Is the U.S. gearing up for another war in the tradition of the humongous Iraq-war blunder, vis-a-vis Russia and Ukraine? Some call President Obama’s response to Russians invading Crimea a blunt statement, some call it infuriating. Me? I’m cynical of what, if anything substantive the U.S. will do. President Obama delivered this ‘blunt’ warning to Putin:
“We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine,” Obama said, speaking at the White House. “Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing.”
It’s obvious President Obama knows that the Russians are where they shouldn’t be, but what can he do to stop Vladimir Putin? Um, nothing. Obama hasn’t said what he would do to poach the Russians out of the Ukraine. I scarcely believe he would start a war with Putin. In other words, Vladimir Putin ain’t exactly quaking in his boots over Obama’s ‘strong’ warning.
The AFP reports that a military official said after Obama’s statement that “it looks like they’ve moved several hundred troops there.” The official said the Kremlin had given no advance warning of the movement. President Obama recognizes that Russia has interests in Crimea, which is a territory ceded to the Soviet republic of Ukraine by the Soviet Union in 1954.
Interfax news agency quotes Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrij Deshchitsya as saying Russia is refusing to hold talks with Ukraine under the auspices of an agreement that guarantees the country’s territorial integrity.
There is some talk that President Obama could fire the first shot by scrapping a planned trip to the G-8 summit to be held in Sochi in June. You recall after Russia granted NSA fugitive leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum, President Obama canceled a planned summit with Putin. Where did that get him? Nowhere.
An Obama official told Politico, “We are consulting with European partners and considering options. It’s hard to see how we and other European leaders would attend the G-8 in Sochi if Russia is intervening in Ukraine.”
Once again, the right wing, via Sarah Palin, are thumbing their noses at the president for what seems to be the making of another foreign policy nightmare. Yeah, Palin saw this coming from her backyard in Alaska back in 2008. Of course, I feel dirty after linking to Breitbart on Sarah Palin’s gloating.