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5 Reasons Putin Thinks He Can Outplay Obama
Breitbart ^ | 3 Mar 2014 | BEN SHAPIRO

Posted on 03/03/2014 5:23:47 PM PST by mandaladon

As Russian President Vladimir Putin deploys his military forces to Ukraine, the Obama administration continues to wonder just what the benighted dictator is thinking. Understanding that the best strategy for countering military action is undoubtedly faculty lounge-style condescension, the Obama administration has responded with its full array of resources: scorn, sneering, and bemusement.

On Monday, President Obama announced that Russia was “on the wrong side of history,” adding that the actions of the Kremlin violate international law. His Secretary of State, John Kerry, stated on Sunday, “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country.” National Security Advisor Susan Rice stated, “It’s in nobody’s interest to see violence return and the situation escalate.” When questioned by NBC’s David Gregory whether Putin might in fact see the global situation in a “Cold War context,” Rice shot back, “He may, but if he does, that’s a pretty dated perspective.” To prove just how dated that perspective was, the United States announced on Monday that it would not be sending a presidential delegation to the Paralympics in Sochi, a move that will undoubtedly give Putin the chills.

Meanwhile, the tanks roll through the Crimea.

So, why exactly does Putin think he can get away with rolling tanks into Crimea without serious American response? History.

The Reset Button. In 2008, Putin’s Russia invaded neighboring Georgia after Georgia threatened military action against one of its provinces, the disputed territory of Abkhazia. Russia quickly poured troops into Abkhazia, and the United States responded with tepid language asking Russia to “reconsider some provocative steps.” Meanwhile, Russia began placing more and more troops in South Ossetia, another disputed territory under the control of Georgia.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Russia
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhorussia; obama; putin; russia; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
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So why is Putin drinking Obama’s milkshake? Because he’s not blind. He recognizes American weakness when he sees it, and he has a history of exploiting that weakness. He saw President Bush’s foolhardy trust in him as a weak point; Obama has turned that weak point into a full-blown American foreign policy. No wonder Putin is pushing the envelope. After all, he’s likely to get away with it......................Weakness is just one of the many flaws of Obama
1 posted on 03/03/2014 5:23:47 PM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

reason #1 : Obama is a pussy


2 posted on 03/03/2014 5:26:45 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: mandaladon

Thinks? He knows.


3 posted on 03/03/2014 5:26:53 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: LeoWindhorse

and to think Kerry ran for President? Russia is laughing at him.


4 posted on 03/03/2014 5:28:22 PM PST by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: LeoWindhorse
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5 posted on 03/03/2014 5:28:56 PM PST by barmag25 (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? NO!!!)
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To: LeoWindhorse

Reason #2: obama is an incompetent leftists like jimmy carter and we saw what the russians did to carter in the late 70’s....


6 posted on 03/03/2014 5:32:05 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: barmag25

Yeah it Rocky IV all over again


7 posted on 03/03/2014 5:32:51 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: mandaladon
  1. Because he can
  2. Because he can
  3. Because he can
  4. Because he can
  5. Because he can

8 posted on 03/03/2014 5:36:28 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: SevenofNine

The last time a Russian treated a black American this way, Apollo Creed died.


9 posted on 03/03/2014 5:37:23 PM PST by barmag25 (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? NO!!!)
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To: LeoWindhorse
reason #1 : Obama is a pussy

Putin is a chess player.

Øbama is a duffer.

10 posted on 03/03/2014 5:38:19 PM PST by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: mandaladon
"You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country."

You do if you have a zeitgeist formed by life in the Soviet Union.

You can add the term "parochial" to the adjectives used to described Kerry and the ilk now in power.



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11 posted on 03/03/2014 5:38:39 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: mandaladon

Thinks? THINKS? Putin already HAS outplayed Obama!

Everybody was completely blindsided by that Russian flag flying over the Crimean parliament. “Possession is 9/10ths of the law” and Putin got it before the Obama even had an intelligence briefing about it to skip.


