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U.S. foreign policy comes home to roost with Russia’s action in Ukraine
Washington Post ^ | March 1, 2014 | By David J. Kramer

Posted on 03/02/2014 11:36:43 AM PST by Jim Robinson

President Obama faces the gravest challenge of his presidency in figuring out how to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. How he responds will define his two terms in office, as well as determine the future of Ukraine, Russia and U.S. standing in the world. After all, if the authoritarian tyrant Vladimir Putin is allowed to get away with his unprovoked attack against his neighbor, a blatant violation of that country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, then U.S. credibility, already damaged by Obama’s poor handling of Syria, will be down to zero. Allies won’t believe in us, enemies won’t fear us and the world will be a much more dangerous place. The White House statement issued late Saturday afternoon expressing “deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty” was woefully inadequate.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: obama; obamaforeignpolicy; putin; russia; ukraine; ukrainecrisis; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
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Sucks to be Obama. Head in the sand (or up his rear with his thumb). No foreign policy. No contingency plans whatsoever against the sleeping bear, whom he bragged about as being dead.
1 posted on 03/02/2014 11:36:43 AM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

He said he was going to cut a deal with Putin after he was re-elected, more wiggle room. I guess Putin knew how shallow Obama was then.


2 posted on 03/02/2014 11:38:36 AM PST by elhombrelibre (Free Ukraine. Free Venezuela. Free Syria. Free Iran. Free USA.)
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To: elhombrelibre

Putin knew that Barry’s idea of flexibility cannot be discussed in polite company.


3 posted on 03/02/2014 11:40:10 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Jim Robinson

i wouldn’t expect much from a president who curtsies to most of the heads of state in the world.


4 posted on 03/02/2014 11:40:40 AM PST by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: elhombrelibre

You are not only one saying that;
“Peace Through Strength” article at:

http://ellekynzer.blogspot.com/


5 posted on 03/02/2014 11:41:13 AM PST by Kackikat
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To: econjack

It’s like the Carter years. He used to wear a sign that said, “I’m an American. Kick me.”


6 posted on 03/02/2014 11:41:55 AM PST by elhombrelibre (Free Ukraine. Free Venezuela. Free Syria. Free Iran. Free USA.)
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To: Jim Robinson

America elected and re-elected intellectual infant, while portraying a wise candidate like Sarah Palin as an idiot! Will we learn?


7 posted on 03/02/2014 11:43:03 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Jim Robinson
No foreign policy.

Now, now.. that's too harsh.

Didn't he draw a line in Syria? Didn't he then draw another?

Why, if he hadn't run out of all the fun colors of crayons he'd have drawn even more.

No foreign policy indeed.


8 posted on 03/02/2014 11:44:25 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: elhombrelibre

Obama’s been so busy bankrupting America and destroying our military he just plum ignored what was going on in Ukraine these last several months,

Or, as you say, he’s already cut a deal with Stalin, er, Putin to let him take all the territory he pleases. But what does Obama get in return? Nothing. The total collapse of America is his goal.


9 posted on 03/02/2014 11:47:23 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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10 posted on 03/02/2014 11:47:34 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Clinton bears responsibility. The Budapest Memorandum was a horrible agreement that only guaranteed this would eventually happen.


11 posted on 03/02/2014 11:48:48 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Jim Robinson

And then we have the inestimable John Kerry as Secretary of State, who said recently something to the effect that global warming is the biggest threat we face.


12 posted on 03/02/2014 11:49:41 AM PST by vekzen
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To: dfwgator

Trouble is, failing to uphold that now makes the US look weaker and even more contemptible in the eyes of the world. Maybe the agreement shouldn’t have been made, but since it was made, it needs to be upheld.


13 posted on 03/02/2014 11:51:24 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Jim Robinson

I guess taking another “Overcharge” button to Moscow isn’t going to work this time.


14 posted on 03/02/2014 11:51:30 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Wouldn’t be the first, nor the last agreement to be broken.


