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August 1, 2013 - 12:35 pm
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White House press secretary Jay Carney argued today that nobody could look at the Obama administration’s “reset” efforts with Russia and say they weren’t worth it, despite Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) contention that Moscow is gleefully humiliating Washington by granting asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

“We are extremely disappointed that the Russian government would take this step, despite our very clear and lawful requests in public and in private to have Mr. Snowden expelled to the United States to face the charges against him,” Carney told reporters at today’s briefing. “…This move by the Russian government undermines a longstanding record of law enforcement cooperation, cooperation that has recently been on the upswing since the Boston Marathon bombings.”

Russia says the U.S. ignored its warning about Chechen bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Carney said “we will obviously be in contact with Russian authorities, expressing our extreme disappointment in this decision, and making the case clearly that there is absolute legal justification for Mr. Snowden to be returned to the United States.”

President Obama is supposed to visit Russia in September, and Carney said while there’s no “scheduling announcement” on that “obviously this is not a positive development.”

When asked whether the Snowden drama had the administration rethinking “reset,” Carney went on the defensive.

“Our relationship with Russia, as is the case with other important countries around the world, is based in realism. And it is a simple fact that the so-called reset in our relations with Russia produced positive benefits for American national security and for the American people. They produce cooperation from Russia on the transit of supplies and materiel to our troops in Afghanistan. It provided cooperation with Russia in dealing with Iran. It provided a cooperation with Russia that led to the New START Treaty. It provided other forms of cooperation that benefit the United States and the American people and our national security,” he said.

“Throughout the process of the evolution of our relations with Russia over the past four-and-a-half years, we have had conflicts with Russia. We have had disagreements with Russia. And we have been extremely clear about those conflicts and disagreements, most recently and seriously over Syria, and that has been the case and will be the case moving forward, but it is simply — I think if those who might suggest that we should not have engaged in our efforts to — with the Russians, upon President Obama’s taking office, would then say that the benefits that were a result of that engagement were not worth it. And I don’t think that’s the case. I don’t think anybody would argue that that’s the case, sensibly.”

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I just love how Putin has humiliated President Pantywaist.
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If Reagan came back from the dead I think he would say, 'I think I could probably work with this Putin fellow, but this Obama, who the hell even let him into America?"
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"It is a slap in the face of all Americans." (McCain)

I don't feel slapped

And Jay forgot to mention candidate Obama caught on open mike whispering to then President Medvedev March 2012, assuring the Russian that he'd have more "flexibility" after his re-election...on things like tanking the missile defense fortifications in Europe.

Well, Vlad's just taking advantage of the...flexibility.

Obama and Holder like to yak about bringing (fill in the blank) "to justice".

Who's bringing Obama and Holder to justice ?
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my roomate's step-aunt makes $68/hour on the internet. She has been unemployed for seven months but last month her payment was $16311 just working on the internet for a few hours. Here's the site to read more http://www.wep6.com
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The ongoing foreign policy paradox of Democrats:

They continue to believe that Republicans are impossible to deal with, and yet, they will somehow negotiate successfully with Iranians, Russians, Chinese...
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I hate it when Sen. McCain is "gleeful" about anything, but I suppose if it is Vlad the Russian smacking Obama about the head, I can at least get a chuckle out of it. What was it that Barry whispered into Medvedev's ear a few months back? Something about "flexibility" on rolling back American nuclear capacity? Yeah.

This is what happens when the RNC/MSM elite choose our presidential candidates for us. We end up with our weakling going down the their weakling.
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Don't worry Jay. I bet tech support can fix that re-set button for you. Unless its waranty has expired, or unless they are no longer servicing that obsolete device. Perhaps you should have gotten premium service, and the latest upgrade?

Oh, it never worked, at all? Did you check to see if it was plugged in? Are you sure it wasn't being operated by an idiot? Oh, well, there's the problem. The user is an idiot.

:P
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Thanks, Vladimir. Call us if you need a few dozen more. We have plenty of them here lately.
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I just love how Putin has humiliated President Pantywaist.
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If Reagan came back from the dead I think he would say, 'I think I could probably work with this Putin fellow, but this Obama, who the hell even let him into America?"
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"Russia says the U.S. ignored its warning about Chechen bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev."

Our federal government was too busy monitoring conservatives phone calls, emails, credit card statements and tax returns, and welcoming illegal aliens, and doing Muslim outreach to be bothered with unimportant stuff like that.
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Dear Jay,

Sorry, Locomotive Breath...the all-time winner in this relationship has the all time loser by the .....

America and her allies have taken the short end of this reset stick. Putin has shown Obama the same level of respect that Filner shows to the nearest female body part.

In fact, every non-Communist ally has been slapped in the face by this administration and every Communist enemy and brutal Mideastern thug has been given a back rub, a foot rub and lots of kisses.

Pretty soon people might start to see...um...a pattern.
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There you go again Baghdad Jay.
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