Except he didn’t. He unfriended 11 of Putin’s hired guns, but not the don himself.
“U.S. President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on 11 Russians and Ukrainians on Monday blamed for Moscow’s military seizure of Crimea, including ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, and Vladislav Surkov and Sergei Glazyev, two aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Putin himself, suspected in the West of trying to reconstitute as much as possible of the former Soviet Union under Russian authority, was not on the blacklist.”
“’First, as authorized by the executive order I signed two weeks ago, we are imposing sanctions on specific individuals responsible for undermining the sovereignty, territorial integrity and government of Ukraine. We’re making it clear that there are consequences for their actions.’”
Both at http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/03/obama-announces-sanctions-after-crimea-vote//#more
(“There will be consequences.” Translation: As president I will make some meaningless announcement.
(Nothing he says means anything. He knows what he says is meaningless. He doesn’t care.)