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Ron Radosh

Putin and Snowden: The Continuing Humiliation of President Obama

August 2nd, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Coming from the United States and its liberal culture — a nation whose culture and people are the opposite of the bigoted groups that Putin appeals to and encourages to gain support — Edward Snowden would, if free to act as he pleases, oppose and speak out against the new Putin policies. But now he is filled with praise for the Russian government and Putin’s decision to give him asylum, and his claim to be for “human rights” evaporates quickly as he allows himself to be a mouthpiece for the reprehensible actions of the government whose hospitality he now enjoys.

How, then, is the administration acting now that Vladimir Putin has made his intentions most clear? So far, all we have is the abysmal statement by Jay Carney: 

We are extremely disappointed that the Russian government would take this step despite our very clear and lawful request … Mr. Snowden is not a whistleblower — he is accused of leaking classified information.

Contrast Carney’s mild putdown with the reaction of New York’s liberal Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, who said: “Russia’s stabbed us in the back and every day that Snowden is allowed to be free they twist the knife further.” Schumer went on to say that he thinks the scheduled G-20 meeting, at which Obama is set to attend and meet with Putin before it begins, should be held elsewhere than Russia. John McCain went even further, saying we should “fundamentally rethink our relations with Putin’s Russia,” and step up advocacy of human rights and civil liberties in Russia, accelerate missile defense programs, and expand NATO so that it includes the republic of Georgia.

The Obama administration, as we know, is not going to adopt Senator McCain’s proposals, nor even accept those of its ally Senator Schumer. It is planning to go ahead and take part in the G-20 meeting in Russia, although it might cancel the planned meeting with Putin. If it does not cancel this, the wily Russian president will again publicly humiliate Obama.

So Edward Snowden is a free man in Moscow, living in what is most likely a fine Russian apartment (by their standards) and eventually being given a job to his liking, in which he can continue to secretly meet with Soviet intelligence and give them whatever other U.S. secrets he holds, which will assure that his hosts continue to show him fine hospitality.

I look forward to hearing just how Mr. Snowden will fill out his days in Moscow as a human rights advocate.

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let me see if I have this who's who of corruption correct.

on the one hand we have a pretend president who refuses to cooperate w/ congressional investigators on everything from selling unmarked assault weapons to mexican drug dealing mass murderers (to facilitate his own illegal gun control agenda), to aiding and abetting the cover up of the murders of American heroes trying to protect other Americans performing illegal nefarious deeds in foreign countries. he has also used a cocktail of government alphabetical agencies to spy on Americans and influence elections. all felonies if actually prosecuted by honest courts (oxymoron).

on the other hand we have an actual young American (with verifiable citizenship documentation) who is being chased across the world by the above usurper because he had the gall to expose the criminal nature and incompetence of the undocumented usurper pretending to lead our country.

to top that, the same people who have enabled our undocumented pretend leader to abuse the American people and their system of government, are now livid and pretending righteous indignation that somewhere, someone in the world does not bow down to the little usurper.

only in amerika.
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Putin is on his way to Cairo to finalize an arms deal financed byour good friends, the Saudis, and then on to Teheran. In five years The Obama has managed to return the Middle East to the 1950s, much as he has done with race relations here. What a guy; maybe another Nobel in the offing.
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How exactly are we different from Russia? The only difference is scale. And even then, they have fewer people in jail than we do. And AFAIK, they aren't drone striking people.

Instead of lecturing other countries about human rights, and threatening them, why not make ourselves an example to the rest of the world, by actually following our Constitution?
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We've hit the reset button with Russia two or three times now and each time we get the blue screen of death. It is now time to reboot in safe mode and start deleting all the harmful and unnecessary aspects of the relationship and pay particular attention to the functionality of the critical components.
We must also get rid of all of the people in the State Department who are responsible for the installation of malicious policies into our foreign policy and the relationship with Russia.

We will need to do all of this no matter what, sooner or later. The longer we wait, the worse the situation will be, so it is better to take the down time now instead of dealing with an unstable situation that requires near daily restarts.
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Newby here and I'm still asking...
What did this guy (Snowden) do that got everyone's knickers so bunched up? He reminded us that our own government was spying on us US citizens and the rest of the world. This has been going on for decades.

Has anyone been harmed by his reminder? People get stoopid, and a wake-up call is evil?

Has anyone died? Has he leaked anything we should be worried about? Something that sacrificed our national security?

What's the big deal?
1 year ago
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Obama's motivating principle: fundamental transformation of America. Fundamental.

He's perfectly happy for us (the United States) to fail -- internationally, economically, morally, racially, politically and constitutionally, as in replacing it.

