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Prezís foreign policy credibility taking a beating
The Boston Herald ^ | March 2, 2014 | Joe Battenfeld

Posted on 03/01/2014 11:44:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Vladimir Putin is ignoring him. Sarah Palin is bragging about outsmarting him.

The Cold War-style crisis in the Ukraine is exposing President Obama’s lack of foreign policy respect to new lows. Hours after Obama’s toothless threat to Putin to stay out, Russia’s military moved in uncontested.

So what was Obama’s response to this bold show of military force by Putin? He made a phone call to the Russian leader and pulled out of planning meetings for the next G-8 summit in Sochi.

No, not the actual summit. Just the planning meetings.

Wow, Putin must be shaking in his shoe lifts. The Russian president, on the heels of the successful Sochi Olympics, is now maneuvering his military forces into Crimea virtually unchallenged. While Obama was holding a press conference to warn Russia “there will be costs” to intervention in the Ukraine, Putin was getting his rubber stamp Parliament to approve military action.

Turns out there were no costs. What’s next? Threatening to revoke Russia’s gold medals?

Things are so bad for Obama’s foreign policy cred that Palin is taking to Facebook to remind the world that she was mocked for saying during the 2008 campaign that Russia might invade Ukraine. Now Palin is gloating about her diplomatic foresight, while the Obama administration is scrambling to prevent Russia from invading the rest of the Ukraine.

The next few days and weeks will be a severe test for the president. Obama has been a few steps behind during this latest version of a Cold War standoff, and the world is looking for some kind of strong response to Putin’s show of muscle.

The president’s critics could see this one coming. In an interview with Boston Herald Radio last week, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton mocked Obama’s initial call for Russia to stay out of the Ukraine crisis.

Bolton accurately predicted it was “naive” of Obama to think that Russia would stand down in a region where it had major economic and military interests.

“Russia’s going to be involved — you can just count on it,” Bolton said. “The question is whether we’ll be involved.”

The question is what will Obama do? Just write off Ukraine and hope Russia doesn’t launch a total invasion?

Bolton said this latest crisis is the result of Obama showing little interest in re-establishing U.S. foreign policy muscle in hot spots like Ukraine and Syria. Now may be the time for Obama to call Putin’s bluff, and show he is paying attention.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; Russia
KEYWORDS: nationalsecurityfail; obama; palin; putin; russia; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko

1 posted on 03/01/2014 11:44:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

what credibility?


2 posted on 03/01/2014 11:45:37 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama needs to go to the Crimea and start organizing the community. Maybe that will keep him busy for a few years.


3 posted on 03/01/2014 11:54:45 PM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t believe the US should bet involved in this conflict. But, I am enjoying the hell out of watching Obama display his incompetence to the world.


4 posted on 03/01/2014 11:55:27 PM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

I blame Clinton for this, back when the negotiated the Budapest Agreement, in 1994, it was sheer stupidity to believe the Russians weren’t going to eventually claim Crimea...Yeltsin was a drunk who didn’t care. They merely kicked the can down the road, until eventually the situation was going to blow up, well, now here we are.


5 posted on 03/01/2014 11:57:13 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Now may be the time for Obama to call Putin’s bluff, and show he is paying attention.

Obama has pretty much backed himself in to a corner. He has to do something or forfeit the 2014 and 2016 elections to the Republicans because he has shown that Democrats are wimps and can not be trusted with foreign policy

The question is; will he do something stupid?

My guess is; Yes. Something really stupid.

6 posted on 03/01/2014 11:58:20 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Pontiac

I agree with everything you just said.

The best we can hope for out of this President in crisis challenges is that he resolves to do something feeble, uninspired, and bland then quickly moves on to something else, like another golf vacation.

We should thank our lucky stars that he rarely disappoints in these circumstances.


7 posted on 03/02/2014 12:13:56 AM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: GeronL
what credibility?

I think they made a misprint because the only thing he has shown regarding foreign policy is ineptibility.

8 posted on 03/02/2014 12:15:51 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Cowboy Bob
Pssst!...*W*...me too!...but you know the rules!...

Never let a good crisis go to waste

9 posted on 03/02/2014 12:19:11 AM PST by M-cubed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d like to hear that phone call between Vlad and Barry.


10 posted on 03/02/2014 12:20:56 AM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: The KG9 Kid
I agree with you that Obama is likely to only issue more empty threats despite what I said. I am not sure that Obama and his advisors are smart enough to realize that they are in the proverbial corner. I also think that their ideological bent is such that they may not be capable of making a principled intervention to preserve the freedom of the Ukrainians.

Obama has made the US the analog of the adolescent bully that though formidable looking is a coward that never follows through on those threats.

Eventually the other kids on the block notice that the bully never actually pushes things to the point of actual physical violence and the bully is ignored and becomes a laughing stock.

Obama is truly the second coming of Jimmy Carter. We can only hope that he is followed by the second coming of Ronald Reagan.

11 posted on 03/02/2014 12:27:03 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Pontiac
Obama is truly the second coming of Jimmy Carter. We can only hope that he is followed by the second coming of Ronald Reagan.

I just wish more Americans were willing to stand up for freedom and deserved that second coming. It must be hard to stand up and lead when your family is mercilessly attacked by evil and so many stay out of it to keep their heads down.

12 posted on 03/02/2014 12:49:10 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Pontiac

Carter was stupid and incompetent, but not a traitor.

