WaPo: Obama ‘Dithers,’ Ignores His Own Warnings, May Doom Ukraine
The Washington Post editorial board observed on Tuesday that the White House has warned for days that Russia had a short period to demonstrate compliance with the accord reached last week in Geneva aimed at reducing tensions in East Ukraine. The Post noted, though, that it is now clear tensions have not de-escalated in the region, but the administration appears unable or unwilling to pull the trigger on the consequences they promised would follow Russian inaction.
“Again Vladimir Putin is flagrantly disregarding the warnings and ‘red lines’ of the Obama administration,” The Post editorial observed. “He has reason to do so: President [Barack] Obama also doesn’t observe them.”
The editorial claimed that “the only strategy with a chance of working is to follow through on the administration’s own rhetoric.” However, it seems now that the White House is creating the conditions to abandon their threat to pursue “sectoral sanctions” against Russia which could alter Moscow’s calculations in the region.
The Post closed by urging Obama to action:
For weeks Mr. Obama has held back on forceful measures against Mr. Putin’s aggression in Ukraine on the theory that a measured approach matched with diplomacy would yield results. The policy has failed. Now Mr. Obama must act — or doom Ukraine to dismemberment.
[photo via Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters]
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