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Why Vladimir Putin Is Kicking Barack Obama's Behind
Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on 07/23/2014 5:48:02 AM PDT by Kaslin

On Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin's minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people, including an American citizen, President Barack Obama emerged from the White House to issue a statement. Scowling at the camera, Obama stated: "Russia has extraordinary influence over these separatists. No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them."

Finally, after fulminating for several minutes about the nastiness of the Russian government, Obama approached the predictable climax: threats of action.

Except that there were none.

Instead, Obama explained that if Russia were to ignore his warnings, it would "only further isolate itself from the international community, and the costs for Russia's behavior will only continue to increase."

To which Putin's only rational response would be laughter.

This is a Western humiliation on an epic scale. Obama and Europe could wrongly and weakly pass off the invasion and annexation of Crimea as a historical anomaly brutally corrected. They could ignore the further invasion of eastern Ukraine, focusing instead on those naughty Israelis busily defending themselves against rocket attacks from Hamas terrorists.

But now, the West has told Putin, in no uncertain terms, that his people can hit a civilian aircraft with a missile, and that there will be no costs.

How can a second-rate power hold the United States and NATO over a barrel?

Vice President Joe Biden gave the answer in an interview with The New Yorker, albeit unwittingly (though that should go without saying, given Biden's witlessness). While bragging about his gung-ho, macho political attitude, Biden related a story about meeting Putin -- a story he pledged was "absolutely, positively" true, meaning there is a three in four chance it is complete fiction.

But, taking the vice president at his word, the story went like this. Biden met Putin at the Kremlin in 2011. They found themselves standing face to face. "I said, 'Mr. Prime Minister, I'm looking into your eyes, and I don't think you have a soul," Biden related to interviewer. "And he looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, 'We understand one another.' This is who this guy is."

The last line from Biden is the key to the story: He sees Putin's response as a defeat for Putin somehow, a denial of his humanity. Putin, Biden seems to be saying, is an inhuman James Bond villain -- and for some reason, Biden thinks this widespread perception of Putin makes him weak.

But that's Putin's entire goal: He wants the West to believe he has no soul. While the West, like Biden, seeks to demonstrate its bigheartedness to Putin, with "reset" buttons and U.N. resolutions and G8 summits and Olympic Games, Putin seeks to demonstrate that he has no heart. He wants to be seen as cruel and inhuman. He wants everyone to know that he will never bluff and that he will always shoot first.

Obama, Biden and the European Union somehow believe that handwringing and moral proclamations will bring Putin into line. Putin knows strength -- or, at least, the impression of intransigent steeliness -- will bring the West into line. In a game of chicken, the man who openly puts a brick on the accelerator will always win.

Putin's got the brick on the accelerator. He's had quite a hot streak: Georgia, Syria, Iran and now Ukraine. The result will be a far more dangerous world, as potential Russian targets seek nuclear weapons to deter the bear, and as Putin speeds to consolidate his gains. Obama's nuclear-free world, his multipolar United Nations geopolitics, spirals the toilet, thanks to his own utopian wishful thinking.

This is what happens when children play against adults on the world stage. This is what happens when starry-eyed post-Americans are given charge of Western leadership. Putin rolls on, evilly manipulating, grossly murdering. And Obama makes peeved faces as bodies smolder in Ukrainian fields.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: barack0bama; joebiden; malasia; nato; obama; putin; resident0bama; russia; ukraine; vladimirputin

1 posted on 07/23/2014 5:48:02 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Because Putin smells “weakness” and can do so for the nest two years.


2 posted on 07/23/2014 5:50:13 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

Adolph Putin vs Neville Obama.


3 posted on 07/23/2014 5:54:32 AM PDT by armydawg505
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To: Kaslin

The “O” Presidency is not the bottom of the barrel for the US.

Rather, we lifted the barrel and dug around underneath! “O” is what we got!


4 posted on 07/23/2014 5:55:28 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Kaslin
I'm not convinced they aren't in cahoots.

Both benefit from the shootdown.

As the article states, it gives Putin a chance to the world he has no soul and is capable of doing anything to show how powerful he is.

For Soetoro, the shootdown is a distraction that gives him a chance to hustle in thousands of more illegals, waive SoetoroCare for the five U.S. territories, get away with even more lies about what is going on at The IRS, NSA, VA, etc.

5 posted on 07/23/2014 5:56:35 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Kaslin

Having a weak opponent in a contest or adversarial relationship is always great thing. Pound them while you can. Putin undoubtable sees fear, weakness, reluctance and indecisiveness in Obama. He also sees a green light to do whatever he wants for at least two more years.

Very dangerous situation for the USA.


6 posted on 07/23/2014 5:56:37 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Kaslin

7 posted on 07/23/2014 5:56:47 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Kaslin

I doubt that Biden had the stones to say “you have no soul” to Putin’s face. Or, if he did, there’s a back story about GWB chatter preceding the remark.


8 posted on 07/23/2014 5:57:09 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Kaslin
How can a second-rate power hold the United States and NATO over a barrel?

Because "NATO" is a fiction, and it will not take much to have it formally dissolved.

