The London Economist, voice of the British Empire, was quick to respond to Obama's open threat of war on Russia, calling him a wimp who has to be forced to stand up to Putin. Putin, they wrote Sunday, responded to "Obama's warning shot that there would be consequences for continued Russian military intervention in Ukraine" by calling on his parliament to approve the deployment of "troops for an invasion" (as they call it). The problem, they say, is that Putin has watched Obama's "disastrous vacillation over Syria, culminating in the scuttling away from his own red line declaring punishment for the Assad regime if it used chemical weapons," and his giving in to "the war-weariness of American voters."
Putin clearly believes, rants the Queen's rag, "that Mr Obama will do little more than deliver a petulant slap on the wrist," and therefore is prepared to invade and take over Ukraine, or part of it. "Mr Putin knows that Russia could pay a high price for what it is doing in Ukraine," they conclude. "For now, he believes that the risk is worth taking because he sees the West as supine and decadent, more worried about keeping Russian oil and gas exports flowing than about standing up for the idea of a Europe whole and free. It is now up to Mr Obama whether he wants to show the leadership that will prove him wrong."
The London Express newspaper followed suit later in the day, as reflected in an article entitled "Britain could be on warpath with Russia to stop `invasion' of Ukraine." The article quotes Sir Tony Brenton, a former British Ambassador, who told BBC that "If indeed this is a Russian invasion of Crimea and if we do conclude the [Budapest] Memorandum is legally binding then it's very difficult to avoid the conclusion that we're going to go to war with Russia."
The Express also quotes the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) director Dr. Jonathan Eyal, who compares Putin's move to Hitler's invasion of the Sudetenland--making a clear attempt to justify war.
The right-wing fanatics in the U.S. Congress, such as John McCain and Marco Rubio, followed their British masters in denouncing Obama for not having launched military operations already.