Skip to comments.Obama has no idea what to do as Putin seizes Crimea (Jimmy Carter syndrome)
Posted on 03/04/2014 6:34:50 AM PST by bestintxas
I think conservatives need to take a breath when it comes to the lionization of Vladimir Putin. If your objective is to show how hapless Barack Obama is by contrasting him with his geopolitical adversary, then yeah, Putin is clearly 12 steps ahead of Obama and quick to seize on the opportunities provided by Obamas frequent strategic mistakes and poor instincts.
But lets not lose sight of this: Putin is a perpetrator of global mayhem. However much we enjoy demonstrating Obamas weakness for partisan purposes, the fact remains that its not in the interests of the United States (or of free nations anywhere) if Putin keeps using Russias military muscle to expand its influence as he is doing right now in Ukraine. You can respect your adversary, but can we give it a rest with the Putin-now-that-guys-a-president-we-should-have-him-here crap?
A better perspective on Putin comes from Congressman Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee and delved into some actual steps the U.S. could be taking to counter Russias aggression:
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What else do you expect him to do now? /s
Tex, I think the very best we can hope for is the the “O” does nothing at all. My take on this is that the investment community is silently praying that he takes another vacation.
Uh, well yes, he has a pen and a telephone, so I guess his next step will be to send a letter or a post card.
The affirmative-action poster buy (Clown Prince nobama) is the apex of FAIL. What a putz!
The Cubans sent soldiers to Grenada in the 80s and we sent the military to send them packing. Grenada was a “sovereign” country but one within our sphere of influence. How is this situation really any different? Ukraine in general and Crimea in particular are not Germany and they’re not Poland. They’re geopolitical areas that historically been under the Russian umbrella. Just as Grenada basically was under ours.
Their socialist dictator can whip our socialist would-be dictator. My only hope is that the two of them sour American youth on socialist dictators.
What will we do when Obama seizes Louisiana? we’ll in Louisiana will show him/she/it
Ha! That’s great...he can write to threaten that they have to give up their health plan and find a new doctor!!
Nope, he’s doing exactly what he planned to do before the election. If Romney had been more keyed in with the military and intelligence departments he’d have had advisors that would have helped him bring this to light.
Obama is doing exactly what he wants.
Well he sent Johneffin Kerry to Kiev where he will stand facing Moscow and shake his long-faced head reprovingly!
I am sure Putin will quickly scurry out of Crimea!
Bottom line, Putin made his correct calculations: the West is too impotent to do a damn thing. We did it purposefully and willfully. Putin is simply filling the vacuum.
Do I agree with the aggression? No. But realisticly there is not a lot that can be done.
Maybe they could concentrate on not letting Putin protect any Russian speakers in Sheboygan....
He sure does know what to do. Look at Yahoo (which I try not to do) John F’ing Kerry is offering the Ukraine 1 billion in aid!
I really think my head is going to explode!!!
Its to early for a beer isn’t it?
Putin is looking out for Russia.
Obama is looking to destroy America.
That is the difference.
Those Greek columns Obama built must have been, totally, just a stage prop.
I feel so bamboozled.
Reminds me of the way General Erwin Rommel was respected by the British enemies in the war. One can admire the crafty fox but not wish to beaten by him. The Fox Putin has just pulled a Rommel on us—he seized Criemea—lets hope he doesn’t want any more of the Ukraine—let him digest Criemea for a while. In the end—Rommel turned on Hitler and paid the price with his life.
Obama is NOT going to send a presidential delegation to the Sochi Paralympics!
What more do you want him to do in this "Year of Action?"/s
Of course he had no idea what to do. He is use to people around him responding to his pompous arrogant moral superiority instead of the hard facts of the world that include military power and confrontation.
He is totally incapable, out of his league, and as capable as a fish flopping in the bottom of the boat... and with fisherman Putin planning on dinner.
Results are on display.
Obama said he would be more flexible , so , Ben Dover
What do you mean? He sent John Kerry over there. [/sarc]
- - - White House is announcing an aid package to Ukraine of $1 billion - - -
FINALLY! A highly successful backward solution to all known problems comes out of the Nobel Peace Prize winning White House!
