Tag Archive: Putin


Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Isn’t Answering Questions About Sketchy Clinton Foundation Donations

 

 

 

 

” The latest installment in the ongoing saga of shady Clinton Foundation finances is a story involving a deal in which Russians took take greater control of a major U.S. uranium company, Uranium One.

  The details are somewhat involved, but the gist is that because the takeover deal involved uranium, a strategic asset, it required approval from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Around the same time the deal was going through, the Clinton Foundation took millions of dollars in donations from a foundation run by the founder of Uranium One and did not disclose the transaction, in defiance of an arrangement made with the Obama administration to identify Clinton Foundation donors. In addition, Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 by a Russian financial firm linked to the Kremlin for a speech in Moscow as the deal was happening. The New York Times has an extensive report, building on work from Peter Schweizer’s book about the Clinton Foundation’s foreign funding, Clinton Cash, here. “

 

Peter Suderman has more at Reason

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama’s ‘Don’t Do Stupid Shit’ Foreign Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” According to multiple reliable sources, on Air Force One during President Barack Obama’s recent Asia trip, he spent some time talking with his traveling press corps about his approach to foreign policy. He was defensive and, by one account, “fuming.” He felt that the criticism of his approach was unfair. He had clear ideas about how to manage America’s global interests. In his own words, they centered on a single concept: “Don’t do stupid shit.”

  In fact, after making this point, he reportedly stood up, headed forward toward his own cabin on the plane, and then stopped. He turned back to the gathered reporters, and, much like an elementary school teacher hammering rote learning into students, he said, “So what is my foreign policy?” The reporters, in unison, then said, “Don’t do stupid shit.”

  How far we have come from the audacity of hope; yes, we can; the soaring expectations framed by the brilliant oratory of the president’s Cairo speech on relations with the Muslim world; his Prague speech on eliminating nuclear weapons worldwide; and his Oslo speech when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, “don’t do stupid shit” is a comedown even from his expectation-lowering remarks in the Philippines on that same Asia trip in which he limned his vision for a foreign policy that consisted mostly of singles” and “doubles.

 

 

 

   Having reported that “Don’t do stupid shit” was Obama’s personal mantra in regards to his foreign policy approach , author David Rothkopf then proceeds to explore whether Obama actually lives by his self-assigned credo …

 

 

 

” It is, of course, the prerogative of the president of the United States to make and frame his foreign policy as he sees fit. It is among the executive’s most clearly defined and potent responsibilities as described in the U.S. Constitution. So rather than getting into a lengthy discussion about how disappointing it is for this president — who once was seen as a potentially transformational figure — to have embraced defensive minimalism, or dwelling on the lack of imagination that has led to America’s incredible shrinking foreign policy, let’s take Obama’s foreign policy on its own terms. 

  Let’s ask the question: Is this administration succeeding in its goal of not doing stupid shit?

 

 

 

     Mr Rothkopf first ponders the age-old democrat habit of parsing the most basic of english language words , a la Bill Clinton … what is the meaning of “is” , “stupid” and finally “shit” .

 

 

 

” This all depends, as another president might have said, on what your definition is of “stupid” and of “shit.” But mostly it depends on your definition of the word “doing.” Because if doing stupid shit actually requires taking an action that crosses the administration’s stupidity threshold, then it would rule out all the times when not doing something was stupid. While this might be a clever way to dodge the bullet for an administration that is often criticized for its reluctance to act, this falls into the same kind of minor league Talmudic semantic contortionism that led the aforementioned prior president to parse the meaning of the word “is.” “

 

 

 

   After vowing to stick with the more mundane and socially accepted meanings of those three simple words the author gets down to cases and finds , not surprisingly , Obama wanting …

 

 

 

” In terms of sins of commission, there is nonetheless a list of some doozies that seem to violate Obama’s own new foreign-policy guidelines. “

 

 

 

   Read the whole litany of foreign policy “stupid shit” foisted on the world by the Obama administration at Foreign Policy and see what George Will has called the foreign policy of Monty Python .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Putin & Obama Go On “Dr. Phil” Show

 

 

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

” President Obama and Vladimir Putin visit the Dr. Phil Show to try and settle their differences. 

