Obama's caution on Ukraine may loom over midterm election

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WhyMeLord wrote:

The GOP/NRA/TEA chicken-hawks wanting to go to war with Russia over the Ukraine should chip-in and buy a few drones, and have a couple of fun hours playing soldier before Russia blows them off the map.
These are real hawks, not to be confused with puny chicken-hawks.
Bush, Cruz, Hannity, Limbaugh, McCain, Palin, Paul, all chickens.
Old and/or very confused men and loose-lipped women safely at home, pounding their chests, rattling swords, making fools of themselves.

Mar 03, 2014 10:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
misterjag wrote:

The vast majority of Americans are sick of war and approve of Obama’s diplomacy. The GOP (and their media allies) are out of touch with reality.

Mar 03, 2014 10:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
actnow wrote:

One has to wonder how Putin might have responded to events in Ukraine if we had president who was as engaged in world stability through strength as he is in whipping up populist divisions and bankrupting our nation for his political aspirations. We have a mere politician as our “leader”….and Putin knows it all too well.

Mar 03, 2014 11:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Raelyn wrote:

The weather this winter has hurt us financially and we are in no position to make threats against Russia. This is Europe’s problem.
No matter what Obama does, the Repubs will find a way to criticize in order to win back the Whitehouse. We are weary from wars the Repubs keep starting every time they get a chance to repay the great industrial war machine that keeps their pockets filled.

Mar 03, 2014 11:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

actnow… if this is Obama’s fault, how do you explain Putin marching into Georgia while Bush was in power? Obviously Putin thought Bush was a mere politician with no strength.

And how did you Republicans react to Putin invading Georgia? You did nothing. Not a thing. Yet you whine when Obama too keeps out of it – right-wing hypocrisy again.

Mar 04, 2014 1:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
10x25mm wrote:

Bakhtin might not remember that Democrats took control of the U.S. House and Senate in 2007. ‘W’ did what he could for Georgia, over the express objections of then Senator Obama and his Democratic allies.

The widely reviled Sarah Palin predicted Putin’s attack on Ukraine at that time, as a consequence of not responding to the Russian adventure in Georgia. Now we know how blind our heavily Democratic ‘foreign policy establishment’ really is.

Mar 04, 2014 4:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
10x25mm wrote:

Bakhtin might not remember that Democrats took control of the U.S. House and Senate in 2007. ‘W’ did what he could for Georgia, over the express objections of then Senator Obama and his Democratic allies.

The widely reviled Sarah Palin predicted Putin’s attack on Ukraine at that time, as a consequence of not responding to the Russian adventure in Georgia. Now we know how blind our heavily Democratic ‘foreign policy establishment’ really is.

Mar 04, 2014 4:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
10x25mm wrote:

Bakhtin might not remember that Democrats took control of the U.S. House and Senate in 2007. ‘W’ did what he could for Georgia, over the express objections of then Senator Obama and his Democratic allies.

The widely reviled Sarah Palin predicted Putin’s attack on Ukraine at that time, as a consequence of not responding to the Russian adventure in Georgia. Now we know how blind our heavily Democratic ‘foreign policy establishment’ really is.

Mar 04, 2014 4:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
10x25mm wrote:

Bakhtin might not remember that Democrats took control of the U.S. House and Senate in 2007. ‘W’ did what he could for Georgia, over the express objections of then Senator Obama and his Democratic allies.

The widely reviled Sarah Palin predicted Putin’s attack on Ukraine at that time, as a consequence of not responding to the Russian adventure in Georgia. Now we know how blind our heavily Democratic ‘foreign policy establishment’ really is.

Mar 04, 2014 4:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
10x25mm wrote:

Bakhtin might not remember that Democrats took control of the U.S. House and Senate in 2007. ‘W’ did what he could for Georgia, over the express objections of then Senator Obama and his Democratic allies.

The widely reviled Sarah Palin predicted Putin’s attack on Ukraine at that time, as a consequence of not responding to the Russian adventure in Georgia. Now we know how blind our heavily Democratic ‘foreign policy establishment’ really is.

