Charles Krauthammer: The US should provide counterpressure in Ukraine

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  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    March 3, 2014 5:57 p.m.

    Mr. Obama has no options. Threats are low humor. He is powerless.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    March 3, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    Blue Devil

    (CNN) -- As President Barack Obama presses his case for a strike on Syria, a new national survey shows him swimming against a strong tide of public opinion that doesn't want the United States to get involved.

    (Time) -- In a rare prime-time address to the nation, President Barack Obama laid out the case for U.S. intervention in Syria...

    (The Times of Israel) -- The Obama administration was so certain that its forces were about to attack Syria in the chemical weapons crisis at the end of August, that US officials telephoned Israel’s prime minister and defense minister to give them “advance warning” the attack was about to take place

    (NBC News Headline) -- Military strikes on Syria 'as early as Thursday,' US officials say

    You might notice that except for the Israeli source, these are your liberal friendly news sources.

    It wasn't just sanctions. Military strikes are not sanctions. It is you who is making up your so-called facts.

    Help me understand though, is really all about loving Obama? or is it for party loyalty? I just don't get why you deny the facts.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 3, 2014 12:46 p.m.

    "It wasn't Charles that wanted to invade Syria, that was a guy named Barak Obama." In what version of imaginary history was this ever the case. There never was by anyone a claim we would have boot on the ground in Syria. All the sanctions proposed were other than direct military intervention. If you can find a direct quote to the otherwise, I would love to see it.

    But I know.... facts....... why let them ruin a good story... right? As a former Republican, this is what bothers me the most about the party. If you can't win your point with actual facts, then your not ready to debate the issue. Facts... not rhetoric is what will eventually prevail. Just making stuff up rarely works long term.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    March 3, 2014 8:30 a.m.


    It wasn't Charles that wanted to invade Syria, that was a guy named Barak Obama. Remember how congress had to stop him, and how effective they were in doing so? No, BO lovers have very selective memory.

    This article was written late last week, and now with Russia all out invading Ukraine, it looks like Charles was spot on.

  • twells Ogden, UT
    March 3, 2014 12:41 a.m.

    China is an economic powerhouse this is true. The muscle flexing will be the taking back territories China believes belong to her historical past. If the world watches and does nothing while Putin returns the Ukraine to Russian rule China will begin returning her lost territories. For an old dog the use of the term Russia and the former Soviet Union are one and the same. Soviet rule was not kind to any of its citizens. Stalin reportedly killed 20 million of his own people. The Russian aka former Soviet Union will not let the needed resources of the Ukraine looking to the West for independence. Yes Stalin did take control of the Countries in the East with the goal of obtaining warm sea ports. Hitler had a similar plan to take control of those countries that he believed were lost to Germany after
    World War One and establish the third Reich. In any event the stability of the World is changing. Our President does not seem to concerned with the potential change in the balance of power. He seems to be more concerned with fundraising than leadership.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2014 4:50 p.m.

    "What was that conversation caught on an open mike a couple of years ago between Putin and Obama referring to?"

    The one about being more flexible after the elections? That was a reference to nuclear arms negotiations. Recall that in Dec 2010 a lame duck Congress after the elections worked and passed a new START treaty for arms reductions with Russia. Obama was referring to that previous agreement in his comments suggesting that there'd be more flexibility for him to with Congress to work on those types issues once the elections and accompanying grandstanding were done (though of course nothing really came of that in Dec 2012).

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 2, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    "There can be no Mother Russia without the Ukriane. "

    My son just spent two years in the Ukraine. I spent a good deal of that time studying that regions history. Care to explain your comment? I can see that statement having some weight if you were talking about the Soviet Union. The abuse of the people of Ukraine under that regime was intense. But Russia? I am lost there. Please fill in the blanks.

    twells…. China is already flexing their muscle… but not militarily… but economically. They are investing heavily in resource rich African continent. We in the states are just clueless to what they are doing. We are to obsessed with isolationism. But this has next to no comparisons with Hitler…. Stalin… yes…. Hitler… no.

    McMurphy…. I sort of agree with you… but the only way for Russia to fully and truly grow is to expand the markets for its vast resources. Not even China wants to see Russia expand it "sphere of influence". Russia is playing with economic suicide here.

  • twells Ogden, UT
    March 2, 2014 2:44 p.m.

    Thank heavens Mr. Krauthammer knows the history of Europe. This is a very serious situation. It always comes down to two basic opposing thoughts. One would rule the world by force the other by freedom to choose. Mr. Putin is former KGB. If you are not old enough to know what the KGB is you are very naive about Russia. There can be no Mother Russia without the Ukriane. This situation is very dangerous. This situation requires a leadership that understands the implication of Russia filling the vacuum left by the US in the World. Putin will not back down. Your bank accounts will be drained by the Russian mob. Like it or not Russia does not want the US to be the leader of the Free world or any other world for that matter. Next we will see China flex their muscles. These countries have been patient and are about to change the world like we have ever known. This was the same tactic Hitler used. Europe did nothing and it became consumed by Nazi Germany.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    March 2, 2014 1:27 p.m.

    Excellent article, recalls the days when they West turned a blind eye to Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland claiming to protect the German population and then continued to dither while Hitler's Panzers rolled up the rest of the country. Putin is certainly an opportunist and recognizes what is possible....What was that conversation caught on an open mike a couple of years ago between Putin and Obama referring to?

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    March 2, 2014 12:18 p.m.

    New flash: Krauthammer finds another excuse to blame Obama for everything that's wrong in the world. Obviously, the situation's a lot more complex than Charles can bring himself to admit. What are we supposed to do when the Russians are welcomed with open arms by the majority of Crimeans, who are more Russian than Ukrainian? The new interim government in Ukraine is favored mostly in the west, where more people speak Ukrainian and favor Europe. Not so in the east, where most speak Russian and have loyal ties to Moscow. The worst thing America could do is act rashly. Thank goodness we have a president who is more wise and sees a larger picture than certain editorial writers.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2014 11:40 a.m.

    I'm not sure Krauthammer ever met a military conflict he didn't support, except maybe when Obama was pushing for an intervention in Syria.

  • McMurphy St George, Utah
    March 2, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    I generally agree with Krauthammer, but not this time. His only concrete proposals are for the US and the EU to give the Ukraine $15 billion and full-voiced support. How would either help against Russian armor and airpower? Neither the US nor the EU pose any real threat to Russia and Putin knows it.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    March 2, 2014 10:16 a.m.

    And again as pointed out Rome burns while Obama golfs

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    March 2, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    Syria...the Ukraine...

    We've just got to invade something, right, Charles?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 2, 2014 7:13 a.m.

    Let's be honest. This is just another Krauthammer slam job on Obama. He claims that the U.S. and the EU is dithering and should engage in some sort of response, but he says nothing as to what we should do? I know Krautahmmer is a neo-con and favors military action. But what should the West do, invade? the dynamics are complex, including Russia a critical source of natural gas for Europe. War with Russia is the worst alternative, and appropriate responses to Russia do not turn on a dime. These kind of opinion pieces serve absolutely no purpose. Consider the timing of this piece. Russia sends troops in on Friday night and Saturday. By Sunday, Krauthammer is attacking Obama and the EU for not acting fast enough. This piece is not meant to be constructive but to be improperly critical. It is nothing but partisan jabbering and not worth the paper (or screen) that it is written on.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 2, 2014 7:13 a.m.

    Mr. Krauthammer thinks that the U.S. should run the world. There is no conflict anywhere in which we should not become engaged. Most Americans disagree.