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Obama imposes sanctions on Russian officials, ousted Ukrainian president
Chicago Tribune ^ | March 17, 2014

Posted on 03/17/2014 9:02:48 AM PDT by Jim Robinson

KIEV, Ukraine— Obama on Monday imposed sanctions on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials blamed for Russia's military incursion into Crimea, including two top aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The sanctions were the most visible sign of U.S. anger at Russia's attempt to absorb the Crimea region of southern Ukraine, reflecting the deepest plunge in U.S.-Russian relations since the Cold War.

The sanctions came in an executive order signed by Obama a day after a Crimea referendum on Sunday aimed at allowing Russia to annex the autonomous region, a vote that the United States says was illegal and would never be recognized by Washington.

During a White House press briefing, Obama warned that continued Russian military intervention in Ukraine would only increase Russia's isolation and exact a greater toll on its economy.

"If Russia continues to interfere in Ukraine, we stand ready to impose further sanctions," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhoforeignpolicy; bhorussia; brzezinski; cfr; crimea; eo; euagenda; executiveorder; globalists; king; momjeans; nocongress; obama; putin; putinsbuttboys; russia; sanctions; soros; surrendermonkeys; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
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And there you have it, folks. BAM!

Putin will never dare step over another Obama red line./

1 posted on 03/17/2014 9:02:48 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
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But no sanctions for Putin!


2 posted on 03/17/2014 9:04:49 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Jim Robinson

LOL


3 posted on 03/17/2014 9:05:01 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Whatever happened to those unified severe Western sanctions that Kerry said were coming? Pouting and whining are no substitute for effective leadership.


4 posted on 03/17/2014 9:05:45 AM PDT by allendale
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To: AU72

Can’t...head of state...


5 posted on 03/17/2014 9:05:51 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Jim Robinson

The Russians and the world are laughing at Obamas handling of this.


6 posted on 03/17/2014 9:06:31 AM PDT by matt04
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To: Jim Robinson

“Do that and I will taunt you again!”


7 posted on 03/17/2014 9:06:32 AM PDT by elephantlips
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To: Jim Robinson
"Putin will never dare step over another Obama red line." "Obama has made it clear to the world that when confronted with a crisis, he will do nothing. This reduces his options to zero and puts the United States and the world into a situation where rogue nations, non-state organizations, and gangs of thugs can do as they please with no fear of any meaningful response from the U.S. It makes the world a much more dangerous place."

Thanks to Daniel Greenfield for the remarks below to explain where we are with Obozo as POTUS in The Post American order.

The Post-American order stands for nothing except its own dismantling. That is why Obama sets red lines that he won’t enforce and issues threats that he doesn’t mean.

The only thing less appealing than selfishness is the complete absence of self. The only thing less appealing than empire is an anti-imperialism that so thoroughly negates its own power that it has no influence and no reason to exist.

Post-American America exists to destroy itself. Until that changes, it has nothing to offer the world except membership in a suicide pact.


8 posted on 03/17/2014 9:06:52 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Too bad Obama does not take OUR borders as seriously as he does the Ukraine!)
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To: Jim Robinson

9 posted on 03/17/2014 9:07:20 AM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: allendale

The EU is going to be the big loser in this and they know it. Obama isn’t helping right now.


10 posted on 03/17/2014 9:07:48 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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Sanctions by executive order is a very very bad way to make US foreign policy, given that a misstep by one thin skinned unhinged man can lead to war.

That’s why I thought we had a Senate to deliberate on that.


11 posted on 03/17/2014 9:08:05 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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12 posted on 03/17/2014 9:08:23 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Jim Robinson

Obama must have world leaders shaking in their boots. lol


13 posted on 03/17/2014 9:08:44 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Jim Robinson
During a White House press briefing, Obama warned that continued Russian military intervention in Ukraine would only increase Russia's isolation and exact a greater toll on its economy.

Just exactly who is isolated obammy? You're out there all by your lonesome you pathetic loser.

14 posted on 03/17/2014 9:08:56 AM PDT by pgkdan
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To: Jim Robinson

Mom jeans has his knickers in a bunch.


