‘1980s are now calling’ mockery of Romney haunts Obama: Putin takes control in Syria

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It was only a few short years ago that President Obama openly mocked Mitt Romney for saying Russia was the greatest geopolitical threat to the America. Certain segments of the media thought his “zinger” was downright hilarious. Fast forward three years and Vladimir Putin has annexed Crimea, is primed to do the same in eastern Ukraine, and put himself in the driver’s seat in Syria.

The Huffington Post reported Oct. 22, 2012:

During the presidential debate on Monday evening, President Barack Obama deployed a Seinfeldian zinger to mock former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee. Romney had said that al Qaeda and other terrorist groups are “rushing in” as revolutions shake up the Muslim world.

“Gov. Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that al Qaeda is a threat,” Obama said, “because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia.”

“The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” Obama said.

What Mr. Obama didn’t realize is that the Cold War never ended for Vladimir Putin, which is odd because the Russian’s public statements have always made that very clear.

Reuters reported Thursday, Oct 1, 2015:

Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad’s government, sources said on Thursday, a further sign of the rapid internationalization of a civil war in which every major country in the region has a stake.

Russian warplanes bombed a camp run by rebels trained by the CIA, the group’s commander said, putting Moscow and Washington on opposing sides in a Middle East conflict for the first time since the Cold War.

The U.S. and Russian militaries will hold talks at 11 a.m. EDT via video link to seek ways to keep their militaries apart as they wage parallel campaigns of air strikes in Syria, a U.S. defense official said.

Russian jets struck targets near the cities of Hama and Homs in western Syria on the second day of their surprise air campaign, which they launched on Wednesday.

Moscow said it had hit Islamic State positions, but the area where it struck is held by a rival insurgent alliance, which unlike Islamic State is supported by U.S. allies including Arab states and Turkey.

The problem with the Obama administration is that America’s adversaries around the globe telegraph exactly what their intentions are, and yet Mr. Obama and his hand-picked staff refuse to take them at their word.

Arizona Sen. John McCain pointed out this strange behavior out Wednesday on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell:

John Kerry and his spokesperson said it is not clear what Russia’s intentions are. It was perfectly clear what Russia’s intentions are!”

A flashback to July 21 shows Kerry was also confused by Iran’s vow to undermine U.S. policy, which was made immediately after agreeing to a nuclear “deal” with the Obama administration.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program was “very troubling”.

I don’t know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that’s his policy,” he said in the interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television.

“But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it is the policy, it’s very disturbing, it’s very troubling,” he added.

Why is Mr. Kerry always confused? Perhaps it is because he mistakes U.S. fallibility (a trait of all nations) with the idea that threats exist because America is, for all intents and purposes, always at fault.

Mitt Romney knew what he was talking about in 2012, and the president sneered at him. The media laughed along with the “Seinfeldian zinger” – but the real joke was on the American people.

The only people who are laughing now are the Russians, the Iranians, the Assad regime and their allies all around the globe.

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Reagan’s ‘tear down this wall’ replaced with Obama’s ‘consider our hashtag’ foreign policy

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In March of 2010 I wondered why the kids who voted for President Obama thought his YouTube Diplomacy would sway the world’s worst dictators and despots. It’s now 2014, and the administration’s Twitter Diplomacy has exploded in its face. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki was the one who lit the fuse with the instantly-mocked tweet: “The world stands #UnitedforUkraine. Let’s hope that the #Kremlin & @mfa_russia will live by the promise of the hashtag.

While Russia fights for its cultural identity, the White House is fighting for “the promise of the hashtag.” One simply needs to flip through a history book to see how Reagan, Thatcher and Pope John Paul II dismantled the Soviet Union in order to realize that President Obama should have stuck to “organizing” Chicago (i.e., Chiraq).

Is it any wonder why the Kremlin won’t take calls from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel?

The Washington Times reported:

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been unable to get Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on the phone amid escalating tension near the country’s shared border with Ukraine.

Mr. Shoigu announced Thursday that Russia planned to engage in a new series of military exercises near the Ukraine border. The military move, he said, is in response to ongoing NATO training exercises in Poland and the death of at least two pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine.

The White House is getting shellacked on the world stage, and Americans have no one to blame but themselves.

 

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“Hello? Hello? Is anyone there? Why is no one picking up? Is this thing broken or does no one take me seriously? I’m Chuck Hagel, damn it.”

But back to the “promise of the hashtag.” Foreign Policy Magazine breaks it down for everyone to understand:

Late last month, Marie Harf, a deputy spokesperson at the State Department, took to the podium to announce a new social media campaign aimed at “mobilizing the international community in support of Ukraine.” The campaign, she explained, asks “the world to show their support for Ukraine on social media by using the hashtag … #UnitedForUkraine.” …

So far, speaking with “one voice” hasn’t done much to deter Russian aggression, even as part of a broader campaign to punish Moscow for its behavior. … U.S. officials and legislators have unanimously ruled out a military response to Russian aggression. So you’d be forgiven for considering the State Department’s social media campaign to be a somewhat Quixotic, ephemeral even, effort at building a response to Russia’s moves in Ukraine.

