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Hagel spoke on Saturday with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, a US official told Reuters. Asked about rumours that some US military units had been on alert over turmoil in the Crimean peninsula, the official said the US focus was on diplomatic options. There was no change in the US military's stance, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Senator John McCain, a leading Republican voice on foreign affairs who often advocates a more forceful approach by Washington, on Saturday called on Obama to "articulate exactly what those costs will be and to take steps urgently to impose them".

"Every moment that the United States and our allies fail to respond sends the signal to President Putin that he can be even more ambitious and aggressive in his military intervention in Ukraine," McCain said in a statement.

"There is a range of serious options at our disposal at this time without the use of military force."

Another leading Senate Republican, Bob Corker, called on Obama to lead an international response that could include sanctions.

Sanctions to Russia? Are they mad? They should be very scared if Russian impose sanctions on them...Western Europe will be very dark and cold/or hot place...not to mention cost to already badly shaped western  European economies. What do they feed them in USA? "Mad mushrooms"?  

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Sat Mar 1st, 2014 at 11:22:49 PM EST
There's an election coming up here in the US.  McCain and the right wing are using the situation to make domestic political points.  We just went through this re: Syria.

There is no way the US is going to send troops into Eastern Europe unless Putin goes crazy and, e.g., invades Poland.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Mar 3rd, 2014 at 02:18:36 PM EST
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See McCain
"In the short-term, probably not, because we have to regain our credibility, which we have none," he answered. "And, by the way, again, there are significant Russian populations in many countries -- in Poland, in Romania, in the Baltic countries. Does this mean that we will now acquiesce to Putin acting on behalf of the Russian population in parts of all these countries in the region?"
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Mar 3rd, 2014 at 03:28:56 PM EST
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McCain is flogging the GOP line: "Democrats are wusses re: military and foreign policy"

It's what he does.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Mar 3rd, 2014 at 04:59:01 PM EST
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