15 posted on 03/17/2014 9:09:24 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: AU72

A travel ban on 11 people. Wow.

Putin’s response will be to send more Russian troops into Ukraine outside of Crimea. He already has some in Kherson. That will make the kenyan and the EU look like the impotent fools that they are.


16 posted on 03/17/2014 9:10:53 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: Jim Robinson; P-Marlowe

A small list of people:

1. Can’t travel to the US

2. Have their US bank accounts frozen

That’ll stop ‘em. Mine is paying about 1% interest.

While travel in the US is a big deal to me, I assume these guys’ bucket lists include countries other than the US of A.


17 posted on 03/17/2014 9:10:55 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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Unless he puts the hurt on the 40 or so Russian oligarchs Putey workd for its not going to have any effect.


18 posted on 03/17/2014 9:11:08 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Surely when Putin (and the Chinese) bail out of the USD, Angela Merkel will stand with the man whose NSA spied on her

I would watch China closely for defensive financial moves to protect itself and to stand by Putin. The precedent he is establishing in Crimea could prove quite useful to future Chinese territorial ex[pansion


19 posted on 03/17/2014 9:11:25 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Jim Robinson

Obama, let’s not let him answer the 2am phone calls. Can we call forward to Dick Cheney or someone else?

Obama is too busy worrying about his next vacation and how best to implement socialism.


20 posted on 03/17/2014 9:11:37 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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Why is it I seem tempted to take Putin's side on this "crisis"?

Team-Obungle tend to be on the wrong side in foreign issues.

Is this time different?


21 posted on 03/17/2014 9:11:47 AM PDT by John 3_19-21 (The rats will always chew on each other just before abandoning ship.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Ahhh, sanctions. Is there anything less effective?
22 posted on 03/17/2014 9:12:04 AM PDT by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Well, that’ll teach ‘em. Next, Obama will say something snarky about Putin on Snap Chat.


23 posted on 03/17/2014 9:13:24 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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OUCH, That’s gonna hurt! /sarc.


24 posted on 03/17/2014 9:13:31 AM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Jim Robinson

Barry doesn’t care about American sovereignty, why would he care about Crimea’s? Enough fake outrage already, Barry! Elections have catastrophes!


25 posted on 03/17/2014 9:13:33 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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Pffffttt. Putin is laughing so hard he tossed his vodka thru his nose.


26 posted on 03/17/2014 9:15:47 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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I shouldn’t laugh at this, but if I didn’t, I’d start crying.

We have sunk so low since Ronald Reagan was President. Back then you could be sure the Soviet Union wouldn’t dare to do anything lest it incurred the wrath of the US We had fear through strength. We don’t have that today.


27 posted on 03/17/2014 9:16:36 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: jazusamo

Mac daddies threars to Russia are as meaningless as his promises to Americans.


28 posted on 03/17/2014 9:16:50 AM PDT by chiefqc
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So, he puts “sanctions” on Viktor Yanukovich for being deposed from elected office by bloody revolutionaries funded by George Soros and the CIA?

Actually, we haven’t heard from Yanukovich for some time, and according to one story, he died from a “heart attack.” Possibly that was because he failed to do his job right, and Putin didn’t want him around making any more trouble.

Presumably Obama can do this by Executive Order, without consulting congress, since this is a “national emergency.” A bloody revolution right next door to us, threatening our borders! So we’ll sanction the guys who got kicked out!


29 posted on 03/17/2014 9:20:02 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: John 3_19-21
"Why is it I seem tempted to take Putin's side on this "crisis"? Team-Obungle tend to be on the wrong side in foreign issues."

Don't take sides. Sit on the fence for now. Chances are bozo may be doing the correct thing for once.

Corruption in russia may be exposed now, and for revenge, russia may do the same in USA. THAT would be cool to watch.

30 posted on 03/17/2014 9:21:59 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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Few years back Russia retaliated against American sanctions by not allowing Americans to adopt Russian orphans. Given the seriousness of the current situation, Putin is considering not to sell their automobiles Ladas and Volgas to the American public.