For anyone writing an early obituary of U.S. diplomatic efforts in Ukraine, here’s your headline: “The Promise of Hashtag.” The ease with which Russian diplomats have hijacked the banner under which sundry U.S. officials have been tweeting about Ukraine also speaks to the danger of using a slogan that essentially lacks content. What does it mean to be “united for Ukraine”? It certainly sounds good. Both words begin with a “u.” And who doesn’t like “unity”? But combing the two words with the preposition “for” doesn’t add a great deal of meaning.

Then there’s this: It’s no small irony that the Russian Foreign Ministry managed to express itself in more coherent English than the State Department’s chief spokesperson.

Here’s the key takeaway: “the danger of using a slogan that essentially lacks content.”

I’ve said before that the president was propelled to great heights by his talent for eloquently delivering soaring vagueness. The man who preached “hope and change” got people who get excited over “Obama cares” bumper stickers to vote for him twice, and guys like Vladimir Putin couldn’t be happier. The Russian Foreign Ministry speaks better English than the State Department because it knows exactly what it wants — and its willing to use force to get it.

Russia is not interested in being an “also ran.” It has a rich and proud history, and it will fight to regain what it believes to be its rightful place on the world stage. Meanwhile, we have a president who laments the fact that the United States isn’t just one random voice among many on the world’s stage. He bristles as phrases like “American exceptionalism” and chooses, whenever possible, to drag the skeletons out of our closet for all the world to see.

One could almost forgive the man if his foreign policy was even remotely coherent. Instead, Americans get “reset” buttons (misspelled as “overcharge”) and Ashton Kutcher diplomacy.

CNET reported in February, 2010:

Perhaps you, like me, were forcefully encouraged to see the new movie “Valentines Day” last weekend. In the course of diplomacy, perhaps you, too, said that it was a wonderful movie.

You will be fascinated, then, to discover that the movie’s star, Ashton Kutcher, has become a U.S. government diplomat.

According to the LA Times, Kutcher is being sent by the State Department to Russia as part of a tech delegation that aims to use its bits to foster diplomacy with that particularly bearish, bullish part of the world. …

It seems that no special time has been set aside to discuss hacking, censorship or blogger imprisonment.

How did that work out for us, Mr. President? How much bang for the diplomatic buck did we get for sending Ashton Kutcher over to Russia to dicker around with the Russians and talk about how widgets and gadgets and Twitter hashtags are really, really awesome?

President Reagan can be summed up: “Tear down this wall.” President Obama: “Respect our hashtags — please?”

Compare and contrast Ronald Reagan’s handling of Communists with the Obama administration’s “reset” (i.e., “overcharge) diplomacy.

Howard Fineman: Obama Era and its Ellen DeGeneres Oscar selfies are as powerful as Putin

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Howard Fineman is The Huffington Post’s Editorial Director and an “analyst” over at MSNBC. He’s also the author of one of the most cringe-worthy tweets you will ever see that touches on both politics and culture.

Yes, according to Mr. Feineman, the “cultural creativity of the U.S. in the Obama Era” is just as powerful as Vladimir Putin. Perhaps if more insanely rich liberals would get together at big parties and take “selfies” of themselves Putin would pull his forces back into Russia, huddle his generals and say, “Kevin Spacey…Brad Pitt…Julia Roberts…together in one place — it was too much for Mother Russia to bear, comrades! ’12 Years a Slave’ won Best Picture. The diversity, the tolerance, it’s a Hind attack helicopter’s Achilles heel. We must regroup.”

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On Friday I mentioned CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, and her inability to even conceive of the idea that Vladimir Putin would invade Ukraine. I said that she was part of a culture that foolishly laughed at President Obama’s jokes about Mr. Romney’s foreign policy chops — because Romney knew what he was talking about.

On Sunday I mentioned that this same media culture was one that bought into the administration’s dangerous use of euphemisms (e.g., “uncontested arrival”). I said they covered for guys like Joe Biden, who have been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” (according to former Defense Secretary Bob Gates), while criticizing someone like Sarah Palin — who called a Ukraine invasion in 2008. Then, Sunday night, Mr. Fineman goes and writes something that sums up the culture he belongs to perfectly. Thank you, God.

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Yes, culture does matter, but Hollywood culture is not the “soft power” that wins wars. Hollywood and “Obama Era” culture is about narcissistic know-it-alls (who know little to nothing outside their craft) gathering together in big rooms and patting themselves on the back for how awesome they are. It’s about Mr. Obama winning the Nobel Peace prize after months in office…and then coming out with his ‘Terror Tuesday Kill List’ soon afterward. It’s about MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow winning the Walter Cronkite Award after three days on the job. It’s about friends who give themselves Lucite blocks and golden statues and then acting as if world peace would be achieved if more people just bought tickets to see Cate Blanchett in Woody “It would be good…if (Obama) could be dictator for a few years”  Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’

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It’s hard not to read Mr. Fineman’s words and think of Adam Sandler’s ‘Billy Madison’: “I award you no points..and may God have mercy on your soul.”

