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In Crimea, President Obama mugged by reality
San Diego Union Tribune ^ | March 4, 2014 | Editorial Board

Posted on 03/05/2014 7:58:40 AM PST by shepardspie33

The naive Obama administration got mugged by reality last week. Russia’s appalling invasion and occupation of Crimea underlines the contempt that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has for international law and his critics in the Western world.

It is also a development that came as no surprise to scholars who know Russian history, who warned that anti-Russian agitation in the Ukraine wouldn’t play well with that nation’s millions of ethnic Russians or with Putin, and who were aware of Russia’s bullying of its neighbors.

This history was news to the Obama administration. For years, the president and his senior aides have used faculty-lounge clichés about a new era in geopolitics in which “soft power” — a nation’s cultural influence — mattered and brute force was passé. The theory held that advanced nations understood their fates are as interconnected as their economies.

Astonishingly, this rhetoric continued even after the Crimean takeover, with Secretary of State John Kerry lecturing Russia about the wrongness of using “19th century” tactics in the “21st century.”

What glop. What we need instead from Obama and Kerry is the tough-minded pragmatism U.S. leaders displayed for most of the second half of the 20th century in navigating the Cold War. We should seek international condemnation of Russia and appropriate sanctions.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: crimea; momjeans; obama; putin; russia

1 posted on 03/05/2014 7:58:40 AM PST by shepardspie33
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To: shepardspie33

Thank you Hillary Clinton and the great work over the past few years as Secretary of State


2 posted on 03/05/2014 8:03:01 AM PST by edcoil (Realism is only a socially accepted form of pessimism)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; Kakaze; Tammy8; metmom; Cap Huff; svcw; leapfrog0202; Concho; delacoert; ...

Ping


3 posted on 03/05/2014 8:03:27 AM PST by greyfoxx39 (We can thank Mitt Romney for the present situation in our country. His feet are made of clay.)
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To: shepardspie33

Unlike Obamacare, he can’t arbitrarily keep putting off his day of reckoning.


4 posted on 03/05/2014 8:43:14 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: shepardspie33

Obama is not naive. He is not a bungler.

He hates America, and is doing everything he is doing on purpose.

He has no objection if Putin reassembles the Soviet Union.


5 posted on 03/05/2014 8:54:08 AM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan

I would tend to agree with that as well, especially the naive part. He is a very intelligent and calculating man, his intentions just are not what is best for the American people. However, I must say he bungled the healthcare rollout. Obviously its a bad and unpopular policy, but I am sure he would have preferred that the website worked, and in that sense he really bungled that, because not only does have a bad policy he cannot even institute his bad policy.


6 posted on 03/05/2014 9:12:56 AM PST by shepardspie33
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To: Arthur McGowan

He’s a master bungler look how he changes Obamacare once a week everything he touches goes to shit.


7 posted on 03/05/2014 9:13:18 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Arthur McGowan

“Obama is not naive. He is not a bungler.

He hates America, and is doing everything he is doing on purpose.

He has no objection if Putin reassembles the Soviet Union.”

This had to be reposted. This is PLANNED. This is a post-US world now. It’s the fundamental change that he sought.

He is working PRIMARILY on getting Israel to cave to a Palestinian State, and the Israelis now know he will, unlike his predecessors, stop at nothing to force the issue, or see Israel destroyed.

It’s his singular focus. He could give a toss about Ukraine, or Europe.

Bet they want that Nobel Prize back.


8 posted on 03/05/2014 9:17:27 AM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: RinaseaofDs

Obama is a vicious anti-Christian and anti-Semite.

I have an old schoolmate (we’re both 60). He’s a secular Jew. I recently mentioned that Obama was trying to force the Little Sisters of the Poor (and others) to pay for birth control and abortions. His response was that this was one of my “bats___ stories.” This is a college-educated guy who thinks he follows the “news.”

There are some people who will not see anything amiss until their bank accounts are seized and they are put in a cattle car.


9 posted on 03/05/2014 10:27:45 AM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan

Secular Jew sort of leaves a lot to interpretation, unfortunately. Main Jews can’t deal with Israel. Some are ‘anti-zionists’, which I could never get.

Many, while acknowledging there was a holocaust, refute the possibility of it happening again.

Which leads to your friend being a member of a very, very large majority of the folks walking around upright - folks who are ignorant of history, and those who while being aware of history, believe that the times they live in are fundamentally different than the time in which the lessons of history were inflicted on our forbearers.


10 posted on 03/05/2014 10:43:39 AM PST by RinaseaofDs
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