“. . . there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine”


I toldja the Ball-less Wonder was gonna give a speech:

Over the last several days, the United States has been responding to events as they unfold in the Ukraine. Now, throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: the Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future. Together with our European allies, we have urged an end to the violence and encouraged Ukrainians to pursue a course in which they have stabilized their country, forge a broad-based government and move to elections this spring.

I also spoke several days ago with President Putin, and my administration has been in daily communication with Russian officials. And we’ve made clear that they can be part of an international community’s effort to support the stability and success of a united Ukraine going forward, which is not only in the interest of the people of Ukraine and the international community, but also in Russia’s interests.

However, we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine. Russia has a historic relationship with Ukraine, including cultural and economic ties and a military facility in Crimea. But any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interests of Ukraine, Russia or Europe. It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people.

It would be a clear violation of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws. And just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic games, it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world. And indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.

The events of the past several months remind us of how difficult democracy can be in a country with deep divisions. But the Ukrainian people have also reminded us that human beings have a human universal right to determine their own future.

Right now, the situation remains very fluid. Vice President Biden just spoke with prime minister — the prime minister of Ukraine to assure him that in this difficult moment, the United States supports his government’s efforts and stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic future of Ukraine.

I also commend the Ukrainian government’s restraint and its commitment to uphold its international obligations. We will continue to coordinate closely with our European allies, we will continue to communicate directly with the Russian government, and we will continue to keep all of you in the press corps and the American people informed as events develop.

If that speech made Bad Vlad Putin shake in his boots it was only because he was laughing his ass off.

But the worst part came a few minutes after the speech, when Obama spoke at the DNC winter meeting:

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95 Responses to “. . . there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine”

  1. Lulu says:

    He works 11-4 on Monday through Thursday and 12-3 on Friday when he is not on vacation. Yesterday was fucked up and he had to make a “statement” when they were already closing up shop. It inconvenienced him and his staff as well as the “press” who had already made plans. Don’t the Ukrainians and the Russian military take any “me” time? The DNC speech was already loaded in the teleprompter and no one was around to change it. What difference does it make? It is just a bunch of serfs. It can wait until elevenish on Monday.

  2. The Klown says:


    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned that if Senator Barack Obama were elected president, his “indecision” and “moral equivalence” may encourage Russia’s Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine.

    Palin said then:

    After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.

    For those comments, she was mocked by the high-brow Foreign Policy magazine and its editor Blake Hounshell, who now is one of the editors of Politico magazine.

    In light of recent events in Ukraine and concerns that Russia is getting its troops ready to cross the border into the neighboring nation, nobody seems to be laughing at or dismissing those comments now.

    Hounshell wrote then that Palin’s comments were “strange” and “this is an extremely far-fetched scenario.”

    “And given how Russia has been able to unsettle Ukraine’s pro-Western government without firing a shot, I don’t see why violence would be necessary to bring Kiev to heel,” Hounshell dismissively wrote.

    There are a lot of people who owe Sarah Palin an apology.

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    Sarah Palin:

    Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as “an extremely far-fetched scenario” by the “high-brow” Foreign Policy magazine. Here’s what this “stupid” “insipid woman” predicted back in 2008: “After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.”

  5. Anthony says:

    For better or worse, I’ve got a Benjamin on Putin. I don’t think he’s scared of pens or phones…

  6. DeniseVB says:

    LOL, headlined at Twitchy:

    Putin Invades Ukraine, Obama declares Happy Hour

    That’s our Prezzy !

  7. The Klown says:
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    Allen West:

    Sorry Ukraine, America voted the wrong way in 2012

    During his first term, Obama told then-Russian President Medvedev to “tell Vladimir I will have more flexibility after reelection.”

    Last week, Obama demonstrated some of that flexibility, which in that case meant decimating our military capability.

    Yesterday, Obama demonstrated more flexibility, which meant more empty words and meaningless threats. There will be costs for any military intervention into Ukraine and Crimea? Just sounds like any red line blather from the community organizer prom king.

    Vladimir Putin is a steely-eyed former KGB agent. He knows America under Obama has no options and no guts. It has taken Obama almost two weeks to address the Ukraine issue. Obama already cancelled the missile defense shield for Eastern Europe.

    Americans and our allies don’t trust Obama to lead anything bigger than a Gay Pride parade. Hillary Clinton offered Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a toy reset button. Putin reset it to USSR.

    Elections have consequences and the result is an absence of courageous American leadership. I humbly apologize to the liberty-loving people of Ukraine. The beacon of liberty and freedom that was American no longer shines brightly. Putin, you lucky rascal, your timing could not have been any better. America has no leader.

    • piper says:

      Sad that Allan West isn’t in Congress. We need more like him and less Alan Grayson, Reid and Pelosi.

    • Constance says:

      Mr West has a clear view of America and our future. I hope he runs for President. Even if he doesn’t win the Republican nomination he would set a higher standard than either party is used to.

  9. leslie says:

    Ever wonder what he meant by this?

    I only wondered when “it” would happen.

  10. The Klown says:

    When cow tipping goes bad:

  11. DeniseVB says:

    Have no fear comrades ….

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Time for a grin and giggle break? This is just so adorbs 😉

  13. helenk3 says:

    Putin receives permission from Russian government to use military force in Ukraine

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    Russia rushing through laws to make it easier to absorb new territories.

    Ukraine might not be the end of Russian expansion

  16. wmcb says:

    But…but….see, Palin didn’t predict exactly how it would go down, so still a stupid bimbo!

  17. DandyTIger says:

    Obama is a coward. The entire Dem party are pathetic weasels. And the GOP is whining that it’s their turn to be the weasels. I have to admit, I didn’t see this superpower fading away so pathetically.

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    Spitzer’s hot tub skank:

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    • Lulu says:

      Pipelines! Oil! Natural gas! Think of the Keystone X 10,000 in geopolitical and economic importance. Then think of the ignorance and idiocy of this WH. They do not comprehend anything. If they did this mess would have been worked out to some extent beforehand. Putin plays chess and Obama plays possum.

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    J. Christian Adams at PJ Tatler:

    It’s starting to feel like 1914, and unfortunately Putin seems to be holding the best hand. America is weak and has a leader who is incompetent at best, and at worst has a history of siding with America’s enemies. Just this week, as Putin was massing force on the Ukrainian border, Jay Carney was warning Putin not to take steps that might be “misinterpreted.” Putin listened. The only place his moves were being misinterpreted was in the Obama White House. Only there, in the bubble of new-age foreign policy nonsense, was there a misinterpretation. Everyone else knew what Putin was up to, except the people we pay to know.

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  27. 49erDweet says:

    OT but significant. The migration of former Californians to Idaho has reached the tipping point, Cheering at sports events causes “negative feelings”.
    Texans! Take notice! You’re next!

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  31. votermom says:

    Obama Skips National Security Team Meeting… http://drudge.tw/MEzw46

  32. votermom says:

    Looks like Putin called Barky and told him how it’s gonna be

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