Is there a saying that goes “don’t bring a Nerf gun to an artillery battle”? If not, there should be:

President Obama said his administration will today impose a new round of sanctions on Russia, targeting an “expanded list of individuals and companies,” with particular focus on some high-tech defense exports.

The president, speaking during a joint press conference with President Benigno Aquino, said the sanctions will “remain targeted,” applied in coordination with European allies, though will not hit Russian President Vladimir Putin directly.

The “goal is not to go after Putin personally, the goal is to change his calculus,” Obama said, “and encourage him to walk the walk and not just talk the talk when it comes to diplomatically resolving the crisis in Ukraine.”

This morning I heard Charles Krauthammer on the Laura Ingraham show calling Team Obama’s response “comical,” and that’s putting it politely. If Putin takes back Ukraine he’ll be the biggest hero in Russia since Catherine the Great for his efforts to regain land the Soviet Union lost when communism collapsed, and Obama’s concerned about hurting his feelings?

We’ll know the Obama administration really means business when they attempt to repo the re-set button.

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13 Responses to “Obama the Compassionate: Goal is not to go after Putin personally”

  1. Truesoldier__ on April 28th, 2014 2:26 pm

    Yeah cause the previous round of targeted sanctions worked so well at getting Putin to recalculate…

  2. Truesoldier__ on April 28th, 2014 2:28 pm

    “goal is not to go after Putin personally, the goal is to change his calculus,” Obama said.

    Is it just me or does this sound like Dear Leader is the one quaking in his boots over having any kind of confrontation with Putin. This is the typical kid who gets bullied on the playground that is too afraid to actually stand up to the bully for fear of getting his a$$ kicked, so instead he tries to "reason" with the bully….and still gets his a$$ kicked.

  3. Marshall_Will on April 28th, 2014 6:54 pm

    "targeting an “expanded list of individuals and companies."

    Pretty much his M.O. Again w/ those evil corporations/1%'ers! Targeting Enemies Goes GLOBAL!

    1. Tea Party groups
    2. True The Vote
    3. Vladimir Putin
    4. Sheldon Adelson
    5. Joe the Plumber
    6. Justin Beiber

    If Putin doesn't straighten up his act he just might find himself w/ ObamaCare imposed on Russia and then good LUCK getting a WAIVER!? Oh Nooooo.., not THAT! We surrender! We surrender..!

  4. Marshall_Will on April 28th, 2014 7:16 pm

    "The president, speaking during a joint press conference with President Benigno Aquino,"

    And promptly freaked-the fudge-OUT. Dude probably has at best, a passing comprehension of the shared legacy the U.S and P.I take so much pride in. That very cultural, political and religious intersection, and our will to fight an occupation government ( in their case; TWICE ) against overwhelming odds Turn.His.STOMACH.

    Dude couldn't WAIT to GTFO of there… To be honest, so many of our relatives there genuinely feel awful for us. After years of Marcos oppression, they KNOW how tough a road it is back from entrenched crony 'capitalism'. And yes, they pray for us.

  5. backwoodsconservative on April 28th, 2014 7:47 pm

    Obama doesn't want to punish Putin, he wants to be Putin.

  6. Truesoldier__ on April 28th, 2014 10:08 pm

    The more Dear Leader issues empty threats, the more our enemies and allies take notice. I saw today that the PM in Japan is asking for a re-evaluation of the Japanese Constitution by the country's Supreme Court in hopes to have the interpretation change enough that he can legally start boosting the Japanese military. He obviously sees the writing on the wall and knows that the US will not help to keep the Chinese at bay any longer.

  7. Marshall_Will on April 28th, 2014 11:26 pm

    Admires him ACTUALLY. Took me (3) paragraphs and a list to explain same…

  8. Marshall_Will on April 28th, 2014 11:29 pm

    And mindful, this isn't anything the Japanese have ever taken LIGHTLY. They for years rued having the U.S.S Midway (CV-43) homeported there as they felt it made them targets. Had rather enough of war. Only grudgingly did the allow the U.S.S Blue Ridge there.

    Yes, absolute 180.

  9. doriangrey1 on April 29th, 2014 1:04 pm

    No, the goal is to distract American's from the disaster his administration has fundamentally transformed America into.

    What we have become.

  10. doriangrey1 on April 29th, 2014 1:06 pm

    Hmmm, My Dad served on the Big Blue, heck I even did a Tiger cruse on her.

  11. Marshall_Will on April 29th, 2014 1:27 pm

    “There is no doubt that (she) had actual receipt of the notification of the tax upset sale on July 7, 2011, and Aug. 16, 2011,” the judge wrote."

    Right along w/ 39 other 'notifications', tax liens and a flurry of paperwork whose specific design is to confuse, threaten and utterly intimidate property owners. As Housing Bubble Bloggers, we argued these points in an online *brawl* from 2003 on.

    One of the services I performed as a financial planner was to help churches set up escrow accounts to ensure their property taxes were PAID in perpetuity. Cuzz' that is what's coming NEXT.

  12. Marshall_Will on April 29th, 2014 1:35 pm

    Dorian, I'm so glad you brought that to light. One of the things I've been working on for a young congressional candidate here in OR is; in effect: "An Economic Model For The Future Citizens Can Actually Build A Life Around" ( for lack of a better term? )

    Just as a mutual fund or annuity manager would flesh out a Venn Diagram to determine what [specific] holdings they want for a particular portfolio, so can we begin to chart what we as conservatives have to offer voters in a life and economy; Post Obama.

    By charting the probabilities and potentials of a biz start-up, much as Dim's did w/ "The Life of Julia" people can begin to visualize [what] specifically we are offering.

  13. Dick Steele on April 30th, 2014 11:28 pm

    well, I understand the next round will start getting personal. Word is Obama will un-friend Putin on Facebook.

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