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July 18, 2014 - 11:14 am

When he called for a cease-fire in Ukraine today, President Obama was not merely calling for something that inadvertently helps Putin cement his control on the “Donetsk Republic” through his proxies. Obama was calling for the exact same thing that Putin had already called for.

Check it out.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling for a ceasefire between  pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government forces following the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane.

“Direct talks between the opposing sides must be established as soon as possible. All sides in the conflict must swiftly halt fighting and begin peace negotiations,” Putin said at a meeting with Russian Orthodox Church leaders, Reuters reported.

That went out several hours before Obama’s call for a cease-fire. President Obama followed it by calling for the exact same thing Putin had already called for.

Putin ought to be the man on the defensive here, not the man offering a policy that helps himself, and is then supported by the President of the United States.

I guess I’ll make the obligatory reference to “flexibility” at this point. Here’s the Russia Today clip of that moment. Russia Today is Putin’s mouthpiece in the West.

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Either Obama knew that Putin had already called for a cease-fire, or he didn’t. Either Obama understood that a cease-fire helps Putin’s proxies keep the Ukrainian territory that they currently hold, or he didn’t.

Which would be worse? It’s hard to say.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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2) It's Bush's fault.
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Obama's default position is as follows:

1) if it is the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, communists or gangbangers on the offensive;

a) play down the impact of the assault
b) talk about "both sides" in moral equivalency tones
c) delay any response until the heat dies down
d) talk about outreach, open dialogue and innocent people being lumped in wrongfully

If the jihadists, communists, gangbangers are getting the starch beaten out of them;

a) talk about a ceasefire
b) decry disproportionate attacks
c) point at the innocent victims

As we can see, the Obama playbook has ceasefire as a default position.

When you have reached the "phoning it in" portion of your second term, simply turn to the manual and put your response in the Plug N Play.

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Two-and-a-half more years of this. Will the world survive Obama?
9 weeks ago
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Obama is flexible. He can put is ankles behind his head.
9 weeks ago
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Obama, really, really wants Putin to handle this by just coughing up a few people to be deemed responsible and punish them. But given how little respect Vlad has for Barack by now, he may hold out and continue to blame the Ukrainian government, and dare the White House and EU leaders to either accept his claim or show enough nerve to do something about it.
9 weeks ago
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Just like Putin "handled it" in Syria.
9 weeks ago
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But I understand he is a good dinner guest. He can mix it well at an international soiree, that is according to a lengthy article in the NYT this week. These dinners stimulate our president and expose him to different views.

A good president must be good at, what is it...dinner-time? I understand he orders pie quite well too.
9 weeks ago
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The dinners have helped Obama stop bowing all the time. But it hasn't stopped him from taking selfies and forgetting he's supposed to be a leader.
9 weeks ago
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He's clean and articulate.

Never has made a lick of sense.
9 weeks ago
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He has a crease in his pants.
9 weeks ago
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No, he didn't know. He learns of events from the news. I'm sure he'll learn about Putin's response, tonight.

Or, he could, y'know, maybe attend a security briefing and actually pay attention.

Dear God, can you imagine how the professional people who provide these briefings must feel about Obama? They, more than anyone, must know just how unserious he is. Worst boss in the country.
9 weeks ago
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I know some of those people. They don't talk about it, but eyes do roll.

9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
Obama's default position is as follows:

1) if it is the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, communists or gangbangers on the offensive;

a) play down the impact of the assault
b) talk about "both sides" in moral equivalency tones
c) delay any response until the heat dies down
d) talk about outreach, open dialogue and innocent people being lumped in wrongfully

If the jihadists, communists, gangbangers are getting the starch beaten out of them;

a) talk about a ceasefire
b) decry disproportionate attacks
c) point at the innocent victims

As we can see, the Obama playbook has ceasefire as a default position.

When you have reached the "phoning it in" portion of your second term, simply turn to the manual and put your response in the Plug N Play.

9 weeks ago
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2) It's Bush's fault.
9 weeks ago
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And man-made global warming.
9 weeks ago
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I don't think he is phoning it in. I think he has turned a page in his playbook to a new phase.
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