National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden extended his 15 minutes of fame Wednesday, as headlines tied his saga to President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a planned summit meeting in Moscow next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But analysts said the talk of Snowden’s role in the cancellation obscured a more basic reality: The U.S.-Russia relationship is now so frosty that it didn’t appear the two presidents would actually accomplish enough to merit such a high-profile meeting. After four years, the much-vaunted reset in U.S.-Russian relations has devolved into a chilly standoff over issues like the Kremlin’s support for Syria
Obama is intimidated by Putin, who is confident, secure in his own skin, and very powerful. By contrast, Obama knows that no matter how sophisticated and urbane he tries to look, Putin overshadows him.
That is the real reason O cancelled the trip; he doesn´t like strong, intelligent people near him who may challenge what he says. That is why his audiences are always young people, low-information voters, and entertainment-types. That is why press conferences have to be screened and questions vetted.
That said, every promise Obama has made to make the world a better place (as if he could), has fallen flat, including his "reset" with Russia, a laughable concept.
Obama hasn´t brought about peace in the Middle East. Obama has made our international relations worse on every front. Obama hasn´t made the sea levels fall. (do we want them to?) Obama hasn´t put Al Quaida "on the run" or become "decimated". Obama hasn´t made health care more affordable the reverse is true. Obama has no "shovel ready jobs" after all. "Oops", is what he said about that. Obama hasn´t "put Americans back to work" unless you consider that subsistence part-time work is real work. Obama hasn´t made race relations better, but worse. Obama has not improved the lot of black people or the poor; he´s made more of them dependent and thereby never able to rise above poverty level in America. Obama has decimated the universe of doctors in America. Obama has, at every turn, sought more and more power for the government while yanking it from individuals and businesses.
He´s an unmitigated disaster unless he is doing all of this deliberately. Many of us believe he is.
Russian & China know all about Obama´s multiple frauds and fraudulent documents. They are astounded that the American people can be so stupid as to vote for him not once but twice. They have zero respect or regard for him or any of our pitiful diplomats like Hillary, Kerry, etc. They await patiently for our total inevitable destruction.
People have glossed over the proxy war that Russia is conducting in Syria. We are on opposite sides. They are certainly not happy with what was going on in Benghazi. I´m sure they remember American Stinger missiles in the Soviet Afghan war. I don´t discount a possible role they may have played in instigating the attack on our outpost.
It´s great to finally have an individual say "no" to that foolish slacker Obama. It draws a hearty chuckle to think about it. Fuss Obama fuss-you are powerless. Your political capital gas tank is R.O.E. A politician should not throw themselves at the feet of foreign leaders and grovel, give the store away, thinking it´s going to get any traction. It´s no way to garner respect. Guess Obama failed International Relations 101. His approach to just about, um, everything is a train wreck in waiting. Putin also crashes and burns his false narrative that communism is friendly to gays. Ain´t that a shame?
Zero only applauds and waxes nostalgic for IndOneesia. He doesn´t defend U.S. because he does not identify with us. He has a bigger scope, don´t you know? He is a world citizen. His comment of having no tolerance for countries who are unfavorable to gays has overlooked the entire Muslim world but, no one points this out.
We have two monumental and fragile egos poking each other in the eye and so far Putin is ahead on points. (I was surprised to see in the photographs from N. Ireland G8 summit that Putin is so small in stature. Russian pictures showing him in all his macho glory are taken with no one else near.)
We have a report from Russia that Putin has sent his good wishes to GWB for a quick recovery while we have only Carney´s word for it at the press briefing that Obama "obviously wishes him well" but that there has been no direct communication. Score one for Putin in the good manners department.
I hope matters do not deteriorate into another cold war. There isn´t room in the sandbox for these two together.
#15 - right! nothing about what is happening in Africa, for example - the horrible brutality unspeakable - unspoken - he has to look really weak to Putin who can surely see this as an excuse when obviously nothing is being said about these atrocities - maybe Obama is still fuming about the gymnasium.
Go back to Sheriff Joe´s brilliant forensic video presentation, Orly Taits law suits, and quotes by those few truthful people that want to pursue this structural cancer. Go back to basics and uncover the raging, vindictive little puppet that needs to act like a shariah promoting muslim, think like a stealth communist, fake his credentials, academic background, white upbringing, this total fraud is so incredibly bad, he makes the Bush and Clinton families look good!
Look out next year when Obama tries to use the Russian railroads to remove a lot of military equipment from Afghanistan. If the Russians do not cooperate, and the Pakistanis continuously attack the road convoys bringing equipment out of Afghanistan through Pakistan it is going to get really interesting.
I love the pictures that Politico chose at the top of the article. barry looks like he is spouting something totally untrue and nonsensical while Putin in his picture looks like wt# is that idiot saying now!?
Obama is the Greatest Deflector the USA has ever seen.
He ain´t doing any of this
He´s the hand puppet taking the heat for the unrevealed handlers who are doing this stuff. This is the second greatest con the world has ever seen. Obama is a ninny nancy pants fraud yet we´re acting like he´s the one doing these dastardly deeds..
Rancher Jack nails it once again ! The little puppet is there as a semi racial attention absorbing distraction. The traitorous press and TV news actors avoid puppet string pullers Jaret and Soros Communist Party etc etc etc
It´s kind of ironic that some of us older Cold Warriors who grew up in the 60s and 70s hating the Evil Empire Russkies are laughing at the way Putin hands Obama´s skinny appeasing butt to him time and again.
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