foreseeable future, of course. But it’ll be interesting to see whether Putin expends his energy up north in the Baltic, or to try and further surround the Black Sea.

Fenris on March 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

La-la land foreign policy meets the bayonet. Ukraine is gone.
Vacation in 3, 2, 1,…..

ColBubba on March 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM

“like the Twelve Colonies of Mankind is at peace with the Cylons.”

um … can we use a different analogy? because that one, which is way too scarily accurate, bodes very very badly for us
[!!!!!]

ABreitbart on March 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM

What’s all the angst about? Just a “regional” power acting out of weakness, right?

Pqlyur1 on March 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

It will be to reabsorb as many Russian enclaves back into a “Greater Russia” as Putin thinks he can without prompting a military response from the West.

An important, and largely overlooked, point. These are Russian enclaves.

Eastern Ukraine is heavily russified. It is also home to mining, sporting some of the deepest coal mines in the world in the Donetz Basin, half of which is already in Russia. The area is also rich in mercury and Uranium as well as other minerals and is home to one of the largest metallurgical processing facilities in Europe. Eastern Ukraine is also the location of three large and important cities in Ukraine.

Transnistria, a narrow strip of territory between Western Ukraine and Moldova, is very russified and the foreign minister there has asked Putin to take over the nation. If Putin granted the request, due to the strategic placement of the region, Putin could easily cut an arc across Western Ukraine, effectively cutting Kiev off from the Black Sea and reclaiming the much prized historic city of Odessa in the process.The foreign minister of Transnistria has been quoted proclaiming that the Russian people are uniting. Russia staged military exercises in the breakaway region recently.

For some idea of why this region is important and attractive to Russia, aside from the Black Sea and its strategic location, Ukraine is rich in resources and serves as an energy hub for oil and gas refining, processing, and distribution

And then there’s this from the article:

The exploitation of petroleum and natural gas in Ukraine necessitated the creation of an extensive pipeline transport system. One of the first natural gas pipelines in the region opened in the 1920s, linking Dashava (in Transcarpathia) to Lviv and then to Kiev. As a result of the Soviet Union’s commitment to major gas exporting in the late 1960s and early ’70s, two trunk pipelines were laid across Ukraine to bring gas to eastern and western Europe from Siberia and Orenburg in Russia. Petroleum from the Dolyna oil field in western Ukraine is piped some 40 miles (65 km) to a refinery at Drohobych, and oil from fields in eastern Ukraine is piped to a refinery in Kremenchuk. Subsequently, larger petroleum trunk lines were added (some 700 miles [1,100 km]) to supply petroleum from western Siberia to refineries at Lysychansk, Kremenchuk, Kherson, and Odessa, as well as a 420-mile (675-km) segment of the Druzhba (“Friendship”) pipeline, which crosses western Ukraine to supply Siberian oil to other European countries. The pipelines connecting the Siberian oil and gas fields with Europe are a major economic asset for Ukraine, as their importance to Russia gives Ukraine leverage in negotiations over oil and gas imports. However, disputes between Ukraine and Russia have in the past led the latter to cut off its supply temporarily—negatively affecting Ukraine as well as the European Union, which depends on gas and oil from these pipelines.

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Or else…I mean it…don’t make me count to 3 little man…1…2..2 1/2, 2 3/4……

vcferlita on March 28, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Fast-forward to his retirement: He called me to his office and stated that I had finally convinced him. I wear this badge with great pride.

Tsar of Earth on March 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Something must have happened to make him see the light. Everything is virtual to these people until faced with reality.

crankyoldlady on March 28, 2014 at 9:29 AM

That something was me :)

(I was trying to be brief but I should have mentioned: He was from Lubbock – certainly not a liberal. He just thought I had oversimplified with my ‘diagnosis’. My whole point to him was that it was simple: Liberals’ first thought in the morning is that they are victims. And that’s where they spend their entire day. They’re simply just wired that way. Nature? Nurture? Who knows – but it has worked its way into their wiring.)

Tsar of Earth on March 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Obama….pull back
Vlad……or else what
Obama…..I’ll draw a red line
Vlad……ha ha ha ha ha

jaywemm on March 28, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Oh Barry, if only your daddy had pulled back, then we would not be in this situation.

