Posted on | March 17, 2014 | 32 Comments
How’s that “smart diplomacy” workin’ out for ya?
Crimeans overwhelmingly vote for secession
— Associated Press
Five years into his term, President Obama has succeeded in diminishing U.S. prestige and influence around the world. We have fewer allies, who have been weakened and undermined, and we have more enemies, who have become bolder and more powerful.
“This referendum is contrary to Ukraine’s constitution, and the international community will not recognize the results of a poll administered under threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military intervention that violates international law,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “No decisions should be made about the future of Ukraine without the Ukrainian government.” . . .
“We are putting as much pressure on the Russians that we can to do the right thing,” White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“We have given them the opportunity to deescalate and get this in the right place, because they know there are costs to their action here. The costs are economic. The Russian economy, the Russian stock market and ruble are at five-year lows,” he said. . . .
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke Sunday to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
“Secretary Kerry reaffirmed that the United States considers the ongoing referendum illegal under Ukrainian law and restated that the United States will not recognize the outcome,” a senior State Department official said.
The empty prattle of weaklings will not deter Putin, and talk of “the international community” is just that — talk.