Mar 04, 2014 4:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
10x25mm wrote:

Bakhtin might not remember that Democrats took control of the U.S. House and Senate in 2007. ‘W’ did what he could for Georgia, over the express objections of then Senator Obama and his Democratic allies.

The widely reviled Sarah Palin predicted Putin’s attack on Ukraine at that time, as a consequence of not responding to the Russian adventure in Georgia. Now we know how blind our heavily Democratic ‘foreign policy establishment’ really is.

Mar 04, 2014 4:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
greenwave724 wrote:

With the coming wipe-out in the 2014 midterms ,with the GOP sweeping into power in the Senate, and no signature working legislative program Obama can point to, Obama has to be tepid and Chamberlain like with Russia. We have BitCoin and Solyndra as models of progressive fail when it comes to the economy, over a trillion in student loan debt now with no jobs to help grads pay those loans back, moral and societal decay happening at a exponential pace(Chicago liberal bastion with over 3 murders a night now). America is weary of hipster politics and sloganeering disguised as statesmanship. We need this feckless sock puppet of the radical left gone in 2016, he is as dangerous as he is incompetent.

Mar 04, 2014 7:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
unionwv wrote:

Surprised Bakhtin didn’t play the race card(again)and/or accuse those of us who disagree with him of being mere Fox News toadies.

Actually I’m a Washington Post Toadie:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/president-obamas-foreign-policy-is-based-on-fantasy/2014/03/02/c7854436-a238-11e3-a5fa-55f0c77bf39c_story.html

Mar 04, 2014 7:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
gthog61 wrote:

This just shows he knows no more about what he is doing internationally than he does domestically. It is fun watching his supporters sputter trying to defend him. They are as deficient as he is.

Mar 04, 2014 8:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
claudial wrote:

Obama can do with Ukraine the same thing that Bush did with the invasion of Georgia…..
NOTHING!

Mar 04, 2014 8:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
COindependent wrote:

Finanical sanctions would send a clear and unequivocal message to Putin. Tie up all of their capital in western banks and they will capitulate–without a shot being fired.

However, like Syria, this President is incapable of owning any decision, let alone acting on it. You can defend this novice all you wish, but his incompetence continues to show itself–after five years in office, he has learned nothing. His projected downsizing of the military is evidence enough that the only thing he is committed to is materially changing America–to the detriment of our children and grandchildren.

The progressives dream is coming true by the day. Let’s see if ten years from now if they are prepared to live with the results of high unemployment, government dependence, and low upward mobility.

Mar 04, 2014 9:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:

Some day, sooner rather than later I hope, the ‘tough-guy’ mentality of the GOP/NRA/TEA party chicken-hawks will fade like a bad dream.
Their pathetic posturing and simplistic attitude toward the world’s problems is quite childlike and immature for old men and blue-hairs.
You would think that they would want to keep their grand-children from being killed in some needless military action that was cooked up by our testosterone deficient military and greedy industrialists.

Mar 04, 2014 10:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:

“Obama seemed to have been caught off-guard by Putin’s seizure of the Crimea region of southern Ukraine.”
It’s not just Obama who was caught off-guard…
So the question is: do the Western leaders still have any military and other intelligence at their disposal? (pun intended)

Mar 04, 2014 10:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
Kelster wrote:

Our president has abdicated US power to Russia and Iran by either being a fool or being complicit in an attempt to allow Communism and Totalitarianism to regain momentum in the world so that his and his friends “New World Order” can move forward. He is our “Manchurian Candidate”. He is too late to do much now and thus no one is wishing war at this time or is Naive enough to think it would be successful but his persona is read by all and known to be weak, weak, weak.

