Thursday, January 23, 2020

Throwback Thursday: Russia/Crimea/Ukraine Edition

We are currently in the throes of an impeachment trial because the Democrats dislike the President’s foreign policy in general and are appalled by his Ukraine policy in particular.

They prefer the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy with respect to Russia/Ukraine which, if I recall correctly, entailed Obama getting a message to Putin that he would “be more flexible after the election.”

And when Russia invaded Crimea and threatened Ukraine there was Joey B, bragging about withholding Ukrainian aid until the prosecutor investigating Burisma was fired. That’s some fine standup foreign policy for you.

“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden recalled telling Poroshenko. “Well, son of a bitch, he got fired…”

The prosecutor he got fired was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings that employed Biden’s younger son, Hunter, as a board member.

And note that when Russia invaded the Crimean peninsula, Obama declined to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons and instead opted for sanctioning Russia and gave Ukraine tools such as night-vision goggles and communication devices. That’s also when Obama’s State Department launched their formidable hashtag diplomacy campaign:

jen psaki hashtag diplomacy

Since it’s Throwback Thursday, here’s how I reported on the Crimea affair at the time:

Because in Russia All Our Former Peoples Are Belong To Us:

Yesterday (Obama) skipped a meeting of his national security team at the White House to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine to work on his fantasy football picks. He was briefed later by Susan Rice, because she’s known for her ability to cut through the facts and present just the simple parts. Then, after they sent Sam Power to the UN to put a scold on Russia, Big Guy called Putin himself.

After 90 minutes of trying unsuccessfully to persuade Pooty to pull his troops out of the Crimea he told him that he was left with no option other than to proceed with the inaction he called for on Friday afternoon. Accordingly, he cancelled plans for planning the Russian-hosted G-8 summit scheduled in June, and Putin hung up on him. So, rude letter to follow.

Alrighty then, sanctions it will be: because they

“make a very strong statement in a way that is less drastic than bombing a country and more impactful than sending out a cable from the State Department.”

We all know how Barry feels about bombs and if there’s one thing No-Drama-Obama is known for it’s being less drastic.

Needless to say that didn’t work out very well for Crimea.

so you can-WM

It’s no wonder the Dems are trying to impeach President Trump. He sure does make their Black Jesus look like weak cheese.

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