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Obama defends himself on Russia after Mitt Romney’s criticism
CBS News ^ | March 25, 2014

Posted on 03/25/2014 1:41:21 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

Before departing the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands Tuesday, President Obama defended his handling of the crisis in Ukraine against criticism that he has misread Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions or Russia's standing in the world.

Though the two-day gathering in the Hague was a forum for dozens of nations to discuss how to improve worldwide nuclear security, it also provided a convenient gathering place for the world's most powerful nations to discuss their response to the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, which is widely viewed as illegitimate by the West. On Monday, the Group of Seven (G-7) nations moved to exclude Russia from international meetings and abandoned plans for a summit in Sochi this June.

Yet Mr. Obama, who has imposed sanctions on Ukrainian and Russian individuals and threatened to target entire sectors of the Russian economy, has faced charges that he has mishandled the situation. Among the chief critics has been 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney -- whom Mr. Obama mocked for labeling Russia the number one geopolitical threat to the U.S. during a presidential debate - who said on CBS News' "Face the Nation" last Sunday that the president's "naiveté" emboldened Putin. "The truth of the matter is that America's got a whole lot of challenges. Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors, not out of strength but out of weakness," Mr. Obama said at a press conference Tuesday when asked whether Romney had been correct. "My response then continues to be what I believe today: Russia's actions are a problem. They don't pose the number one national security threat to the United States. I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan."

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: obama; putin; russia; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
"We oppose what appears to be an effort at intimidation but Russia has a right legally to have its troops on its own soil," he [Obama] said... as he drew yet another red line.
1 posted on 03/25/2014 1:41:21 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

I haven’t had time to confirm it, but I understand that his “Russia is a regional power” remark was changed to “Russia is a region of power” in the written transcript. These people are sick.


2 posted on 03/25/2014 1:43:36 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Translation: I need to sic Homeland Security on those conservative Christians and Tea party members. They're a threat to MY political security!
3 posted on 03/25/2014 1:44:05 PM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Jim Robinson

Weakness... Yeah, that works.


4 posted on 03/25/2014 1:44:17 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Jim Robinson

He has such thin skin. If he was smart, he would never show that Romney got to him.


5 posted on 03/25/2014 1:50:27 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: Jim Robinson
I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan."

How does one prevent that? TSA? More Lawyers? More Gun Laws? Universal Healthcare? Kumbaya for all Muslims and their host nations? Should we make sure all police forces have SWAT Teams with military assualt vehicles and weaponry?

6 posted on 03/25/2014 1:52:23 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Ha Ha-

“” a right legally to have its troops on its own soil””

THEY ARE NOW IN THE CRIMEA-AND the Ukraine!!

This guy is a blithering idiot!- go back to:

A. watching Game of thrones
b. playing Golf
c. planning moochelle’s next vacation
d. throwing more “invitation only” -secret white house parties


7 posted on 03/25/2014 1:53:18 PM PDT by mj1234
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To: Jim Robinson

Even a mentally challenged Slow Joe Biden could spot the utter bald faced lie His Arrogance teleprompted....he was wrong but will go to Hell and take everyone with him before he admits a mistake.


8 posted on 03/25/2014 1:53:56 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (History is about to be repeated in the Third World of Progressive intellectual and moral depravity.)
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To: Jim Robinson

In Obama’s narcissistic little mind it is far less important that Russia is on the march than that he not be seen as wrong and his domestic politic opponents be seen as right. He would rather lose Europe than admit Romney had a better grip on the international situation than he did.


9 posted on 03/25/2014 1:56:31 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Jim Robinson

There is something wrong with a POTUS who attacks American citizens by name, here and abroad. What a petty, little man BO is.


10 posted on 03/25/2014 1:56:52 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: FrdmLvr
"He has such thin skin. If he was smart, he would never show that Romney got to him."

Exactly! Obama looks weak and pathetic as it stands regarding Putin and Russia.

And to waste time attacking Romney shows everyone just how right Romney was/is.

Obama is not competent.

Combine that with thin skin and you have a recipe for disaster.

My biggest fear right now is that Obama will do something rash and reckless, just to show everyone what a "tough guy" he is.

11 posted on 03/25/2014 1:56:54 PM PDT by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: clintonh8r
...his “Russia is a regional power” remark was changed to “Russia is a region of power”...

"I have a gub."

12 posted on 03/25/2014 1:58:03 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Jim Robinson

0bama is a thin-skinned fairy boy. And Putin is getting off showing it to the world. 0bama must know he is being openly mocked and laughed at.


13 posted on 03/25/2014 2:03:01 PM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: mj1234
"c. planning moochelle’s next vacation"

If you haven't figured out by now who wears the pants in that family, you haven't been paying attention.

14 posted on 03/25/2014 2:07:08 PM PDT by matthew fuller (No, I don't miss GWB- I miss Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.)
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To: Jim Robinson

“I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.”

Just where is this nuke coming from, or, I should say, which of your (Obama’s) screw ups will give which of our many enemies will bomb us? Is Putin in that number? Everybody is anxious to take advantage of our lackadaisical weakness.


15 posted on 03/25/2014 2:08:21 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: FrdmLvr

“If he was smart, he would never show that Romney got to him.”

Insecurity overpowers intelligence most of the time...The insecure CANNOT ignore...


16 posted on 03/25/2014 2:11:52 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Tenacious 1

“I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.”

