Kerry: “We Hope President Putin will Recognize that None of What We’re Saying is Meant as a Threat”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Somehow I don’t think that’s much of a problem. Not from the least threatening Secretary of State in American history. Hillary Clinton was more threatening in her sleep than John Kerry is after four cups of coffee and three Belgian snubs.

But still John “Unbelievably small strike” Kerry took the time out to reassure Vlad that America was not threatening him.

“We hope President Putin will recognize that none of what we’re saying is meant as a threat. It’s not meant as a – in a personal way. It is meant as a matter of respect for the international multilateral structure that we have lived by since World War II and for the standards of behavior about annexation, about secession, about independence and how countries come about it.”

It’s not personal Vlad, we’re just committed multilateralists which means that our threats are meaningless unless you decide to vote against yourself in the UN Security Council.

Kerry pathetically assures Putin that it’s not personal. It’s not a threat. It’s just hot air.

I was clear with Foreign Minister Lavrov that the President has made it clear there will be consequences if Russia does not find a way to change course. And we don’t say that as a threat, we say that as a direct consequence of the choices that Russia may or may not choose to make here. If Russia does establish facts on the ground that increase tensions or that threaten the Ukrainian people, then obviously that will beg an even greater response, and there will be costs.

There are going to be consequences, but it’s not a threat. It’s just going to happen. Possibly. But not as a result of American action, but some mystical multilateral law.

“So we very much hope that President Putin will hear that we are not trying to challenge Russia’s rights or interests, it’s interest in protecting its people, its interests in its strategic position, its port agreement. None of those things are being threatened here. They can all be respected even as the integrity of Ukraine is respected, and we would hope that President Putin would see that there is a better way to address those concerns that he has that are legitimate, and we hope he will make that decision.”

This is probably the most muscular speech that wasn’t given by Neville Chamberlain.

QUESTION: Thank you. Mr. Secretary, Foreign Minister Lavrov just told reporters in London after your talks that there’s no common vision between the West and Russia on Ukraine, that international mediators are not needed in this situation, and that Russia will respect the results of Sunday’s referendum in Crimea. Despite your message just now to President Putin that this is not meant as a threat, do you believe that in fact that diplomacy is failing here and that they are just going to go ahead with what you just termed as a possible backdoor annexation of Crimea?

SECRETARY KERRY: I think it’s more important for the president – for President Putin to understand that we are prepared to respect his interests and rights

And if he doesn’t, he can always send you out for a cup of coffee.

  • Edward

    Why do you genocidal anti-Whites keep using the word, “Freedom”??? lol
It is not “freedom”, it is geNOcide.

    ONLY White people are NOT allowed to say NO! to this MASS foreign race
    immigration and FORCED integration/assimilation to create some “blended
    humanity”.

    “Anti-racists” FORCE EVERY & -ONLY- White countries to take in MASS foreign race immigration.

    If we are not allowed to say no, that is NOT freedom.

    That is FORCING and it’s White geNOcide.

    Anti-racist is a >codeword< for anti-White

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      You’re not white. You’re a socialist – like socialist SHlTler.

  • Texas Patriot

    Instead of complaining about Russia annexing strategically important land, Israel should be doing the same. Kerry talks about the state of affairs “since the end of WWII”. Obviously the state of affairs has changed.

    • truebearing

      Israel isn’t complaining about Russia annexing Ukraine. The man you believe will nuke Iran is the one impotently whining.

      Israel can’t defend itself from obvious attacks without being condemned. How are they going to annex land without an international uproar, led by your hero, Barack Obama?

      The state of affairs has changed alright. The US used to set the standards and dare the evil ones to cross the line. Now, Obama draws lines and invites the evil ones to cross them.

      • Texas Patriot

        I will concede that you are an expert on the subject of “impotent whining”, but regrettably I must add that you are totally clueless about the significance of Russia’s annexation of the Ukraine. I have written a lengthy response to your post, but apparently it is awaiting approval by the moderators of this board. In the meantime, let me just say that I have never met anyone who more perfectly personifies the false propaganda that has led America and Israel down the primrose path of destruction.

        • truebearing

          Getting mighty touchy about criticism of Obama these days, aren’t you?

          Like it or not, your previous comment made no sense. Ranting at me isn’t going to make it more coherent.

          • Texas Patriot

            Obama has nothing to do with it, nor does it concern me too greatly that you seem to have trouble comprehending the general tenor of my remarks. What I’m disappointed about is your apparent lack of concern for the strategic best interests of the United States and Israel. I’ll say it again. The Cold War is over. At this point in time, the major powers of the world, including America, Russia, and China, are in the process of realigning their interests and consolidating their respective regional hegemonies in response to the rising tide of global Islamic jihad, and Israel needs to start thinking and acting the same way.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Does this man not know that he has a severe case of foot-in-mouth disease? Or perhaps he thinks that his foot in his mouth is a normal mode of diplomacy. Or perhaps I’m giving him too much credit by assuming that he thinks.

    • tagalog

      Kerry is walking proof that an education in the finest institutions of learning that we have can be totally wasted.

  • onecornpone

    Kerry is SO French…

    • Ellman48

      Perfect description!

    • Freedom Call

      I’m sorry the french have more balls on the international scene these days.

      • onecornpone

        Why are you “sorry”? Someone has to step into the void, or we’ll all be sucked up into the black hole…

    • jb1111

      Kerry is Unamerican, but NOT French ……….. just an ordinary, everyday Coward.

