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Crimea seizure act of Russian 'weakness': Obama
Chicago Tribune ^ | March 25, 2014

Posted on 03/25/2014 12:26:46 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

Russia and the West drew a tentative line under the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday after U.S. President Barack Obama and his allies agreed to hold off on more damaging economic sanctions unless Moscow goes beyond the seizure of Crimea.

Describing Russia as a "regional power" and not the biggest national security threat to the United States, Obama said Russian forces would not be removed militarily from Crimea, but the annexation of the Black Sea region was not a "done deal" because the international community would not recognise it.

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"Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors, not out of strength but out of weakness," Obama said. "We (the United States) have considerable influence on our neighbours. We generally don't need to invade them in order to have a strong cooperative relationship with them."

~~~~Obama 'splains that taking Crimea was not over his red line, but another step will be~~~~

Asked what was to stop a further Russian "land grab", the U.S. president drew a distinction between an attack on members of NATO, covered by its Article V mutual defence clause, and on non-members where the West could apply international pressure, shine a spotlight on those states and provide economic support.

~~~~all's well that ends well~~~~

The rouble firmed and Russian assets climbed on Tuesday after Obama and fellow G7 leaders held back from new sanctions and investors took the view that the crisis had been contained for now.

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


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: obama; putin; russia; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
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1 posted on 03/25/2014 12:26:46 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson
0bama is projecting again.

2 posted on 03/25/2014 12:27:54 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Jim Robinson

Obama would know what weakness is.


3 posted on 03/25/2014 12:28:16 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: Jim Robinson
This is breaking?

Zero's cluelessness and empty posturing is not news at all.

4 posted on 03/25/2014 12:28:41 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: Jim Robinson

He wants to use fairy dust to assume away the problem of Putin.


5 posted on 03/25/2014 12:28:44 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: ColdOne

Putin to Obama: “I know you are, but what am I?”


6 posted on 03/25/2014 12:29:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Jim Robinson

Ditto Sudetenland with Hitler.


7 posted on 03/25/2014 12:29:35 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Democrats have destroyed more cities than Godzilla)
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To: Jim Robinson

They mention NATO and “mutual” but are now ignoring that 1994 Memorandum BECAUSE IIRC, it gives Crimea very special status. In fact, I don’t believe Crimea was even part of Ukraine’s original Constitution.


8 posted on 03/25/2014 12:30:30 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Jim Robinson

I swear Obama is going to talk us into a war...the idiot needs to just shut up.


9 posted on 03/25/2014 12:31:19 PM PDT by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: Jim Robinson

You know Jim maybe we can learn from this.
If Obama gets any weaker, he’s apt to seize
Canada or Mesico.


10 posted on 03/25/2014 12:33:31 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Jim Robinson

0bummer sounds more like Pelosi daily, he just says whatever comes to mind.


11 posted on 03/25/2014 12:34:55 PM 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

Taking territory and taking names = weakness

Clueless yak and mindless bravado = strength

In Obama’s World.

heh!


12 posted on 03/25/2014 12:35:36 PM PDT by dforest
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To: BitWielder1

0bama is projecting again.

Statist libs are very adept at projecting everything.


13 posted on 03/25/2014 12:36:47 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: dforest
Taking territory and taking names = weakness

Clueless yak and mindless bravado = strength

Leading from behind = strength

Only in the twisted, liberal fantasy world is left, right, and up, down.

14 posted on 03/25/2014 12:37:54 PM PDT by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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To: Jim Robinson

My only surprise so far with Obama..., his head hasn’t caved in yet.

Talk about an empty vacuum...


15 posted on 03/25/2014 12:37:55 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: jazusamo

I first thought Obama flubbed during an ad-lib session, but the photo showed him standing before the TOTUS. This must be the new market-tested strategy. Looks like the media is running with the laughable “Putin is weak” talking point.


16 posted on 03/25/2014 12:40:04 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Looks more like a sign of Obama weakness from where I sit.


17 posted on 03/25/2014 12:44:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Jim Robinson

dumBO’s narcissism prevents him from seeing his own weakness.


