Obama draws yet another line and dares Ukraine to cross it
Obama is as big of a joke overseas as he is here. He is like the neighborhood Poodle with all bark and no bite at all. Maybe though this brief time of laughter will give pause to the tensions in the Ukraine.
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It is hard to have much hope of effective Western action, however. Speaking from Mexico, where he is attending the Three Amigos summit alongside Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Enrique Pena-Nieto, U.S. President Barack Obama warned that Ukraine’s government may face consequences if it continues to use violence against its own people. “[W]e’ll be monitoring very closely the situation,” the President said, “recognizing that with our European partners and the international community there will be consequences if people step over the line.”
This was the strongest statement from the United States government so far, but that’s still not very strong. It was not all that long ago that President Obama told the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad that using chemical weapons against opposition forces or civilians in that country’s ongoing civil war would constitute a “red line” that would compel an armed American response.
Over the next several months, as credible reports of chemical weapons usage were confirmed by Israeli and European intelligence officials, the U.S. proved laughably reluctant to acknowledge the obvious fact that the President’s red line had been crossed. When Assad’s use of chemical weapons became too enormous to ignore, with thousands of civilians dead, the U.S. threatened military action but quickly backed down when Russia proposed that Syria’s stockpiles of weapons be placed under international control and destroyed. That process is ongoing, very, very slowly.