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Posted on 03/25/2014 3:10:40 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Obama Says Russia Is 'Regional Power,' Not America's Top Geopolitical Foe
ABC News By Jonathan Karl 3 hours ago
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - With Moscow showing no signs of backing down from the standoff over Ukraine, President Obama today took a swing at Russian President Putin's status on the global stage - describing Russia as simply a "regional power."
"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," Obama said at a joint press conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Asked by ABC News if he now agrees with former political rival Mitt Romney's assertion that Russia is America's top geopolitical foe, Obama pushed back, saying: "Russia's actions are a problem. They don't pose the number one national security to the United States. I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan."
"Ukraine has been a country in which Russia had enormous influence for decades - since the breakup of the Soviet Union. And you know, we have considerable influence on our neighbors. We generally don't need to invade them in order to have a strong cooperative relationship with them. The fact that Russia felt compelled to go in militarily and lay bare these violations of international law indicates less influence, not more," he added.
With roughly 30,000 Russian troops amassed on the border with Ukraine, Obama said the U.S. is "concerned about further encroachment by Russia into Ukraine."
"We oppose what appears to be an effort of intimidation, but Russia has a right, legally, to have its troops on its own soil. I don't think it's a done deal.
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Obama is so juvenile. I can’t wait to see him leave
Meanwhile in 2013 America shipped 122 billion of goods to China.
China meanwhile, shipped 420 billion of goods to America.
That deficit is huge, and ever growing...
Juvenile is annoying with dealing with a bad boss at work.
For a world leader it’s the scariest possible scenerio.
Obama is a master of meaningless nonsense. The only foe he views as serious and in need of destroying are the 50 or so percent of Americans who don’t agree with his leftist politics.
Regional (as in ‘provincial’) experts in charge of the U.S. foreign policy.
...And the top foe is the United States.
Even Neville Chamberlain wasn’t that naive. At least he was willing to go to war over Poland. Obama? Not so much. Before this is over, Putin will annex Kazakstan, making Russia the largest holder of oil reserves in the world.
You got that right.
There is no such thing as a trade deficit.
There is a MASSIVE trade deficit, and we are giving China our wealth, technology and power.
Bring back American manufacturing.
Just one generation ago, we were on top of the entire globe.
In just one generation, we have squandered that, and given away what was the envy of the entire globe - to a massive communist country.
Bring back American manufacturing.
This man is a fool.
America’s top foe ia Obama his own se’f.
“Bring back American manufacturing.
You can’t even START to bring back American Manufacturing, until you begin to address the reasons that it was destroyed in the first place.
And that will NEVER happen in a political environment like this.
I repeat. There is no such thing as a trade deficit. It’s a null term without meaning used by economic illiterates as of it were a bogeyman.
We give them money. They give us goods. The books balance.
The fact that we buy more goods from them than they do from us is meaningless. They buy more of our debt than we do of theirs.
Books always balance. Period.
To Dear Leader: I guess the presence of Russian armed forces in Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, Syria, and other places I have not mentioned does not count for a “regional power”.
Just wait till Putin puts men and rockets in Cuba. Bases subs in Havana and starts to move into A broken and divided Europe. Remember the prophecy of the Third Rome? (If you don’t recall—its Moscow). Rather than give Mitt Romney a nod that he might have been right—he would offend a growing super power! We are so screwed!
I’m sorry but we need to make things.
We need to bring back American manufacturing.
We are now more than 17 trillion dollars in debt. Our military is about to start experiencing defunding, as our spending continues to grow.
China is reversing that, and growing. China runs a MASSIVE trade surplus against America.
Go into any store. In any town, or city, in all of America.
Most of the stuff has been imported from China.
China is building up.
We are paying for that.
We are paying the country, which is building up to replace us.
You are right. Unfortunately you have folks even here with their heads so firmly implanted, they can only see daylight a couple of times per year.
Don’t tell me it can’t be done, bringing manufacturing and jobs back to the U. S. Just get it done.
All it takes for a person with even a little intelligence, is to take a look at what manufacturing has facilitated for China.
With mechanization, today’s labor costs in the United States could be only a small percentage of the finished product cost.
Instead, our people look for reasons why selling out the United States and it’s citizens is reasoned.
Well, it’s not.
Don’t expect to see folks be honest with you, when they can’t even be honest with themselves.
You can only lead from behind for so long before people realize that "the king has NO clothes."
Why didn’t he just give Putin the finger like he does to Americans all the time?
“Im sorry but we need to make things. Right now.”
As I said, until we begin to address WHY manufacturing left, calling for “Maunfacture NOW!” is just a baseless fantasy.
Insane and ever-changing Enviro rules,
and UNLIMITED CIVIL LIABILITY, among other things, have all contributed to making US manufacturing unprofitable.
And stupid crap like the Dems pushing a $15 minimum wage, gov-paid healthcare, and Democrat political fascism all help to heap on even more costs to doing business here.
“You cant even START to bring back American Manufacturing, until you begin to address the reasons that it was destroyed in the first place.”
Follow the money if you want to know why American manufacturing was sent overseas. Too big to fail Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs had much to do with the tariff reductions and other market opening policies of the government in the 1990’s and 2000’s. They profited greatly selling off US assets, speculating in the stocks of companies exiting US manufacturing and transferring investment capital to China and other third world countries.
Since the early days of the republic the New York banking syndicate has controlled the allocation of capital in this nation, the strength of the currency, and many of the politicians who do their bidding. Real financial reform would break up the too big to fail banks and rely on regional and local banks to allocate capital. Regional and local banks will be focused on domestic investment, not international speculation.
and exactly how do ridiculous statements like this help anything for America (or, for that matter, anybody else in the world?)
