|FDR embargoed Japan - That turned out well.|
Embargoes are an act of war
- Crimea has been a part of Russia almost 200 years longer than Hawaii has been a state, but Obama pushes us into conflict and possible war.
- Many think that creating an "evil" Russian enemy for the masses to hate is right out of Orwell's 1984. Distract the public from their economic troubles with a foreign enemy.
Barack Obama imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia-annexed Crimea on Friday (Dec 19) with an executive order prohibiting American exports of goods or services to the contested peninsula and barring Crimean imports.
"The executive order is intended to provide clarity to US corporations doing business in the region and reaffirm that the United States will not accept Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea," Obama said in a statement.
The action also bans new US investments in Crimea and authorises the US Treasury to impose sanctions on people and companies operating there reports Channel News Asia.
"I again call on Russia to end its occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea, cease its support to separatists in eastern Ukraine, and fulfill its commitments under the Minsk agreements," Obama said.
The president's move comes a day after he signed into law a congressional bill allowing him to impose new sanctions on Russia over its alleged support of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The law also authorizes the president to send lethal weapons to Ukraine's military. But Obama stressed he would not change his administration's "carefully calibrated" sanctions policy on Russia.
Obama's Crimea order follows the European Union's decision Thursday to also place new sanctions on Crimea, as a show of resolve against Moscow during an European Union (EU) leaders summit where the bloc urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to make a "radical change" in his stance on Ukraine. In the sanctions - coordinated with Washington - the EU agreed to ban all investment in Crimea and cruise ships from its ports.