Obama is all three, plus a marxist who wants America to be downgraded to a second rate nation.

I like the saying “In God We Trust” because you know you can’t trust Obama, Hagel, Dempsey, Kerry, Rice, Powers or Clinton. That is all we have left right now.

Obama can proudly claim, “YES IT DID”.


13 posted on 03/02/2014 12:55:19 AM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
LOL!
*NEWS FLASH*
US Gov't. Media "wets it's panties" over events in world.
Credibility of pResident 0'Muslim's Propagandists/Media
sock-puppets nonexistent..embargo of truth continues..

14 posted on 03/02/2014 1:09:46 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s way above his pay grade. The lame stream media is going down with him.


15 posted on 03/02/2014 1:19:21 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>”Sarah Palin is bragging about outsmarting him”<

Haven’t heard that. Must be another Liberal delusion.


16 posted on 03/02/2014 1:26:09 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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To: VRWC For Truth

Isn’t affirmative action wonderful?


17 posted on 03/02/2014 1:31:26 AM PST by monocle
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To: Pontiac; 2ndDivisionVet
expect another W.H. crisis /series of soap operas to develop to distract the conscious electorate.
like..pResident 0'Muslims' beloved dog; Bo, is missing, the chil'ren are "dumbstruck"..saddened..Bo's Favorite recipe @ 11...

18 posted on 03/02/2014 1:38:44 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama should not call Putin’s bluff because Obama would bungle whatever he does and make a bad situation deadly.

Obama is useless and the USA is ruined.


19 posted on 03/02/2014 1:44:30 AM PST by dforest
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To: monocle
The emperor never had any clothes.
20 posted on 03/02/2014 1:55:46 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Call Putins bluff. How and with what?

Pres Pussywillow is way over his head


21 posted on 03/02/2014 2:09:38 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Now may be the time for Obama to call Putin’s bluff, and show he is paying attention.

Do we really want him to do that? Given that he doesn't know how?

So long as our Leader "leads from behind", the worst thing that can happen is that Russia re-absorbs Ukraine.

But, if our Leader tries to act like a leader, we run the risk of ending up in a shooting war we're ill-prepared for.

22 posted on 03/02/2014 2:14:12 AM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Pontiac

If the US moves assets to confront Russia then China will make its move in Asia.

This is not 1995.


23 posted on 03/02/2014 2:22:21 AM PST by sunrise_sunset
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Soooo,
When are the Chi-coms going to notice obammy has no balls and retake Taiwan?


24 posted on 03/02/2014 2:23:47 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The whiff of incompetence is all over this administration.


25 posted on 03/02/2014 2:26:11 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Pontiac

>> Obama has pretty much backed himself in to a corner.

He is a least a serious obstacle to liberty. It’s bad.


26 posted on 03/02/2014 2:32:03 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When Russia docked their warship in Havana harbor, and Obama did nothing, this was Putin’s signal that he could invade the Ukraine with impunity.

If we don’t take a stand on this Russian warship in Cuba, then where will we draw a line?

We should move significant naval assets just off Cuba and offer to “escort” this warship through the “dangerous” Caribbean waters back to Russia, provided it leaves the harbor by Monday. After that, we cannot guarantee its safety. Crimea may be in the Russian sphere but Cuba is in ours. Time to take a stand. Call me a war-monger, but it’s too late to stop Russian agression in the Ukraine, but it’s not too late to show some resolve about protecting our own hemisphere from a country that is now an international outlaw.

I would tell Putin we will sink that tub if you don’t move it.


27 posted on 03/02/2014 3:02:53 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I mean, ideologically Putin’s more Obama’s friend than an adversary right? Obama’s much sympathetic to Putin and Russia than the Constitutional Republic of America,

What's he going to do....send a warship to the Black Sea....

...they would probably defect...join the Russian navy....sans gays

The flagship of the NAVY of Ukraine "Hetman Sahaidachny" defected to Russia.....www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3128514/posts

28 posted on 03/02/2014 3:36:11 AM PST by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The First Moslem Tyrant by Fraud has NO CREDIBILITY
except to al Qaeda whom he brought into the docile
US Pentagon — AFTER THEY BOMBED IT.


29 posted on 03/02/2014 3:59:49 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They can’t let Palin snark go by, can they?


30 posted on 03/02/2014 4:36:57 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Putin’s bluff? Putin is not bluffing! And he has Obama blackmailed.

The question is: When is congress going to allow us to have a president who is not hamstringed by his personal dirt?


31 posted on 03/02/2014 8:06:26 AM PST by abclily
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To: Jimmy Valentine
Call Putins bluff. How and with what?

Ukraine is calling up its reserves (which amounts to every male under 40 who is willing to show up, in a country of 50 million, and maybe a few of the women too, judging by what evolved at the protests.)

Supply 'em. Supply the Poles with whatever they want, too.

We are still very good with that sort of logistics stuff.

32 posted on 03/02/2014 9:28:59 PM PST by Paul R. (Leftists desire to control everything; In the end they invariably control nothing worth a damn.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
and the world is looking for some kind of strong response to Putin’s show of muscle.

They could probably get a stronger response out of Jamaica than Obama.

33 posted on 03/02/2014 9:38:01 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

People have died, and more are going to die but it’s still all about Obama!
How many more will die because it’s all about friggin Obama?!
When are we going to clean house?!


34 posted on 03/02/2014 9:38:31 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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