Psst. Hey media! They’ve already intervened. Russia has taken over Ukraine airports and seaports. Putin has done this before, in Georgia.
‘Leading from behind’ is so predictable. Nothing different here than how President Obama reacted to Egypt, Lybia, Syria, or how candidate Obama reacted to Georgia.
So predictable in fact, that Sarah Palin called it six years ago . . .
“After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the
kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.”
Our president’s official reaction:
- Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilising, which is not in the interests of Ukraine, Russia or Europe.
- It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people.
- It would be a clear violation of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine – and of international laws.
- Just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic games, it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world.
- And, indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.
- The president is also considering boycotting a G8 summit hosted by Russia.
As if any of that has Putin quaking in his boots. I can imagine Russian President Vladimir Putin rolling on the floor laughing his ass off.
And news on ABC’s Nightline tonight? Nothing about Russia invading a sovereign country. “News” is the Oscars.