12 posted on 03/03/2014 5:38:48 PM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: mandaladon

Putin is just doing to Obama what Obama is doing to Congress.


13 posted on 03/03/2014 5:42:00 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: barmag25

From fiction to fact, history repeats itself.


14 posted on 03/03/2014 5:42:38 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: barmag25; All

15 posted on 03/03/2014 5:43:42 PM PST by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: mandaladon

How weak is the GOP (Boehner and McConnell) when one considers the fact that Obama has out played them as much as Putin is out playing Obama?

As I said in another thread—

It needs to be pointed out that, as weak as Obama’s response to Russia invading the Ukraine, the similarities of the Republican’s response to Obama’s “invasion” of the Constitution is just as weak. I saw Lindsey Graham on Fox this morning making hay over Obama’s weakness. Lindsey,(and the rest of the GOP) this is how we feel when we look at you and your weakness while we watch Obama ravage our county and Constitution. Mean while you keep sending strongly worded letters.


16 posted on 03/03/2014 5:45:53 PM PST by 728b (Never cry over something that can not cry over you.)
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To: mandaladon

1) because he can
2) because he can
3) because he can
4) because he can
5) because he can


17 posted on 03/03/2014 5:46:09 PM PST by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: lightman

As seen today:
Putin’s playing chess; we’re playing marbles.


18 posted on 03/03/2014 5:49:20 PM PST by sasquatch
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To: mandaladon

My 12 y.o. daughter could easily beat Hillary, John Kerry and Barack Obama at Risk.

But then again, that’s nothing to brag about.


19 posted on 03/03/2014 5:50:51 PM PST by proudpapa (Scott Walker - 2016)
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To: mandaladon

A chicken could out play Obama, which is hands down the dumbest person to ever hold the office.


20 posted on 03/03/2014 5:52:01 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: mandaladon

Because he can. Easily.

End of Article


21 posted on 03/03/2014 5:54:01 PM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: mandaladon

Heck, an outhouse could outplay Obama.


22 posted on 03/03/2014 5:58:14 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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To: mandaladon
Understanding that the best strategy for countering military action is undoubtedly faculty lounge-style condescension, the Obama administration has responded with its full array of resources: scorn, sneering, and bemusement.

I liked that line so much I just had to repeat it. It may percolate into MSM brains that they're being laughed at too. It won't change anything but it's kind of fun to watch.

23 posted on 03/03/2014 5:58:23 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: barmag25

Yeah you got the point there LOL!


24 posted on 03/03/2014 5:59:11 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Bryan24

A Communist practitioner will trounce a Marxist dreamer every trip of the train.


25 posted on 03/03/2014 6:02:07 PM PST by alstewartfan (She got caught between the shadows and the booze And she really did know how to have the blues. Al S)
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To: LeoWindhorse
reason #1 : Obama is a pussy

In this case the traditional retort of "you are what you eat" doesn't seem to work. Bath House Barry IS a pussy, and less.

26 posted on 03/03/2014 6:02:08 PM PST by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: mandaladon

Let’s talk a little about the White House violations of the international laws:

Obama’s drone program violates international law. Blind shootings kill numerous civilians, fact completely ignored by Obama. In the vast majority of strikes, the target, any accidental deaths and information about whether a strike was successful are not disclosed.
The international law on war states: “all of the relevant precautions have to be taken to make sure that civilians are not killed, in accordance with the relevant international rules.”

The long list of the countries where United States intervened to overthrow democratically elected governments - Guatemala, Iran, Congo, Chile - to train and arm insurgencies - Nicaragua, Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan in 1980 - and to launch aggressive wars - Afghanistan in 2001, Iraq in 2003, Bosnia, Serbia, Libya.

