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April 20, 2014 - 6:46 am
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Oh yes, they’re the great pretenders! Though seemingly at odds, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have much more in common than it appears, both having become lost in a world of self-delusion.  Putin pretends he hasn’t alienated the entire civilized world with his barbaric aggression against smaller neighbors, and Obama pretends his failed policies haven’t been key in giving Putin the chance to do so.

A remarkable report in the New York Times reveals that Obama has now decided to “write off” America’s relationship with Russia and embark upon a new cold war, focusing on the time-honored principle of containment to guide it.

It states that the next U.S. ambassador to Russia will be John F. Tefft, who previously served as ambassador to Ukraine, Georgia and Lithuania and who served as deputy head of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in the 1990s under Bill Clinton.

The Times reports:

When the search began months ago, administration officials were leery of sending Mr. Tefft because of concern that his experience in former Soviet republics that have flouted Moscow’s influence would irritate Russia. Now, officials said, there is no reluctance to offend the Kremlin.

Indeed, Tefft was given the 2012 Diplomacy in Human Rights Award for his work in standing up to the pro-Russia Yanukovich regime before it was toppled this year, including lobbying hard for the release of Yanukovich’s leading political foe, Yulia Tymoshenko, from prison. He’s directly linked to the pro-West movement in Ukraine which has caused Putin to panic.  Tefft’s appointment is a direct poke in the eye of Putin, and there’s no mistaking it.

The Times calls this a “remarkable turnaround” for Obama. That’s putting it mildly.

What’s actually happened is that circumstances have forced Obama to admit that the foreign policy he has pursued for the last six years towards Russia, a policy of appeasement, has crashed and burned. John McCain warned from the start that pursuing such a policy would give Putin the chance to consolidate his power and move aggressively against his neighbors, and that is exactly what has happened. It’s one of the most spectacular foreign policy debacles in U.S. history.

Obama promised us that in return for appeasement we’d get a reliable nuclear arms treaty with Russia. What we actually got was shameless Soviet-style cheating and treaty violations.

Obama promised us that in exchange for appeasement we’d get Russian help reining in Iran. What we actually got was Russian opposition to U.S. interests, not just in Iran but throughout the Middle East, from Libya to Syria.

And on top of it all, we got Russian tanks in Ukraine.  As a headline in Stars and Stripes declared,  Obama wrapped up a “terrific, triumphant, all good, totally awesome year” and delivered it to Putin with a big red bow on top.

As Senator Bob Corker told the Times:

They’re playing us. We continue to watch what they’re doing and try to respond to that. But it seems that in doing so, we create a policy that’s always a day late and a dollar short.

Indeed, Putin is far out ahead of Obama in weaponizing information surrounding the barbaric aggression against Ukraine, and Obama has consistently failed to implement the type of economic sanctions that might prevent Putin from moving deeper into Ukraine.

Alexander Dugin, Putin’s Goebbels, recently declared  that

the territorial integrity of Armenia and Karabakh will not be guaranteed to the extent that Russia is a proportional power and naturally countries adjoining Russia can preserve their territorial integrity exclusively by maintaining good relations with Russia.

Vyacheslav Nikonov, a leader of Putin’s party of power in parliament, echoed  Dugin, directly threatening Ukraine:  “There are very few things the Ukrainian government can do now to keep their country together.”

Russia is, in other words, boldly threatening every neighbor, not just Ukraine, and is far from content with Crimea where Ukraine is concerned.

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"Putin pretends he hasn’t alienated the entire civilized world with his barbaric aggression against smaller neighbors"

Putin hasn't "alienated the entire civilized world". This is an absurdity. And if you want to talk about barbaric, look at what muslims are doing to Christians throughout the middle east. Of course, even that hasn't "alienated the entire civilized world". If fact most of "the entire civilized world" just looks the other way. Except for some like Obama and McCain who want to further arm the muslim Christian killers.

And 'look' at the estimated 4,000 Americans who are killed a year by invaders from third world countries, primarily Mexico with their drunk driving and other murders. And if you want still more barbarity, try walking around Detroit or much of Chicago.

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Yes, let's do a little editing .. shall we?

"Obama has total control over American TV news, and with no opposition from the corrupt media he is rapidly creating a neo-Soviet surveillance state he can use to control every aspect of American society. As a result, even though the Obama economy is headed for disaster and the nation is increasingly isolated from her former allies, Obama's poll numbers remain lofty with the willfully ignorant, the politically indoctrinated, those on the teat, and the downright stuid."



