The latest idle threat Obama made was on Thursday when he said that new sanctions targeting Russia are "teed up" in the wake of a fresh warning by the Russian foreign minister that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response. Obama said Russia has not abided by the spirit or the letter of an agreement reached in Geneva last week that aimed to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine. He said Russia has failed to halt aggression by pro-Russian militants in the region.
And then Obama started to count to three when he cautioned that the United States needs to secure the support of allies to ensure that additional economic pressure is even applied. Obama conceded that new sanctions may not change Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions and that the crisis in Ukraine may not subside.
Why would Obama even make such a statement about these sanctions when he does not know what they might be and he has no support in the international community? Just like the child who has learned the threat of the parent carries no consequences, Putin understands the words of Obama are meaningless.
And then to protect Obama from looking like the biggest fool, Kerry comes to the rescue when he told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that "full and immediate compliance" was needed of the pact, which calls for the disarmament of "illegal armed groups" and the end to the occupation of seized buildings.
Kerry "made clear that the next few days would be a pivotal period for all sides to implement the statement's provisions," a senior State Department official said. Of course Kerry did not outline any consequences. Obviously Kerry was not clear to Lavrov, or Lavrov understood that in fact Kerry was being the good soldier and assuming the role of the bigger fool when compared to Obama. Putin and Lavrov, as does the rest of the world, look at Obama and Kerry and swear they are seeing Cheech and Chong.