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Daily Beast: Russia Will Sanction US Senators

From the Daily Beast:

Exclusive: Russia Will Sanction U.S. Senators

By Josh Rogin | March 17, 2014

U.S. senators, congressmen and top Obama administration officials are sure to be on Vladimir Putin’s sanctions list; a response to the Obama Administration’s announcement on Monday that 7 Russian officials and 4 Ukrainian officials would be barred from holding assets or traveling to the United States.

Putin is expected to release his retaliation list as early as Tuesday and while the final list is still being crafted, it will include top Obama administration officials and high profile U.S. senators, in an effort to roughly mirror the U.S. sanctions against Russian officials and lawmakers, according to diplomatic sources. At the top of the list in Congress is Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, who recently co-authored a resolution criticizing Russia’s invasion of Crimea.

If Putin is doing this kind of petty nonsense it is only because it is another way to mock and show his unbridled contempt for Obama.

Durbin’s inclusion on Putin’s list would mirror Obama’s naming of Valentina Matvienko, the head of the upper chamber of the Russian Duma. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are not expected to be on the Russian sanctions list.

Well, Putin would never sanction his fellow thug, Harry Reid.

Sen. John McCain, who traveled to Kiev last weekend to meet with Ukrainian leaders, told The Daily Beast that he expects to be on the list and is happy about it. “You think I’m not going to be on it?” McCain said. “I would be honored to be on that list.” …

Besides, it would get his name in print.

Other names that could be on the Russian sanctions list, although not confirmed, include Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who are leading the sanctions drive in the Senate, and Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, who has been heavily involved in working with the Ukrainian opposition that ousted the Yanokovich government…

The tit for tat sanctions are not likely to convince either side to back down from their position over the Russian invasion of Crimea, McCain said.“If we acquiesced to that, that would be a green light for him to go for Moldova, where there are also Russian troops,” said McCain. “That’s the problem with this appeasement policy.”

McCain is advocating for a series of more serious steps, which include the immediate arming of the Ukrainian military, which the administration has rejected for now, promising to help the Ukrainian military develop over the long term, rethinking U.S. approaches to Putin, and restarting U.S. missile defense projects in Eastern Europe…

In other words, Obama is threatening to re-think his approach to Putin. That will show him!

Also, lest we forget, Obama gave up those European missile defense projects just to please Putin.

In any case, Obama almost sounds like Jimmy Carter after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. After which, Carter said he had his eyes opened.

Except that we doubt that Obama has had his eyes opened. As we have noted before, you can’t wake up someone who is only pretending to be asleep.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Daily Beast: Russia Will Sanction US Senators”

  1. mr_bill says:

    I halfway expect Putin’s sanctions to be as humorous as nerobama’s. They’ll probably include joke items like a ban on using the second floor washroom at the Moscow Library or some such. Perhaps a ban on Sen. Menendez importing underage Russian girls.

  2. Petronius says:

    How odd.

    Dickie Durbin and the rest of those guys are on my sanctions list, too.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    This is just sick. Forcing us to hang on to these caterwauling boobs

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