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Judge Jeanine: ‘Obama Moves Tea Cups While Putin Moves Armored Tanks

 

 

 

 

Published on Mar 29, 2014

” Moments ago, Judge Jeanine unloaded on Obama saying that Obama is singlehandedly bringing about the decline of America as a world power. This in turn affects all American and has been going since Obama took office with the finger wagging, the red lines and removing economic sanctions against Iran and relying on Russia to broker a deal with Syria, letting 4 American die in Benghazi etc. Our enemies now see us as week and are emboldened. While Obama moves tea cups, Putin is moving tanks around. Obama has a pen and phone but Putin has a bunch of tanks.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Charge Of The Lightweight Brigade

 

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” I heard the “leader of the free world” on the radio this morning speaking from the White House on Russia’s annexation of the Crimea. President Obama’s big thought was about the “choices that the Russian government has made”. It was delivered in the condescending tone of a grade-school guidance counselor lecturing Little Vladdy on the “bad choices” he kept making, and what’s more “choices that have been rejected by…” Stand well back! “…the international community”.

  Other than that, the President announced he was imposing “sanctions” for more individuals in the Russian government thinking of visiting Disneyland or opening a savings account with the First National Bank of Dead Cactus Junction. If you’re one of those so named and your wife’s hassling you for a weekend of shopping on Madison Avenue or Rodeo Drive, tough: Obama’s put you on the No-Shop list. For anybody in the Kremlin who still bothers watching US government press conferences, the only real danger from American “pressure” is that you may die laughing.

Daniel Henninger begins his Wall Street Journal column this week as follows:

  By the time the second World Trade Center tower collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, the whole world was watching it. We may assume that Vladimir Putin was watching. Mr. Putin, a quick calculator of political realities, would see that someone was going to get hit for this, and hit hard.

  He was right of course. The Bush presidency became a war presidency that day, and it pounded and pursued the Islamic fundamentalists of al Qaeda without let-up or apology.

   During that time, it was reported that Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer in East Germany, deeply regretted the fall of the Soviet Union’s empire and despised the Americans who caused it to fall. But no one cared what Mr. Putin thought then.

That’s true. “
 

Read it all , as usual and see what a difference an administration makes …

Ukranian Army Is Mobilizing

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Ukrainian armed forces are starting to mobilize for training. Videos are from Lviv and Zhitomir.”

 

 

Ukrainian Army

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FNC Shows Flashback To Obama Ridiculing Romney: ‘1980s Are Calling To Ask for Their Foreign Policy Back’

 

 

 

 

 

” Bret Baier opened a panel segment on his show Friday night with a flashback to President Barack Obama’s snide ridiculing, of Mitt Romney’s now seeming prescient concern about Russia’s “geo-political” threat, during the October 22, 2012 presidential debate. “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the cold war has been over for 20 years,” Obama lectured.”

 

     Newsbusters has the story on Obama’s Delphian foreign policy and does Obama really want to talk about economic policies ? The “twenties” are here again in economics and to a large degree the social divides of the “fifties” have been re-instated by Barack as well . Who knew progressives were so set on bringing back the past ? I thought the conservatives were supposed to be the dinosaurs .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russia Tightens Grip On Crimea As Markets Tumble

 

Russia tightens grip on Crimea as markets tumble

 

 

” Russia cemented its control of the flashpoint Crimean peninsula without firing a shot as markets plunged on Monday and world leaders held a series of crisis talks over the worst standoff between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.

  The price of oil surged on fears of an all-out conflict as Russia looked set to send troops into eastern parts of Ukraine, an area with close ties to Russia that the Kremlin has vowed to protect from “ultranationalist forces”.

  British Foreign Secretary William Hague opened talks with Ukraine’s Western-backed but untested interim leaders a day after the world’s top industrialised powers threatened to strip Russia of its coveted seat at the Group of Eight for menacing its ex-Soviet neighbour.

  Germany offered a rare glimmer of hope by announcing that Russian President Vladimir Putin had agreed in telephone talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel late Sunday to set up a contact group on Ukraine.

  Western allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation also said they wanted to send international observers to Ukraine while engaging Moscow in direct talks.”

