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August 4, 2014 - 8:44 am

From a new President Obama interview with The Economist:

The Economist: What about the people who are just outright difficult? Russia being the obvious example at the moment. You tried to “reset” with Russia. Angela Merkel spent the whole time telephoning Vladimir Putin. To what extent do you feel let down almost personally by what’s happened?

Mr Obama: I don’t feel let down. We had a very productive relationship with President Medvedev. We got a lot of things done that we needed to get done. Russia I think has always had a Janus-like quality, both looking east and west, and I think President Putin represents a deep strain in Russia that is probably harmful to Russia over the long term, but in the short term can be politically popular at home and very troublesome abroad.

But I do think it’s important to keep perspective. Russia doesn’t make anything. Immigrants aren’t rushing to Moscow in search of opportunity. The life expectancy of the Russian male is around 60 years old. The population is shrinking. And so we have to respond with resolve in what are effectively regional challenges that Russia presents. We have to make sure that they don’t escalate where suddenly nuclear weapons are back in the discussion of foreign policy. And as long as we do that, then I think history is on our side.

Obama then tried (successfully) to change the subject: “Anything on the US economy? I noticed the occasional cover story saying how unfriendly to business we are.”

Russia is skilled at making arms that end up in the hands of nefarious regimes, but Obama has refused to sanction state-owned arms giant Rosoboronexport. The firm has raked in more than $1 billion in no-bid Pentagon contracts since 2011.

The CIA World Factbook details other stuff made by Russia: “complete range of mining and extractive industries producing coal, oil, gas, chemicals, and metals; all forms of machine building from rolling mills to high-performance aircraft and space vehicles; defense industries including radar, missile production, and advanced electronic components, shipbuilding; road and rail transportation equipment; communications equipment; agricultural machinery, tractors, and construction equipment; electric power generating and transmitting equipment; medical and scientific instruments; consumer durables, textiles, foodstuffs, handicrafts.”

This accounted for $515 billion in exports in 2013, ranking Russia tenth in the world.

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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For a man who spent his entire life in jobs notably NOT making anything, Obama sure likes to criticize others for not making things (“You didn't build that!”...”Russia doesn't make anything”).
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"Russia doesn’t make anything."

Except spaceships which provide rides to the ISS. Except rocket engines which the US purchases. Except weaponry, traditionally sold to those looking for cheap, robust, and/or idiot-proof.

Maybe because their arugula exports are wanting?
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Do you notice the pattern here? Whenever someone or some group fails to bow to his wishes they become the target of his snark. What a spoiled narcissistic little boy.
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Our dear leader Barry Barack Hussein Soetero Obama, the world's leading authority. Aren't we lucky to have a leader who knows everything and will make sure you will do exactly what he says because he knows what's best. No more cupcakes!
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Not sure about value-added manufacturing coming out of Russia, but Obama also made some comment about 'nobody is immigrating to Russia to make their fortune.' Nobody except hundreds of thousands, possibly over a million, citizens of former Soviet republics. Oh yeah... and they are expected to learn to speak RUSSIAN!!!
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What is WRONG with him.
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He's a sociopath.
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From someone who hasn't DONE anything or MADE anything in his entire life.
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The Middle East doesn't make anything except murder, treachery, and deceit, but you won't see Obama chiding them anytime soon. Somehow, Obama always manages to kowtow to his spiritual ancestors.
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Not only do they make all sorts of durable goods, they concoct "standards" that are dissimilar to ISO and therefore protect their market...not unlike what PED did to the US ASME Section VIII pressure vessel code manufacturers selling into Europe. They're smart - shrewd is more accurate. And that big-eared dopeus half-ricanus has a lot of unearned snark to sling given his unremarkable record of achievement of anything close to shovel worthy, let alone ready.
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ever see the toilet seat pull down sheets in a public restroom , at the bottom it is printed P RC . peoples republic of china . i know it is not important to you
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I hate to agree with the Obomination but in this case I do.
The Soviet Union collapsed for a reason. Re-branding as Russia didn't address why the Soviet Union collapsed. Until that problem is diagnosed and solved Soviet Union 2.0 is headed for collapse also.
The solution to Pootie is easy. First you withdraw from the NPT. That takes 6 months. During that 6 months work on a deal to sell Nukes to Poland, Finland and the Baltic States. If there is a single Russian in ANY part of the Ukraine when that 6 months is up, finish the deal. Russia's worst nughtmare is having countries it has been fighting off and on for the last 1,000 years and occupied not long ago have nuclear weapons. If the Ukraine had nukes, there would have been no invasion (even a stealth invasion). Pooties 'logic' behind the Russian invasion is that the Treaty of Budapest was cancelled by the coup against the Russian sock puppet that had that job.
If a coup invalidates a treaty, then the 1991 coup in the Soviet Union invalidated the treaty the Soviet Union signed to join the UN. So Russia has no permanent seat on the UN Security Council. Kick them out and put that seat up for a vote in the General Assembly. Russia can fall back into the General Assembly or drop from the UN altogether. Either way Pootie is finished. His fellow former KGB buds would send him on an extended inspection tour of the Siberian work camps.
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They make some of the world's best razor blades, in a plant in St. Petersburg owned by Proctor & Gamble (Gillette).
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