15 posted on 03/02/2014 11:52:30 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Jim Robinson

Why is an ex-Bush official giving Obama advice on how to handle this? Seriously, all ex-GOP foreign policy folks should STFU and let Obama and the Dems stew in their own feces.


16 posted on 03/02/2014 11:53:19 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Plus to be binding it had to be ratified by the Senate, which I don’t believe ever happened.


17 posted on 03/02/2014 11:53:20 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Jim Robinson
...already damaged by Obama’s poor handling of Syria...

and Libya...and Egypt...and Iraq...and Afghanistan...and Gitmo prisoners...NSA surveillance...and summer of recovery...and Obamacare...and the reset button...and al qaeda...and race relations...and military preparedness...(please feel free to add to the list)...

Is there anything undamaged by this dope heads touch?

18 posted on 03/02/2014 11:55:09 AM PST by Magnum44 (I have had just about enough)
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To: Jim Robinson

No word from the Benghazi Cover-Up woman who told the world we now have a “reset” button with Russia. No questions from the media, just like they buried “The Road to 9/11” that catalogued the Clinton inactions as the cause for 9/11.


19 posted on 03/02/2014 11:56:01 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Obama is a faggot. All faggots are spineless whimps looking for love in all the wrong places.
Michelle says he stinks. That tells us everything we need to know about the little queer.


20 posted on 03/02/2014 11:57:02 AM PST by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Jim Robinson

I heard Obama’s next and final line in the sand is to “de-friend” Putin on Facebook.


21 posted on 03/02/2014 12:02:26 PM PST by llevrok (F the government)
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To: Jim Robinson
Obama's arrogant attempt to thrust his radical agenda on the world has been met with derision. What many Americans back home and in Washington fail to realize is that Obama's arrogance, mendacity and narcissism extends well beyond our borders.

Putin knows exactly what he is doing and in my humble opinion Obama does not have a move to make. This is a checkmate.

Keep your eyes on China.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

22 posted on 03/02/2014 12:02:26 PM PST by expatguy (Donate to "An American Expat in SE Asia")
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To: Jim Robinson

Question for everyone who wants us to “do something”. Just what do you propose? The world has changed. Two nuclear powers are not going to have another tank battle on the plains.

The US is broke, the military stretched thin, and there is no way we can do anything to stop Russia. Obama is an incompetent boob, but you would not see any president get into it with Russia over the Ukraine.


23 posted on 03/02/2014 12:05:19 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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24 posted on 03/02/2014 12:07:31 PM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Jim Robinson

It also sucks to be us with Obama as commander in chief. My fear is that he’ll feel the need to finally prove his manhood by doing something incredibly stupid vis a vis his old buddy Vladimir, and get us in a shooting war with Russia that neither can win. That’s a long shot I realize, but with dumb pansies like Obama and Kerry in charge, anything can happen.


25 posted on 03/02/2014 12:08:03 PM PST by Argus
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If Obama had simply announced the truth: "The US doesn't have a dog in this hunt and will not engage in military response", we'd be a lot better off.

Now we have Kerry announcing that the military option is on the table.

They bring shame to this nation. There is no military option...at least one we could trust to these incompetents.

We'll be lucky if they don't get us all killed.

26 posted on 03/02/2014 12:08:04 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Pining_4_TX

Czech television is reporting that Poland has begun moving military assets to the Ukrainian border, including armor.

So while Obama may not do anything, Poland just might. And maybe Hungary and Slovakia as well.


27 posted on 03/02/2014 12:09:05 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Jim Robinson



28 posted on 03/02/2014 12:09:29 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Jim Robinson

Obama will call it the “Russian Spring” declare victory and head out to the golf course.


29 posted on 03/02/2014 12:09:33 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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Czech television is reporting that Poland has begun moving military assets to the Ukrainian border, including armor.

And some Winged Hussars?

