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President under attack over Crimea response

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From page A11 | March 28, 2014 |

President Barack Obama is coming in for sharp criticism over his foreign policy. In short, he’s seen as weak. So let’s review the whole Crimea tragedy.

The Russian invasion of Crimea was caused by Putin’s loss of a puppet in Ukraine. He has said that losing the old Tsarist-Soviet empire was the “worst geopolitical disaster of the last century,” apparently unaware that the world has moved past the age of empires.

But a puppetized Ukraine was a satisfactory compromise for Putin.

When his kleptocrat Yanukovich was chased out, Putin saw his grip on Ukraine slipping away. So he took over the most treasured part, Crimea.

Did Obama “cause” the takeover through weakness? Could he have stopped it?

No, Obama’s “weakness” was not a factor, for we have no power in that region so close to Russia. As his critics now demand, Obama could have thumped his chest and rattled his rockets, but Putin would have seen that for what it was – words. Putin respects only power.

There have been implications that this wouldn’t have happened if George W. Bush were president. Oh? When Bush sent M-60 tanks to Georgia he tripped Putin’s “red line.” Putin responded by invading Georgia in 2008, swiping the tanks and two parts of Georgia as well. What did the chest-thumper-in-chief do? George Bush, he lay low. He had no power in that area.

If Putin goes ahead and takes over eastern Ukraine, what will Obama do? Only what he can – he’ll crush Russia’s economy with sanctions. Hopefully, our allies will go along.

The hysterics now arrayed against the president have more to do with the right’s “Obama Derangement Syndrome” than with reality. President Obama is neither a traitor nor a communist. He’s doing a pretty good job of taking a hard look at reality and doing what can actually be done.

Jack Batson

Fairfield

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  • DanielMarch 28, 2014 - 7:16 am

    Typical Demo apologist, how about allowing our allies to buy the defense only shield that they were promised and reneging on your promise to Putin that you would unilaterally disarm, tell him it was just another lie since you lie to everyone anyway including your own citizens about their own medical coverage, how much less it was to cost and keeping your own doctor. Use the fact that you're not to be trusted by anyone to your advantage.

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  • Larry the TaxpayerMarch 28, 2014 - 9:11 am

    Daniel, you should read the real facts about the Health Care Act, and why so many people lost their coverage. Under the Health Care Law, the government sets guidelines on the HMO, if the HMO cannot make money they will drop you, not the government. As for as Putin, I am glad that our Congress and our President is working together. To keep a promise, please tell me if any Republican or Democrat can be trusted.

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  • The MisterMarch 28, 2014 - 9:34 am

    Jack, what a disservice you do. You didn't talk about the newly found natural gas reserved in Ukraine that Europe wants control of because they currently have to import 40 percent of their natural gas from Russia. Why? Because Europe went "green" and can't make anywhere near enough energy for themselves. You didn't talk about international banksters engineering this conflict to pressure Ukraine to borrow billions from the IMF and other global bankers so that Ukraine can be willingly economically devastated, like Greece for example, and be totally enslaved to these Western banksters. You didn't mention how the people of Crimea overwhelmingly desired the protection of Russia against the aggression of the US, Europe and international banksters. (Yes, our State Department was all over creating and funding agent provocateurs in Ukraine.) Jack, you are just a bit player in the political theater of public distraction. Your words are all but meaningless... except as an example of snakes in the grass.

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  • GoogleMarch 28, 2014 - 9:52 am

    Infowars Turkish Leaders ADMIT to Planning False Flag Terror to Justify a War with Syria............... More chess board moves by the International Bankers to subdue a country ( Syria ) that will not play the game as the Bankers demand.......Obama is another puppet all the Presidents are put in place by the International Bankers..... Some of our own Military and Intelligence and also such in other countries are WAKEING UP and do not want to support the Banker plans, READ REVELATION IN THE BIBLE MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.....Obama is one of them, chosen by the Bilderbergs, Committee of 300, Illuminist Satanists. Turkey shut down their internet over this? so this story would not get out? See False Flags such as operation Gladio abound in every country...and remember 9/11 was an inside job...If the Democrats are so holy why have they not exposed this...HINT THE TOP DEMOCRATS are also chosen by the Bankers...THEY ARE ALL IN ON IT.....Confess Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Harry Reid, Clintons etc etc

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