**Written by Doug Powers
Moscow is moving fast to annex Crimea after about 104 percent (give or take) of Crimeans voting to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, which was a dramatic escalation from previous polls. In the streets of Crimea, Russian tanks and troops were on hand to ensure a fair voting process free from intimidation tactics of any sort.
In response to Russia’s Cold War-era tactics, the White House announced that it was freezing the assets of Mitt Romney. What did he know and when did he know it?
Actually the White House is holding off on the Romney sanctions for now, but individual sanctions against Putin “cronies” have being put into place:
President Barack Obama issued new sanctions against Russia on Monday, making good on his threat to punish the Russian government over its actions in Ukraine.
The White House announced a series of sanctions targeting a group of individuals, including senior aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. A senior administration official described the seven individuals targeted by the sanctions as “cronies” of the Russian government.
“These are by far and away the most comprehensive sanctions applied against Russia since the end of the Cold War,” a senior administration official said in a conference call to detail the sanctions.
Possibly Putin will be driven so mad by panicked aides begging him to cave or else they won’t be allowed to travel to Morocco for spring break that he gives up Crimea and any Ukraine takeover ambitions.
According to President Obama, the U.S. is readying “additional costs” for Moscow as punishment for their actions in Crimea, though asking the U.N. to force Russians to sign up for Obamacare seems a bit excessive at this point.
**Written by Doug Powers
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