Obama the Compassionate: Goal is not to go after Putin personally

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.