He's afraid of Putin. He's not afraid of us! He should be though. Fresh coat of grease on the Guillotine track.
Has Obama EVER said or done anything intelligent?
Obama’s top geopolitical foe is the people of the United States.
The man-child never grows up.
Well China ran a 318 billion trade deficit with America last year.
We sold China 122 billion last year. We bought 440 billion.
That is horribly unbalanced. And we do not even own the factories there.
China is absorbing America’s productive capacity.
Bring it back.
Either we bring it back, and lead America to a better future, or at some point enough Americans will be out of work, and the economy here will have sank so far, that the Democrats will simply take of the country.
Republicans we are giving away our own country.
We need jobs here. Right now.
Little boy Barry has inherited his anthropologist mommy’s innocent naivete about the world of happy jungle tribes in which we all live in.
Sorry I misstated that:
China ran a 318 billion trade surplus with America last year.
I miss jimmy carter.....
Even more embarrassing. Obama got his a** handed to him by a ‘regional power’. Next he’ll be getting bullied by city states. San Marino should roll up their sleeves.
Banks in the 1990’s? 2000’s? REALLY?
Where were you in the 70’s when Steel plants all over the country were closing due to the Clean Air Act?
When the small auto plants in small towns across America were closed and sent to Mexico, because the Clean Air Act, and the 1976 UAW Strike result made those plants unable to produce a profit, or assure an uninterrupted stream of parts for the assembly lines?
Time after time, after time, government regulation, Union activism, and ever-increasing taxes have run American Manufacturing out.
And it’s not like the CEO’s haven’t been telling you why, for almost 4 decades now. The CEO of Emerson Electric, which bought RCA, was called largely ignored when he said “If the US is no longer interested in Jobs, I’ll just move them elsewhere” in 1998. GUESS WHAT? HE DID. Most went to Brazil and Malaysia. Around 20,000 of them.
Another Example: The Mercury-filled lightbulbs law cost 35,000 mostly union manufacturing jobs ALONE, and has created a potential civil liability tail that is HUGE. That’s why we went from making them domestically, to importing most lightbulbs from Mexico and China now.
Yeah, we need to bring manufacturing back. But we have to restore the conditions to make it work, FIRST. Grand pronouncements mean nothing without action.
I’m surprised that Obozo didn’t say that Russia is our 58th state and he’s surprised that Sarah Palin didn’t know that.
Man you just don’t get dumber than this guy. Talking about a moron spitting in the eye of a bully. Obama is gonna get us all killed.
And the strong nations cower and bow to other leaders? Wear Mom pants riding a sissy bike, lift your leg to cover your nuts when a martial arts demo is going on in front of you? lol
America’s biggest political foe?
That would be obammy,the magic negro.
The Mouse That Roared? (Peter Sellers)
Next headline: US pays ‘regional power’ 71 million dollars for a ride to the space station.
While I agree with you,you left out Israel and perhaps the CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, where Christians are clobbering the muslims.
And once again, odumbo shows what a dumb ass he is.
Ol’ Obama had a pen, C-R-IM-E-A,
And with his pen he wrote red lines, S-Y-R-I-A,
With a red line here, and a red line there,
Here a line, there a line, everywhere a red line—
Ol’ Obama had a pen, G-A-ZEEE-A.
The loss of the textile and furniture industries was 100% about the reduction in tariffs and quotas. These industries employed millions of nonunion workers in the south. Environmental regulations and unions did not kill these factories, one sided free trade did.
The Chinese factories that picked up the production were subsidized heavily by the Chinese government who wanted to provide jobs for its people. Zero percent interest loans for constructing factories for the export market and 15% rebates on the value of goods exported were common. A standard workday was 10 hours and the daily wage was $1.00. Young female peasants streamed from the rural areas to live 8 to the room in the dormitories next to the factories and work in the factories.
Goldman Sachs and other NY banks lobbied hard for the end of textile tariffs and were highly involved working with textile and apparel companies to sell off the US assets and pump their stock prices for outsourcing. The US consumer did not get the benefit of significantly lower prices, the higher profits instead were spent on stock buybacks facilitated by the banks and ruinous acquisitions. Once great companies such as Burlington Industries, Pillowtex, West Point, Springs Industries, either no longer exist or are shells of their former glory having been stripped of cash and assets by bank financed corporate raiders such as Carl Ichan. The once thriving rural southern mill towns are characterized by high unemployment, declining standards of living, high rates of substance abuse, limited opportunity, and high rates of welfare dependency. Somehow the high paying service jobs the free traders promised never made it beyond the big cities.
Free traders will say it is the US worker’s fault he can’t compete with $1.00 a day labor. I suppose if the goal of free trade is to reduce the standard of living of US citizens to third world levels this perspective is correct.
Another option is to charge foreigners for access to our markets through tariffs as we did after the Civil War when we built the largest industrial economy on the planet and the first broad middle class. Personally I’d rather spend $2 more to buy a dress shirt made by middle class Americans, or a toaster assembled by my neighbor, than pay more than that in taxes to fund the social services supporting the chronically unemployed.
Bring back US manufacturing, both high skilled and low skilled. The decimation of manufacturing in the nonunion south proves it wasn’t all about unions.
There is a national security aspect to this as well. Go to war with China and the US no longer has the ability to provide clothing for its people, much less the troops. The supply chains no longer exist.
That is insanity. There will be a price to pay.
Of course there is a price to pay. They put a price on their goods, and we pay it.
Books always balance. Period.
He is stupid, petty, and childish.