Mar 04, 2014 10:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
yellowjap wrote:

US have to realize the fact US became hero not by being strong. But been positive and showing happiness. Obama have no reality just ideology. Biden is worse. Rest three years will be much worth than Gerald Ford.
Putin grabbed world by energy price. Xi is replacing US$. So, what is your option to play. Japan decided to close TPP without US, Abe hold that decision. I respect his decision. No rule is farmer’s way but difficult to stop. But Obama, I afraid JSDF and we have to pay price of your misunderstanding in position. Putin & OPEC can raise energy price anytime, sky limit.
Putin can solve most of your problem and ours. The continent suppose to belong to Russia till early 20th century. South Chinese keep fleeing to south. Have reality before demand. You are acting like Koreans, running first and refused peace till recover full land demanding others to keep fighting.
May be you belong to nobles like Koreans “Physical work is not my job. I have right to torture my people. My job is just reading and politics blaming others and finish losers.” That is not America, I hope but not so sure in these days.

Mar 04, 2014 10:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
willich6 wrote:

I actually read the Washington Post editorial and it was an indictment of a ‘fairy tale president’ and his ‘fairy tale foreign policy’.. He wants the world to be “as he wishes it to be”.. He wants world leaders to “act responsibly” the way he would act..

Unfortunately, the world is not the way he “wishes it to be” – its populated by ruthless dictators willing to invade weak nations and bully others. Russia and China, to name two of many, see obama’s weakness – his inability to act – his ‘meaningless threats’ – his inability to influence results or rally other democracies to stand up to tyrants.
Someone has to ‘LEAD’- and in the past 75 years it has been the US – today obama is Abrogating this responsibility – he’s running from responsibility thinking that if he ‘ignores it it will go away’ – well it won’t ‘Go Away’ – and the world will suffer.. is suffering everywhere – for his lack of Leadership.
The US, as a world leader, has an important role to play in resolving this issue – not militarily – but diplomatically and economically – we will be watching and the world will be judging his actions.
Reagan, did not play the ‘military card’, but thru true diplomacy – thru not being afraid to confront the ‘bear’ – to stand up to tyranny – to believe in the exceptionalism of America – he was able to bring down the Soviet Empire – to free Millions of Europeans – without a shot being fired.. That is the measure of a true President!
obama is no Reagan – we have a crybaby in the Whitehouse.

Mar 04, 2014 10:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

@10X25

Bush did what he could, over objections from Obama? Really?

Okay. Prove it. What, specifically, did Bush try to do that was opposed by Obama and his allies?

In the meantime, try this for size:

“President George W. Bush and his senior aides considered — and rejected — a military response to Russia’s 2008 invasion of Georgia, according to a new history of the conflict and interviews with former officials in the Bush administration.”
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/32487.html

Oh look – it was Bush that rejected a military option, not Obama. And again:

“Thus we learn that “several senior White House staffers” urged “at least some consideration of limited military options,” such as bombing the mountain tunnel that served as Russia’s main supply line.

Bush Backs Off

Four days after the war started on Aug. 7, 2008, Bush cut off the discussion. A top-level White House meeting produced “a clear sense around the table that almost any military steps could lead to a confrontation with Moscow,” Asmus writes.”
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=anp.wBWKJBGY

Bush does nothing about Georgia and Republicans don’t say a word. Obama takes the same approach to Ukraine and you all accuse him of being weak and spineless. How is that not hypocrisy?

Mar 04, 2014 11:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

A question for all the righties whining about Obama not invading Ukraine.

How you propose to pay for this?

Given that the GOP recently blocked Obama’s plan to help veterans returning from Afghanistan because it is too expensive, the willingness of posters above to finance a military response is extremely repugnant. We can see exactly where right-wing priorities lie.

Mar 04, 2014 11:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
tj1000 wrote:

“He has a leadership style for foreign policy consistent with what the American people want to see done in the world today.

This is code for leading by polling. Obama is not a leader. He is lost in a big boys world.

Mar 04, 2014 11:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
alco933 wrote:

@WhyMeLord – if Obama had been a different president, military action would not even be considered right now. Why don’t you liberals get it through your head that weak-kneed community organizers are not cut out to be president!