The Geneva Conventions points out that there should not be wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages in a war.
This rule was ignored by the US military in Serbia, where they bombed bridges, factories, water facilities, hospitals, accidentally killed many refugees, destroyed passenger trains with Serb civilians, bombed apartment blocks, the deliberate bombing of China Embassy, the TV station in Belgrade, where hundreds of reporters, journalists and technicians worked, had the embarrassment of a stray missile even hitting Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, about 40 miles from Kosovo’s border.

The same thing happened in Iraq, where dozens of thousands civilians were killed and civilian facilities destroyed.

The U.S. presidents think that they can simply dictating the laws that others must obey, with latitude to violate the law themselves when finding it necessary.

Russia hasn’t done to Ukraine a 0.00000000001% of what the US did to Serbia, but Obama dares accuse it of “violaton of the international law”. Such brazen hypocrisy is simply UNBEARABLE.


27 posted on 03/03/2014 6:03:08 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Billthedrill

That is a great line. It accurately characterizes the way 0bama handles everything. He’s a one trick pony.


28 posted on 03/03/2014 6:11:11 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: sasquatch

“Putin’s playing chess; we’re playing marbles.”

With all due respect, Putin is not playing chess. He is playing a role that is somewhere between mafia don, totalitarian dictator, and KGB chief. You can bet good money that this move on the Crimea has been planned for a long time, and the protests and unrest were fueled and manipulated to allow this intervention. Putin is Stalin, or Hitler, with a better press agent.


29 posted on 03/03/2014 6:17:57 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: LeoWindhorse
reason #1 : Obama is a pussy

Bottom line, that is the reason.

Putin isn't going to play along with the American Media's mirage that Obama is the smartest coolest man on the planet. Putin knows that a spoiled incomptent man/child is the US President and he is going to take full advantage of the situation.

In one way, I can't blame Putin. If I was him, I would do the same thing.
30 posted on 03/03/2014 6:23:49 PM PST by Ticonderoga34
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To: mandaladon
" Georgia threatened military action against one of its provinces, the disputed territory of Abkhazia (and South Ossetia). Russia quickly poured troops into Abkhazia"

Let's set the record straight on that: During the night of 7 to 8 August 2008, Georgia launched a large-scale military offensive against South Ossetia, in an attempt to reclaim the territory. Georgia successfully captured most of Tskhinvali within hours. Russia reacted by deploying units of the Russian 58th Army and Russian Airborne Troops into South Ossetia one day later, and launched airstrikes against Georgian forces in South Ossetia. Russian and Ossetian forces battled Georgian forces throughout South Ossetia for four days. On 9 August, Russian naval forces blockaded a part of the Georgian coast and landed marines on the Abkhaz coast. The Georgian Navy attempted to intervene, but was defeated.

After five days of heavy fighting in South Ossetia, the Georgian forces retreated, enabling the Russians to enter uncontested Georgia and temporarily occupy the cities of Poti and Gori. The parties reached a preliminary ceasefire agreement on 12 August, signed by Georgia on 15 August in Tbilisi and by Russia on 16 August in Moscow. Several weeks after signing the ceasefire agreement, Russia began pulling most of its troops out.


31 posted on 03/03/2014 6:25:14 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: mandaladon

I’m still not sure why we care about the Ukraine.


32 posted on 03/03/2014 6:26:22 PM PST by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: mandaladon

Obama warned him.


33 posted on 03/03/2014 6:27:39 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: mandaladon
Reason No. 1: Putin is an intelligent, determined leader of a populous nation endowed with massive resources, and Obama is a clueless sniveling boob.

You hardly need any more reasons than that one.
34 posted on 03/03/2014 6:27:39 PM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Billthedrill

“scorn, sneering, and bemusement”

He was trained for the first two by his husband Michelle. The third must be his own.


35 posted on 03/03/2014 6:28:04 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: mandaladon

5 reasons?

Obama. Obama. Obama. Obama.

Oh - and Obama.


36 posted on 03/03/2014 6:29:08 PM PST by MortMan (Is a delayed shower a "stay of exablution"?)
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To: mandaladon

There are really only two reasons and Obama lacks the pair of them.


