Skip to comments.Obama's caution on Ukraine may loom over midterm election [also, live breaking news from Ukraine]
Posted on 03/04/2014 12:14:33 AM PST by Jim Robinson
(Reuters) - With Russia's incursion into Ukraine reviving Cold War-style tensions, President Barack Obama is at risk of suffering a blow to his credibility at a time when he can least afford it: as he tries to convince voters to stick with his fellow Democrats in congressional elections that will help shape his legacy.
For five years, Obama has practiced a cautious approach to foreign policy crises, prizing sober diplomacy and the search for consensus over brinkmanship, in prolonged conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But the deliberative style that Obama's team sees as a statesmanlike attitude in tune with Americans' war-weariness, was described as dithering in the crisis over Syria, where the United States long discussed military action without committing.
Facing his toughest test yet in Ukraine, Obama is once again finding himself portrayed as a weak leader, outmaneuvered by a wily, opportunistic Russian President Vladimir Putin intent on reviving the United States' nemesis.
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“Obama has practiced a cautious approach to foreign policy crises, prizing sober diplomacy and the search for consensus over brinkmanship”
The guy who pulled the U.S. diplomatic rug out of a 30 year ally (if admittedly, a flawed one) in Hosni Mubarak favors a cautious approach?
The guy who spent the entire summer of 2009 dithering over Afghanistan, leaving our forces in a strategic limbo because he was trying to avoid alienating his base in order to have them on board his healthcare bill, is an example of sober diplomacy?
Good lord, these guys aren’t even bothering to mix the special Kool-Aid with water. They’re eating it right out of the can by the tablespoon!
This column of Ukrainian troops, (Belbek,Crimea)carrying the Ukraine and Soviet (!) flags, marched on the Russian occupied airstrip. ....reached Russian checkpoint. Russians begin firing in the air.... Ukrainians keep marching...Russians call commander to negotiate..... Troops have RPGs and machine guns trained on the column of unarmed Ukrainian soldiers... ...Russians back down, allow 10 Ukraine soldiers to take up positions at occupied base, but still awaiting orders from Moscow..
Face off between Ukraine base commander Col. Yuli Manchur and Russian officer at occupied Belbek airbase.....The red flag the Ukrainians marched with is the banner of the fighter pilots who fought Nazis in 1941 and guarded the Yalta Conference.......Ukraine Colonel still negotiates, Russian snipers & RPGs still aimed at column of soldiers. But deescalation is clear, at least in Belbek.....
(Last tweet)....Ukraine commander demands to guard the base jointly with Russians, who pledge to give their commanders' response by 12:00, in 2 hours
Continued from above posts.....
Russian military truck just brought a handful of (probably Russian) news crews to the Belbek standoff. They’re now filming from Russian side
Continued from above posts.....(no need to respond Jim, yes very interesting)
Still tweeting....Times reporter .......”Russian military truck just brought a handful of (probably Russian) news crews to the Belbek standoff. Theyre now filming from Russian side”
Poor, poor Obama.
How can they polish this turd?
The Libs are hand wringing......over Obama.
God help us!
Ok, great. Bumped it up to breaking for you. Please keep it coming if you can.
I was referring more to the lefty pundits in the media and their obsession with the legacy of Obama but, I get what you are saying about voters and the up coming election.
Things are happening now.
It really would be best if Obama and McCain would just STFU.
I wish they both would just STFU!
I have an 18 year old son who is considering serving in the military after graduation, so this concerns me a lot.
Ok will do Jim.....there’s more..I’ll go fetch it...
The nonsense those idiots write! Ask Ghadafy about "sober diplomacy" or the Egyptians about "consensus"!
Putin and Obama hate each other at this point I reckon.
Putin has Barry’s number and Barry knows it. And no fawning press or fake marble columns to put a nice face on it.
Ukraine's 204th tactical aviation brigade when they just arrived to face down the Russians in Belbek