30 posted on 03/02/2014 12:09:35 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Jim Robinson
Michael Totten's book, Where The West Ends (he's posted an excerpt online - in it, he begins where a friend of his and Michael, are headed toward the Crimea, in 2009):

"...when arriving in the one part of Ukraine everyone knew might one day, through either war or secession, be reunited with Russia..."

"Crimea is in Ukraine, but it isn’t Ukrainian. This part of the country really is Russian. By this point I had learned the alphabet well enough that I could read, so I knew the gigantic words “Автономной Республики Крым” announced to all visitors at the border that Crimea is an autonomous republic..."

"Only a fourth of its citizens are ethnic Ukrainians... Kiev has been trying for years to teach everyone in the country the Ukrainian language, but in Crimea it’s meeting the stiffest resistance..."

"Even though Yalta is significantly north of the Mediterranean, the climate, at least for a narrow little band near the beach, is startlingly subtropical. It’s one of the only places in the world where a native Russian-speaking population can grow palm trees. It’s not only the language, but the political autonomy, and the general Russian-ness that set Crimea apart from Ukraine. It’s also those mountains and the trees and the moderate sea breeze..."

Odds are, Ukraine will not get it back.

We often hear of "the Middle East" and "the Far East," but few think about the Near East that is roughly from the Crimea, thence west to the Adriatic ... and includes so many "balkanized" states, where the west ends.

31 posted on 03/02/2014 12:09:37 PM PST by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Polish troops may return to Lwow.


32 posted on 03/02/2014 12:10:25 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Jim Robinson

Some liberal Americans used to complain that the US should not be the world’s “police force”. Ok, with Obama we are no longer the world’s police force.

And what happens to a place when the police pull out? Just look at the world we are in today. Africa, south america, Asia Europe, Eurasia - what is happening is the direct result of a US power vacuum.

You can’t make an incompetent man president without consequences.


33 posted on 03/02/2014 12:13:12 PM PST by cuban leaf
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I do wonder what the Poles are up to.

Here, in the Czech media, I see the beginnings; one of the Czech TV stations had an hour-long special on Russian atrocities in the former Czechoslovakia and Poland, including the Katyn Massacre.

I’m old enough to know war fever being generated.


34 posted on 03/02/2014 12:13:24 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Jim Robinson


The Obama Regime's feckless, maladroit, velvet fist in the iron glove brand of diplomacy has taken our Beloved Nation to the brink of ruin.

Putin - a ruthless KGB spymaster who knows what he wants and pursues it aggressively, competently, and relentlessly. Obama - a hapless dilettante who couldn't navigate out of a restroom without assistance.

Is there any doubt how this will end?




"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

35 posted on 03/02/2014 12:14:29 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Peace through superior firepower!

Amen


36 posted on 03/02/2014 12:17:13 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Pining_4_TX
you would not see any president get into it with Russia over the Ukraine

You would not have seen Putin be so bold under the foreign policy of a Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush or even a George HW Bush. No other President who had spent their entire administration putting American interests #1 would not have gotten into this situation in the first place.

37 posted on 03/02/2014 12:18:12 PM PST by tsowellfan (www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

The Budapest Memorandum was between three parties: Russia, the US and the UK. There should actually be a meeting between these three parties right now.

Except, of course, that Obama has PO’d the Brits and Russia regards him as a joke anyway, so I guess that option may not be quite as available.

He’s such a jerk. He’s destroyed our bonds with our traditional allies, attempted to make new allies among radical Muslims (yeah, that’ll work) and at the same time projected such an image of total confusion that the whole world is laughing at us.


38 posted on 03/02/2014 12:25:37 PM PST by livius
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Interesting. I can’t see that either the Czech Republic or Poland would have anything to gain from this, although I suppose they’re afraid they’re next (I don’t think they are).

Ukraine was sort of an artificial Russian creation of the 1950s, and I really don’t know why they tacked the Crimea onto it. It was probably bound to come apart, especially after the Kiev Ukrainian nationalists started announcing their anti-Russian program. There are a lot of Russian speakers still living there, and it was dumb for the nationalists to attack them.