18 posted on 03/25/2014 12:46:59 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: Jim Robinson

“OK, if you cross THIS line,......”

What’s next, Pontiff Obammy? Does Putin care who “recognises” what Russia controls?

It’s like watching dyslectic Neophytes argue over answers to crossword puzzles. It’s embarrassing.


19 posted on 03/25/2014 12:47:57 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: Dog

I swear Obama is going to talk us into a war...the idiot needs to just shut up.

_________________________

You could be right about that. It was the first thing that came to mind after listening to his remarks with the Dutch Prime Minister today at the Hague. It sounded as if he was almost daring Putin. Obama is dangerously immature in this area.


20 posted on 03/25/2014 12:47:58 PM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: Jim Robinson

Black is white, up is down, aggression is weakness... what a dumbass.


21 posted on 03/25/2014 12:48:05 PM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Wow. I don’t know what is more astounding.

A president who could actually say this.

Or people who will actually believe it. You know at least 23% of the adult population will buy it. And just how many millions of people is that?

Just wow.


22 posted on 03/25/2014 12:49:08 PM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Obama, you are dumber than dirt and not near as useful.


23 posted on 03/25/2014 12:49:27 PM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: Jim Robinson

Ignorance Is Strength!
War is Peace Prize!
Crimea seizure act of Russian weakness!
All Animals are created equal, but some Animals are more equal than others!

Isn’t NewSpeak fun?
And oh....
If you don’t think any of the above is true, you are OBVIOUSLY a racist, and quite possibly a homophobe, as well!
(Just ask anyone at NBC News about this.)


24 posted on 03/25/2014 12:50:37 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Jim Robinson

If he weren’t occupying our Casablanca statements like this would be quite funny, even entertaining.


25 posted on 03/25/2014 12:50:52 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: jda

If I were Putin, I would be doing kicks and high fives for Obama. He is helping me achieve my goals.

How does a tough guy tell a weak turd “thanks” in Russian?


26 posted on 03/25/2014 12:51:07 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Jim Robinson

Obama must get his talking points from “The Father of Lies”.


27 posted on 03/25/2014 12:57:39 PM PDT by pleasenotcalifornia
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To: Jim Robinson

Obama needs to reread his little read Mao book that “Power comes from the barrel of a gun.”


28 posted on 03/25/2014 1:02:28 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Jim Robinson

You’ve gotta be kidding me.

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

We have always been at war with Eastasia


29 posted on 03/25/2014 1:03:03 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Jim Robinson

Russia is a great power - and of course the West is not going to really punish it because it can’t and it might need the Russians again someday.

And since Russia has recovered Crimea, it could care less about what Obama thinks.


30 posted on 03/25/2014 1:10:51 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Jim Robinson

Oh, that Putin is sooooo 19th Century.


31 posted on 03/25/2014 1:10:57 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SumProVita
It sounded as if he was almost daring Putin. Obama is dangerously immature in this area.

Bingo. I saw this to my wife everyday now. This clown who has proved he is not the equal of one of Rumfeld’s “trained apes” could easily write a check with his mouth that our arses cannot cover.

32 posted on 03/25/2014 1:14:56 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Dog
To the contrary, I don't think he'd go to war over anything short of a direct attack on the "lower 48", and I'm not even sure about that considering that "Azltan" is comparable to Crimea in this context.

One morning we woke up and saw a Russian flag flying over the Crimean parliament, put there by anonymous militia. Ukraine did little more than stammer and the Obama declared "sanctions" on a few individuals (several of which were bafflingly unaffected by).

One morning we may very well wake up and see a Mexican flag flying over the California capitol, put there by anonymous militia. The Obama would do little more than stammer and declare "sanctions" on a few individuals ... if not just wish the new owners good luck.

33 posted on 03/25/2014 1:23:11 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: Jim Robinson

What is the mouthy taunting and trash talk intended to gain?


34 posted on 03/25/2014 1:38:09 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Jim Robinson

There needs to be a political movement that recognizes and proclaims liberals are nuts in general.

The world to liberals bears no semblance to reality, and this is how they get people killed.

