President Obama warns Russia of 'costs' in Ukraine

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  • A_Chinese_American Cedar Hills, UT
    March 4, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    In this world, the wisdom "If you want peace you need to prepare to have a war" is still validated. Such thing as talks is just shown to the people over the world that USA is weak. Action is required to show your determination and power. Unfortunately, USA weakness is injecting instability over the world. American voters should be blamed because they choose a wrong leader over this time.

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    March 3, 2014 2:48 a.m.

    1. Your assumption that those who don't trust the Obama team therefore, love GW is your assumption. No one has commented on it so you own it.
    2. Russia invading Georgia, The Five Day War...not the same thing as this:
    A. Georgia was a divided territory with two weak forms of government. Russia, like the USA went in to settle the civil unrest...they were a settling force for a country that was not functioning.
    B. Not so in the Ukrain. They simply had a flawed leader, and were working thru their democracy, when Vlad came in.

    Surely you can understand the difference between two weak and disfunctional forms of leadership. If not, check out the Harry & Barry Show

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 2, 2014 2:01 p.m.

    So, if I understand Sarah Palin and her followers, Putin disrespects Obama and his Democratic administration, and therefore he will invade Ukraine.

    Russia invaded Georgia in 2008.


    Was it because Putin disrespected GW Bush and his Republican administration?

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2014 12:53 p.m.

    Obama was talking about nuclear weapons deals and he was 100% accurate in saying there's more flexibility after elections because earlier in his first term the new START treaty was passed by a lame-duck Congress in Dec 2010 after the election when there's more flexibility to pass bills without re-election campaign pressure.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2014 12:20 p.m.

    Nothing like a good geo-political crisis to bring the traitors out of the woodwork!
    Wait, no, Fox News TV, aka Fox News Traitor Vision, has been at this for over 6 years.
    Carry on.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 2, 2014 10:21 a.m.

    All the "Conservatives" lambasting Obama on this site for allegedly being a weak blowhard apparently yearn for the days of GW Bush.

    . . . Nostalgic for the days when we invaded Iraq, a country that did not attack us first, and wasted trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives, while destabilizing the Middle East for years to come.

    Didn't Russia invade Georgia during GW Bush's time in office?

    Apparently, Putin didn't respect Bush's Republican administration much either.

    Why do you suppose that is?

    Does that say something about Putin's regard for Republicans?

    Given the fact that Russia invaded Georgia during the GW Bush administration, how in the world can Republicans criticize Obama for Russia's threat against Ukraine?

    Please, can some "Conservative" explain to me in a rational manner just what the thought process is here.

    . . . Or maybe there's nothing rational about the thought process?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 2, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    Why is anyone surprised by this? Obama to the Russians caught on a hot microphone just before he was re-elected, "After my election I will have more flexibility." Obama is now, in effect, saying to Putin, If you like your Ukraine, Georgia or any other real estate, you can keep it, period! Now that is real "flexibility" from Obama! Putin flexes and Obama has no ability or credibility!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 2, 2014 7:45 a.m.

    These kinds of things wouldn't have happened during the Reagan years when we were a strong country.

    We were the reason many countries enjoyed freedom.

    We are no longer strong, and independence is disappearing.

    We were lied to about Romney, and now Barry is in the drivers seat.

    Very sad.

  • Dr. Thom Long Beach, CA
    March 1, 2014 9:54 p.m.

    Hard to draw a line in the sand worth considering when our military is being cut down to its smallest size since World War II. What is the military suppose to use, harsh language?

  • bigv56 Cottonwood, CA
    March 1, 2014 6:56 p.m.

    I am sure he outer is shaking. He was how Obummer responded to the line he had made in Syria. Oh, and he saw the competence of obamacare

  • Vince Ballard South Ogden, UT
    March 1, 2014 12:01 p.m.

    Obama should tone it down, especially about severing diplomatic ties. Remember we are still both nuclear powers. As far as Ukraine, suppose Montana, Texas or Arizona should decide to secede? We are not there yet, but we have ample unrest (and attendant threats) by certain groups of our own. Would Mr.Obama send troops? What is his contingency plan? We had better make sure our own house is in order and that we have a more humane plan before we lecture the Russians.

  • Ice Cream Sandwich provo, UT
    March 1, 2014 11:41 a.m.

