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Stephen Kruiser


March 19, 2014 - 5:04 pm


Russia’s intervention in Crimea has cost it “real economic pain,” the United States said Wednesday as it readied a new slew of sanctions to punish Moscow for taking over Ukraine’s southern peninsula.
“The question at this point is not if we will do more sanctions, it’s when,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

On Monday, Washington rolled out a series of sanctions against 11 mostly Russian officials, including seven of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.

Psaki insisted there has been “a huge economic impact” following Moscow’s intervention in Crimea.

Asked about reports that the whole 450-member Russian Duma has responded by calling on the US to sanction them, Psaki retorted: “Be careful what you ask for.”

Publicly, Russian officials have laughed off the US sanctions, which freeze their assets in the US, despite similar travel bans and sanctions imposed by the EU.

But Psaki hit back “that there is real economic pain, and if President Putin cares about the economy in his country, cares about the economic impact on the people of his country, cares about his place in the world, then those are all factors that should be looked at.”

She reeled off a list of figures, including that Russian stock indexes plunged 17 percent Friday to their lowest levels since 2009, and that the ruble has hit a five-year low against the dollar.

“Russia’s 19 richest people lost $18.3 billion due to stock market volatility on March 3 — the first day of trading after the beginning of Russian military intervention in Crimea,” Psaki told reporters.

Oh, the bluster.

Here in the Diplomacy of Oprah Era, we are supposed to believe in the power of BIG SCARY WORDS when it comes to dealing with various ne’er do wells around the world. Publicly “ruble shaming” Vladimir Putin probably sounds like a viable approach to many inside Team Lightbringer. Most of us, however, probably have already gotten the impression that Vlad probably isn’t going to be embarrassed because someone at State is casting aspersions on his level of concern for the Russian people.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Obama will flap his gums. Putin will take the Crimea, and when he feels like it, the rest of Eastern Europe.

As an Israeli, I tell you Americans this. It is 100% clear that if we trust your promises about our security, we will die. It is 100% sure that you will abandon us when convenient or not in the headlines - like you abandoned everybody stupid (or desperate) enough to trust your guarantees to their security.

From the Vietnamese to the Iraqis and Afghans to Assad's victims to the Ukranians, who gave up their nukes in 1994 in echange for Clinton's gurantees of their safety against Russia, the idiots - you abandoned them all. Why would you be different in our case?

Btw, Obama was wewy wewy angwy with Mr. Assad, was he not, he and all the experts talked quiet a bit about how he already lost the war, right, a couple of years ago, and how this is all America needs to to, that is, talk a good game, right? Well, Assad will be in power long after Obama is gone.

Israel incidentally is looking for friends in the far east - China, India, and even Russia. We *know* we can't trust you worth a damn any more.
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"We *know* we can't trust you worth a damn any more. "

I'm very sorry to say, you never could.

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