A lack of leadership

Obama's reaction to Ukraine crisis shows appalling inertia

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The Russian bear has returned to Cold War form, invading the Crimean Peninsula and eyeing potential military action elsewhere in the Ukraine.

Stunned by the act of open aggression that puts the very freedom of Eastern Europe in question, the world looks to the United States for leadership.

We wished there was more leadership for them to see.

Unfortunately, the Obama administration foreign-policy track record has ranged from nonexistent to mostly abysmal. Even the president’s most ardent supporters in the media say he’s living in a “fantasy” world.

“President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality,” the editorial board of The Washington Post said in a scathing commentary, adding that the administration thinks it exists in a world where “invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances” are things of the past.

When The Washington Post accuses the president of being feckless, you know there is a problem.

It’s not as if everyone in Washington was blindsided by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s apparent goal of Soviet-era reunification. His excursion into Georgia revealed his intentions as early as 2008.

This was a juggernaut building momentum that the Obama administration and its complicit media allies not only refused to acknowledge it but openly mocked those who voiced concern of the growing Russian threat.

Mitt Romney warned of such hostilities during the 2012 elections. Sarah Palin did one better by actually predicting the invasion of Ukraine six years ago.

Both the GOP presidential and vice presidential candidates were roundly ridiculed for their warnings about Russia – warnings that have proven ominously prescient in light of Russia’s incursion into the Ukrainian region of Crimea.

Apologies are in order.

Palin especially was eviscerated by the press and liberal intelligentsia for commenting on Obama’s then-lukewarm response to the Georgia invasion during the 2008 campaign.

“After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Sen. Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next,” she said.

Foreign Policy magazine called Palin’s prediction “strange” and an “extremely far-fetched scenario.”

Romney was laughed at by President Obama himself during the 2012 debates for saying that Russia was “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe.”

The lecturer-in-chief’s smug response was a tailor-made sound bite for the lapdog media.

“The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” he said.

Romney didn’t back down, asserting he had “clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin.”

The Obama campaign followed up with an attack ad portraying Romney as an out-of-touch Cold Warrior.

We don’t expect any mea culpas from liberal mouthpieces – that’s not their style. We’ll apologize on their behalf.

While we’re at it, we think former President George W. Bush, another favorite target of the Obama administration and mainstream media, deserves an apology.

Obama’s pledge to cancel a missile defense system promised by Bush has left Europe less secure and America’s deterrent less credible. It also has strained relationships with traditional democratic allies Germany, the United Kingdom and much of Eastern Europe.

There is little doubt the president’s toothless foreign policy has emboldened our old adversary’s return to the Soviet bad-old-days.

“I warned this day was coming, and it is here,” said U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee. “President Obama’s attempt to seek peace through apologetic diplomacy while defunding and dismantling our military has failed. Today, our enemies don’t fear us and our allies no longer respect us.”

Putin is not a former community organizer like our chief executive. He’s a former KGB colonel. Putin’s Russia will not be moved by Obama’s stern lectures and meaningless ultimatums, such as the chemical weapons “red line” crossed by Syria in its civil war.

The president now finds himself dealing with a scenario he laughed off nearly two years ago. We can only hope his administration is taking it seriously.

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owensjef3
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owensjef3 03/05/14 - 09:29 am
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Uh was the Bush
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Uh was the Bush Administration a deterrent when Georgia was invaded? I notice how you tried to sneak that in real quick.

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avidreader 03/05/14 - 07:08 am
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A Rarity!

It's rare when I ever say anything nice about Mr. Obama. But on this occasion, I have to admit that I appreciate his hands-off attitude in dealing with foreign disputes. What does the world expect him to do? -- send in troops or bomb Moscow? Let the minions meet and hash it out. Let's worry about our own problems domestically.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/05/14 - 07:24 am
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George was invaded? George
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George was invaded? George Clooney? George Lopez? George of the Jungle? Be more specific, owensjef. :-)

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/05/14 - 07:26 am
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And no. Apparently Bush did
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And no. Apparently Bush did NOT deter an invasion of GeorgIA, but I don't see people defending him, no matter what he does like you do for Obama. I also don't remember Bush threatening that there will be consequences when you know there will not....what's he going to do, unfriend him on Facebook?