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Obama has spent his entire adult life trying to rein in large c communists. His small c communist stylings are to always hide in the shadows. To lurk. To never let the mask drop.

He has more in common cause with large c communists than he does with free market, Constitutional self-governance.

However, he likes to boil the frog one degree at a time. This infuriated his more hyper-aggressive Marxist followers. They were enraged at his slow cooking of America and his weak tea demolishing of its founding documents, checks and balances and principled dissent.

But Obama promised Putin more "flexibility" in his second term. His "promise" was a coded message to his large c Communist friend. "Give me a second term and I will boil these frogs faster"

This was a promise to all those who wanted more "aggressive" tactics.

Obama has fulfilled that promise.

Putin is simply cashing in on that promise. Obama does not give one whit about Georgia, Macon or Tblisi. He does not give a Tinker's Dam about Crimea or The Crimson Tide.

Small c communists are One World Socialists with no respect for the law and a vicious agenda hidden behind the mask of softer, gentler "liberalism", aka social democracy.

Putin knows the game. He knows that it survives only by propaganda and control of a corrupt information stream. Because he knows how to play the propaganda game against Obama. He threatens to expose the masquerade.

He forces Obama to either give up the mask or take on large c communism.

Obama has always been irritated at the aggressive Marxists and their impatience in crushing capitalism. He prefers the Cloward-Piven/Alinsky style of making it crush itself and getting all the useful idiots and traitors to do the dirty work and heavy lifting.

Thus, the battle lines are drawn over who gets to slay us first...and whether to hide any longer in the shadows.

Don't be fooled. Totalitarians are fighting over the method of our demise, not over whether it should be done.
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It is like the columnists here forget that history does not begin in 2009 when Obama took office. Obama continued the policy toward Russia left by his predecessors. US have tried to diplomatically bring Russia to the West since 1992. Was is Obama that looked into Putin's soul and saw a great man? No, it was G. W. Bush. Was it Obama that let Russia walk into Georgia with no consequences? No, it was Bush.
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Nations unable to pay debts get into terrible trouble. Armed forces from creditor nations can seize ports and collect tolls to service debts.

Ukraine owes lots to Russia for natural gas. Ukraine should tell Putin that seizure of Crimea satisfies existing debt and pays for free gas from Russia for the next 25 years.

At the dawn of life, stealing was invented as it was cheaper to eat others for energy rather than make it. Countries steal if they think they can succeed with it. A Great Leader who begins stealing will never stop unless blocked by something associated with the laws of physics.
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Who is in the middle of all of this but Edward Snowden? Ever since his open defection to Russia, the wheels have come off. Most people following Russia saw it coming, but he was the definite impetus.

If You were Ed Snowden, what would you do?
http://nyyrc.com/blog/2014/04/if-you-were-ed-snowden-what-would-you-do/

Russia is hellbent on taking over Europe, and Obama is pretty much powerless. Should he try anything, Putin will dump all the intel on his cooperation with the Muslim Brotherhood, and al Qaeda
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John R. Schindler, a former National Security Agency counterintelligence officer who now teaches at the Naval War College, calls it “special war”: “an amalgam of espionage, subversion, even forms of terrorism to attain political ends without actually going to war in any conventional sense.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/21/world/europe/photos-link-masked-men-in-east-ukraine-to-russia.html

Professor Schindler calls Russia a terrorist state, and in the same article Barack Obama calls it a liar for claiming the armed thugs roaming Eastern Ukraine are not Russian forces. Putin claimed similar thugs roaming Crimea were not Russian, then admitted they were more recently. Russia is rapidly becoming a pariah state with absolutely no credibility, after it shamelessly violated its agreement in the Budapest Accord to permanently respect Ukrainian territorial integrity.

Putin has his country on the neo-Soviet road to national collapse.
34 weeks ago
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Ethnic Russians don't want to be ruled by the majority Ukrainians. So Crimea vote itself out...........self determination.

Why should we care?

They should be our ally against the Muslim Jihadists...
34 weeks ago
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Good piece, but I thought the slap at Republicans was gratuitous. A single man drives our foreign policy, and he doesn't even listen to members of his own party, let alone the opposition. How in the world can the outs fashion a comprehensive response?
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"A single man drives our foreign policy..."

The way this place was set up, 235+ years ago, THAT was never part of the plan.

I continuously, and continually, marvel at how much power has come to be vested in a single branch of government, apparently the other "co-equal" branches enabling it to so evolve.

