Kerry Complains About Putin’s AggressionPosted: March 2, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking to former Clinton White House Press Secretary George Stephanopoulos, on ABC’s Sunday talk show This Week, complained about Russian president Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, grumbling about Putin’s “brazen act of aggression.”
“It’s a 19th-century act in the 21st century that really puts at question Russia’s capacity to be within the G-8”
Kerry had to respond to the question on everyone’s mind. Will Putin pay a price for his petulant plunge into sovereign territory?
Kerry carefully avoided saying anything offensive.
“We’re busy right now coordinating with our counterparts in many parts of the world…we don’t want this to be a larger confrontation…”
Kerry said that the president is “keeping all options on the table”, though Kerry’s phrasing is recognized by everyone, including Putin, as empty rhetoric when spoken by President Obama, or Secretary of State Kerry. Leaders east and west understand that the White House has no intentions of using any option other than diplomatic, though for the sake of appearances, it’s customary to signal that other options are being considered.
“We call on Russia to engage with the government of the Ukraine. We’re prepared to work very closely with Russia in order to address whatever legitimate concerns may exist…”
Note: Kerry’s bland answers and uninteresting quotes can be attributed to the lack of serious questions and probing redirects. While Kerry accepted invitations to appear on on each network news show this Sunday, he declined an invitation from Fox News Sunday, understandably preferring not to answer challenging questions from respected host and formidable interviewer Chris Wallace.