    "There will be costs?" coming from the King of Intervention. Why don't we take a dose of our own medicine?
    Gandalf: to compare a tyrant with a psychopath doesn't mean the tyrant is desirable.

  • CPA Howard Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    March 1, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    I'm sure Gandalf would have said the same thing in 1936 when Hitler started invading his neighbors and in 1938 when Japan invaded Manchuria. Roosevelt didn't want to get us involved with wars and he warned the Germany and Japan. Our military is shrinking while China and Russia's military is growing and no one fears us any more.

    The President will draw a line in the sand which is worthless and our EU allies won't do anything that could offend Russia and risk losing their source of cheap natural gas. The world will watch as the Russian tanks roll into the Ukraine, just as it did when Hitler rolled his tanks into the countries that neighbored Germany.

    The result of the West's apathy was a World War, will it happen again, Yes. In 2008 Sarah Palin was mocked when she predicted if Sen Obama were elected Russia would invade the Ukraine because he was weak. Six years later she was right.

    The only thing the President will take action against is his critics and he will bring the full weight of the government against them. I don't miss Bush, I'm sorry Romney wasn't elected.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 1, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    What's all the mystery about "costs" if Russia invades the Ukraine. That was an understatement by Obama.

    Of course there will be costs.

    Invading another nation to "stabilize" the country, can be tremendously expensive for the invader, as we found out in Iraq . . . expensive in lives and money lost.

    It could cost Russia a whole lot of money and international political capital much as their misadventure in Afghanistan cost them. Apparently Russian leaders are slow learners.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    March 1, 2014 8:45 a.m.

    A bit of historical fact is in order on this issue. Ukraine was part of the Soviet Empire under Communism which fell in 1991. Eastern and Southern (Crimean peninsula) have been Russian since the staring of millions by Joe Stalin and the movement of Russian settlers into the regions. Western Ukraine is basically oriented with the EU. Russia fought a war for the Crimea in the 1850's and lost under the czar. This is where the Russian fleet is ported. The Black Sea is only accessible through the Bosphorus which cuts Istanbul (Constantinople) in half. As someone who served on a U.S. Navy cruiser on a state visit to Romania, I can attest to the geo political needs of Russia. We dropped off CIA personnel in Constanta to help overthrow their dictator. The Russian government is the target and they will fight like "a wounded bear".

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    March 1, 2014 7:18 a.m.

    Even if Obama draws another line in the sand for Russia, Putin knows it'll be just a hollow threat like a bark coming from a dog without teeth. How's he going to enforce it? There isn't a single leader among the nations of the world that respect this president and America anymore. We are now the laughing stock of the world because of this man's policies and arrogance. The America we used to know no longer exists unfortunately!

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    March 1, 2014 5:51 a.m.

    Ok Mr Putin. If you don't get out of Ukraine, I will be forced to put Joe Biden in charge of a committee to research the effects of your aggression, and have Susan Rice go on talk shows and make up stories about you!!!

    If that isn't enough, I will hold a press conference and promise that justice will be served! Lastly, my two secret weapons can and will be deployed....
    1. No golfing with you

    2. Michelle will take more vacations with Oprah...

    Now...take that you poo poo head

  • Gandalf Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 11:42 p.m.

    I'll tell you California Steve, I feel a lot better about having Barack Obama in the White House, especially on foreign affairs, than I ever did with George W. Bush. Hey, I know it's a low bar, but still. Conservatives can holler about Benghazi, a trumped up nothing-burger of a scandal, all they want. But BO has more good judgment in his pinky than Dick Cheney had in his entire body.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 5:06 p.m.

    '"Any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply stabilizing," Obama said in a hastily arranged statement delivered from the White House.'

    I hope that's a misprint... I would think "deeply DE-stabilizing" makes more sense.

    That said, maybe the "costs" threatened could be the requirement that the US Congress be charged with making decisions for Russia for a while. Ouch...

  • California Steve Hanford, CA
    Feb. 28, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    "President Barack Obama expressed deep concern Friday over reported military activity inside Ukraine by Russia and warned "there will be costs" for any intervention. He did not say what those costs might be".

    Of course he didn't. He hasn't got a clue what he should do. Time to draw another line in the sand??