 

Yahoo News has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Gives Putin Hell … Well , Maybe Not 

Obama In Mom Jeans

Greg Morton On The Bob & Tom Show singing Obama In Mom Jeans

Hundreds Of Gunmen Surround Ukraine Military Base

 

 

 

 

 

” Hundreds of armed men in trucks and armored vehicles surrounded a Ukrainian military base Sunday in Crimea, blocking its soldiers from leaving. The outnumbered Ukrainians placed a tank at the base’s gate, leaving the two sides in a tense standoff.

  In Kiev, Ukraine’s new prime minister urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull back his military, warning that “we are on the brink of disaster.”

  Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk spoke a day after Russian forces took over the strategic Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine without firing a shot.

” There was no reason for the Russian Federation to invade Ukraine,” Yatsenyuk said after a closed session of his new parliament in Kiev.”

 

 

 

     While the Ukraine heads for war with Russia in the driver’s seat , Obama & Clinton’s vaunted reset button has been crushed by T-90’s as they roll into the Crimea . Elsewhere in Washington our “Nero” was too busy to attend the security briefings on the crisis in the Ukraine and left that task to Susan “I’ve Never Met A Crisis I Couldn’t Worsen” Rice .

 

AP has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Video 12.22.13

Putin: I Envy Obama, Because He Can ‘Spy’ And Get Away With It

 

 

 

Published on Dec 19, 2013

” “I envy Obama because he can spy on his allies without any consequences,” said Putin when asked about how his relations had changed with the US following Snowden’s espionage revelations. “

http://rt.com/news/putin-snowden-pres…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Putin Vs Obama – Who To Believe?

America’s Freedom Watcher

 

 

BOLIVIAN LEADER’S PLANE REROUTED ON SNOWDEN FEAR

 

 

 

 

” The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales was rerouted to Austria after various European countries refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, Bolivian officials said Tuesday.

Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane, which was taking Morales home from a summit in Russia, where he had suggested that his government would be willing to consider granting asylum to the American.

A furious Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca said France and Portugal would have to explain why they canceled authorization for the plane, claiming that the decision had put the president’s life at risk.

In a midnight press conference, Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia said that not only France and Portugal, but also Italy and Spain were denying the plane permission to fly through their airspace.

“We want to declare very firmly that it was an American story that Edward Snowden was on this flight,” said Saavedra at the VIP terminal of Vienna’s airport. “This is a plot by the U.S. government to destroy president Morales’ image. We say this simply is a lie. And we will confirm this.”

 

 

Related: Bolivia Vs. Europe Over Snowden-Linked Plane Delay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NSA Whistleblower Snowden Applies For Asylum In 21 Countries

 

 

” Moscow – While Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, languishes in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, he has now sent out a number of requests for asylum or asylum assistance, bringing a total of 21 countries approached by him.
According to a statement released by WikiLeaks on Tuesday, legal advisor to Snowden, Sarah Harrison, submitted by hand several requests for asylum and asylum assistance on his behalf to an official at the Russian consulate at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, late in the evening on June 30.

 

According to the WikiLeaks statement, among the countries receiving requests are:

 

The Republic of Austria, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the Federative Republic of Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Cuba, the Republic of Finland, the French Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of India, the Italian Republic, the Republic of Ireland, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Republic of Nicaragua, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Poland, the Russian Federation, the Kingdom of Spain, the Swiss Confederation and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

 

Previous requests had been made to the Ecuador and Iceland.

Russia has already said that it would give Snowden asylum, as long as he stopped releasing data that could cause damage to the US.”

 

President Vladimir Putin said on Monday: “If he wants to stay here, there is one condition: he has to stop his work aimed at damaging our US partners, no matter how strange this sounds coming from me.”

 

However, Putin added: “Snowden feels he is a fighter for human rights, he doesn’t appear to intend to give up such work. Therefore he should pick a country for himself and travel there. When this will happen, I don’t know.”

” Russian attack submarine sailed in Gulf of Mexico undetected for
weeks, U.S. officials say”

” Of the submarine activity, Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), member of the Senate Armed Services.Committee, said, “It’s a confounding situation arising
from a lack of leadership in our dealings with Moscow. While the president is touting our supposed ‘reset’ in relations with Russia, Vladimir Putin is actively working against American interests,
whether it’s in Syria or here in our own backyard.” “

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