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Reset: U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul Announces Resignation
PJ Media ^ | February 4, 2014 - 10:06 am | Kim Zigfeld

Posted on 02/04/2014 7:47:24 PM PST by Olog-hai

In November of 2013, Russian media reported that U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul would soon resign; McFaul emphatically denied he was going anywhere. Yet today, he announced his resignation. Izvestia and Gazeta.ru reported the news back in November. […]

McFaul is the chief architect of Obama’s “reset” policy with Russia, a policy that diagnosed Vladimir Putin not as a dangerous foe of the U.S. but as a misunderstood statesman who had been alienated by Republican policies inspired by Ronald Reagan. In practice, “reset” was McFaul’s euphemism for appeasement. The results of this policy were completely predictable: sensing weakness, Putin attacked. …

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: ambassadortorussia; mcfaul; mcfaulresigns; michaelmcfaul; putin; resetbutton; resignation; resigns; russia; russiaambassador; usambassador

1 posted on 02/04/2014 7:47:24 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
...a policy that diagnosed Vladimir Putin not as a dangerous foe of the U.S. but as a misunderstood statesman who had been alienated by Republican policies inspired by Ronald Reagan.

Reagan hasn't been president for 17 years, and yet Obama wants to blame relations with Putin on him and those who thought his policies were right.

I thought my children were very good blamers when they were young, but this guy is the worst adolescent blamer I've ever seen.

And by the way, just what policies related to the U. S. S. R., does Obama think were wrong?

2 posted on 02/04/2014 7:52:35 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: Olog-hai

Wikipedia: “McFaul became only the second non-career diplomat in 30 years to be U.S. ambassador to Russia”

Only Obama would think this a job for an amateur LOL!


3 posted on 02/04/2014 7:53:15 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: DoughtyOne

Obama has to get the thinking bit down, first.


4 posted on 02/04/2014 7:53:56 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: mrsmith

Great way to make “the world love us again” or something.


5 posted on 02/04/2014 7:54:49 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: DoughtyOne
Reagan hasn't been president for 17 years

Even worse: 25 years.

6 posted on 02/04/2014 7:58:41 PM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: Olog-hai

Clearly you found a flaw in my logic. LOL


7 posted on 02/04/2014 7:59:12 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: Olog-hai

Turns out that Obama is a bigger danger to the USA than Putin.

Crazy world.


8 posted on 02/04/2014 8:01:06 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: Iron Munro

Due to proximity, indeed.


9 posted on 02/04/2014 8:02:37 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai; All

10 posted on 02/04/2014 8:26:56 PM PST by montag813
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To: Olog-hai

Funny that the Russian media called this a while back...


11 posted on 02/04/2014 8:50:11 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (A Theory is not a Fact....It is not called the "Fact of Evolution")
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To: Michael.SF.

Yes it is 25. I dropped a decade and figured it based on 87, when it was actually 89. Oops. Thanks.


12 posted on 02/04/2014 8:54:56 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: Olog-hai

Timing seems odd considering the world will be watching the Winter Olympics in Russia in a few days.


13 posted on 02/04/2014 9:16:08 PM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: DoughtyOne

>>>...a policy that diagnosed Vladimir Putin not as a dangerous foe of the U.S. but as a misunderstood statesman who had been alienated by Republican policies inspired by Ronald Reagan.

Reagan hasn’t been president for 17 years, and yet Obama wants to blame relations with Putin on him and those who thought his policies were right.<<<

Another Obamao hogwash.

US-Russian relations were historically better under Republican administrations.
One can say Reagan presidency was an exception from the Russian perspective but it is objectively wrong.
It was actually Carter who started to back muslim extremists against Russia in stans, it was Clinton who inspired and backed failed social, economic reforms in Russia and backed muslim revolt inside Russia, bombed Russian allies in Europe and it is Obama, attacking religious and cultural values in Russia and it’s economic interests elsewhere nowadays.

Republicans and Russians are vocal opponents against each other, but they are able to communicate and resolve matters in a manner favorable by both parties.

