The Times reported this From Obama's remarks at a Baltimore fundraiser on Sept 12:
...Mr. Obama said the nation would also resist Russia’s incursions in Ukraine, even though he noted that the United States has very little trade with Ukraine and “geopolitically, what happens in Ukraine doesn’t pose a great threat to us.”
That should certainly help rally the US public and our European allies. How much trade does the US have with Lithuania, Estonia or Latvia, to pick a few NATO allies nearly at random? And of course this will help Putin gauge the depth of our resolve.
More from Obama:“We live in deeply troubled times internationally — challenging times,” Mr. Obama said to a roomful of Democratic donors, who paid from $10,000 to $32,400 each to hear him speak.
"Deeply troubled times"? Maybe Obama should turn off his Twitter feed - wasn't it only two weeks ago he was telling donors that “The world’s always been messy ... we’re just noticing now in part because of social media”?
Well. $10,000 to find out we live in challenging times? I gleaned that from Drudge for nothing.
TO BE FAIR: Yes, $32,400 seems like a lot of money to most of us. However, rubberneckers routinely slow down traffic to gawk at hideous wrecks by the side of the road; I assume a similar dynamic prompts people to turn out for an Obama fundraiser.