Of course, Barry threatened to cancel trade talks and boycott the upcoming G8 summit in Sochi, Russia. Like Vlad gives two shakes of a rat's ass about that. Does Barry think he gains influence at the G8 by not attending and leaving Vlad alone with mostly European leaders who depend on Russia for natural gas shipments (through a pipeline across Ukraine, no less)? As Ace would say, Vlad will just tell the other G8 members, "You may have your natural gas. But first, you will blow me."
As it is, The Independent in Great Britain is reporting that Russian troops are in Ukraine:
Russian troops were on the move inside Ukrainian territory on Friday, prompting US President Barack Obama to warn Moscow that “there will be costs for any military intervention”.Moscow obviously is quaking in its collectivist boots. Barry, after all doesn't intend "costs" to imply we'll do anything -- he just means that it's expensive to send troops into other countries, whether that's at invasion or just an uncontested arrival. And Charles Krauthammer makes it clear Barry intends to do nothing and that the rest of the civilized world is a little surprised at how clear Barry made it that he intends to do nothing:
Charles Krauthammer responded on Special Report tonight saying, “The Ukrainians, and I think everybody, is shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statement. I find it rather staggering.”
Krauthammer thinks Obama’s statement is about “three levels removed” from actual action. He explained: Obama said “we will stand with the international community — meaning we are going to negotiate with a dozen other countries who will water down the statement — in affirming that there will be costs — meaning in making a statement not even imposing a cost, but in making a statement about imposing a cost — for any military intervention.”