contributing writer: Nancy Doyle
Every time I hear a news report seemingly describing Obama and Putin as “at odds” it makes me cringe. Remember President Obama leaning over to Dmintry Medvedev, then President of Russia just prior to the 2012 American election? He proclaimed to Dmitry on a hot microphone; “Tell Vladimir I’ll have more latitude after the (2012) election”. More alarming was the disinterest the media seemed to show regarding this. There was no demand for explanation from Obama. No one screaming on the White House lawn at the President “What did you mean, Mr. President?” “What was it you needed more latitude for, Mr. President?
Imagine if that had been Reagan, Bush 41 or 42? Secret service would have had formed a riot gear barrier to keep the press away. It would have been a mob scene! But nobody asked him about that.
Now, fast forward to today and where does the United States stand on the world stage? Putin, a steely-eyed macho strutting, bare chested, KGB operative is the world’s statesman? Everything that Putin wants, Obama lets him have. Obama and the US looks weak, Putin looks dominant.
It’s reminiscent of a pit bull and a toy poodle, and Obama is not the pit bull! Putin barks, Obama shows his neck. Obama removed the missiles out of Turkey, mark a win for Putin. Syria is gassing it’s population, Putin is moved into the position of “peace maker” by Obama. Syria has not turned over its chemical weapons, another win for Putin. Iran is dangerously close to developing a nuclear weapon, another Putin ally, and the United States sits by while Obama continues to gut, slash and burn our military capabilities. Big win for Putin. Putin is so emboldened he is lining troops and massive amounts of weaponry along the border of Ukraine. Meanwhile John Kerry (AKA “ Lurch”) puts out a “stern” warning to Putin; “ There will be “grave consequences” if Putin doesn’t respect the sovereignty of Ukraine. Yeah, like he respected Poland’s? I say all of this saber rattling back and forth between Obama and Putin is pure theater for American consumption. If you look between the lines, Putin and Obama are best buds!
And that’s all I have to say about that!
Nancy Doyle, pontificator at large.