Obama Ratchets Up Sanctions on Russia

| Thu Mar. 20, 2014 10:50 AM EDT

From the New York Times:

President Obama on Thursday announced he would expand sanctions against Russia, targeting individuals who support the government and a bank with ties to these associates, delivering on his warning earlier this week that it would ratchet up costs on Russia if it moved to annex the breakaway province of Crimea.

....Mr. Obama also said he had signed a new executive order that would allow him to impose sanctions Russian industrial sectors, presumably including its energy exports — a step that would dramatically tighten the economic pressure on Russia.

I expect we'll quickly get a pro forma response about how weak and vacillating this is from Bill Kristol, John McCain, and Charles Krauthammer. I can't quite get straight precisely what they want, but whatever it is, it's something higher on the belligerence scale than whatever the appeaser-in-chief is offering up.

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