Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday challenged the notion that President Vladimir Putin went ahead and seized control of Ukraine’s Crimea on the assumption that President Obama would do nothing in response. Russia was not operating from “a position of strength,” he declared.
Appearing on three Sunday talk shows, Kerry said Russia’s actions were reminiscent of “19th century” behavior, and warned that possible consequences could include G8 isolation of Russia, visa bans and sanctions.
He acknowledged that Putin “may be able to have his troops for some period of time in Crimea,” but said that Russia would ultimately “lose.”
On NBC’s Meet the Press, host David Gregory recalled that Kerry just last Wednesday had said Putin gave assurances to Obama that he would respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
“Now you’re talking about Russia annexing the Crimea. Something happened,” Gregory continued. “And I wonder, as you hear some criticism from conservatives who say the issue here is that Vladimir Putin is not afraid, that he saw a red line by this administration in Syria and then no follow-up, no action, that he thinks that he can provoke the U.S. and the West and that President Obama won’t do anything in response.”
“Well, he’s finding out the opposite,” Kerry responded. “Let me make it clear: President Putin is not operating from a place of strength here. [Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor] Yanukovich was his supported president. Yanukovich was thrown out, despite Putin’s support. Yanukovich turned on his own people. President Putin is using force in a completely inappropriate manner that will invite the opprobrium of the world, and it already is. He is not going to gain by this.”
Russia's actions are the direct result of progressive inaction and Obama's whimpering following, that you wizards call leading from behind.
Hiding behind someone else has been and always will be known as cowering.
Wonder if this the result of getting drunk on catchup.
Born a lying POS, Kerry will die a lying POS. Skunks can't hide their stripe!
Kerry, Obama, just keep your pie holes shut. The world knows your fools.
Putin is a leader,Kurry is Obama's puppet, and Obama is in over his head . Obama has all but destroyed our military, And is well on his way to destroy our whole form of life. The real shame is that the whole democrap party thinks it is wonderful.
Obama is a PANSY in plain English!
I can hear the libtards lamenting in the background!!
Just another commie liar.
Putin moved because he KNEW Obama would do nothing.
So what are they going to do about it besides talk. I would assume (and I know how to spell it) that even Obama and Kerry have enough sense to realize they can't do anything about it but talk. Of course that will bring great praise from the (apathy) people of America who are "asleep at the wheel" and are afraid to speak out about Obama because he is black. We have never learned to forgive ourselves for the period in our history, along with many others countries, when we embraced slavery. A 1000 years from now, at this rate, we are going to continue to beat ourselves up over that lapse in good judgement in our history.l WABTX
God I hate John (The Traitor !)Kerry !!!
How can we rid ourselves of ilk like Kerry? He's been a loser since his Vietnam BS days as a traitor to the US. Can't we somehow rid ourselves of these guys and keep them out of public meddling?