Mar 04, 2014 11:37am EST  --  Report as abuse

Good luck with that, Mr. President. We shall see how effective (not affective) this will be.

Mar 04, 2014 11:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
tj1000 wrote:

You can’t be serious. Get beyond news outlets telling you what they want you to hear and educate yourself on the issues. Your comment indicates ignorance. Before you respond be sure you know your facts. Get off the democrat / republican thing and open your eyes. We need informed Americans that vote, not people that throw their vote away to slick politicians.

Mar 04, 2014 11:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:

John McCain voted for the bush/GOP invasion of Iraq – then Senator Obama voted against that trillion+ dollar disaster. Can’t forget that.

Mar 04, 2014 12:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
stevetutt wrote:

I miss the good old days when the CIA would have taken Putin out before this happened.

Mar 04, 2014 12:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:

@yellowjap: “Xi is replacing US$.” – where? in China?..

Mar 04, 2014 12:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WeimMom wrote:

Statesmanlike? BHO comes across as corwardly, weak and unqualified to be the POTUS! What an embarrassment to the American people!

Mar 04, 2014 1:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WeimMom wrote:

The people of Ukraine were promised the U.S. would protect them if they laid down their weapons, lie after lie after lie….

GOP wants war?? NO, but someone who comes across strong vs pathetically weak!!

Mar 04, 2014 1:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WeimMom wrote:

The people of Ukraine were promised the U.S. would protect them if they laid down their weapons, lie after lie after lie….

GOP wants war?? NO, but someone who comes across strong vs pathetically weak!!

Mar 04, 2014 1:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
roadking1 wrote:

This article can be summarized in one sentence;
Obama is an amatuer community organizer in way over his head and was elected with little or no qualifications.

Mar 04, 2014 1:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:

Bakhtin wrote:
‘A question for all the righties whining about Obama not invading Ukraine. How you propose to pay for this?’

Great point, since the same GOPers in office now never funded their Iraq invasion or Afghanistan – both trillion dollar disasters. President Obama put them both on the budget as they should have been in the first place.(a Huge part of our deficit, btw)

Mar 04, 2014 2:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tecwrite wrote:

Putin is NOT trying to rebuild the Soviet Empire with his actions in the Ukraine.

Putin is protecting his interest (the Black Sea port) and quite possibly prevented a bloody civil war between the Russian people in the Ukraine and Ukraine nationalist.

Putin is also intent in humiliating Obama, thereby increasing his status in the world and reducing the status of the USA.

Why wouldn’t Putin do that. Obama seems intent on going on national (world wide) TV and telling people that Putin is so stupid that he takes actions that are against the national interest of Russia.

Of course, Obama and followers are the habit of telling everyone that does not vote for Democrats that they are voting against their self/class interest.

It is actually funny and very sad. The President of the United States is attempting to use warmed over communist propaganda (voting against your class interest) against the President of Russia.

Mar 04, 2014 5:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tularockstar wrote:

It’s amazing how stoopid liberals on this site really are! Wake up moorons! Oblamer’s chickens are coming home to roost! YOur Do-Nothing Marxist/Community Organizer President is now faced with a real issue, that he cannot weaseled out of. All you’re going to do is blame and demagogue the right–for predicting this day years ago. And, your dubm@$$ President is now the chicken $ht of the world! President Bush was more of a leader than your left-wing Marxist ever will be!

Mar 04, 2014 6:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
raykinsella wrote:

Whymelord & misterjag….you 2 couldn’t be more misinformed. Nobody in the GOP/tea party or right wing is in favor of another war. However, we clearly understand the failure of Obama’s policy of appeasement and that weakening the American influence has very profound and negative effects. You don’t have to throw punches to be strong and influential…instead, Obama has projected impotence. This has not only endangered America, it has resulted in a more dangerous world.

Mar 04, 2014 8:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

WhyMeLord
You make me sick. And your handle epitomizes a lemming. Get over yourself.

Mar 05, 2014 3:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

You voted…for this…twice…

Mar 05, 2014 3:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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