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July 21, 2014

Obama to Offer Half-Hearted Statement on Ukraine
"What Are They Trying to Hide?"

Of course he was supposed to begin the statement twenty-five minutes ago.

FoxNews' live video feed ishere.

Discussing the separatists' interference with investigators and removal of bodies, Obama asks "What are they trying to hide?"

Obama made a series of things intended to sound like demands -- that Russia order the separatists to stand down and let investigators do their job -- but then offered no consequences in the event of Putin's continued defiance.

The only thing he offered that could sound like a consequence is that "Russia will continue to isolate itself from the international community" -- note the way that's phrased, where it's Russia -- not the US, Europe, or "international community" itself -- that's doing the isolating.

A passive construction from a passive president.


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