Reagan and Gorby has liberated Europe at the time. Russia has clearly benefited too losing communist power and removing toxic assets in form of a number socialist welfare states. Bush got no opposition and actually a lot of support from Russia in a war on terror etc.


14 posted on 02/04/2014 10:11:17 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish

I agree with your thoughts on this. Appreciate the mention. Good take on it...


15 posted on 02/04/2014 10:26:21 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: cunning_fish

“US-Russian relations were historically better under Republican administrations.”

Reagan stood up to them and wasn’t afraid to walk away from a bad deal. Reagan also wasn’t afraid to walk through Red Square with the Russian leader and show genuine friendship based on respect.

Obama only goes there and acts like a child. And his only agenda is to advocate the spread of homosexuality.


16 posted on 02/04/2014 10:36:59 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DoughtyOne

AFAIK, Reagan is the most popular and admired POTUS among Russians. And more popular than Gorbachev. Obama is a subject of racist jokes there. It tells something, isn’t it?


17 posted on 02/04/2014 10:40:43 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish

Russia is building a foreign police based upon its own interests coming first. They are not naturally our enemy. The greatest failure of our foreign policy is to do everything we can to continue the cold war, advocate for NATO and the EU expanding.
Russians I know feel like they have undergone deep order changes in their nation since 1991. Every leader here seems stuck in 1981.

And the biggest issue we push is homosexuality and anything the EU wants.


18 posted on 02/04/2014 10:42:37 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: cunning_fish

I’d like to think that reasoned people around the planet want pretty much the same thing out of who they respect, despite what the Leftists in the West seem to want.

As for racist jokes, I don’t like to go there even with Obama. I don’t care what his skin color is, the man is just a complete disaster.

If he hates the U.S. this much, he should just get out and leave us in peace. But then that’s not what the Islamic people do if they hate the West is it.


19 posted on 02/04/2014 10:51:26 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Remember the December after zero was elected the first time?

Putin both gave a speech and wrote a letter in Pravda saying the same thing to America.

He warned us, "Do no go down the road to communism, because that is what destroyed Russia".

I would say that Putin has far more in common with US conservatives, Reaganites, than any of the rats and rinos presently infesting Washington.

20 posted on 02/04/2014 11:57:01 PM PST by Mogger (Independence, better fuel economy and performance with American made synthetic oil.)
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To: Olog-hai
"...] McFaul is the chief architect of Obama’s “reset” policy with Russia, a policy that diagnosed Vladimir Putin not as a dangerous foe of the U.S. but as a misunderstood statesman who had been alienated by Republican policies inspired by Ronald Reagan.

Yeah. Never, ever been an unscrupulous, dangerous, KGB guy, has there?

Good old Uncle Vlad. \S

21 posted on 02/05/2014 2:29:50 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Olog-hai

HA!! Now that they have MESSED UP our relationship with RUSSIA where it can’t be fixed, time to move on. RAT leaving the sinking ship....only to go find another WORKING ship to get on.


22 posted on 02/05/2014 4:04:44 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Mogger

I know what you mean Mogger. I think you’ve touched on an interesting issue there. It is still troublesome to me his prior position at the KGB.

How do you give the guy a total pass knowing his past?

He’s making some very interesting comments, and I think he’s right about them. Now, is he really tipping us off that he cares which way the U. S. goes?

Maybe so. Perhaps the guy is conflicted to a certain extent. Then again, he may just be gaming us.

I don’t think he is total. To what degree, can anyone really know?


23 posted on 02/05/2014 8:06:57 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: DoughtyOne
It is still troublesome to me his prior position at the KGB.

KGB was a good job to have at the time, he had to do something.

Now, is he really tipping us off that he cares which way the U. S. goes?

From what I've read of his writings, so far, I don't think he directly gives a rats behind about the USA.

He is deathly afraid that communism will take a hold here and spread back to Russia from here.

To that extent, he is forced to care about what happens here.

Then again, he may just be gaming us.

You never really know.

24 posted on 02/07/2014 1:36:07 AM PST by Mogger (Independence, better fuel economy and performance with American made synthetic oil.)
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