What is that?, You may ask? The answer, of course, is unlimited amounts of unfunded US Taxpayer Debt Dollars!
Yup! Works every time, and faster than you can can say IcandoanythingIwantbyjustbyoassingCongress. Nobel Laurette Soetoro-Obama just says: Charge it to the next generation, please! Whoopee! My work here is done! Golf anyone?
Secretary of Statements John Cachup Kerry will ride in, start writing rubber checks, and the ensuing bright rosy glow will spread around the World. Well, maybe not onto the Arab Street.
Although the always weak, Obamanation Foreign Policy is well on the way to its usual backward success, there are still a few topics that have yet to be resolved, as follows:
* Were is the Internet Video that caused the Ukrainians to force their beloved President to take the entire Ukrainian Treasury with him when he fled the country?
* Will Catchup Kerry enlist the help of famed video detective Susan Rice to help him track down and jail the perp. who made this awful, obscure, unknown video, that the United States had nothing to do with?
* Will the US Department of Statements spend more unfunded US Taxpayer Debt Dollars for the Ukranian Denial Ad than they did for the 2012 Benghazi Denial Ad?
* Note: Kerry must excel here because due to the obvious cruel onslaught of the aging process on Mrs. Bill Clinton, Catchup Kerry may be duty-bound to replace her as the obvious Democrat frontrunner in the 2016 Presidential race.
* Since POS Soetoro-Obama hit the famous RESET BUTTON on Russia, the NASA Space Program has had to be dependent on the kindness of strangers from Russia. Hopefully, our astronauts will be able to borrow food and vodka from the Russians while they wait for Catchup Kerry to resolve this Ukrainian investment.
* Will buddy Vlad Putin be as flexible with the Renowned Obamanation Foreign Policy as Soetoro-Obama was with Putin?
* Rumor has it that Vlad Putin has his eye on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his defusing of the Syrian Red Line Crisis.
* Another rumor is that Putin could win the Nobel Peace Prize if he sold all of Russias US Treasury Notes, requested that the USA be dropped from the G9, and appointed Snowden to be the Russian Ambassador to the United States of America.
The point is not what his remaining courses of action are - those are admittedly very limited - but what he and his State Department did not do in order to prevent this or at least to see it coming. Their recent track record is appalling, and that isn’t merely a partisan complaint.
The wider geo-political fall-out may be a lot bigger than the Crimea, and just maybe, that is the Obama plan.
Under Obama, the USA has developed a foreign policy that weakens not only us, but also our allies. While our stronger allies can stand up for themselves in the short term, it is the smaller nations like Ukraine, Taiwan, Poland and others, that have a choice to make. Can they still count on the USA?
We saw a preview of this when Obama first decimated the rules of engagement, then changed the mission, reduced funding and finally withdrew from Iraq, and is doing the same with Afghanistan. Both those countries have made their choice, and we are virtually back where we were 25 years ago in the Middle East, except now Obama is telling Israel that he won’t back them up either.
Failing to make a substantial effort to keep Russia in check in the Ukraine will sound the death-knell for some of our other allies. What will Obama do if China invades Taiwan? China, at this point, has to believe nothing will happen, just some bluster and empty threats.
I cannot help but revisit Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary on Obama, and see how what he says in there is playing out. Is it that Obama won’t act against Russia, because the Soviet Union supported the “freedom fighters”, including his father, in Kenya, and the rest of Africa?
Incompetent hardly describes it. Putin knew Obama would roll over faster than a whipped puppy.
Kiev has been under Russian control over a thousand years, and the Russians don’t want to give that land up any quicker than we would give up the states of the thirteen colonies. Texas has a better chance for lasting secession than Ukraine.
“Those Greek columns Obama built must have been, totally, just a stage prop.”
Those silly things told me everything I needed to know about that pretentious worm.
The BRICS are moving to contain the out of control Obama and his soft power thugs (Libya, Syria, Egypt, Ukraine, etc.). Next up will be China. Obama must be impeached and removed from office. If he is not removed soon, the US is finished as an international power broker.