Monday, February 24, 2014
Powerless Obama acts tough on Ukraine
President Obama laughably warned the Ukranian government not to use unnecessary force against its own people with this statement, eerily similar to his warning to Bashir al-assad of Syria, which was immediately followed by al-assad using Sarin gas on his people:
"[W]e’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."
The Ukraine shares a huge border with Russia and the entire south-eastern half of the country is very pro-Russian and are mostly ethnic Russians. What's Obama, or any EU nation for that matter, going to do? The same thing we did in Syria? Look the other way and pretend the red-line hadn't been crossed? Send in drones to a nation that borders Russia? Send in peace-keeping troops to fight with Russian troops? How about sanctions? Russia won't let that have any effect on the Ukraine.
Obama is posturing for the media and little else. As far as the Ukraine unrest is concerned, the US is a powerless observer and that's exactly what we should be, Obama's ridiculous saber-rattling notwithstanding.