  • Ellman48

    This is the most nauseating demonstration of pathetic weakness in the face of aggression that I have ever read! How can Kerry not realize the effect that his nearly apologetic tone will have on Putin? Excuse me Vladimir, please don’t take offense, personally, at what I’m saying. It’s not that we don’t trust you or condemn you for your dedication to Russia’s interests and the Russian people. We were just hoping that you would help us move towards globalism and world government where there will be no national boundaries and we’ll all leave in peace for eternity. Doesn’t that sound to you like a laudatory goal? Why do you want to return us to 19th century squabbles? I just want to make sure you understand where we’re coming from. Thanks for listening!

    Putin: Dear John. I never had any intention to invade the Ukraine. But you must realize that this was all started by extremists in Kiev who staged a coup on the legitimate government of the Ukraine. It is they whom you should be talking to, not me. If you like, I will grant you a week to convince them that they should restore the legitimate government of the Ukraine in Kiev. After that I will do whatever is necessary to protect Russian citizens from the present illegitimate Ukrainian government.

    • catherineinpvb

      One might hope that this level of degradation passing as ‘Leadership’ might even worry a few Liberals. . .Certainly; Kerry, appears not to be challenged publicly, by MSM and FOO Nets. We should be demanding his ‘recall’. . .but first an x-ray; it may be; that he is, actually spineless.

      • Ellman48

        The liberals would say “Leave it to the professional diplomats.” I’m actually quoting one of them who loiters on this web site. The Russians are sticking to their ‘illegitimate government’ narrative and probably have a good laugh at Kerry’s puerile pleas and threats. I bet his kids don’t take him seriously either.

        • catherineinpvb

          The man is such an unbelievable loser! What an embarasment of a ‘man’ repping a nation; no less. Kerry totally reps the new ‘castrati’ as Rush would say. Am sure Theresa knows she played the ‘fool’; but then of course; she is a Lib; so maybe still; does not get it. But suspects she does. As for the kids; only hope they are better human beings than their Father. . .but then; ‘tree. . .apple’; so who knows?

          • jb1111

            The word “TRAITOR” comes to mind.

  • StukaPilot

    If Sec. of State Kohn’s face gets any longer, his chin will be resting on the ground. And why shouldn’t he go out for Putin’s Coffee? He is, after all, a secretary.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Beaten Nazis Sign Historic Surrender 1945
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMMJdeVoBv0

    • onecornpone

      …”kids”…? He has kids?

      I would’a swore he was a eunuch.

      • http://batman-news.com Dalethenerd

        Your instincts are still good, my dear. He has no biological kids. He was neutered decades ago. If he still had his equipment he’d be wearing a black turleneck and beret and haunting little Parisian bistros in search of like-minded girly-men.

  • truebearing

    Is Kerry auditioning for Submissive Male of theYear? Oh, that’s right. This is part of Obama’s strategy of leading with your rear.

  • tagalog

    “We’re gonna punish you if you do something we don’t like, but don’t take it personally; we’ll still respect you in the morning.”

    Wow, U.S. foreign policy at its finest. What would Hitler have thought of words like that at the time of Munich? Oh yeah, Chamberlain did say stuff similar to that and of course it avoided a devastating war whose effects might still have been resonating 70 years later.

  • Ms Ryan

    We shouldnt even be involved. Especially if all the US is going to do is look like fools.

  • Lou Hodges

    I don’t understand. I thought Kerry was an anti-American anti-war communist activist. American communsits have been studying communism in Russia for 100 years. Even Bill Clinton spent Viet Nam in Moscow. So why are they mad at Putin for trying to re-unify the Soviet Union? Seems kind of hypocritical.

  • mogar2

    What can you say but pathetic?

    • catherineinpvb

      Groveling, weak,pathetic fool. . .

    • jb1111

      TRY “TRAITOR”, Mogar2.

  • catherineinpvb

    Hope Repubs know that there is a lot more to campaign on; than just Obamacare. Take it to them. OMG. . .there should not be ANY doubt; as to how John Kerry’s ended up with ‘two’ Purple Hearts.

  • Jimmy Z

    terrible audio

  • Tceedub

    You are John Kerry in disguise, aren’t you? In the face of all of this you still think that Russia is just responding to Islamic jihad? Seriously…? Wait: you’re Jimmy Carter.
    You actually believe the U.S. has anything of substance in common with “…the…great powers…, Russia, China…”? You live in the same dream world as Obama: play nice, repudiate your presidential predecessors, and the “great powers” will finally understand that the U.S. is not really interested in world domination, as if our entire history does not demonstrate that already.
    It is you that must wake up. Obama will do nothing about Iran; and will hamstring Israel from doing anything. Did you miss that we relieved sanctions in exchange for a promise to agree to…something…later?
    As you (I think it’s you) said years ago: “We are suffering from a crisis of confidence.” Our President, Secretary of State, and now Secretary of Defense have seen to that quite well. I promise you this malaise will not end until Obama is out of office. He hates American power. He always has. Now, unfortunately, he hates his job as well. So America will burn as Obama dithers…and fills out his NCAA bracket.

    • Texas Patriot

      Hahaha That’s quite a first post. But I still think that Obama threw Putin a bone in exchange for his silence in the event we have to destroy the Iranian nuclear weapons complex. All the rest is a lot of political noise by the usual talking heads. Keep up the great work!