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August 7, 2013 - 7:35 am

Statement from White House press secretary Jay Carney on President Obama’s “snub,” which actually leaves the lifting to John Kerry and Chuck Hagel:

Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia Summit in early September.  We value the achievements made with Russia in the President’s first term, including the New START Treaty, and cooperation on Afghanistan, Iran, and North Korea.  However, given our lack of progress on issues such as missile defense and arms control, trade and commercial relations, global security issues, and human rights and civil society in the last twelve months, we have informed the Russian Government that we believe it would be more constructive to postpone the summit until we have more results from our shared agenda.  Russia’s disappointing decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum was also a factor that we considered in assessing the current state of our bilateral relationship. Our cooperation on these issues remains a priority for the United States, so on Friday, August 9, Secretaries Hagel and Kerry will meet with their Russian counterparts in a 2+2 format in Washington to discuss how we can best make progress moving forward on the full range of issues in our bilateral relationship.

The President still looks forward to traveling to St. Petersburg on September 5-6 to attend the G-20 Summit.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Theses boobs are so embarrassing...the world's only superpower (I guess....are we?) sends the 'Wit' brothers to save the day - Kerry is 'Dim Wit', Hagel is 'Nit Wit' and they both work for Barry, um, 'Half Wit'.....These boorish, incompetent, moronic buffoons could not get jobs at successful corporations in the private sector of any country on Earth, but we elect them to lead us; oh well, we get what we ask for, I suppose.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Put Jay Carney on the job, Putin would appreciate his duplicity.

I reality, Putin knows Obama's going to cave to whatever Russia wants, so there's not much to talk about, anyway.
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Kerry & Hagel, huh? Why not Laurel & Hardy, Abbot & Costello, Harold & Kumar, Borat & Azamat, or Jay & Silent Bob? I think the results would be the same.

By the way, how's that new, improved Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process coming along lately?
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The world's most famous crack team is on the case like ugly on a warthog!
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