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Kerry: Russia Has ‘Til Monday To End Invasion

From the Washington Examiner:

John Kerry: Russia has until Monday to reverse course in Ukraine

By Susan Crabtree | March 13, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry warned of serious repercussions for Russia on Monday if last-ditch talks over the weekend to resolve the crisis in Ukraine failed to persuade Moscow to soften its stance.

How many ‘red lines’ has Obama painted and Putin crossed so far? Is anyone keeping count?

Kerry will travel to London for a Friday meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov ahead of a Sunday referendum vote in the Crimea region to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.

U.S. and European officials argue that Moscow is orchestrating the referendum and waging an intimidation campaign with thousands of Russian troops controlling the region. If Russian-backed lawmakers in Crimea go through with the Sunday referendum, Kerry said the U.S. and its European allies will not recognize it as legitimate under international law.

The U.S. and Europe on Monday would then unite to impose sanctions on Russia, Kerry told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Thursday during a hearing on the State Department’s budget.

Despite Kerry’s big talk there will be no meaningful sanctions against Russia. Because we now have such an interdependent global economy sanctions would hurt the US and Europe almost as much as Russia. And the bitter irony is we have always been told that having an economically interdependent world would make conflict and aggression less common.

Well, guess what? Being interdependent also stops countries from being able to use sanctions to punish aggression. So they either have to resort to military force or just accept things like what Putin has done. So the supposedly peace-inducing a global economy actually makes it easier for bullies to invade other countries and get away with it.

“There will be a response of some kind to the referendum itself,” Kerry said. “If there is no sign [from Russia] of any capacity to respond to this issue … there will be a very serious series of steps on Monday.” …

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and a top critic of President Obama’s foreign policy, asked what the administration would do if Russian forces advance farther into the eastern area of Ukraine, and the new government in Kiev asks the U.S. for weapons to fight the Russians.

Kerry responded carefully, saying “we have contingencies – we are talking through various options that may or may not be available.” …

How absolutely pathetic. Putin and everyone else knows Obama will do nothing.

U.S. authorities are closely monitoring the number of Russian troops in Crimea, as well as their movements, he said, noting that Moscow is allowed to have a total of 25,000 troops in Crimea.

[Kerry] said that currently Russia does not have the assets positioned to “march in and take over all of Ukraine but that could change and we recognize that.” …

Proving once again that John Kerry is a total jackass in all things. Here is a headline from yesterday’s New York Times: ‘Russian Troops Mass at Border With Ukraine.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, March 14th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Kerry: Russia Has ‘Til Monday To End Invasion”

  1. canary

    Kerry responded carefully, saying “we have contingencies – we are talking “””through various options that may or may not be available.”””

    “Our hope is not to create hysteria or excessive concern about that at this point in time,” he said. “Our hope is to avoid that, “””but there’s no telling that we can.””””

    And Kerry says he is clueless as to Russia and US joint effort to remove weapons of mass destruction from Syria.

    Kerry also chewed out the protests in Venezuala, but had no solutions and did not encourage democracy that the protestors want now that they don’t have to bow to Chavez.

  2. Astravogel

    Putin loves American comedy acts. Especially Lurch.

  3. yadayada

    o-hole has beaten our swords into pens and obama phones.
    amerika no longer has a saber to rattle and the whole world knows it.

  4. Rusty Shackleford

    I am, admittedly, a little confused.

    Perhaps it’s because of the steamy rhetoric that our government uses that “threatens” and “warns” while all-the-while I happen to know that our hippies-cum-commies in our government really desire a Russian takeover of Ukraine. Not unlike Israel, Ukraine, to a well-trained commie, is an affront to all things collective and desirable in a totalitarian one-world government condition.

    So, why are they drawing red lines and all that? To sooth people like me who already know they’re communists? To woo the idiots who have no idea what communism is? To cloud/confuse and otherwise obfuscate their true intentions?

    Perhaps the latter is the most reasonable assumption. I guess they can’t come right out and cry from the media how in-the-tank they are for Russia to become the big, red bear again or how supportive they are of a prick of a commie like Putin showing his a** but then, what media outlet is gonna hesitate to put it out there if Kerry says, “I believe that the time is right for Russia to become one nation, as it was in the past and was unfairly dismantled by the Reagan administration and we intend to see that put right”.

    However, the mind boggles at the mere pondering of it. Statists, like Kerry, Obama and Reid, perhaps see a future where, well, even the boatyard where Kerry keeps his yaaawwwwt have no employees because no one wants to work on anyone else’s boats (no money in it, only admonishment and possible political prison). Thus, they need unskilled, slave-type labor to live the lifestyles they feel they are entitled to. Hence, immigration “reform” and all that while at the same time, having to hide their motives.

    Sadly, the average American putz cannot identify evil while it’s walking right in front of them. As I’ve said many times in the past, there used to be books a-plenty about heroes who struggled against evil and who eventually won out. I guess those books have been replaced by “Gary the transgender bear” or some such garbage because teachers now are largely just little operatives for a “greater collective”.

    Well, I never had a desire to be a Borg. Not while I was in the military and certainly not now. And anyone who starts espousing groupthink upon me and simple mindless obedience gets my back.

    Therefore whatever the government says to me now is unimportant and I do not hear their words.


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