Or we’ll do what?

The tweet:

And the story:

Kerry warns Russia against intervention in Ukraine
Top US diplomat receives reassurances from his Russian counterpart while Kiev accuses Moscow of a ‘military invasion’
By Matthew Lee February 28, 2014, 7:48 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration expressed growing concern Friday over Russian intentions in Ukraine, with Secretary of State John Kerry delivering a blunt warning to Moscow against military moves in the country’s southern Crimea region that could further inflame tensions.

As pro-Russia gunmen patrolled Crimean streets in armored vehicles and took over airports there, Kerry said he called Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for the second time in two days to press the Kremlin to hold to its promise to respect the former Soviet republic’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Kerry told reporters that Lavrov had once again repeated Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pledge to do just that, while also pointing out that Russia has broad interests in the former Soviet republic, including a major naval base in Crimea. But Kerry, in comments that highlighted Washington’s rising suspicion of Moscow, said the US is watching to see if Russian activity in Crimea “might be crossing a line in any way.” He added that the administration would be “very careful” in making judgments about that.

“While we were told that they are not engaging in any violation of the sovereignty and do not intend to, I nevertheless made it clear that could be misinterpreted at this moment,” Kerry said. “There are enough tensions that it is important for everybody to be extremely careful not to inflame the situation and not send the wrong messages.”

More at the link.

Let’s be very clear here: if Vladimir Putin decides to invade and conquer the Ukraine, perhaps setting up deposed President Viktor Yanukovych as his puppet, the United States, and NATO, and everybody else, will bluster and fuss and stamp their feet, but won’t actually do anything about it. Russia is the largest oil, gas, uranium and coal exporter to the European Union, and the second and third largest producer of natural gas and oil in the world, respectively. Russia’s economy depends upon those vast hydrocarbon exports, but could probably stand the loss of that income for longer than the Europeans could tolerate a cut off of their supplies.

So, if Vladimir Putin wants to flex his muscles, he can, and nobody can, or would even try, to stop him.

12 Comments

  1. Exactly what I thought – NOTHING. Krauthammer’s take also:

    Krauthammer’s Take: Obama Tells the World We Aren’t Going to Do Anything About Invasion of Ukraine
    By NRO Staff
    February 28, 2014 7:08 PM

    As reports are coming in that Russia has placed 2,000 troops in Crimea, within the borders of Ukraine, President Obama said that “the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.”

    Charles Krauthammer responded on Special Report tonight saying, “The Ukrainians, and I think everybody, is shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statement. I find it rather staggering.”

    More:
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/372298/krauthammers-take-obama-tells-world-we-arent-going-do-anything-about-invasion-ukraine

  2. Let me be blunt, guys. I don’t give a rats ass what happens in the Ukraine. There is no way we would use military force against Russia and as we’ve all seen over the last several years, talk is cheap. Especially for this administration. So who cares about the Ukraine? Why fret over things we have no control over? Why posture when we can’t back it up and Putin will do whatever the hell he wants regardless of what Obama, Kerry or any other sabre rattling Democrat says or threatens? Watching these clowns “do” diplomacy and politics is like watching one of those pathetic fifth grade plays and expecting Broadway. These fools are way, way out of their league.

    They’ll just use the Ukraine to distract from the hell of Obamacare, the failing economy, the minimum wage and illegal aliens all of which hurt us all a load more than the Ukraine. We got to keep our eye on the ball and the ball ain’t in Kiev, it’s in Washington.

  3. They’ll just use the Ukraine to distract from the hell of Obamacare, the failing economy, the minimum wage and illegal aliens all of which hurt us all a load more than the Ukraine. We got to keep our eye on the ball and the ball ain’t in Kiev, it’s in Washington.

    Well, yes. BO might as well said he was going to hold his breath until Putin likes him. How anyone in this country considers him effective is beyond me. And he showed it in his non-statement.

  4. Unfortunately Yorkshire, he is extremely effective. His stated goal was to “fundamentally transform” America and he has prosecuted that goal with extreme prejudice. He never said he would fundamentally change Russia, the Ukraine or any other part of the world. Only we in the United States were in need of fundamental transformation. He has transformed our health care/ health insurance system, our immigration, our regulatory agencies, the IRS, the NSA, the DoJ, and now he’s looking at minimum wage, gay rights, marriage, gun control, speech control and apparently now it’s okay to force someone into involuntary servitude as long as he’s a Christian baking a fag a cake. I’m sure they wouldn’t try and force a moslem to make me a BLT.

    So yeah. He’s been terribly effective in the areas he wants to be, turning America into a fascist state one pen stroke and one phone call at a time.

  5. Unfortunately Yorkshire, he is extremely effective.

    I agree with what you said in the areas he’s been “effective”, but extreme effort has been for the total detriment of this country. For Bo to have been effective, he had to, not has to, DESTROY this country. He has been effective in the material sense, and he’s half way there on the demoralizing mental effect. Once that is complete, we have total collapse. Yet his minions wish for their own demise and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel is a high speed train. Total revolt is near.

  6. Well, this probably made Nobama shit in his pants. Now what will Vallery, Rice. Kerry, Hagel and Mooochelle advise him to do. I wonder if Nobama has BIG BOY pants. This isn’t about nullifying and changing ObamaCare. This is Real Life.:

    Lawmakers allow Putin to use military in Ukraine
    Mar 1st 2014 10:52AM

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Russia’s parliament granted President Vladimir Putin permission to use the country’s military in Ukraine and also recommended Saturday that Moscow’s ambassador be recalled from Washington over comments made by President Barack Obama

    The unanimous vote in an emergency session formalized what Ukrainian officials described as an invasion of Russian troops in the strategic region of Crimea. With pro-Russian protests breaking out in other parts of Ukraine, Moscow now could send its military elsewhere in Ukraine.

    “I’m submitting a request for using the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine pending the normalization of the socio-political situation in that country,” Putin said before the vote.

    Putin’s call came as pro-Russian demonstrations broke out in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking east, where protesters raised Russian flags and beat up supporters of the new Ukrainian government.

    Russia’s move sharply raised the stakes in the conflict following the ouster of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president last week by a protest movement aimed at turning Ukraine toward the European Union and away from Russia. Ukraine has accused Russia of a “military invasion and occupation” – a claim that brought an alarming new dimension to the crisis, and raised fears that Moscow is moving to intervene on the strategic peninsula where Russia’s Black Sea fleet is based.

    More:
    http://www.aol.com/article/2014/03/01/lawmakers-allow-putin-to-use-military-in-ukraine/20840943/?icid=maing-grid7%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D449282

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  8. Hoagie wrote:

    Why posture when we can’t back it up and Putin will do whatever the hell he wants regardless of what Obama, Kerry or any other sabre rattling Democrat says or threatens?

    Trouble is, President Obama wouldn’t do anything but talk if Mexico invaded Texas!

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