In terms of the world, however, I’m more worried about Iran making a move now. They were talking about “retaking” Jerusalem, and they may be crazy enough to feel this is the time to do it.

China is a concern, too, although I’m not sure who or what they would strike. Japan?

In any case, the Pax Americana is clearly over, thanks to Obama.


39 posted on 03/02/2014 12:33:45 PM PST by livius
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To: livius

Kruschev transferred Crimea to Ukraine in 1954. Maybe a uniquely Soviet way to apologize for Stalin’s BS, and of course, Nikita was Ukrainian himself.

Of all the things you listed, I’d add North Korea to the list. Kim the Third seems more than a little erratic in my opinion, and maybe he figures this would be a great time to indulge in a little ****-waving to the South.


40 posted on 03/02/2014 12:37:44 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Pining_4_TX

“Question for everyone who wants us to “do something”. Just what do you propose?”

Pining, you are dead on correct.

I am hearing nothing but knee-jerk criticism of Zero.

Has the Right forgotten when he wanted to get tough with Syria, most on the Right wanted to back off and let them figure it out? Why not in this case too? Are we actuallly threatened?

Has anyone considered that Putin may actually have legitimate reasons for protecting his interests against an illegitmate neighbor? Is the 1994 accord still valid, given the government is gone? Hasn’t the US done the same thing in Iraq and Afghanistan? Did we go to war in Kuwait to protect outr oil supply, as Putin is for their pipelines here?

Yes, 0bama is the worst President and an a-clown, but this is not about him.

What does a broke nation do at this point?


41 posted on 03/02/2014 12:40:41 PM PST by ReaganGeneration2
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
Kruschev transferred Crimea to Ukraine in 1954. Maybe a uniquely Soviet way to apologize for Stalin’s BS, and of course, Nikita was Ukrainian himself.

Not true. Khrushchev was an ethnic Russian, born near the Russian border with Ukraine. But he did serve as boss of Ukraine, under Stalin, and this empty gesture at the time (Moscow was still boss, regardless of which Soviet Socialist Republic it belonged to), was to win over the Ukrainians that he needed to win his power struggle after Stalin's death.

42 posted on 03/02/2014 12:41:05 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: ReaganGeneration2

I tend to agree with your sentiment.

Frankly I think the best thing for Obama to do right now is to go golfing. He can’t do any damage that way.


43 posted on 03/02/2014 12:43:28 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: livius

Perhaps Poland wants the eastern part of their nation back?


44 posted on 03/02/2014 12:49:29 PM PST by namsman
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To: expatguy
Keep your eyes on China.

Indeed. China and Japan are watching Obama's inaction with great interest. Japan has to be worried that Chinese moves against its' territory will be ignored by Obama's government. Same with lesser asian nations near China. Russia is making expansionist moves; the Chinese will certainly follow.

45 posted on 03/02/2014 1:49:50 PM PST by roadcat
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To: Army Air Corps

“Putin knew that Barry’s idea of flexibility cannot be discussed in polite company.”

Yes the election is over, Obama can be very flexible now.


46 posted on 03/02/2014 2:08:28 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: dfwgator
Wouldn’t be the first, nor the last agreement to be broken.

Next time we tell a country to destroy their nuclear weapons and we will make sure no one attacks them, they will laugh in our faces and tell us to get lost.

47 posted on 03/02/2014 3:14:24 PM PST by Moorings
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
Interesting! The Poles and the other countries may be worried that they are next on the menu of the Russian bear. Before the Russians pick them off one after the other, it would be better strategy to cooperate and join together. Ukraine is a large country and would be good to keep on their side.

They definitely can't depend on Western Europe or Uncle Sam.

48 posted on 03/02/2014 3:19:41 PM PST by Moorings
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To: Moorings

Poland will occupy Lwow and other former Polish territory before letting the Russians get it.


49 posted on 03/02/2014 3:20:56 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: elhombrelibre

Probably the second worst president in this Republic’s history.


50 posted on 03/03/2014 5:08:35 AM PST by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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