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Here's Why President Obama Is MIA on Ukraine and Shouldn't Be

Posted By Kelsey Harris On February 19, 2014 @ 12:56 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled

Emeric Fohlen/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/Newscom [1]

Emeric Fohlen/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/Newscom

At least 25 were killed and hundreds wounded last night in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev.

Riot police stormed the main anti-government protest camp at the Independence Square and began “the worst crisis since the wars in Yugoslavia is convulsing Eastern Europe,” Ariel Cohen, a Russian and Eurasian Studies expert at The Heritage Foundation said.

The world is now looking at Kiev and Cohen says the U.S. needs to show leadership [9]:

Ukraine is strategically important. It has a massive industrial base; abundant agriculture; and a lengthy shoreline along the Black Sea. It also borders four NATO allies: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. Russia covets it for its renewed sphere of influence. A lot is riding on next steps by the U.S. and our European allies. Washington has to exhibit strong leadership to resolve the crisis in Ukraine peacefully – and in accordance to strategic U.S. interests. It should call for an immediate cessation of government brutality and violence and helping Ukrainians to map out a path to a constitutional reform and the new elections this spring.

So, where is President Obama and his leadership on Ukraine?

Pete Souza [10]

Pete Souza

We don’t know. But we do know he likes the term Obamacare. At least that’s what he told Charles Barkley [11].

On Tuesday, he hung out at a Safeway in Maryland to talk about how his administration is going to decide your truck’s gas mileage. [14]

He’s also talking about climate change’s influence [17] to Californians suffering a drought.

And after calling for a “shared sacrifice” [20] to help manage California’s water shortage, he headed to Sunnylands retreat in Rancho Mirage (one of the state’s top water hogs) [20] to golf.

Pete Souza [21]

Pete Souza

Is President Obama doing everything he can to help Ukraine and keep America’s best interests a priority? You decide.

UPDATE: President Obama made a statemen [22]t this afternoon about the situation in Ukraine.

>>>Find out more about why the brutal protests are happening in Ukraine and read about why the U.S. should act here. [9]


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[1] Image: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/2014_02_19_Ukraine_Ariel.jpg

[2] http://t.co/FWoJlZgcHQ: http://t.co/FWoJlZgcHQ

[3] @AP_Images: https://twitter.com/AP_Images

[4] #Kiev: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Kiev&src=hash

[5] pic.twitter.com/18ZyYMxP1B: http://t.co/18ZyYMxP1B

[6] February 18, 2014: https://twitter.com/NBCNewsPictures/statuses/435905498651426816

[7] pic.twitter.com/Nq3DkhhPpK: http://t.co/Nq3DkhhPpK

[8] February 19, 2014: https://twitter.com/PzFeed/statuses/436151476906647552

[9] needs to show leadership: http://blog.heritage.org/2014/02/19/u-s-act-face-yanukovichs-brutal-crackdown-ukraine/

[10] Image: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/2014_02_19_Obamasmug.jpg

[11] what he told Charles Barkley: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/02/16/charles_barkley_interviews_obama_about_lebron_obamacare__black_men.html

[12] pic.twitter.com/VOZefUibwN: http://t.co/VOZefUibwN

[13] February 14, 2014: https://twitter.com/petesouza/statuses/434132768554250240

[14] decide your truck’s gas mileage. : http://blog.heritage.org/2014/02/18/obama-shouldnt-decide-trucks-gas-mileage/

[15] pic.twitter.com/GMQITG6Nnb: http://t.co/GMQITG6Nnb

[16] February 18, 2014: https://twitter.com/TheObamaDiary/statuses/435859017299025921

[17] about climate change’s influence: http://blog.heritage.org/2014/02/18/climate-change-cause-california-drought-big-government/

[18] pic.twitter.com/UckJHEv2KY: http://t.co/UckJHEv2KY

[19] February 15, 2014: https://twitter.com/petesouza/statuses/434708154488586240

[20] calling for a “shared sacrifice”: http://swampland.time.com/2014/02/17/obama-golfs-water-guzzling-desert-courses-amid-the-drought/

[21] Image: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/5384983501_8a5dde9464_z.jpg

[22] made a statemen: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/obama-condemns-ukraine-violence-threatens-consequences-n33396

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