The successful invasion of Crimea is a “weakness” because liberals reject the idea of successful invasions in the modern world. Our allies are all troublemakers, and our enemies are all justified. The list of dangerous liberal nuttiness goes on and on.


35 posted on 03/25/2014 1:38:55 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: dfwgator
Putin: Knock Knock

Obozo: Who's There?

Putin: Crimea

Obozo: Crimea who?

Putin: Crimea River!

36 posted on 03/25/2014 1:41:01 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: goldstategop

Russia is a great power - and of course the West is not going to really punish it because it can’t and it might need the Russians again someday.


Great powers don’t invade their neighbors with a pansy army wearing no insignia and masks. That is a african tin pot dictator move.


37 posted on 03/25/2014 1:53:53 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: Jim Robinson
If that's weak..



These these guys must have been the biggest wusses in history.
38 posted on 03/25/2014 1:59:58 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Jim Robinson
Looks like the media is running with the laughable “Putin is weak” talking point.

That's the saddest part.

One would hope that at some point, even the MSM would reach a point where even they begin to get worried about what Obama is doing to the country and the world.

We are either not yet at that point, or the MSM is willing to go all the way where Obama is going.

-PJ

39 posted on 03/25/2014 2:11:13 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Jim Robinson

If Russia is using its military because it is so terribly weak, maybe “we” should send them a big shipment of our most advanced American weapons?

(you know, like how “we” are doing for IslamoNazis and anti-American Muslim terrorists elsewhere?)


40 posted on 03/25/2014 2:21:05 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: Jim Robinson

His Arrogance channeling Slow Joe!!!!


41 posted on 03/25/2014 2:26:21 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (History is about to be repeated in the Third World of Progressive intellectual and moral depravity.)
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To: lodi90
Great powers don't invade their neighbors....

Apparently they do.

42 posted on 03/25/2014 2:32:56 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Compared to Obama, Soros, and the sodomite EU Putin is weak. They overthrew the legitimate, democratically elected government of Ukraine taking 90% of the country and nobody bats an eye lash. 10% of Ukraine votes to join Russia and Putin is the new Hitler.


43 posted on 03/25/2014 2:53:37 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Hes the petulant and fraudulent professor, forever lecturing the know nothing dolts with his pretentious and fictitious wisdom.

Anyone who takes him serious is a fool.


44 posted on 03/25/2014 3:46:43 PM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: PA-RIVER

Hes also the wise observer, who has no part in any event, yet lectures all that participate.

The “know it all” that has someone else tie his shoes and wipe his nose.


45 posted on 03/25/2014 3:56:00 PM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: BitWielder1

Obama’s statement about Russian weakness is a sure sign of terminal stupidity.


46 posted on 03/25/2014 4:43:33 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: andyssister

TOTUS! I’ve been such a FR slacker I’d forgotten how funny that is.


47 posted on 03/25/2014 5:41:35 PM PDT by synbad600
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To: Blood of Tyrants

You hit it on the nose.

There is no sane reason to bait someone like Putin with statements like this.

This is very dangerous incompetency at best.


48 posted on 03/25/2014 6:09:37 PM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the Whitehouse.)
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To: BitWielder1

In fact Obama might be right to some degree, but it is stupid to say these ‘truths’ in public. Strong or weak, Russia has never had any real interests outside Eurasia. Over 90% of their trade is either Europe, Stans and China. All their incursions into the left hemisphere were a reaction to what they see as a meddling in their backyard. And it is plain stupidity to think they have no ability to make trouble in Americas to retaliate. What about an anti-American coup in Mexico and revolutionaries demanding Russian presence on US-Mexican border? What about ATGMs and manpads to cartels? What about some heavily armed groups of ‘oppressed’ minorities withing USA? I think nobody wonts that.


49 posted on 03/25/2014 6:24:01 PM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: Jim Robinson

Our politicians invade other countries with bribe money.

Zeerow must have heard the buzz that he is a weak pansy @ss. This is the best response he can come up with.

Obama

Fail


50 posted on 03/25/2014 8:49:18 PM PDT by Gasshog (DemoKKKrats: Leaders of the Free Sh!t World)
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