The members of NATO, for diverse reasons, will prefer to maintain the fiction, which is certain to crumble with the first rifle shot - so they dare not put their fingers near a trigger.

9 posted on 07/23/2014 5:57:13 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise. Hat)
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"This is my last election," President Obama said to Medvedev in words caught on an open mic.
"After my election, I have more flexibility."


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10 posted on 07/23/2014 6:00:38 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Biggirl

Exactly


11 posted on 07/23/2014 6:01:18 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Texas Eagle

Putin a chance to the world he has no soul and is capable of doing anything to show how powerful he is

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I’m surprised that Putin hasn’t been more aggressive than he has. Obama has already shown he fears Putin. Its pretty obvious.


12 posted on 07/23/2014 6:01:39 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Biggirl
He took to heart what Obama said about being more flexible after the election. Vlad has revealed the true essence of Obama:


13 posted on 07/23/2014 6:02:00 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Remember Mississippi!)
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To: Kaslin

Not surprised they are taking this horrific tragedy (can’t imagine what the victims experienced) and making it about Obama.


14 posted on 07/23/2014 6:04:35 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: Kaslin

Because Obama and his leftist cronies are a bunch of prisses who talk tough behind mommy’s skirts.


15 posted on 07/23/2014 6:05:35 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Starboard; Kaslin

Of course that does beg the question: why did Putin warn Soetoro about the Boston Marathon bombing?


16 posted on 07/23/2014 6:06:16 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: armydawg505

Neville Chamberlain didn’t finance the violent overthrow of Britain’s allies.

Yes, he was a sniveling coward who could have stopped WW2 before it started but he doesn’t deserve to be compared to Obama.


17 posted on 07/23/2014 6:06:36 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Biggirl

The Japanese word for sissy is okama. Rhymes with, well, you know who. How fitting.


18 posted on 07/23/2014 6:07:10 AM PDT by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: Jim Noble
"NATO" is a fiction

I don't see NATO so much as a fiction as it's an organization that has a military with a changed purpose.

It was obvious with the outrageous US/NATO bombing in Libya "to protect the defeated rebels so they could safely return home". Instead, Libya was destroyed and disasterous attempts to install a functioning pro-west gov have been a disaster. Khaddafi's billions were not (as threatened) removed from Italian banks which would've been an economic nightmare for Europe. And now Ukraine gets the NATO treatment as Russia makes alliances to have a currency independent of European and US bankers? hmmmm......

NATO's military has become the military that does the bidding of EU/globalist-banker interests. It isn't protecting Europe from being over-run by enemy forces any more than the US military is protecting us.

Civilization, according to the global elite's definition, will survive. The only problem is they're defining what's worth surviving as a very small, very powerful, very rich entity that would just as soon "cull the herd" as they consolidate their status. The bad news is we're all part of the herd.

I used to think this whole Illuminati-secret globalist masters thing was conspiracy. Now I suspect it's the hidden history of civilization.

19 posted on 07/23/2014 6:24:56 AM PDT by grania
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To: Kaslin
I'd guess that's because Vladimir Putin us an ex-KGB thug and Obamination is a third rate “community organizer” thug. KGB trumps community organizer every time.
20 posted on 07/23/2014 6:35:39 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Texas Eagle; Kaslin

Of course that does beg the question: why did Putin warn Soetoro about the Boston Marathon bombing?

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Three possible reasons: The threat posed by the brothers was of no real significant geopolitical interest to Putin, the warning helped cast him in a benevolent light, and it was a quid pro quo with U.S. pertaining to the useful exchange of info on terrorism. Aside from that, Putin has much bigger plans that transcend the bombing IMO and has Obama where he wants him.


21 posted on 07/23/2014 6:38:18 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: MasterGunner01

KGB trumps community organizer every time.

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You can take that to the bank. Good post.


22 posted on 07/23/2014 6:39:06 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: MrEdd

he doesn’t deserve to be compared to Obama
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Why not? Both were leaders of their respective countries, neither had experience in foreign affairs, they favored policies of appeasement, and weakened their country’s defense capability. Neither was suitable to deal realistically with a dangerous world.

Sufficient parallels from a historical perspective to serve as a basis for a comparison.


23 posted on 07/23/2014 7:00:05 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: MasterGunner01
I'd guess that's because Vladimir Putin us an ex-KGB thug and Obamination is a third rate “community organizer” thug. KGB trumps community organizer every time.

IOW...their guy is just far more capable than our guy. Sad but true, I'm afraid. We are now governed by the very least among us.
24 posted on 07/23/2014 7:19:38 AM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Kaslin

Bambi versus Godzilla. Still doesn’t make Godzilla a good guy.


25 posted on 07/23/2014 7:26:29 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Milton Miteybad

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana

I thought it was a par four but after reaching across the the aisle in a bipartisan attempt to resolve the crisis my colleagues agreed it was a par two. Let me be clear.


26 posted on 07/23/2014 7:38:16 AM PDT by glyptol
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To: Night Hides Not
The essence of Odumbo is in this picture:


27 posted on 07/23/2014 11:07:26 AM PDT by DTA
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