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TrukinRanger 03/05/14 - 07:30 am
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This is NOT an American
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This is NOT an American priority. European and Asian countries should have a hand in working out this dispute. It is not our job to get involved in anything. We need to stop meddling until we get our own country straight.

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deestafford 03/05/14 - 07:36 am
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The editorial hits nearly all the key points dead right.

The editorial hits nearly all the key points dead right.

Obama like all liberals see the world and human behavior, both foreign and domestic, as they wish them to be rather than they are in reality.

Obama does not understand and is ignorant about geopolitics. He believes the Cold War is over and Putin does not. Obama believes the Islamists are not at war with us and they believe they are.

Avidreader is right in that Obama is right about hands off of this situation. The reason the situation has occurred to start with is Putin looked at Obama early on and saw a weak horse whom he could make his boy toy and he has.

Obama's weakness in foreign policy and failing to project American power have led to a situation whereby the bullies of the world knew they could get away with anything they wanted. It was so evident to them when his first foray around the world was an apology tour and the "Reset" button with Russia by Hillary Clinton.

There are and always will be bully nations in the world and America is the only protector of freedom around the world. Like it or not we assumed that role after WWII. Today, our portion of the GDP devoted to the defense budget is one-half of what it was in the fifties and the sixties and the portion devoted to welfare programs has skyrocketed.

The bullies of the world, particularly Russia and China, see Obama proudly withdrawing America from the world stage and they are going to fill the vacuum and enslave millions of people under their umbrellas of totalitarism.

Ignorance of reality as it pertains to the Red threat because of his leftist upbringing is going to cost thousands of lives and millions liberty.

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gaflyboy 03/05/14 - 07:54 am
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Good article

Nothing left to say except, keep an eye on China. They've been flexing their muscles in Asia and will likely go to war with Japan over the Senkaku Islands. This will be quite a different situation for president Obama and our downsized military. Poor Japan. Poor us.

The whole world is closely watching the weakness of this administration and while China, Iran, North Korea, Syria, etc may like what they see, we should not!

localguy55
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localguy55 03/05/14 - 08:02 am
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Did everyone see President

Did everyone see President Elmer Fudd standing in an elementary classroom attempting to look presidential? What a joke. The liberal's dear leader right where he needs to be, back in school learning U.S. history. Obviously a coarse he slept through.

The events unfolding in the present should be a reminder that elections have consequences.

Hopefully, the American people will grasp the seriousness of world events and realize that putting an inept community organizer in office is a recipe for disaster. What in God's name were these low information people thinking? Oh, yea, they weren't. . . . . .

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Pops 03/05/14 - 08:00 am
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Obama makes Jimmy Carter

look like an MMA fighter. He's gutless......more so than Carter ever was or is.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/05/14 - 08:09 am
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even though O met him in Potemkia

(O meets everyone in Potemkia)
where happy and plump smiling peasants with a backdrop of little pink houses
waved gleefully from the shore
Vladimir obviously doesn't reciprocate the man crush
"After my election I have more flexibility"
"I will transmit this information to Vladimir"
well, information transmitted
meanwhile in Potemkia V has dance parties in the Kremlin and he and O waltz across Lenin square
and all is right (oops, left) with the world

localguy55
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localguy55 03/05/14 - 08:10 am
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Avidreader

It's not about a reaction to what Putin has done, it is the foreign policy weakness the the Obama administration projects throughout the world. If we had a Ronald Reagan type of leader, our strength would have deterred such provocation by Putin.

Russia and other dangerous countries do not take us seriously, that is why they do what they want without fear of reprisal from the U.S.

This will be one of the aspects of the legacy of the Obama Administration.

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seenitB4 03/05/14 - 09:06 am
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Rose colored glasses=Press

I'm not giving the press a pass on this....do we remember the glitter & praise that Obama got during his election....wow...I thought the new messiah was in the WHouse ...dang. All others were ridiculed & made fun of & especially Sarah Palin.

This is what we get with a community organizer up against Putin...even Hillary got it right when she said that 3am phone call will come in & whatcha gonna do then.....well, that call is here now.

