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March 28, 2014 - 7:13 am
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Some of us who don’t belong to the Beltway’s elite read Barack Obama early on. He is rigidly ideological, he knows nothing about national security, and will be bullied by other, more experienced world leaders. Some inside the nation’s political sinkhole did too — Hillary Clinton’s “3 AM” commercial argued that Obama wasn’t ready to be the leader of the free world. I’m no fan of Clinton’s, and honestly she isn’t any more prepared to lead than Obama was, but that ad was dead-on.

National Journal’s Ron Fournier has finally figured Obama out, and written a grimly enjoyable column about how Vlad Putin is now the big man on the world’s campus.

After confessing that he’s less interested in Putin’s motivations than the principles that Putin is flouting, Obama said the Russian wants to control events in Ukraine. “That’s not new,” he said, spelling out a policy that effectively cedes Crimea to Putin with no further consequences and threatens actions if he moves deeper into Ukraine or into NATO nations.

“So I think that will be a bad choice for President Putin to make,” Obama said, “but, ultimately, he is the president of Russia, and he’s the one who’s going to be making that decision. He just has to understand there’s a choice to be made here.”

In other words, the bully has stolen your lunch money without a fight and now you’re telling him, “It would be a bad choice to take one more penny from anybody in this lunchroom, Buster!”

That next penny is probably eastern Ukraine, where there are ethnic Russians, rumors of Spetznaz operatives stirring up trouble, and next to which Putin is said to have amassed as many as 80,000 troops and armor. Ukraine’s military was hollowed out by its ousted pro-Russian president and is no match for Russia’s. The bully is smiling that malevolent smile they always put on when they’re about to do something awful and no one can stop them. Who is going to stand up to him?

[C]aring little about the motivation of his rivals seems to be a trait of Obama’s leadership that has hurt him in Congress, where the opposition party is stubbornly opposed to his agenda. Rather than understanding why the GOP is moving rightward, helping its leadership tame party extremists (as he must do with the Left), and finding issues that help both sides claim victories, Obama surrendered to polarization and gridlock. Actually, he is a champion of it.

“I won,” remember?

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President Obama is a god-send to the world, from one point of view.

If I were any other world leader, I'd be grabbing everything I could before he's gone too! He's gutting the US military, he's not competent, and he's surely not going to DO anything. NATO is a joke - I mean, c'mon. The RN has no fleet air arm, and has more Admirals than ships.

Russia, Syria, Iran, North Korea, and China are not about to sit still and let this historic opportunity go by - would YOU?

So the President is a god-send. Unless you like peace, or freedom. In which case, you're screwed.

Orion
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You know, I wonder if Putin realizes that Obama is black and that he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
38 weeks ago
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A former colonel in the KGB vs. a former community organizer? Putin not only stole FCMABBHO's lunch money: he gave him an atomic wedgie.
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HAH! The truth is there are two major philosophies at work in today's global, geopolitical, domestic "warfare(s)," if you will:
Sorry America...wake-up and smell the roses:
I. 1) in America there is Obamacare, ultimately it will be a "single payer" system!(operated and run by HHS and IRS). Fully 1/6th of North America's economy under the sole tutorship of a central command, by necessity, a STRONG EXECUTIVE branch of American governance. PERIOD! 2) In America, there is a secret, nefarious plot to encompass and control all of American produced ENERGY RESOURCES (by the EPA). PERIOD! THIS IS CURRENT OBAMA'S "DOMESTIC" agenda.
II. As formerly agreed to in Obama and Medvedev's meeting, 1)Putin's current gambit with former Eastern European BLOC countries being brought back into former Soviet Union's glory days. 2) Putin's total control of both Petroleum reserves AND Natural Gas resources and delivery to WESTERN EUROPEAN (EUROZONE) COUNTRIES! PERIOD! This is CURRENT PUTIN'S "GEOPOLITICAL" agenda.
Kerry's travels back and forth, are but kabuki theatre 101! Obama's Press Conferences are kabuki theatre 102. Putins' telephone calls are but kabuki theatre 103 and Putins' Statesmen lip syncing are but kabuki theatre 104.
Pay attention to the money!!!! Follow the money trail, damn! Wake-up America. We The People are being played like an old violin, a sweet lullaby. God Bless America. Join a Tea Party, learn the truth. Support a local Article V committee for:1)term limits, 2) balanced budget and 3) Return of States Rights. Either We The People do this or lose the America We The People so dearly love. Pray. Amen.
37 weeks ago
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Now, to be fair........ remember........ Obama DID get "all wee wee'd up" about Putin!!!!
37 weeks ago
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Even Frank Marshall Davis loved Russia. American Communists have always chosen to propagandize for the dictators like Stalin, Hitler and other miscreants that would have the world bow down to them.
This is what American Marxists do ... Obama's "motivations"? His ambitions to BE somebody important may have just met their match in Mr. Ambition Putin; both are Communists competing for the top of the heap. Trouble is everyone knows Putin is a KGB Communist madman; whereas Obama has been hiding in a closet so long he can't win this without suffering a humility attack and confessing to the world that he really is a repentant ambitious Communist ... and acts accordingly in the best interests of America, based upon a fidelity to the Constitution.
That's a tough row to hoe for a man that wants to play god with people's lives.
37 weeks ago
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Fournier: Putin Stole Obama’s Lunch Money Without a Fight