Ron, your article offers me two options: support Obama's homosexual agenda and his ever-growing federal government and his compresensive domestic spying and massive hoovering of private data or be held unpatriotic.

I don't like those two options.

It's truly a shame that the only place for Snowden to stay is Putin's Russia. Obama saw to that.
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Yeah, but Obama has a Nobel Peace Prize.
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Putin will "pants" Obama at the upcoming summit, and Obama will pass it off as "sagging" in support of Trayvon Martin and the rest of "his people" . . .
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O is never humiliated. The word is unknown to him, as is responsibility. O is never embarrassed. O never misspeaks. O knows no shame. O LIES when the truth would do. O believes the LIES he tells. The true remittance man. O has no country; sails from port to port, unable to land and step foot on solid ground. Sound about right?
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O is not a brainwashed Manchurian Candidate, but his hostility to the US system is so evident he might as well be one. I would also bet on his having a lingering sense of commitment to international communism. And don’t count out the possibility that the Ruskies have a little ole file on the Bamster that he doesn’t want us to see; the one document about his past that he has no control over.

O’s scandals and his increasingly authoritarian ways will hit the fan at some point and it could all go off like the best fireworks display you ever saw.
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That's the moment that seems inevitable & that I pray for every day.
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Very confusing. Don't get what Putin and gays and his secret reason not to scapegoat Jews has to do with this. I think Obama is delighted with Snowden, at one level - he makes folks rally around him when there is really nothing to rally 'round. Snowden broke the rules - clear enough. The real question is what is the Administration doing. The list of 'phony' scandals is long enough; Benghazi now looks like a real nightmare, including silencing of dozens of American citizens, many CIA, who were there. If it helps, Mr. Radosh, Snowden will probably 'suicide' one day on a cold Moscow night...
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AdinaF said: "As to Snowden's flight to Russia, no one else had the balls to take him, that's why he is there."

Exactly. I have the feeling that all those potential South American havens caved to the heat they were getting from Obama.

And it follows as the night the day that it is easy to intimidate..say Chile, but the Rooskies...that takes real stones. And Americans can do it too. I remember Jack and Bobby Kennedy standing up to Khrushchev. Ronald Reagan did it too.
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Right now there is an article in the DMUK that has the Brits knickers in a twist. Russia ha announced that at the 2014 Olympics no promoting of homosexuality will be allowed. They didn't gays can't participate - they are saying there will be no promotion of the homosexual lifestyle. In other words - keep your politics to yourself.

Everyone is calling for a boycott. Gays are suing the COE and lawsuits are lining up here against our churches in states that have passed gay marriage to destroy the church. None against mosques - just against Christian churches.

I'd say in this instance that Putin and the Russians are on the right side here.
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So what are you saying Ron? Snowden should be gay and then he would have no problem coming back to the United States? The Russian persecution of gays has NOTHING to do with anything. It is a straw argument because Snowden's "crime" is not homosexuality. He chose to seek asylum in a country that is totalitarian and repressive because AMERICA IS BECOMING THAT WAY MORE AND MORE EVERY DAY. He will not be prosecuted in Russian but he most definitely will be here. For the record, I consider him a whistle blower, not a traitor. He let millions of Americans know what their government was doing to them in the name of "Homeland Security" an Orwellian nomenclature if there ever was one. Did our representatives let us know? And now it comes out that with all that surveillance they couldn't even stop the Boston Bomber? Who the hell are they kidding about their spying, snooping, and police state?

Snowden is a real hero in the true sense of the word because he has risked everything to warn us. That he had to seek refuge in an authoritarian soft terror state as opposed to facing the firestorm and incipient fascism in America speaks volumes about what we have become rather than how Russian is and has been.

And lastly, when you have to resort to quoting the scum Chuck U Schumer and the decrepit addlepated jerkboy McCain to make your point, then the point isn't worth making or it really doesn't cohere.
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I think Pussy Riot would, if not in jail, have to pay fines and do community service for criminal trespass or disrupting the peace here. Not all free speech is protected speech. I found what they did where they did it in the poorest of taste and quite offensive.
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Agreed - and in every state we are hearing more and more about American citizens murdered by the standing army - police.

And another thing - What kind of person does it take to arrive at an animal shelter in full riot gear to murder Bambi? All those men participated and not one of them objected to killing a baby dear.

What kind of monsters are we churning out and arming?
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I keep waiting for the story to be clarified because I simply cannot believe that these "men" could murder a fawn. If it happened where I live they would have been attacked by citizens.
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