I am stymied that a single individual apparently has the power to "stop" Keystone.
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But but...Barack has used words to reduce Russia to a "regional power" in the same way he and his compadres used words to try to reduce Islamic terrorism to "man caused disaster".

Inside the modern progressive's head, something, anything, is what he or she says it is.

"...the foreign policy he has pursued for the last six years towards Russia has crashed and burned."

Not to mention the domestic policy he has pursued for the last six years towards the United States.

"Putin has total control over Russian TV news..."

Barack is insanely jealous.

Per Bill Clinton (3 years before Matt Drudge broke the Monica story),

"...(the internet) allows an extraordinary amount of unregulated data and information to be located in one area and available to all,"

Unregulated data. How dare we.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/04/19/Clinton-WH-Feared-Internet-s-Ability-to-Democraticize-News-Three-Years-Before-Drudge-Bombshell
34 weeks ago
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ALL the Bill Clinton extra-marital affair stories were a HUGE waste of time, BUT him calling the internet "unregulated", (like that's a BAD THING)...now that is downright CHILLING!!
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Clinton lied under oath in both the federal and state cases.

That is hardly negligible for a sitting US president.
34 weeks ago
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"Putin has total control over Russian TV news..."

Barack is insanely jealous.

Why? Obama is in a similar position in America. Just the other day, Jay Carney admitted that the toughest interview Obama had had as President was the one by Jon Stewart. Our MSM guard dogs have truly become lapdogs if the toughest interview a sitting president gets is from a comedian.

If only we had a TV equivalent of Rush Limbaugh....
34 weeks ago
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"Alexander Dugin, Putin’s Goebbels, recently declared ..."

Putin's Goebbels? This is very mild by breadth and depth to ABC, CBS, NBS, MSNBC, CNN, PBS ..... ..... ..... , Obama's very numerous Goebbels. And I'm beginning to wonder just whose Goebbels Kim Zigfeld is. Victoria Nuland's?
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What's "deranged" about it? If Russia spent 5 billion dollars trying to install an anti-American regime in Canada, Canada's gov't fell apart and compromised our military installations and agreements, you don't think we'd seize those installations and put troops on the border - especially installations that had been sovereign American territory only 20 years ago?

We bombed Libya and brought down the gov't there over far less.
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I realize you're making a metaphor to the situation in the Ukraine but you may be interested to know that the United States made moves of a military nature against Canada in at least one case during my lifetime. It was the early 1970s when Pierre Trudeau was Prime Minister and Nixon was President. I believe it was during our FLQ Crisis in 1970 when Quebec separatists had kidnapped a minister of the Quebec government and killed him while also holding a British diplomat hostage. Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act for the first time in peacetime, which essentially established martial law. As far as I know, not one shot was fired but there were (Canadian) soldiers in the streets, almost entirely in Quebec. I remember hearing a news item at the time to the effect that Nixon had put some military bases in upstate New York on standby in case US troops had to be sent. I assume those troops would have helped the Canadian government re-establish order if necessary, although Canadian nationalists at the time got a little worried that America might use this opportunity to take over Canada or something of the kind.

As it turned out, the average Quebecker, however strong his separatist sympathies might have been, was appalled by the idea of fighting a civil war to obtain their independence. There was never really any sort of open rebellion, just a few terrorist cells, so it wasn't even necessary to restore order since there had never really been any disorder. No US troops crossed the border - or even approached it as far as I know - but, as always with history, it's interesting to speculate on what MIGHT have happened....
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My Canadian Hubby tells me that Canadians were very concerned about the USA trying to "annex" Canada BEFORE WWI, but when we entered the war, on the same side, the concerns were put to bed. RE: Quebec Separatists, Hubby calls that "language politics".
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"Putin pretends he hasn’t alienated the entire civilized world with his barbaric aggression against smaller neighbors"

Putin hasn't "alienated the entire civilized world". This is an absurdity. And if you want to talk about barbaric, look at what muslims are doing to Christians throughout the middle east. Of course, even that hasn't "alienated the entire civilized world". If fact most of "the entire civilized world" just looks the other way. Except for some like Obama and McCain who want to further arm the muslim Christian killers.

And 'look' at the estimated 4,000 Americans who are killed a year by invaders from third world countries, primarily Mexico with their drunk driving and other murders. And if you want still more barbarity, try walking around Detroit or much of Chicago.

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Is it? Putin lost the UN vote over Crimea by a margin of 10-1 and not a single major nation has recognized his annexation of Crimea or for that matter or Ossetia or Abkhazia.
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The "civilized world" is almost as much a chimera as "the international community".
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