Friday, March 21, 2014

Sanction Very Much

I've mentioned once or twice that I'm no economist, so I can't really judge this. But while neocons wail and rail about Obama's weakness and how we really need to toss some bombs, somewhere, on someone, kill a few people and send troops some damn where before Putin waves his dick again, it would seem that the economic sanctions Obama has just announced are hardly nothing:

More from the linked article:

President Obama took new steps Thursday to intensify the economic isolation of Russia following its “illegal” annexation of Crimea, which could have a “significant impact on the Russian economy,” the president said. Speaking from the White House on Thursday, Obama said the U.S. will move “to impose sanctions not just on individuals but on key sectors of the Russian economy.” Senior White House officials say the sanctions will apply to 20 senior members of the Russian government and other “cronies.” They will also apply to St. Petersburg-based Rossiya Bank, which will be “frozen out of the dollar,” making it difficult for the institution to operate internationally. 
The sanctions will target Russia’s financial services, energy, mining, and engineering sectors, officials said Thursday.
If you don't make a bunch of people bleed or, better, die, you're not really serious, say such right-wing but never-right intellects as John "We're all whoever now" McCain, Lindsey "I'm sincere and I'm tough" Graham, Sarah "Sarah Palin" Palin, and every well-couched never-served pundit in Rushohannityland.

Today's Republican icons simply don't understand subtle. Nor can they seem to remember further back that their last press appearance (although, since they regularly contradict themselves, that's probably too long an interval). To them, foreign policy is a one-note deal: push people around. And everything bad that happens in the world is Obama's fault.

Must be nice to be so certain, all the time.

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