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March 6, 2014 - 11:38 am

President Obama today signed an executive order that “authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, or for stealing the assets of the Ukrainian people.”

“According to my guidance, the State Department has also put in place restrictions on the travel of certain individuals and officials.  These decisions continue our efforts to impose a cost on Russia and those responsible for the situation in Crimea. And they also give us the flexibility to adjust our response going forward based on Russia’s actions,” Obama said in the press briefing room at the White House.

Obama said “international unity” has been leading the way on the Ukraine crisis.

He said a proposed referendum on the future of Crimea wouldn’t be legitimate if it doesn’t include “the legitimate government of Ukraine.”

“In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders,” he said.

Obama stressed that he still wants to resolve the crisis through diplomacy.

“Let international monitors into all of Ukraine, including Crimea, to ensure the rights of all Ukrainians are being respected, including ethnic Russians. Begin consultations between the government of Russia and Ukraine, with the participation of the international community. Russia would maintain its basing rights in Crimea, provided that it abides by its agreements and respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. And the world should support the people of Ukraine as they move to elections in May,” he said.

“That’s the path of de-escalation, and Secretary Kerry is engaged in discussions with all of the relevant parties, including Russia and Ukraine to pursue that path. But if this violation of international law continues, the resolve of the United States, and our allies and the international community will remain firm. Meanwhile, we’ve taken steps to reaffirm our commitment to the security and democracy of our allies in Eastern Europe and to support the people of Ukraine.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Sanctions! What an absurd joke: Putin had to be hospitalized today because of uncontrollable fits of laughter. We are a country run by idiots. You can thank the leftist low information voter, union thugs, precinct voter fraud teams and the rest of the idiots that put this community organizer in power. Secession anyone?
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Sure, blame Russia for a rational response to the insane foreign policy of the US that uses NGOs and agent provocateurs to do the dirty work of empire.
33 weeks ago
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His order “authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, or for stealing the assets of the Ukrainian people.” It doesn't name them or actually initiate the sanctions. Does it specify what "responsibility" is required or could George Bush be among those "responsible" since he was President the last time Putin invaded a neighbor? Is the owner of the Knicks responsible because he's Russian and his assets might be easy to seize?

One always has to wonder when the Reichstag is going to burn down. Last year, a liberal friend-of-a-friend suggested that Obama should just disband Congress for failing to come to an agreement. Those who do not know history....
33 weeks ago
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What really happened in Ukraine? Are you at all curious? Yanukovych was a two timing, murderous gangster (and convicted rapist) who cooperated more with the United States over the last few years than Russia.

http://nyyrc.com/blog/2014/03/what-is-really-going-on-in-ukraine/
34 weeks ago
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Obama is trying to start a war.
Well, ok, Putin started it but it takes two to make it a war.

Unless Obama's community organizers were in there first, stirring things up.
34 weeks ago
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Isn't the Yanukovych government the legitimate government of Ukraine?

And where is Yacov Smirnoff?
34 weeks ago
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I agree. Did Obama say anything about protestors who overthrow a duly-elected government?

His exec order just amounts to drooling on the page and mumbling "Duuuh."
34 weeks ago
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“In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.”

Obama should probably avoid that word "democratic" for now. Putin is going to throw it right back in his face in 10 days, along with "self-determination."
34 weeks ago
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President Obama stated, "According to my guidance, the State Department has also put in place restrictions on the travel of certain individuals and officials." Does it bother anyone else that this sentence is grammatically incomprehensible and meaningless? After all, what could the phrase "according to my guidance" possibly mean? Or am I just missing something?
34 weeks ago
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You need to substitute the word "guidance" by the word "decree" -- then it makes sense. Dear leader was simply trying not to appear as a tyrannical overlord dictating to his minions...
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
"According to my guidance" means "According to the words crawling across my TelePrompTer screen".
34 weeks ago
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We all rely on Dear Liar's guidance in all aspects of our lives. How dare you criticize him. Off to the reeducation camp for you. And your entire family.


So apparently sanctions to get certain behavior works. Maybe we should try it with Iran.
34 weeks ago
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Did you miss his statement that sanctions ALREADY worked on Iran and that the agreement says what he wants it to say? (even if the other side disagrees about what it actually says)
33 weeks ago
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