— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) March 17, 2014
Yesterday, in a vote which had its legitimacy widely questioned, Crimeans “overwhelmingly” elected to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. In response, President Obama imposed certain “sanctions,” which were to freeze the U.S. assets of several members of Vladimir Putin’s “inner circle.”
Putin was undeterred, as most expected:
JUST IN: Russian President Putin signs decree recognizing Crimea as a ‘sovereign and independent state’ http://t.co/7rLGNoIHnV
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) March 17, 2014
So much for the first round of sanctions.
B-b-but sanctions and stuff! RT @zerohedge: RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN SIGNS ORDER ON RECOGNITION OF CRIMEA AS SOVEREIGN STATE – RIA
— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) March 17, 2014
Fox News’ Brit Hume noted sarcastically what kind of a role the sanctions played in slowing down Putin:
Boy, those sanctions sure backed him off. AP-Russian President Putin signs decree recognizing Crimea as "sovereign and independent country."
— Brit Hume (@brithume) March 17, 2014
President Obama’s pen and phone so far haven’t found a way to temper Putin’s territorial aggression.