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Bodhisattva 03/05/14 - 09:06 am
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Let's look into his eyes

Putin can see what goes on in the US just as well as we can and the rest of the world. Before this President was even inaugurated, the disloyal opposition was plotting and swearing their little blood oaths to oppose and vote against anything and everything he proposed. A good chunk of the party of hate even denied he was born in the USA. They have put party and elections ahead of the citizens and the good of the country. They've postured, posed, and at times acted like children pitching hissy fits. They've called him every name in the book, made up insane conspiracy theories, anything to try to downdrade him in the eyes of the public. After 9/11, the Democrats, and this entire nation came together as one, unified after that tragedy. With today's Republican Party, and the talking heads of the right wing, the bodies wouldn't be cold before they would be on the news assigning blame to the President. They would have no answers, it would simply be his fault, and to the detriment of the country, would immediately seize upon it as a partisan battle and a political opportunity. No unified front against a common foe, it would be a political gain. There would be no mourning on the right, only celebration as they see none of the responsibility they would hold at tearing down our nation at every opportunity. The editorial page of this newspaper is a prime example. The policies by the previous administration were praised, yet the exact same policies are condemned under the present one. Are the policies no longer good for the nation, or is it simply that the administration that has changed? The same for the Tea Party. Pure, unmitigated hate, while destroying our country. Shameful.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/05/14 - 09:12 am
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"Before this President was
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"Before this President was even inaugurated, the disloyal opposition was plotting and swearing their little blood oaths to oppose and vote against anything and everything he proposed. "

--Fabricated statement

"They've postured, posed, and at times acted like children pitching hissy fits. They've called him every name in the book, made up insane conspiracy theories, anything to try to downdrade him in the eyes of the public. After 9/11, the Democrats, and this entire nation came together as one, unified after that tragedy. "

--Pure infantile whiny opinion.

"They would have no answers, it would simply be his fault, and to the detriment of the country, would immediately seize upon it as a partisan battle and a political opportunity."

--Completely untrue and unsubstantiated.

"The policies by the previous administration were praised, yet the exact same policies are condemned under the present one. "

--Again, completely untrue and unsubstantiated.

Need we go on with this slander (libel)?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/05/14 - 09:15 am
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I am willing to admit that

I am willing to admit that Bush was a poor president, but then you have admit that Obama beats his failures and is a poorer president. The two of them together wouldn't make one brain. Come on Bod you act like the Dems haven't been doing and are doing the same thing. Like you and Harry Reid demonizing the Koch brothers but turn a blind eye to Soros who is doing the same. Keep all of em out of it. The IRS should close MoveOn.org would be fair.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/05/14 - 09:18 am
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I bet the Senate Dems planned

I bet the Senate Dems planned all along not be bring to the floor any Bill that starts in the house. I bet they had planned all along to never compromise with Rep on anything and then blame them as the party of NO. Yep.

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edcushman 03/05/14 - 09:18 am
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"What does the world expect
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"What does the world expect him to do? -- send in troops or bomb Moscow?"
The REAL problem is Putin KNEW the weakling in the WH would not do anything but talk. He is an embarrassment to this country.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/05/14 - 09:22 am
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The game with Russia has

The game with Russia has never been a "reality of armed conflict" but a geopolitical game of chess. Putin's got Obama -check mate. Obviously Obama has never played chess, nor apparently worked for a living either (no tales of his youth like other presidents, except his own admitted criminal activity). We should learn a lesson not to pass bills like the ACA without reading them and not electing presidents who haven't been vetted.

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carcraft 03/05/14 - 09:25 am
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Bodhisattva, Nice try. Obama

Bodhisattva, Nice try. Obama started tearing America down before he became president and many of us saw it. Obama said, I "will make it so expensive to burn coal that you can make more coal fired plants but you will go bankrupt running them" (some paraphrasing). Obama said when he debated Hilary Clinton and was talking about capital gains tax, " I am not interested in increasing revenue, I am concerned about fairness". During the health care hearings John McCain wanted to make a point and Obama said "You lost". Obama and the democrats have done every thing they can to tarnish Republicans including lying. Now you sit here and say it is all Republican's fault? I remember Obama as a Senator refusing to vote for the debt ceiling and excoriating Bush for Bush's deficits and now when Republicans refuse to vote for a debt increase we are irresponsible. Obama said "attacking a nation that does not pose a threat with out consent of Congress is and impeachable offense" then Obama turns around and attacks Libya with out consent of congress. Obama is a two faced jerk to put it mildly and the only think he cares about is the power he is about to loose!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/05/14 - 09:26 am
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Progressives seem to be like

Progressives seem to be like their glorious leader with the skimping on the truth. That genie is outta da bottle so no one listens anymore to him anymore-nor anyone else who spouts the lies and garbage. Like I was surprised a lightening bolt didn't strike Harry down with his blatant lie that all the horror stories related to the ACA are all lies-wow that is a whopper. Obviously he isn't moral person.

