360° Coverage : Obama Says U.S. Military Not An Option In Ukraine

2 Updates

Obama Says U.S. Military Not An Option In Ukraine

Apr 28 2014, 3:18pm CDT | by

There will be no U.S. military involvement in Ukraine, President Barack Obama reconfirmed in Manila on Monday. “Why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force after we’ve just gone...

Filed under: news

 
 
 

18 weeks ago

Obama Says U.S. Military Not An Option In Ukraine

Apr 28 2014, 3:18pm CDT | by

There will be no U.S. military involvement in Ukraine, President Barack Obama reconfirmed in Manila on Monday.

“Why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force after we’ve just gone through a decade of war at enormous costs to our troops and to our budget?” he said in a snub to the weekend war hawks on the Sunday morning talk shows.

“Frankly, most of the foreign policy commentators that have questioned our policies would go headlong into a bunch of military adventures that the American people have no interest in participating in,” Obama said. “Do people actually think us sending some additional arms into Ukraine could deter the Russian army?”

Ukraine has practically begged the U.S. for military aid to help fight pro-Russian militants on its border with Russia.  But senior government officials said that would be a waste of time and treasure.

“There’s not going to be any scenario where the Ukrainian military is brought quickly up to parity with the Russian military,” one administration official said during a press conference in Washington today.  ”This is not the type of action that usually has the most significant deterrent on Russia’s calculus.  We have a far greater ability to affect Russia and impose a cost on Russia by imposing sanctions rather than by that type of provision of assistance.”

A second round of sanctions was announced Monday by both Washington and Brussels.  Seventeen companies with ties to Russian political figures or oligarchs believed to be providing support to anti-Ukrainian militants were sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury, including more subsidiaries belonging to the Rossiya Bank group and visa sanctions on Russian politician Igor Sechin, the chairman of Russian oil major Rosneft.

Obama played good cop to Treasury’s bad cop in reaffirming his pledge against a Western military response in Ukraine.  His move follows reports today that British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told his military commanders that British troops “would not go into battle to help save Ukraine if Russia invaded.”

Under such a scenario, Russia will likely face harsher sanctions.   The Obama administration has not named any names of companies on its future hit list, saying there was no need to make forecasts at this time.  Washington is acutely aware of the fact that Gazprom — one of the companies that would exact the harshest punishment to date against Russia — supplies nearly 30% of Europe’s natural gas.  Russia has retaliated against political foes before by turning off gas supplies.  It is unclear whether the U.S., currently awash in natural gas, could quickly make up for Russian shortfalls.  Or come close to Russian prices.

Obama is attempting to remove the tail risks associated with the tense situation in Ukraine. But with elections less than a month away there, tensions are expected to worsen.

Russia expert, Keith Darden, wrote in oped in The New York Times on Monday that the “war on truth” in Ukraine is a symptom and an accelerator of Ukraine’s chances of a messy and bloody outcome. Darden believes the only path toward peace is through free and fair elections on May 25. But this cannot be accomplished without Kiev incorporating the country’s south and east into the government mainframe as soon as possible. As it stands, pro-Russian factions in border towns in the East have hinted at wanting to become autonomous regions, or secede.

Last month, on March 16, the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine’s Black Sea voted to be annexed by Russia.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has observers on the ground ahead of next month’s election.  But the Kiev government and Russian separatists restrict its movements.  Eight OSCE monitors were kidnapped over the weekend by the separatists in Slovyansk, a city in the Donetsk province roughly four hours by car from the Russian border.  May’s election will most likely be ripe with conspiracy theorists from both sides.

Darden says Russia, the U.S., Ukraine and Europe should give OSCE more resources and authority to provide a neutral accounting of facts to avoid election myth-making.

“Ultimately, though, the ability to restore legitimate authority lies in the Kiev government’s hands,” Darden writes. “Kiev seems set on doing so through force of arms, but legitimacy does not grow from the barrel of a gun. It comes through fair elections. For them to be seen as fair, Kiev’s leaders must better incorporate the country’s south and east into the government before the voting begins. If they don’t, Russia might incorporate them first – at the point of its own guns.”

