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July 21, 2014 - 1:40 pm

The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said it would be nice if President Obama stepped up his attention to the foreign policy crises crashing down around him.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) stressed “the eastern part of the Ukraine is essentially controlled by Russian partisans who are run by Russia.”

“I agree with those who see former fighters, Russian fighters amidst them. Russian equipment, Russian training, Russian practice. And I think Putin ought to own up in the sense that do what an objective, responsible leader would do,” she told MSNBC today. “…I think it may well be that the United States should take its solid intelligence, which I believe is solid now, and declassify it, and let the world see what went into this and why the belief is so solid that this, in fact, was a Russian Buk that unleashed this missile.”

“…What action is the world going to take? Are we just going to sit by and see this all happen? What action is Europe going to take? Will they become a participant in a sanctions regime that will say to Russia, the West condemns this act?”

Feinstein said she believes “that America’s reputation is somewhat diminished, but I think there are people that still believe that we want to do the right thing.”

“This is a very hard time. With ISIS and its caliphate in the middle of Syria and in the middle of Iraq, with them marching on Baghdad, with what’s happening with Iran and the P-5-plus- 1, Gaza,” she said. “…Now, look, I’m not gonna tell the president what to do. But I think the world would very much respect his increased attention on this matter. And I think there ought to be increased attention.”

“And I think the leader of the free world has to be strong and this is a time where strength is necessary. And this, our president, has to convince Europe to stand up and be part of this so that the world can speak out with one voice of condemnation.”

Feinstein added that it’s important current events don’t “just slide from the viewers’ screen.”

“I think people have to understand the kind of world we live in today, with this kind of expressly high-tech technology and what it can do and how it’s controlled and who has access to it,” she said. “This is as important as keeping people from a dirty bomb, in my view.”

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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The only one who would "appreciate Obama's increased attention to world events" would be Putin. He needs someone to deliver the straight lines to set up his punch lines.

Sort of like Costello need Abbot.
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Come on Di, just say it, you'll feel better . . . BO sucks as president
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"Appreciate his increased attention"! Ha ha...
That's the nice way of saying Odumbo's a retarded dolt!
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"...the eastern part of the Ukraine is essentially controlled by Russian partisans who are run by Russia.”

...the eastern part of the US is essentially controlled by leftist partisans who are run by leftists

Interesting...

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With its own politburo of unrepresentative Senators from the remaining tiny 13 NE colonies who share an enormous vote in the Senate vs. population at large. (excluding NY, PA, MA). VT, NH, DE, RI have 8 senate votes, California has 2. Texas has 2.
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All I can say is be careful what you wish for.

Given the (bad) results on the rare occasions when Obama put his "laser-like focus" on foreign affairs, it seems ridiculous to wish for more of that. He's messed the world up enough as it is. Perhaps less harm is done if keeps his distance from things than if he actively does something....
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The freeloader of the lead world is more like it.
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Interesting point....

I'm mildly intrigued as to his post-prezideezy life and how (I believe) his freeloading will impact his "popularity" in the rest of the world. Right now, he has power. And power is his only currency.

When he's done, he will only have his personality (such as it is) to use to bargain/negotiate/make an impact with.

I'm pretty sure he's gonna be about as pappular as a fart in an elevator.
7 weeks ago
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No attribution -- is this from the Crowley interview, that is, pearls before a swine?
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Feinstein is as deluded as Obama about the way the real world works, "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear". If Obama was capable of learning from his mistakes, he would already have visibly changed course.
7 weeks ago
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Apparently, Diane Feinstein is a racist.
7 weeks ago
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Oh no you di'int!
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Feinstein only adds more senseless chatter to our continuing Gilbert&Sullivan drama of a dangerously amateur "administration". It's a tossed-in-the-air-script-mixup of the Mikado and Pirates of Penzance.

She should just be still.

It's bad enough that she was determined by the Democrat Senate leadership to be qualified for membership on the Senate Intelligence Committee, much less the Chairwoman.

This isn't even good Theatre, it's a sour farce.
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The only one who would "appreciate Obama's increased attention to world events" would be Putin. He needs someone to deliver the straight lines to set up his punch lines.

Sort of like Costello need Abbot.
7 weeks ago
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A metric ton of Ritalin and a 40,000 volt cattle prod wouldn't get Vacationing Slacker King to pay any more attention to the crises his One World Socialism has caused.

He's a toddler. The world is his toy, he broke it and somebody has to keep him entertained, fed, and red diapered.

Obama has driven the car into the ditch and is asking two years early, "Are we there yet?"

DiFi and Menendez have a problem. They can't look like they are abandoning Israel and they can't look like they are criticizing a black, hard leftist idiot king or going off the reservation.

The attack dogs will be turned on them in an instant.

Hillary (Queen Ischemia) has the same problem. (Ron Paul doesn't have any of these problems, he just defended Putin and Iran...putting Little Rand in a similar bind, from a slightly different angle)

Tuning in to DiFi is bound to cause some static. Nothing comes in quite clearly enough to pinpoint. But John Kerry will call it a hell of a pinpoint operation anyway, once he gets on an open mic.

The bear is loose. And DiFi is trying to put a tag and a tracking collar on him. But DiFi better be careful. In the Jarrett woods, it's always open season on bear hunters.

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"I think the world would very much respect his increased attention on this matter. And I think there ought to be increased attention.”
You can't fool me, Diane. I have figured out your fiendish code. Don't believe me? Here's the key: A=Z, Up=Down, Truth+Lies.
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