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jimmymac 03/05/14 - 09:26 am
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OBAMA
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Obama thinks he can talk his way into getting what he wants. He's gotten by all his life thinking that he was so special and now we see clearly just how useless he really is. Jimmy Carter's brother Billy would have been a better POTUS than Obama.

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edcushman 03/05/14 - 09:35 am
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I have been reading the
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I have been reading the comments for some time and I have noticed over time there are fewer and fewer on the left willing to defend this disaster of a president. Only a few diehard lefties like Bodhisattva, Fedex and owensjef are willing to defend such an incompetent president.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/05/14 - 09:35 am
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George Soros intentionally

George Soros intentionally broke the Bank of England and was convicted of insider trading-wow what a great guy. In an interview with The Washington Post on November 11, 2003, Soros said that removing President George W. Bush from office was the "central focus of my life" and "a matter of life and death". Gosh doesn't that sound like the tale the Rep central focus was to make Obama a one term president?

localguy55
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localguy55 03/05/14 - 09:36 am
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Bod

Bod,
you can't look passed your own hatred for conservatives to acknowledge the obvious blundering damage Obama and his administration has done to this nation; from wasting over 800 billion dollars on a failed stimulus program, to adding an additional 6 trillion dollars in 5 years to the national debt, to fat and furious, the IRS scandal, the Benghazi scandal, a totally inept foreign policy, and the weakening of the military, to name a few. And there is much much more.

Say it isn't true Bod......

And don't bother with all that George Bush rhetoric. Retort to the here and now and deal with it.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/05/14 - 09:37 am
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Where is Soros not now doing

Why is Soros not now doing the same with Obama-far worse than Bush? Why isn't it a "central focus of HIS life" and "a matter of life and death" ? Hmmmm.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 03/05/14 - 09:45 am
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Invading the Ukraine is
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Invading the Ukraine is Checkmate, Wow. There is no Military solution hear on our part. Hopefully the locals will make it very painful on the Russians combined with heavy economic sanctions. We don't have any moral high ground after the Iraq debacle.

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LillyfromtheMills 03/05/14 - 09:47 am
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Bod

What does that have to do with Russia and Putin?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/05/14 - 09:47 am
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Not everyone is a leader-I'm

Not everyone is a leader-I'm not for example despite lots of great qualities-and Obama doesn't have leadership qualities either. He may be a super smart guy but he isn't a leader-I suffer from the same problem we are too prudent and slow to make decisions because we really think it out to all its different possibilities and just really too cautious-nothing gets done. It's a great quality for problem solving but it sucks for leadership because nothing gets done-at least done correctly. The ACA for example-I mean Titanic comes to mind. Trying to save his law he makes the huge error of trying to micromanage it back to life-I would have done the same because of that ego to succeed and prove I was right. It just doesn't work and always blows up in your face-let that law die and live to fight another day. I think Obama will eventually figure out how to be a president but I'm afraid it will be too late to serve us any good. Jimmy Carter had the same problem-I admired his environmental positions but he didn't know how to be president and he wasn't a leader either. Really the good leaders are all likely sociopaths and psychopaths but apparently that serves a useful purpose in that regard-I've read as much too. Frightening really.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/05/14 - 09:50 am
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What's moral got to do with

What's moral got to do with it-there are broken international agreements. I think economic sanctions will likely have an effect but it may not be exactly what we were expecting. Checkmate doesn't refer to the single action but Putin's status geopolitically related to Obama-gosh I have to explain it to you.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/05/14 - 09:52 am
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Embargoes and economic

Embargoes and economic sanctions-let's see:Burma, since 1997 (see Burma-United States relations)
Cuba, since 1962 (see United States embargo against Cuba)
Iran, since 1979 (see Sanctions against Iran)
Libya, since 2011 (now applied only against parties closely associated with the former Gaddafi regime;[3] see Libya-United States relations)
North Korea, since 1950 (see North Korea–United States relations)
Sudan, since 2002 (see Sudan–United States relations)
Syria, since 1986 (see Syria–United States relations)
How's that working for us? Wow all the problem areas are all gone eh?

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