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Jake Tapper "Surprised" Obama Drew Another Line With Ukraine: "What Consequences Are There?"

JAKE TAPPER: We pointed this out in our show today the use of the term, 'the line.' And in fact I asked [Richard] Haass if you're Yanukovych and you're sitting there and you hear President Obama talking about lines -- how much does the red line of Bashir al-Assad, the threat that if Bashir al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people that would be crossing a red line for the president -- how much does that mean? He said it was a fair question, obviously you don't know.

The other thing that was interesting was that Haass said that he thought the U.S.
options were far fewer options in Ukraine than in Syria and one of the reasons, I imagine, would be because of Putin and his alliance with Yanukovych and, you know, you don't want this be a -- it already is a proxy conflict -- you don't want it to be a proxy war. So the options are are quite limited, Haass said.

But I agree. I was surprised by the use of the term 'line.' And also, I thought was interesting… what consequences are there? What will they be? Secretary of State John Kerry today raised the specter of sanctions to the US Ambassador to Ukraine last night, but it's not clear exactly what the full toolkit, as Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes referred to today -- what's in that toolkit, what can the U.S. do?

It will be interesting to see what happens when the foreign ministers from Europe come to Kiev and talk to Yanukovych. (Hugh Hewitt Show, February 19, 2014)

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