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The Telling Detail

March 25th, 2014 - 7:27 am

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Drudge linked to this Peter Baker piece in the NYT called “3 Presidents and a Riddle Named Putin.” It’s decent analysis as far as it goes, and steeped deeply in conventional wisdom, but one bit caught my eye — and it had nothing to do with Putin, Russia, or Ukraine. Read:

Presidents tend to think of autocrats like Mr. Putin as fellow statesmen, said Dennis Blair, Mr. Obama’s first director of national intelligence. “They should think of dictators like they think of domestic politicians of the other party,” he said, “opponents who smile on occasion when it suits their purposes, and cooperate when it is to their advantage, but who are at heart trying to push the U.S. out of power, will kneecap the United States if they get the chance and will only go along if the U.S. has more power than they.”

You’ve heard it said again and again by those of us on the right, that the Democrats in general but particularly our current President, treat foreign enemies as mere opponents, and treat their domestic political opponents as enemies. But here you have our president’s own former national intelligence director saying it.

Revealing stuff, yes?

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Of course Democrat Presidents treat autocrats like Putin as fellow statesmen. They're all leftists

Although I object to the misuse of the term Statesman.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Treating Putin like an opposition party member? I don't recall Obama ever calling him a Geopolitical terrorist.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
If you take Frank Marshall Davis, Bill Ayers, Don Warden, Rashid Khalidi, Jeremiah Wright, The Socialist Scholars, The Midwest Academy, The New Party ....basically the whole of Obama's life....this President doesn't seem to treat enemies of the United States as anything but mentors, father figures, friends and comrades.

His real "enmity" is reserved for political opponents at home and traditional allies of the US.

THOSE people, he does not treat as "statesmen" advocating a dissenting opinion. He sics the power of government and a corrupt, incestuous media out to destroy them.

He's a bully at home and a coward abroad. Then again, scratch a bully and a coward bleeds.

The only thing at stake in standing up to tyranny...is freedom. We are doing that now neither abroad...or at home. Continue that pattern and the result is inevitable.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
I'm getting tired of these sorts of observations: "He’s inhabiting a Russia of the past." No, he's running Russia today. He didn't invade the Crimea of some mythical past, he invaded the Crimea of a few weeks ago.

How is this claim relevant to anything? Meaningful in any way? Useful in the slightest?
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
It's dismissing his opponent. It's worked fantastically well for him for the last six years, no reason it won't continue in the future. Putin isn't invading the US; Obama's press will cover up anything else.

Hell, they're hiding the Mexi cartels invading Arizona...
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