President Obama Warns Ukraine Against "Crossing The Line"

Tyler Durden's picture

The US is adding its $0.02 to the international condemnation of the actions under way in Ukraine - desparate to re-write Victoria Nuland's narrative of "f##k the EUR" and political manipulation. President Obama, having not learned his lesson the last time he drew a red line, has come out swinging...


Of course, it's unclear if open military action against civilians is 'crossing the line' but we await Putin's response.

More from the WSJ:

The Obama administration is considering sanctions against Ukraine, possibly in concert with European allies, saying the threat of penalties may push the government in Kiev to halt the deadly violence there.


"All of us are deeply disturbed," Secretary of State John Kerry said during a brief appearance in Paris with his French counterpart. "We are talking about the possibility of sanctions or other steps with our friends in Europe and elsewhere in order to try to create the environment for compromise."


Mr. Kerry and other U.S. officials didn't detail what those sanctions might entail, but the administration in the past has held out the threat of individual sanctions, typically steps that freeze assets and limit travel.


The threat from the U.S. comes after violent clashes in Kiev this week have claimed the lives of at least 25 people and as the Obama administration and its European counterparts try to get a handle on the situation.


Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has blamed opposition leaders for the violence, while opposition leaders said the government was responsible.


Ben Rhodes, a deputy National Security Adviser to President Barack Obama, said the administration hopes the threat of sanctions will quell some of the violence. "We have made it clear we would consider taking action against individuals who are responsible for acts of violence within Ukraine," he said while traveling with Mr. Obama to Mexico. Mr. Obama is headed to Mexico, among other reasons, to discuss trade.

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gbresnahan's picture

Oh shit here we go with drawing lines again.

redpill's picture

A stark red line*


that isn't very straight, changes frequently and is made with crayaon

camaro68ss's picture

you what happens with obama draws lines....they get crossed

redpill's picture

Yeah WATCH it Ukraine or we'll...we'll...uh...ISSUE A STATEMENT!


DoChenRollingBearing's picture

While extremely sad & deplorable, the US should just stay out of this.

Thought Processor's picture



Wait.......  who's the bad guy?

1000 splendid suns's picture


Just like in Boston, huh Barry? Fuck off.

johnQpublic's picture

lines, lines, every where theres lines, blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind, do this dont do that dont you cross that line

wintermute's picture

Drawing lines and daring people to cross them is a memory from childhood school days. 

Obama - GROW UP!

Iocosus's picture

Obama draws lines, then does them.

wallstreetaposteriori's picture

Obama draws the lines and Putin erases them....

Cult_of_Reason's picture

Smeshko, former head of SBU: "People will rise up like an ocean wave, should Maidan be dissolved"

derek_vineyard's picture

is O gunna launch a transformer toy from his bathtub?

are O and putin coming out on the same team for this one?

HyBrasilian's picture

Well if you're gonna draw lines, you'd better borrow Birinyi's ruler...

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

The line will be drawn with blood unless this feckless douchebag Obama wanders off the international stage soon.

Antifaschistische's picture

OBAMA WILL NOT SIT BY IDLY AND LET ANYONE, IN ANY NATION, RESIST "GOVERNMENT".   (okay, there's the muslim brotherhood exception but that's another story)

Governments MUSt stick together to maintain the STATUS QUO and suppress all resistance.

boogerbently's picture

More words for obama to eat when it's HIS turn to act.

franzpick's picture

O'Boy's red line threats have absolutely nothing to do with the upcoming Ukrainian regime change, and EVERYTHING to do with THREATENING Americans against similarly expressing their growing anti-gov't dissent, and INTIMIDATING them from taking to the American streets and Freedom Parks, lighting fires and beginning the final pushback against our doomed and corrupt political  and financial powers.

O'Boys message is aimed at YOU.

SWRichmond's picture

III-percenter warns New York State Police against "crossing the line":



spankfish's picture

Wonder if he is relying on Pussy Riot as backup?

Ignatius's picture

Obama wants some of that 'Occupy Compassion'. *

* Coordinated Federal sweep and crackdown.

franzpick's picture

When you see that your 'open mouth' Ukraine policy has proven fruitless O'Boy, it may be time for you to go back to school and brush up the effectiveness of gunboat diplomacy.  We Americans are behind you. NOT.

nuclearsquid's picture

This is all over only 25 people?  I think that many brown people died in the last 30 seconds.


GolfHatesMe's picture

I think it was because of a Youtube video

TBT or not TBT's picture

The Iranians who died in the '09 demonstrations for freedom there were damned closed to white. The Jarret administration didnt like the pro American optics there, so barely mentioned it. The regime there hates us, and Obama hates us.

Overfed's picture

O'bomb-a takes out more than that when he signs off on a drone-strike.

Van Halen's picture

And all those brown people died at the hands of the Obama Leftwing military machine which is churning out the bodies at this moment even though the administration and their media allies want you to stay focused on zombies, sports, and Kardashians.

john39's picture

how about how the U.S. government treated the 80 something year old nun this week with a prison sentence for breaking in to protest at a nuclear facility?   

Spastica Rex's picture

I was impressed.


TBT or not TBT's picture

Holder upholds rule of law, blind justice for all.

Renewable Life's picture

Nobody panic, our leader has a Nobel Peace Prize, everything is going to be ok!!

johnQpublic's picture

nobel not bush prize more like it

duo's picture

"I have an army and I have drones, and I am going to use them if congress won't act".

kralizec's picture

Yes, MomJeans should shut up and stay out.  PutinTat should shut up and stay out.  But nobody is shutting up therefor the latter looks to be in play...


superflex's picture

Does this mean were going to run another frigate aground but this time on the Russian side of the Black Sea.

Scary stuff from Choom Boy

General Decline's picture

Well now this is totally appropriate. Obama can point out the speck in his brother's eye because he, himself does not have a plank in his own eye.

Do I need the sarc tag?

NoDebt's picture

Simple question, if I may?  Which side is Obama warning?

Him and is freaking "folks".  Folks who?  Politician folks?  Military folks?  Street protester folks?  Putin folks?  Who?

BoNeSxxx's picture

You left out 'His own CIA folks'

beaglebog's picture

I agree, the US is extremely sad and deplorable.

LMAOLORI's picture


"While extremely sad & deplorable, the US should just stay out of this."


This - they have been trying to reignite those orange revolution flames since they lost last time. This is about Russia they could care less how much those people suffer.

SDShack's picture

LOL - I wrote on another Ukraine post yesterday that the USSA response would be a sternly worded letter and an angry TOTUS speech. Still waiting on the letter... 

viahj's picture

and this is why we need to bail out the USPS

Raging Debate's picture

Redpill - I would not be so sure about that. Remember Georiga/Ossetia? Russia really does tend to act like a bear, this one hits Putin's pride as well as strategic interests. Russia has rebuilt to say: "Pay us fairly for further energy access in our direct sphere of influence."

If we dont want to or willing that is a market choice. Putin isn't a saint but I think on this one you pay a little respect.

A mature political statement from a President would have been like this : "The United States and allies have trade opportunities with Ukraine we would like to further explore but it is in the best interests of our citizens to take a step back and increase our dialogue with the Russians and consider cooperative arrangements to consider the safety of the Ukranian citizens above all else."

2¢Wurth's picture

If you cross his line he'll hold his breath until his lips turn blue.  He holds his breath a lot, judging from the few pictures I can stand to look at - must have had a lot of practice in his yut'.

Winston Churchill's picture

That's because he draws them in pink.
Matches his tutu.