Yeah, but Obama reported him to the principal, who told the lunch ladies that Putin cannot have anymore ice cream. Then Obama de-friended him on Facebook.
38 weeks ago
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President Obama is a god-send to the world, from one point of view.

If I were any other world leader, I'd be grabbing everything I could before he's gone too! He's gutting the US military, he's not competent, and he's surely not going to DO anything. NATO is a joke - I mean, c'mon. The RN has no fleet air arm, and has more Admirals than ships.

Russia, Syria, Iran, North Korea, and China are not about to sit still and let this historic opportunity go by - would YOU?

So the President is a god-send. Unless you like peace, or freedom. In which case, you're screwed.

Orion
38 weeks ago
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You don't know the half of it. It's too easy to bleat from the armchair that Putin is a bully. We've been rolled because we rolled over.

The propaganda war outside the US is no contest: we're getting thrashed by all comers, all the time. Meanwhile, our treasonous media and dopey pundits look the other way. Pretending it ain't so will get you nowhere good.

Putin is making hay, as he should -- that's how he sees himself and his duty to his (mythical) dear old rodina. Meantime, Barry's Big European Adventure limps along, now beyond satire. NATO's a credible obstacle? Brussels? Putin likely sees only a themed environment, precious and accelerating downhill. He has lots of help, so he's playing a bad hand well.

I've been shuttling between France and Spain for the last few days, following up on a monthly itinerary, and have watched the nightly news on the main channels, all driven by socialist propaganda. They depict a malignant bizarro world where Brussels rules all and the US is the junior partner. No exceptions. Putin surely knows and laughs.

Just this week, the dainty bemused dope lost in the WH sits through a series of carefully prepared EU photo-ops: the nearly unknown EU flag (more prominent, in front) paired with the stars'n'stripes, under signs proclaiming EU-US Summit. The euro-fantasy window-dressing is in your face at all grip'n'grin opportunities. I have now lost count of the pre-arranged shots of the three stooges, a troika comprised of Obama, Barroso and Van Rumpy [I never intend to spell that man's name right]. My favorite is a wide-angle sequence of eating or drinking -- titans at rest -- with O outflanked by the 'gruesome twosome', as Nigel Farage once called them.

Barroso and Van R belong in the kitchen shaking salad dressing.
At least O was elected. Not that Putin cares, the effect's the thing, as he knows.
Realpolitik is alive and healthier than ever. Poor old Merkel, convinced her New Europe knows better.

In our current fugue state, little surprise that the drunken SS slobs in the Maximum Leader's entourage in Amsterdam are getting wide coverage. (All are GS-13s, in case you have any doubts about how your tax dollars are spent.)

If Claudia Rosett is in the neighborhood, it would be good to hear her opinion: IMO she's this site's only trustworthy editorial voice on the subject. Beyond that, Rumsfeld is too polite, and GOP leadership is utterly f****d. So: What next?
How about truckloads of bananas delivered to Congress and the WH, with colorful suggestions from well-wishers.
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38 weeks ago
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What would Obama do if utin decides to invade Alaska with the intention of taking it back? I'll bet Obama will think about it on the golf course and then find some reason to say, "Welcome".
38 weeks ago
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You know, I wonder if Putin realizes that Obama is black and that he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
38 weeks ago
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I wonder if the won makes the connection between the guy breathing on his neck and the pulsating painful feeling in his rectum.
38 weeks ago
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Putin is too smart to be a racist idiot.
38 weeks ago
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The Obama Regime is the perfect example of the loser who beats the children, slaps the wife and kicks the dog when he's at home. And is a doormat to a snivelly boss when he's at work.

Which means that the more Putin forgets his name (O-bum? O-bambi? O-b*tch?) the more he will come back here and punch holes in the wall.
38 weeks ago
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Please forgive me, but I need to point out that (1) Barack Obama's goal, the transformation of America, in this case the castration of American foreign policy, is perfectly in line with Putin's behavior and Obama's reaction.

Don't be fooled. Obama is being neither lame nor a pussy here. This is completely in keeping with Obama's plan. And, it is working.
38 weeks ago
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And people ask why i would't piss down obama's throat if his guts were on fire.
37 weeks ago
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Two crime families hands off each others' territory.
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