The View From 1776

Obama Gets Tough With Putin

The Russian dictator better be careful.  No ‘red line’ this time; Obama has drawn a line with invisible ink and he’s sent John Kerry to pontificate sternly at Putin.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/03 at 04:35 PM
  1. It will be interesting to see how the Ukraine situation plays out. The hard right will probably recommend sending in the B52s to do some bombing, just to show Putin who is boss. The Tea Party, who generally hew to a more isolationist line will probably be silent.

    What say you, Thomas? Should the US flex its military muscle in this matter?
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  03/05  at  10:59 AM
  2. Mr. Jay, nobody is calling, so far as I know, for military intervention. Obama's 'red line' having been violated without any effective reaction from the president, coupled with the incidents of failing to react to other provocations recounted in the article, have made it obvious to Putin that Obama, in foreign policy, is not a man of his word.

    If the president is not going to do something effective to check Putin in Ukraine, he should not agin have uttered empty threats. Moreover, he should have someone better informed and more capable then he is to advise him and to anticipate developing situations and to have contingency plans already well thought out.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  03/05  at  03:45 PM
  3. What "empty" threats have been issued on this invasion?

    This is the standard Fox News line, that Putin is acting because of lack of action by Obama.

    When George Bush looked deep into Putin's eyes and "saw his soul," but then was impotent when Putin invaded Georgia, I don't recall you being similarly condescending to Mr. Bush.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  03/07  at  11:09 AM
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