Obama: No Country Has Right to Send Troops to Another Country Unprovoked
President Barack Obama said today that Russia’s military moves in Crimea violated international law, adding that “no country has a right to send in troops to another country unprovoked.” He said the United States is examining a series of economic and diplomatic steps to “isolate Russia,” and he called on Congress to work with his administration on an economic assistance package for Ukraine.
As Doug noted yesterday, this statement rings rather hollow coming from the United States in the wake of the Iraq War. At least, unlike now-Secretary of State and then-Senator John Kerry, Obama opposed the Iraq War from the beginning.
Implied snark aside, the president is right: Russia has violated international law and has no right to send in troops under present circumstances. But great powers not infrequently brush such niceties aside, or find pretexts under international law, to do what they feel they must in furthering their national interests.