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WH Claims Obama Tougher On Putin Than Bush

From the Washington Examiner:

White House officials sell message that Obama is tougher on Russia than George W. Bush was

By Charlie Spiering | March 17, 2014

President Obama’s staff keep subtly hinting that their boss is tougher with Russia over Ukraine than former President George W. Bush was in 2008 when Russian troops seized part of the former Soviet republic of Georgia. During a call with reporters Monday morning, a senior administration official indicated that the sanctions proposed by Obama against Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean officials were appropriately tough.

"These are by far and away the most comprehensive sanctions applied to Russia since the end of the Cold War, far and away so," he stressed. "I’d note by comparison for instance, there weren’t comparable sanctions after the Georgia intervention," chimed in a second senior administration official.

We forget, did Russia annex Georgia? We don’t seem to remember that happening.

Technically, that’s true, but the Bush administration took actions that had a more direct impact on the crisis, such as ordering U.S. military aircraft to transport Georgian troops home from Iraq and using the U.S. military to deliver humanitarian aid inside the country.

The act of putting U.S. troops inside Georgia was calculated to temper Russian military advances toward the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, and it worked.

Yeah, but using US aircraft to put move troops into the disputed territory and to protect it — doesn’t compare to putting meaningless sanctions on 11 people.

Further, Obama reversed two actions taken to punish Russia — the suspension of military contacts and work on a pending civilian nuclear agreement — shortly after taking office, as part of the "reset" that let Moscow off the hook.

That is, Obama immediately undid the sanctions that Bush had imposed. (In fact, Obama had opposed any and all actions against Russia at the time of their invasion of Georgia.)

As for Obama’s sanctions, Russian officials were already laughing them off within minutes of the president’s formal announcement.

It’s funny, but we don’t remember them laughing at Bush.

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

4 Responses to “WH Claims Obama Tougher On Putin Than Bush”

  1. Petronius

    If Nerobama were really serious about sanctions, he should be giving ObamaCare to the Russians.

    Yes, that would really teach them a lesson.

  2. .. and then Jim Carney unscrewed his head and began eating parakeets ..

  3. canary

    In reality to date I believe only 7 individual Russians are the list to deny entry into the US.
    So, much lip service and most likely the US will not get their hands on the WMD.

    Kerry recently noted “we” got 1/3 of the WMD out of Syria, and then corrected hiimslef, that we almost have 1/3 out.
    He may do more flip flopping on this, as to what he can get away with.




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