RandallinHerndon on March 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Or I will send another strongly worded letter.

cozmo on March 28, 2014 at 8:45 AM

A letter takes to long. It’s easier for him to tweet it or update his Facebook status. Remember, Barry’s hip and cool.

RandallinHerndon on March 28, 2014 at 11:02 AM

“be a responsible international citizen.”

“Yes, why can’t that silly Vlad just be satisfied with flying around the world with a 900-person entourage, living in the lap of luxury while lecturing the peons about the desperate need to minimize their carbon footprints and eliminate unnecessary extravagances like basic cable TV? If Vlad would just relax and announce that he’s now an income-redistributing ‘citizen of the world’ whose number one concern is stopping global warming, he could probably win himself a Nobel Peace Prize, like I did!”

AZCoyote on March 28, 2014 at 11:04 AM

He’s looking more and more like that guy who played satan in The Bible miniseries.

Naturally Curly on March 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM

This must be the “flexibility after the election” Putin was promised.

Jeanettesca on March 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM

I wonder how many times a massed army of over 100K in the process of establishing supply lines has stood down on the basis of a lazy stupid coward wagging its finger in warning.

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Don’t hit me again, or I’ll let you!

IndieDogg on March 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

“be a responsible international citizen.”

“Yes, why can’t that silly Vlad just be satisfied with flying around the world with a 900-person entourage, living in the lap of luxury while lecturing the peons about the desperate need to minimize their carbon footprints and eliminate unnecessary extravagances like basic cable TV? If Vlad would just relax and announce that he’s now an income-redistributing ‘citizen of the world’ whose number one concern is stopping global warming, he could probably win himself a Nobel Peace Prize, like I did!”

AZCoyote on March 28, 2014 at 11:04 AM

The part I don’t quite get (and I bet Putin has similar thoughts) is: why would you want to have a 900 person entourage? Is it really that enjoyable to sit in a jetplane for hours on end, and lord it over 100s of sycophants? Sure, if the sycophants are doing something useful, like the regional leader of Crimea asking you to come in and take over. But a sycophant who is paid to help you arrange the napkins for your afternoon tea? It takes a special kind of stupid to enjoy that.

Fenris on March 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Yawn – Putin

workingclass artist on March 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Putin is not yawning. I am sure that he and his closest advisers get together and laugh at the Obama and the Euroweenie response.

thuja on March 28, 2014 at 11:21 AM

What’s Obama going to do, throw a tantrum? Sick the IRS or EPA on him?

sadatoni on March 28, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Well it looks like Obama has decided to escalate tensions.

Russian leader Vladmir Putin sent in troops and tanks to invade neighboring Ukraine and the Obama administration is coming to the rescue with . . . selfies!

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was mocked Thursday after posting a photo of herself on Twitter holding a sign that read #United­For­Ukraine @State­Dept­Spox.”

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was mocked Thursday after posting a photo of herself on Twitter holding a sign that read #United­For­Ukraine @State­Dept­Spox.”

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM

We are so f*cked

RandallinHerndon on March 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM

The part I don’t quite get (and I bet Putin has similar thoughts) is: why would you want to have a 900 person entourage? Is it really that enjoyable to sit in a jetplane for hours on end, and lord it over 100s of sycophants?

Fenris on March 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

This is the lazy stupid rat-eared bastard whose dog arrived at Martha’s Vineyard in his own plane. He doesn’t think like working Americans. He’s more like that stupid comment from Gwenneth Paltrow who declared that it harder for her to raise kids than normal people.

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM

We are so f*cked

RandallinHerndon on March 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Yup.

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Well, Gwyneth Paltrow I can see, because it’s hard for the most beautiful woman in the world.

Fenris on March 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Why should Putin respect the messiah of failed hope, no one else does

Other then the propaganda media which helped create the fool and the losers and parasites on the govt sugar teat, who really has the slightest use for the ghetto buffoon posing as potus

The real problem isn’t the failed wannabe diktator infesting the oval office, but those who rushed to the polls to vote black in 2008 and then couldn’t fire him in 2012 because of the fear of someone calling them racist for rejecting the messiah of failed hope

tuttle from tacoma on March 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM

“If you take him at his word …”

“obama has no word to take” — Putin

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Bmore

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:42 AM

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