February 20, 2014

Not Another ‘Red Line’

Look out, Ukraine.

Foreign policy neophyte Barack Obama once again made a bone-headed pronouncement about world affairs, this time addressing the violence in Ukraine. “[W]e’re going to be watching closely and we expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence in dealing with peaceful protesters,” he said Wednesday. “We’ve also said we expect peaceful protesters to remain peaceful.” He added, “[T]here will be consequences if people step over the line.” Unfortunately, everyone knows that Obama speaks loudly and forgets his stick, especially when the nation in question is in any way associated with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, which Ukraine’s government is. Just like his “red line” with Syria, this latest warning is huff and bluster that will only weaken U.S. standing in the world.

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