The Hammer: ‘Everybody, is shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statement’

Obama Tells the World We Aren’t Going to Do Anything About Invasion of Ukraine

barack-obama-336From NRO: 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.”

“What he’s saying is we’re not really going to do anything and we’re telling the world.”

Krauthammer thinks Obama’s statement is about “three levels removed” from actual action. He explained: Obama said “we will stand with the international community — meaning we are going to negotiate with a dozen other countries who will water down the statement — in affirming that there will be costs — meaning in making a statement not even imposing a cost, but in making a statement about imposing a cost — for any military intervention.”

[Krauthammer‘s bestseller  “Things That Matter”  is available at Amazon]

“What he’s saying is we’re not really going to do anything and we’re telling the world,” Krauthammer said.

 notes:

Obama did not make clear what those “costs” would be, although direct military action is highly unlikely. Senior administration officials speaking to CNN have said the U.S. may possibly sit out the upcoming G-8 summit in Russia, while others have speculated the U.S. could bring Ukraine into the fold of NATO.

Ian Bremmer, a geopolitical expert and president of the Eurasia Group, characterized it this way:

Here’s the transcript of Obama’s speech.

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4 Comments on “The Hammer: ‘Everybody, is shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statement’”

  1. […] Pundit from another Planet Obama Tells the World We Aren’t Going to Do Anything About Invasion of Ukraine From NRO: As […]

  2. Have you even thought this through?
    Does the US really want to go head to head with the Russian Forces?
    One outcome could be WAR!
    After all what better way to make Putin appear the hero as he fights for the “Russian state of Crimea against the illegal revolt funded by the US and EU.”
    The Crimea is also made up of 50%+ Russians anyway.

    There again it might get you that trade deal with the EU.
    The US can then become Brussels newest lap dog.

  3. Brittius says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius.com and commented:
    KRAUTHAMMER – NAPOLITANO 2016

  4. […] The Hammer: ‘Everybody, is shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statement’ (punditfromanotherplanet.com) […]


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