I wonder how long it would take the president to put the entire nation on lockdown? Imagine a lawless son of a bitch like bozo being handed a ‘reason’ to dispense with Law entirely.


17 posted on 03/25/2014 2:21:18 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Jim Robinson

“I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.”

My cynical self tells me that he plans to nuke a major American city and blame it on Russia. It will likely be a city mostly populated by white honkies.


18 posted on 03/25/2014 2:22:20 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: RetiredTexasVet

That’s the proper title for Obama. Not The President, but “His Arrogance”


19 posted on 03/25/2014 2:25:21 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: FrdmLvr

You are correct. It shows his perpetual insecurity.


20 posted on 03/25/2014 2:25:54 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: TalBlack

Romney continues to ‘recalibrate’ his election chances. If Romney keeps openly pile-driving, slamming and verbally smacking Obama around, he may just make some new fans on the Millenial or Libertarian Side. Remember how cozy Romney and Rand Paul (the dad) were during the campaign? I do. I think both men have a lot of respect for the other.


21 posted on 03/25/2014 2:30:55 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Jim Robinson

The statement was “UHHH, DUHH UMM, Not so. The AHHHH governor is AH, UMMM not correct.”


22 posted on 03/25/2014 2:40:07 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: clintonh8r

A region of power? What is THAT supposed to mean? (I know it is backtracking, but really, ‘a region of power’ is just gobbledygook).


23 posted on 03/25/2014 2:42:30 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Jim Robinson

Vlad appears to be getting what he wants in the region. Barry not so much. And personally, I think if we get more guys like Nidal Hasan and the Tsarnaev boys wreaking more conventional havoc, sponsored or free-lance, that might be more debilitating over the long run than Manhattan getting nuked. With all due respect to the folks in and around.


24 posted on 03/25/2014 2:58:39 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: matthew fuller

oh I do know!

He is the official vacation secretary!

LOL


25 posted on 03/25/2014 3:22:36 PM PDT by mj1234
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To: Jim Robinson

"You know taking my lunch money is a just proves you're weak."

26 posted on 03/25/2014 3:23:40 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: matthew fuller

‘Moochelle’ probably does wear the pants but it is Jarrett who is the ventriloquist.


27 posted on 03/25/2014 3:31:22 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: Jim Robinson

It doesn’t matter what he says. Just wait fifteen minutes and he’ll say something completely different.


28 posted on 03/25/2014 3:55:17 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: Jim Robinson

All of you who refused to vote for Romney because he wasn’t conservative enough ready to admit your mistake?


29 posted on 03/25/2014 7:57:43 PM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Ted Cruz 2016)
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To: Red White and Blue patriot

Actually, the apology needs to be made by all who supported Romney in the primaries. But, of course, no one could possibly predicted that candidate Romney would lose in the general. /s

And I voted for him. Even bit the bullet and urged others to do so in an attempt to defeat Obama. The sorry thing was Romney’s sorry ass campaign.


30 posted on 03/25/2014 8:38:09 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Red White and Blue patriot; Jim Robinson
Conservative enough?

RWBP, he wasn't conservative AT ALL.

He was and IS a functional leftist. PERIOD. That he criticizes Obama is the same as shooting fish in a barrel. You can admire him for it if you want. I continue to see him for what he IS: a functional amoral leftist.

Voting for him and voting for THAT is ALWAYS going to be a mistake. When are you going to admit it?

31 posted on 03/26/2014 12:32:16 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Jim Robinson; All
And I voted for him. Even bit the bullet and urged others to do so in an attempt to defeat Obama. The sorry thing was Romney’s sorry ass campaign.

Wrong, Jim. The sorry-ass thing was Romney's LEFTISM. A leftist is guaranteed to run a sorry-ass campaign against a fellow leftist.

Advocating for Romney under any circumstances is covert support for amoral depravity. Had Romney won and was implementing all the pro-abortion pro-homosexual pro-nationalized health care pro gun control pro global warming crap that he DEMONSTRABLY advocates and supports, I guarantee you that everybody here who voted for him would be caterwauling and wailing and crying that they were FORCED to vote for it, that they had no choice, that they were TRICKED into voting for amoral tyranny.

Wrong, Jim. No one forced moral conservatives to vote FOR an agent of amoral tyranny. They did it willingly and WILLFULLY. Any support for Romney is covert support for everything this website supposedly stands against.

32 posted on 03/26/2014 8:34:48 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Finny
On this issue, Obama trumps Romney.
33 posted on 03/26/2014 8:41:35 AM PDT by duckln
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To: Finny

He is more conservative than Obama. That’s what counts most. Of the two, who would you rather be dealing with the crisis in Ukraine?


34 posted on 03/26/2014 9:41:19 AM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Ted Cruz 2016)
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To: Jim Robinson
Before departing the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands Tuesday, President Obama defended his handling of the crisis in Ukraine against criticism that he has misread Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions or Russia's standing in the world.

So it's even worse than we thought. Instead of being incompetent, Obama is saying that he was complicit. He understood perfectly Putin's intentions, and did nothing to stand in the way of them.

35 posted on 03/26/2014 9:52:48 AM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Hoodat

He understood perfectly Putin’s intentions, and did nothing to stand in the way of them.

*****

That’s his Flexibility™ at work.


36 posted on 03/26/2014 9:58:02 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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