President Obama just took to the podium to talk more about the situation in Ukraine, namely, Crimea. Do you think Putin really cares what Obama says?
I really don’t think Putin cares, or is listening.
Consequences for their actions? What? Sanctions on Russian officials? You really think that makes a difference to Putin? And we’re sending Vice President Joe Biden? Now, that’s really going to bolster confidence and spook Putin.
Exact a greater toll on the Russian economy? Then open up the Keystone XL Pipeline and more federal lands to natural gas exploration and send energy resources to Europe and Ukraine.
Obama said nothing about NATO expansion or restarting the missile defense shield. Just more “red line” rhetoric. We all know Putin “violated” international law — heck, he just invaded a sovereign nation!
Dire consequences, Mr. Obama, nobody cares what you say, and just so you know, those Russian oligarchs already moved their money and can vacation and shop in other places. The center of gravity here is energy resources!