What policies are you talking about???
#7 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2018-02-27 06:39 PM
For almost eight years, Obama variously excused, denied, ignored or backed down before the predations of Putin's Russia, here's a few examples that you can chew on:
1. When Obama took office, in 2009, he blamed chilly Russian-U.S. relations not on Putin and his attempted military takeover of the former Soviet state of Georgia, but on President George W. Bush.
2. Obama courted Putin by shelving plans for missile defense in Eastern Europe and dispatching then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to present Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with a juvenile (and mislabeled) "reset" button.
3. During the U.S. presidential campaign year of 2012, Obama was caught on a live microphone in Seoul, telling Russia's (placeholder president), Dmitry Medvedev, that he needed some "space" from Putin, but only till after the U.S. vote: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."
4. In 2013, Putin delivered Obama a public slap in the face by giving asylum to American turncoat Edward Snowden, with his haul of National Security Agency secrets. Obama never even attempted to demand that Putin hand over Snowden.
5. In a pivot to Syria, Obama displayed some of that promised flexibility, alternatively declaring then disavowing his "red line" against the use of chemical weapons in Syria, instead "turning over the problem" to Putin.
6. When Obama was asked in a Feb. 2014 NBC interview whether his relationship with Putin had turned "icy," Obama shrugged it off, saying Putin had always treated him "with the utmost respect," and "there's a surprising amount of humor, and a lot of give and take."
7. Showing that humor and give and take, the following month, over U.S. objections, when Putin annexed Crimea, and went to work trying to violently destabilize the rest of Ukraine, Obama's response was tepid, at best. The reason why:
8. While Putin was annexing the Crimea, Obama welcomed Russia's presence at the Iran nuclear talks and didn't want to jeopardize what he saw as part of his legacy.
9. The resulting nuclear deal allowed terror-sponsoring Iran access to a vastly enhanced flow of capital, billions of which Iran is now spending on Russian weapons as a way of thanking their Russian sponsors.
10. In response to Putin's territorial grabs in Ukraine, Obama imposed targeted sanctions on Russia, but apparently not enough sanctions to persuade Putin to relinquish Crimea.
11. Recognizing that Obama was all bark and no bite, in Sept. 2015, Putin made a major military move into Syria, rolling right over the plans of Obama, who had just chaired a big conference on Syria at the United Nations in New York.
12. While Obama is at the Syria conference, Putin sent envoys one day later to deliver a demarche to U.S. embassy officials in Baghdad, informing them that Russia was about to begin bombing in Syria.
13. That same day, in New York, Secretary of State John Kerry meekly told a Russian-chaired meeting of the U.N. Security Council that the U.S. was prepared to "welcome" Russia's "action," unless Russia's aim was to protect Syria's President Bashar Assad, in which case, "we would have grave concerns."
14. Putin was unimpressed, allegedly calling Kerry "глупый маленький человек" (a silly little man.) The Russians, and Assad, are still there, and the Russians have expanded their bases in Syria without objection from the Obama Administration.
Should I go on?