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Obama Warns About New ‘Red Line’ – In Ukraine

From the Washington Post:

Obama on Ukraine: ‘There will be consequences if people step over the line’

By David Nakamura and Aaron Blake | February 19, 2014

President Obama said Wednesday that the Ukrainian government would face "consequences" if it crosses the line in cracking down on protesters in Kiev. Obama said the government is "primarily responsible" for ensuring the protests remain peaceful, but also warned that protesters need to demonstrate without resorting to violence.

"I want to be very clear, as we work through these next several days in Ukraine, that we’re going to be watching closely, and we expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence in dealing with peaceful protesters," Obama said. "We’ve also said we expect peaceful protesters to remain peaceful, and we’ll be monitoring very closely the situation, recognizing that with our European partners and the international community there will be consequences if people step over the line." …

Mr. Putin must be quaking in fear. Or, maybe shaking with laughter. After all, he has seen how Obama has followed up on his threats about Syria and Iran and North Korea and Benghazi…

It’s not the first time Obama has referenced a "line" when it comes to civil unrest in a foreign country. Obama infamously set the so-called "red line" in Syria, but once the Syrian government crossed that line, Obama found little support in Congress for military action.

Er, not quite. Obama later claimed he never said anything about a ‘red line’ in Syria. And, even if he did, we didn’t understand the nuance of his comments.

Besides, as his tireless defenders in the news media quickly pointed out, Obama wasn’t reading from the teleprompter when he said all that about a ‘red line.’ So we don’t know if Valerie Jarrett actually signed off on that policy or not. So it wasn’t really official.

Meanwhile, the Maduro regime in Venezuela has gunned down the anti-socialist protesters and jailed the leader of the protests. And there has been nary a peep from Obama.

Of course, Obama is a fan of Hugo Chavez’s great work in Venezuela, and he wants to see it continue under his handpicked successor.  And, besides, Maduro also hasn’t criticized homosexuals. So Obama doesn’t hasn’t any reason to even make a show of opposing him.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, February 20th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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