37 posted on 03/03/2014 6:33:50 PM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: mandaladon

Obama’s on Purin’s side. Always has been.


38 posted on 03/03/2014 6:36:07 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

“this move on the Crimea has been planned for a long time”

Correct.
After the dismemberment of the Soviet Union by Gorbatche in 1991, Russia never accepted the loss of Crimea, which was Russian territory since 1774, and rightly theirs. The fact that the Ukrainian-born Krustchev attached it to Ukraine in 1954 was ignored until 1991, because it was someting formal, on paper only, Russia and Ukraine being both part of the USSR.

Crimean consider themselves Russian at 80% of the population. Since 1992 Russia wants to reintegrate it (very strategic territory with the only Russian ports which don’t freeze in wintertime). Putin couldn’t miss the occasion to do it. The situation in Ukraine opened the way to him.


39 posted on 03/03/2014 6:40:40 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Billthedrill

“...John Kerry, stated on Sunday, “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country.”

When I read that line, I had to check the bylines at the top of the post to make sure this wasn’t a satire article. Kerry sounds like the old “Valley Girl”: “Ooohh! That’s just sooo 19th Century! I mean... really!”


40 posted on 03/03/2014 6:42:53 PM PST by Avid Coug
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To: Ouderkirk

Well, he is what he eats, too...


41 posted on 03/03/2014 6:49:39 PM PST by MortMan (Is a delayed shower a "stay of exablution"?)
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To: Avid Coug

I will admit under pressure that I checked the byline too. Yep. He really did say that. Wow.


42 posted on 03/03/2014 6:50:28 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: mandaladon

“I’ll take ‘because he can’ for $1,000, Alex”


43 posted on 03/03/2014 7:14:37 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Screw the farmers. I can get everything I need at the grocery store.)
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To: mandaladon

Because Barry believes fighting is violent and all matters should be resolved at the US Treasury.

F-ing retard


44 posted on 03/03/2014 7:24:55 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: Marguerite

“Since 1992 Russia wants to reintegrate it (very strategic territory with the only Russian ports which don’t freeze in wintertime).”

This has been talked about for awhile now, but we still got caught unprepared.


45 posted on 03/03/2014 7:34:49 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: mandaladon

Putin single handily kept American troops out of Syria while barely adding effort to it. He made obama look like a fool. Now he will make obama look like a punk. Make no mistake however, it is obama he has no fear of. “US” on the other hand; he will back down quickly once we put leadership back in the White House.


46 posted on 03/03/2014 7:41:25 PM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: mandaladon

Putin is running circles around big “O”. Big “O” people think that reducing froces to special forces units is the
way to go. Putin figures to use large forces of troops and
tanks.Guess who wins! (superior force wins every time)


47 posted on 03/03/2014 7:47:54 PM PST by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

This has been talked about for the last 23 years.


48 posted on 03/03/2014 8:23:50 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Avid Coug
“...John Kerry, stated on Sunday, “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country.”

How to read a Kerry declaration in historical perspective:

“You just don’t in the 21st 20th century (1999) behave in 19th-century fashion by invading another country (Serbia) on completely trumped up pretext,” Kerry said. “It is really a stunning, wilful choice by President Putin Clinton to invade another country. Russia America is in violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine Serbia. Russia The United States is are in violation of its their international obligations.”

49 posted on 03/03/2014 8:31:06 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Putin isn’t a Mafia Don—The Mafia has principles. He’s a lot more like Czar Ivan the Terrible. He’s on a mission from god to unite all the Russian Orthodox people under his two headed eagle. As for outplaying Obama, its not even close. if we tangle with Russia we may end up losing Alaska—as long as Obama is in charge. China is on his side, Geemany needs his gas, England wants his business, and the USA needs him for bases to re-supply Afganistan—and send our guys into space. With reduced military—interal problems—Obamacare.


50 posted on 03/03/2014 8:52:27 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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