President Euphemism: Obama ‘concerned’ Russia’s ‘uncontested arrival’ to incite ‘man-caused disaster’

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President Barack Euphemism Obama now has ‘deep concern’ over Russia’s military power grab in Ukraine’s Crimea region. While his administration tried to go with the laughably Orwellian ‘uncontested arrival’ on Friday as the troops moved in, it has now turned into a “clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty.”

President Obama called Russian ruler Vladimir Putin Saturday afternoon and expressed “deep concern” over Russia’s move in Ukraine.

The White House called Russia’s recent aggression a “clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity” and a breach of international law.

The White House said the U.S. is suspending preparations for the upcoming Group of Eight summit in June in Sochi, Russia, in response to Russia’s actions.

You can imagine Vladimir Putin right now in a thick Russian accent: “Hey, comrade Dmitry, Obama says we can expect his presence at the upcoming Sochi summit to go kaput over our ‘uncontested arrival.’ Bwahahahaha!”

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Perhaps no one called out the White House’s predilection to torture words and confuse Americans with Newspeak better than Iowahawk:

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Bombing Libya became “kinetic military action.” Terrorist attacks by radical Islamic psychopaths became “man-caused disasters.” A Russian invasion is now an “uncontested arrival.”

Yes, it was “uncontested” because Ukraine — especially in its current state of chaos — didn’t have the means to fight back.

The New York Times reported:

KIEV, Ukraine — The new government of Ukraine called an emergency session of its national security council on Saturday in the face of the Russian military’s seizure of Crimea, but the leaders are facing a grim reality: Their armed forces are ill equipped to try to reconquer the region militarily. …

But the Ukrainian military has only a token force in the autonomous region — a lightly armed brigade of about 3,500 people, equipped with artillery and light weapons but none of the country’s advanced battle tanks, said Igor Sutyagin, a Russian military expert at the Royal United Services Institute in London. The forces also have only one air squadron of SU-27 fighters deployed at the air base near Belbek.

A senior NATO official said that Ukraine’s small naval fleet, which was originally part of the Black Sea Fleet, had been boxed in by Russian warships.

If China gives Japan the middle finger and its military moves in on the contested Senkakus or even the southern Ryukyu islands in the East China Sea, would Mr. Obama still call it an “uncontested arrival”? Since that euphemism hasn’t gone over well, he’d probably come up with something new. Regardless, Capt. James Fannell, the chief of intelligence of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, believes that China is training for a “short, sharp war” with Japan over the islands. If you were China, wouldn’t you look at what Putin has gotten away with and move in tomorrow? I would.

Perhaps the funniest thing about all of this is that the people who mocked Sarah Palin as a complete idiot now must wipe the egg off their face; she called a Ukraine invasion in 2008, saying that Obama’s strange detachment from foreign affairs would embolden men like Putin.

“After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence – the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next,” (Sarah Palin, October 21, 2008).

The same media culture that loves to sneer at anything that comes out of the former Alaska governor’s mouth is the same one that breeds “expert” analysis of the Christiane Amanpour variety — the CNN correspondent couldn’t even conceive of the Russians invading Ukraine as the armored personnel carriers and attack helicopters were fueling up Thursday night. It’s also the same culture that covers for men like Joe Biden, who former Defense Secretary Bob Gates believes “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

Get ready for a wild ride the next couple of years. The world’s worst actors know that President Obama is in too deep, and they will continue to take advantage of the situation.

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Related: Ukraine: Leaders lived like kings off the confiscated wealth of the people — as always

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“I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as ‘an extremely far-fetched scenario’ by the ‘high-brow’ Foreign Policy magazine.” — Sarah Palin

Here’s Palin in 2008:

Ashton Kutcher, Diplomat with Baboon Call Mad Skills.

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How is a blogger supposed to go to bed when news breaks that Ashton Kutcher is putting on his wacky diplomat hat and hanging with vodka swilling KGB geriatrics?

Apparently the guy who tweets about his bowel movements is going to educate the Russians on how new technology can bring us closer together. I suppose this is an extension of the Obama administration’s Reset Button Diplomacy, whereas the guys who killed Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive isotopes are supposed to be wowed by the creator of Punk’d. The truth: When Russians “Punk” you, then you wind up dead in your apartment with bullet holes in your chest. Just ask Anna Politkovskaya. Oh, wait…she’s dead.

What is it with Hollywood? They pledge allegiance to Barack Obama and suddenly they think they can go toe to toe with a guy who’s killing tigers when he gets tired of having humans whacked for asking too many questions? Good Lord.

Please Ashton, just stick to crossing your legs on Ellen’s couch while making baboon calls for women my mom’s age.

Update: Butterfly Effect Actor: Chaos Theory Meets Ashtonian Idiocy.