See: The War On Truth In Ukraine – The New York Times

U.S. Overtakes Russia As Oil & Gas Giant – WSJ/>/>

European Leaders Urge Obama To Export U.S. Natural Gas – The Guardian

 
Update
2

4 days ago

Khazanah throws MAS RM6b lifeline

Aug 29 2014 5:01pm CDT | Source: Business Times Singapore

August 30, 2014 1:15 AMKHAZANAH Nasional will inject RM6 billion (SS$2.4 billion) over three years to resuscitate loss-making Malaysia Airlines (MAS) under a recovery plan that includes even an Act of Parliament. Other key moves are migrating its operations, assets and liabilities to a new company (NewCo) and slashing the ...
Source: Business Times Singapore   Full article at: Business Times Singapore
 

 
Update
1

5 days ago

MAS posts loss of RM307m for Q2

Aug 28 2014 5:00pm CDT | Source: Business Times Singapore

August 29, 2014 1:13 AMMALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) registered a loss of RM307 million (S$122 million) for the second quarter to end-June, but warned of worse to come in the second half when the "full financial impact of the double tragedies of MH3 ...
Source: Business Times Singapore   Full article at: Business Times Singapore
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/30" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Watch your diet to reduce diabetes risk
London, Sep 3 (IANS) What you eat and drink, and not just the number of calories, is a significant factor in diabetes risk, a study showed.
 
 
2016 NASA asteroid mission awaits your messages
Washington, Sep 3 (IANS) NASA has invited the public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard a spacecraft to be launched in 2016 for an asteroid study.
 
 
Exercise can stem frequent night urination in men
New York, Sep 3 (IANS) Men who are physically active are at lower risk of nocturia - waking up at night to urinate, says a study.
 
 
Nippon Life keen to hike stake in Reliance Life
Tokyo, Sep 3 (IANS) Nippon Life Insurance of Japan wants to hike its stake in its Indian joint venture Reliance Life Insurance to 49 percent from 26 percent, when India notifies the decision of higher foreign equity cap in the sector, a news report here said.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Watch your diet to reduce diabetes risk
London, Sep 3 (IANS) What you eat and drink, and not just the number of calories, is a significant factor in diabetes risk, a study showed. Losing weight may be good but not enough to prevent Type 2 diabetes as...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
35 militants killed in Afghanistan
Kabul, Sep 3 (IANS) At least 35 Taliban militants have been killed in fresh military operations across Afghanistan, the interior ministry said Wednesday. The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) carried out...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Vince Vaughn for The Politician?
Vince Vaughn is set to star in 'The Politician'. The 'Wedding Crashers' star is attached to take on the lead role in the upcoming Columbia comedy about a scandal-hit politician, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
910 militants, 82 soldiers killed in North Waziristan
Islamabad, Sep 3 (IANS) At least 910 militants and 82 Pakistani soldiers have been killed in operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan, the military said Wednesday. The statement issued by the Inter-Services Public...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
'Headscarf instils positive body image in British Muslim women'
London, Sep 3 (IANS) British Muslim women who wear a hijab (headscarf) generally have a more positive body image, are less reliant on media messages about beauty ideals and place less importance on appearance than...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Console games new threat to global climate: Study
New York, Sep 3 (IANS) Console games downloaded over broadband internet are causing more greenhouse gas emissions than Blu-ray discs delivered via retail stores, new research reveals. It is not always true that...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Human greed driving species towards extinction: Study
Washington, Sep 3 (IANS) In a disturbing trend, scientists have reported that species are becoming extinct as much as 1,000 times more frequently - 10 times worse than the previous estimates - owing to human population...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Kelly Brook's traumatic childhood
Kelly Brook has opened up about ''violent and horrific'' memories from her childhood. The 35-year-old actress has revealed that although she enjoyed some aspects of growing up on a council estate in Kent, South East...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Emmy Rossum not 'easy'
Emmy Rossum insists she's not ''easy'' like her 'Shameless' character. The 27-year-old actress stars as Fiona Gallagher in the US remake of the hit series and she's revealed that although she's had sex on a first date,...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
2016 NASA asteroid mission awaits your messages
Washington, Sep 3 (IANS) NASA has invited the public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard a spacecraft to be launched in 2016 for an asteroid study. Called...
Read more on Apple Balla