Saturday, August 23, 2014

Obama v. Putin – A Tale of a Posturing President

A tale of a mass-murdering coward on the ropes, doomed to continue "government by crisis" until he is finally brought down by a massive scandal his handlers cannot bury and his MSM lapdog swine cannot cover up    

NEW EASTERN OUTLOOK
By Matthew Crosston
08/22/2014

Less than two weeks ago President Obama, sitting for an interview with The Economist magazine, basically went ‘old school’ on President Putin, dismissing his Presidency, his country, and the future of both. While his words were certainly blatant and blunt, what might be even more revealing is the subtle subtext hidden inside his cavalier attitude: apparently even Presidents are not above being petulant.


There can be little debate about President Obama’s intent to insult and offend, declaring that ‘it was important to keep things in 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.’ Judging by these rather truculent comments, it is a wonder Russia is not presently a ghost town, full of nothing but garment-rending females desperately in search of goods from empty shelves. 



The reality behind these comments is far more interesting, however: Russia is the world’s third-largest oil producer and second-largest natural gas producer. 

It is true Russia’s domestic goods production is no doubt not where Putin would like, but last time anyone checked the President of the United States was not criticizing Saudi Arabia for failing to manufacture more klotschkys for WalMarts all over America. To be more completely honest, the United States doesn’t do all that great a job of manufacturing things either, given Americans have been complaining about the exporting of such jobs to Asia for the last three decades. So while America leans on other countries by pure force of political will and diplomatic power, Russia could technically shut off its natural resource spigots, if it wanted to be just as petulant and truculent as Obama’s interview, and pretty much send all of Europe into a total energy panic and crisis. So yes, Mr. President, it might be a good idea indeed to keep things in perspective: like not taking cheap pot-shots at a country that actually has real political power and admittedly has a rich cultural history of doing things that might be construed as politically rash at times.


Obama went on to describe Putin’s presidency as an office causing ‘short-term trouble for political gain that will cause long-term trouble for Russia.’ There is a bit of incredulity when examining this simple provocative statement. In the past I have called this ‘Wonka Vision’ politics, from the famous movie ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ Wonka Vision politics is when a country basically ignores facts on the ground and reality in diplomacy in order to focus exclusively on the talking points, on the political vision it wishes to force onto the global stage. There is a strong element of this when looking at how the United States is characterizing Russia over the Eastern Ukraine crisis. 


Today in Washington DC you will find more people who think Russia has already openly invaded Eastern Ukraine and is trying to steal the rest of the country for itself, causing mayhem and destruction along the way, rather than find people who understand that a convoy of 250 humanitarian aid trucks are driving in to the region to donate aid and assistance, even allowing Ukrainian authorities to inspect the trucks before they reach their final destinations.


Keep in mind, Obama is giving an interview to a respected international news magazine. He is crafting an image of Russia that is not in fact in line with actual Russian maneuvers on the ground but is in line instead with the talking points America wants the world to believe. This diplomatic massaging is not just cavalier: it is dangerous because it inspires like-minded recalcitrance from the Russian side, breaks down opportunities for open discussion and negotiation, and signals to outside actors and third parties to choose sides, thus exacerbating the crisis rather than defusing it. 


All of this because of poor words chosen on purpose by the ‘leader of the free world.’ So far this of course ignores the true point and purpose behind this war of words: President Obama is quite frankly flummoxed that President Putin has dismissively laughed off his positions, his entreaties, and his sanctions. This in real terms is nothing more than a schoolyard standoff, with the two popular boys standing opposite one another firing taunts back and forth. The rest of the school is on the playground, watching, fascinated, intrigued to see how it actually plays out. Will it go beyond simple taunting? How bad will the insults get? With punches be thrown? Who will be the first to blink? Oh, the hyperbole and hype when schoolyard drama becomes a giant metaphor for the global stage.


What is disappointing is that this drama, this war of fake words and childish insults, is originating from the United States, not Russia. Even worse, the world is subconsciously relying on Russia to be the one to show restraint and diplomatic maturity. 

And even though the world is particularly slow to recognize this fact, truth be told, Russia has risen to the challenge and has shown restraint. 


Let us hope that in this particular schoolyard media showdown some of this will actually start to rub off on President Obama. 


For if it does, then real discussions and negotiations can begin anew and American-Russian relations can once more get serious and move beyond these lame attempts to conjure a neo-Cold War that is in the interests and objectives of no one. Well, at least, not in the interests and objectives of anyone who desires peace and tranquility between two old rivals. This playground certainly IS big enough for the two of them. Someone might just want to whisper that fact into the ear of Obama.


Dr. Matthew Crosston is Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Security and Intelligence Studies program at Bellevue University, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”


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U.S. Says ISIL Execution Of James Foley Was "Terrorist Attack"

To the Obama criminals a dog pissing on a fire hydrant is a "terrorist attack;" this journalist was most likely assassinated by CIA/MI6 scum in an attempt too justify further support of the almost neutered CIA/FSA swine left in Syria

PRESS TV
08/22/2014

White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes has called the execution of American journalist James Foley by ISIL militants a “terrorist attack” against the United States.


Foley was beheaded and shown in a video, in which the Takfiri terrorists demanded the US to end its airstrikes.

Rhodes was asked on Thursday by a reporter if he agreed with former CIA deputy director Mike Morell who had said "this is ISIS' first terrorist attack against the United States."



"Well, absolutely," Rhodes said. "When you see somebody killed in such a horrific way, that represents a terrorist attack against our country and against an American citizen."

"Clearly, the brutal execution of Jim Foley represented an affront, an attack, not just on him, but he's an American, and we see that as an attack on our country, when one of our own is killed like that," he added.

"If you come after Americans, we’re going to come after you wherever you are," Rhodes added.


Dozens of US special operations troops reportedly parachuted into Syria earlier this summer but failed to locate Foley and other captives held by ISIL.

An email published by a news website that employed Foley says the ISIL had asked for a hundred million Euros for his release.


But Rhodes said paying ransoms to free hostages is not the right policy. He claimed that Washington would not provide funds for terrorist organisms.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that the ISIL poses a "threat beyond anything we've seen."


Obama cowards had better remember THIS
Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said that the ISIL militants cannot be defeated unless the US or its allies attack them in Syria.

US lawmakers, including Senator John McCain and Senator Bill Nelson, have also pressed for the expansion of the US air campaign to hit ISIL bases in Syria.

The gruesome execution of Foley has drawn an angry, emotional reaction from members of Congress, with some calling on President Obama to redouble the fight against ISIL.



“Seldom is the descriptor ‘evil’ applied with perfect accuracy as it is with this monstrous group,’’ said US Representative Adam B. Schiff, a Democrat from California.

AN/AGB


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