31 posted on 03/17/2014 9:22:20 AM PDT by Ivan Mazepa
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Obama punches like a girl.
32 posted on 03/17/2014 9:24:38 AM PDT by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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The British are so right. He is a Pantywaist, but not presidential


33 posted on 03/17/2014 9:25:50 AM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: silverleaf
Sanctions by executive order is a very very bad way to make US foreign policy, given that a misstep by one thin skinned unhinged man can lead to war.

You call these sanctions? Selecting a few dozen people for visa restrictions is not exactly a reason to go to war. It is laughable. Better to do nothing at all then such a meaningless action. It shows how powerless we really are.

34 posted on 03/17/2014 9:28:18 AM PDT by kabar
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Leader of The Gay States of America lashes out with a vicious slap to Putins backside...ooo it hurts so good.
35 posted on 03/17/2014 9:28:20 AM PDT by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: Cicero

You do notice that there is hardly any mention, especially on TV, that Obama and EU sent agitators over there to set up the overthrow of Yanukovich in order to install their own NWO sock puppet.

Yanukovich was bad, but an election was coming up. I figure Soros didn’t figure his guy would win.

This is sold on TV as though Putin started this all. What he did, was react. I doubt he would have chose this thing to happen while the Olympics were happening.


36 posted on 03/17/2014 9:29:33 AM PDT by dforest
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So, are these the people who have already been pulling their money out of US banks for the past week?


37 posted on 03/17/2014 9:30:05 AM PDT by nuance4u
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To: dforest

Putin was an opportunist, he knew he had the pretext to finally do what he’s been wanting to do for years.


38 posted on 03/17/2014 9:30:56 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Cicero
Presumably Obama can do this by Executive Order, without consulting congress, since this is a “national emergency.”

The President can do it thru the visa issuing function of the State Department. It is done all the time. Remember Gerry Adams?

39 posted on 03/17/2014 9:30:58 AM PDT by kabar
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To: allendale

John Kerry talking to Russia is like
‘sending a cupcake to negotiate with a steak knife’

40 posted on 03/17/2014 9:31:36 AM PDT by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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Ahhh, sanctions. Is there anything less effective?

Barry demonstrates his "flexibility"?
41 posted on 03/17/2014 9:31:38 AM PDT by freebird5850 (The only good thing about Barry getting re-elected is now we get to see him fall from a higher place)
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To: dforest

Of course! It’s not like Putin has done anything like this in the past, or threatened to do it in the future! Oh, wait . . . .


42 posted on 03/17/2014 9:32:20 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Awgie
Leader of The Gay States of America lashes out with a vicious slap to Putins backside...ooo it hurts so good.

"You brute, You brute, You vicious brute!"

43 posted on 03/17/2014 9:32:24 AM PDT by dfwgator
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I’m sure Putin broke down in tears when he heard the news /s


44 posted on 03/17/2014 9:34:58 AM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: Jim Robinson
Obama announces tough sanctions to curtail Russian aggression!


45 posted on 03/17/2014 9:36:00 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: dfwgator

True, but we really didn’t need this right now. Since Obama, there hasn’t been a moment of peace. Leave it to Obama to give our foes the upper hand.

It has become intolerable.


46 posted on 03/17/2014 9:36:55 AM PDT by dforest
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Personal sanctions? Not a BFD.

Obama’s big on symbolism over substance. But, here he reality of the situation is that symbolism won’t do anything, and Russia is going to keep control of the Crimea. Heck, the only reason the Crimea was part of the Ukraine was because of a book-keeping entry made by Khruschev moving it from one administrative pocket SSR to another.

Now, it is true that Putin stacked the deck with some thuggish behavior from his military, but the reality remains the same. The Crimea is more a part of Russia than Europe, and Sevastopol was never going to be part of the EU.


47 posted on 03/17/2014 9:37:07 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: kabar

so the principle is, the president of the US can unilaterally order sanctions against the citizens and assets of a foreign nation... just not “big” sanctions


48 posted on 03/17/2014 9:40:41 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: bigbob

LOL!


49 posted on 03/17/2014 9:41:08 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: nuance4u

I suppose you were only on the list if your money was already gone. :>)


50 posted on 03/17/2014 9:43:28 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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