Ron Paul Institute
March 19, 2014
There is danger in making dramatic but idle threats. President Obama
and his administration have been given to extremely muscular rhetoric to
warn adversaries away from certain actions only to back down when their
warnings are not heeded.
The neocons pounce on such unwise habits, attempting to trap the
administration by its own rhetoric into fulfilling its wildest threats.
It is a lose-lose with the administration but for some reason they keep
With Crimea, Kerry made threats
of a “huge price to pay” for Russia not heeding US demands to recognize
and make peace with a government in Ukraine put in power by a US-backed
coup. Obama warned “there will be costs” to Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Crimea.
In the end, Crimea is now gone from Ukraine and thus far the US
response has been rather less than advertised. A few Russian lawmakers
are under US sanctions, including, strangely, Yelena Mizulina,
who had little to do with Crimea and Ukraine but found herself on
Washington’s “hate list” for drafting the infamous law to ban homosexual
propaganda to minors in Russia. Perhaps Crimea gave Washington the
opportunity to settle old scores as well.