President Barack Euphemism Obama now has ‘deep concern’ over Russia’s military power grab in Ukraine’s Crimea region. While his administration tried to go with the laughably Orwellian ‘uncontested arrival’ on Friday as the troops moved in, it has now turned into a “clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty.”
President Obama called Russian ruler Vladimir Putin Saturday afternoon and expressed “deep concern” over Russia’s move in Ukraine.
The White House called Russia’s recent aggression a “clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity” and a breach of international law.
The White House said the U.S. is suspending preparations for the upcoming Group of Eight summit in June in Sochi, Russia, in response to Russia’s actions.
You can imagine Vladimir Putin right now in a thick Russian accent: “Hey, comrade Dmitry, Obama says we can expect his presence at the upcoming Sochi summit to go kaput over our ‘uncontested arrival.’ Bwahahahaha!”
Perhaps no one called out the White House’s predilection to torture words and confuse Americans with Newspeak better than Iowahawk:
Bombing Libya became “kinetic military action.” Terrorist attacks by radical Islamic psychopaths became “man-caused disasters.” A Russian invasion is now an “uncontested arrival.”
Yes, it was “uncontested” because Ukraine — especially in its current state of chaos — didn’t have the means to fight back.
The New York Times reported:
KIEV, Ukraine — The new government of Ukraine called an emergency session of its national security council on Saturday in the face of the Russian military’s seizure of Crimea, but the leaders are facing a grim reality: Their armed forces are ill equipped to try to reconquer the region militarily. …
But the Ukrainian military has only a token force in the autonomous region — a lightly armed brigade of about 3,500 people, equipped with artillery and light weapons but none of the country’s advanced battle tanks, said Igor Sutyagin, a Russian military expert at the Royal United Services Institute in London. The forces also have only one air squadron of SU-27 fighters deployed at the air base near Belbek.
A senior NATO official said that Ukraine’s small naval fleet, which was originally part of the Black Sea Fleet, had been boxed in by Russian warships.
If China gives Japan the middle finger and its military moves in on the contested Senkakus or even the southern Ryukyu islands in the East China Sea, would Mr. Obama still call it an “uncontested arrival”? Since that euphemism hasn’t gone over well, he’d probably come up with something new. Regardless, Capt. James Fannell, the chief of intelligence of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, believes that China is training for a “short, sharp war” with Japan over the islands. If you were China, wouldn’t you look at what Putin has gotten away with and move in tomorrow? I would.
Perhaps the funniest thing about all of this is that the people who mocked Sarah Palin as a complete idiot now must wipe the egg off their face; she called a Ukraine invasion in 2008, saying that Obama’s strange detachment from foreign affairs would embolden men like Putin.
“After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence – the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next,” (Sarah Palin, October 21, 2008).
The same media culture that loves to sneer at anything that comes out of the former Alaska governor’s mouth is the same one that breeds “expert” analysis of the Christiane Amanpour variety — the CNN correspondent couldn’t even conceive of the Russians invading Ukraine as the armored personnel carriers and attack helicopters were fueling up Thursday night. It’s also the same culture that covers for men like Joe Biden, who former Defense Secretary Bob Gates believes “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
Get ready for a wild ride the next couple of years. The world’s worst actors know that President Obama is in too deep, and they will continue to take advantage of the situation.
Here’s Palin in 2008: