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Polar Bear Putin’s Refusal to Extradite Snowden

vladimir_putin_and_botox_640_06Originally posted at American Thinker blog

At the G8 Summit in Ireland, Barack Obama had an opportunity to quell tension with Vladimir Putin over Syria by stepping aside and allowing the Russian president to use the exercise facilities that the president’s people had reserved first.

Wasn’t it Barack Obama who leaned in and whispered to Dmitry Medvedev to deliver the message to Mr. Putin that after the 2012 election, he’d be more flexible?  Then why, when given the chance to prove it, didn’t Obama forego the gym and allow Putin to use the workout space?

Instead of exhibiting diplomatic graciousness, me-first Obama favored himself and proved once again that his inflexibility in the little things is indicative of his inflexibility in larger things.

Prior to the Ireland gym standoff, Putin was already visibly annoyed with the man-child president.  Consequently, one can only guess what was running through Polar Bear Putin’s mind as the Russian muscleman chopped his way through the frigid waters of the lake surrounding Co Fermanagh’s Lough Erne hotel.

Thankfully, while Obama was doing curls with three-pound weights, Putin didn’t decide to make a show of force by working out his biceps and triceps chopping frozen wood for the hotel fireplace.

Nevertheless, it didn’t take long to find out what Putin was plotting while aerobically exercising in that ice bath!

Recently, Russia was presented with a perfect opportunity in the form of ex-CIA employee/NSA leaker Edward Snowden seeking asylum.  In response, Putin seems to be responding to American requests for Snowden’s return with the same level of inflexibility Barack Obama showed when he pointed toward the lake and told Vladimir to “have a great workout!”

Obama himself is probably one of the main reasons that while Russian immigration authorities review his plea for asylum, Edward “the whistleblower” Snowden is safely hunkered down in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

Much like Obama enjoyed his time in that temperature-controlled gym, now, compliments of the Kremlin, Snowden is safely in the bosom of Putin-provided refuge.

Meanwhile, regardless of how authoritatively the U.S. begs or how earnestly Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder promises that if they send Snowden home, he won’t personally arrange the execution of the whistleblower, Putin has dug in with the same type of obstinacy Obama displayed when refusing to give up the weight room in that Irish hotel.

Not only that, but from the geriatric ward also known as the U.S. Senate comes the laughable threat that if Snowden is not extradited, sanctions will be imposed against Russia that include “revocation or suspension of trade privileges and preferences.”  Well, that certainly must have caused Putin to quake in his frozen swim trunks.

Come on, now — does anyone really believe that America’s Mom-Jeans President, or Senator Harry Reid or John McCain, intimidates a judo champion who swims in Siberian rivers and reels in pikes as big as crocodiles?  I think not.

Vladimir’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov maintains that Snowden’s request for temporary asylum is not on the Russian president’s agenda.  Yet Vladimir did find time to take a break from ice hockey to send a friendly message via Peskov to Obama saying that “Russia … never extradite[s] anyone, and will not extradite” Snowden.

That’s why the same flexibility Obama demonstrated when he had the chance to spare Putin an early-morning swim in Lough Erne is being shown to him with regard to Edward Snowden.  Now it’s the Kremlin that has dibs on what Obama wants, and it’s Putin who is refusing to back down.

John Boehner Should Get Out of Obama’s Way

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Based on the dismal state of the union and after four years of doing exactly what Rush Limbaugh said he hoped that he would do, by any thinking person’s standards President Barack Obama has indeed “failed.” Yet, despite the catastrophe, on Election Day the American people inexplicably invited the President to spend the next four years beating the dead horse that he killed during his first term.

The next day, after being MIA for months, Speaker of the House John Boehner crawled out of the tanning bed long enough to publicly assure the President that House Republicans plan to work with him on his sole first-term accomplishment – the looming “fiscal cliff.”

Wait a minute, wasn’t it way back in 2008 that Barack Obama told America that “this is the moment” when good jobs would be provided for the jobless, the rise of the oceans would slow, and the planet would begin to heal? Why then, as America drowns in an ocean of debt and sinks in a sea of unemployment, would the Speaker of the House tell Obama “This is your moment…we want you to succeed?”

Reminiscent of candidate Obama exalting himself while on the campaign trail in 2008, Boehner said:

Mr. President, this is your moment. We’re ready to be led not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans. We want you to lead not as a liberal or a conservative, but as the president of the United States of America. We want you to succeed. Let’s challenge ourselves to find the common ground that has eluded us.

In addition to those comments, did the Speaker of the House really say that “If there’s a mandate in … [the election] results it’s a mandate for us to find a way to work together on the solutions to the challenges that we all face as a nation?”

Well, what Boehner may not have anticipated is that come January working together on solutions will likely include figuring out how to prevent the President’s ardent supporters from melting down when they realize that voting for him did not exempt them from the middle class tax increase that’s due to hit hard when the Bush-era tax cuts expire.

Nonetheless, one way Republicans can still embrace our intrepid leader is by supporting automatic cuts in defense spending.  After all, as a Russian nuclear submarine trawls the waters off the east coast of the US, cutting defense spending will help Barack Obama deliver the flexibility he promised comrade Vladimir Putin.

Moreover, if “reaching across the aisle” is the Speaker’s genuine objective, maybe as an inaugural gift congressional Republicans can hand the Biggest Big Spender in American history a no-limit charge card by agreeing to increase the debt ceiling.

John Boehner did claim that the post-election plan is to help Barack Obama move the country FORWARD. But, by the Speaker continuing to insist that raising the top tax rate in a bad economy would hurt small businesses he threatens the elusive “common ground” that he seeks.

However, if Boehner believes that this is truly Barack Obama’s “moment,” why not just let the President do whatever he wants? Republicans in Congress should politely step aside and allow Obama to finish what he started. In so doing, they will inoculate themselves against any ensuing liability as well as avoid becoming the object of Obama’s notorious blame game.

And so, as conciliatory bipartisanship is cultivated and John Boehner encourages Barack Obama to forge ahead, one can only hope that the newfound collegiality in Washington DC includes Republicans helping our determined liberal leader to aim that big ole’ policy gun he has pointed at America’s head downward toward his own foot.

Barack Obama, Stand-Up Comedian

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

It’s nice to know that the multi-talented President of the United States, besides being an economic genius, a shovel-unready job creator, a healthcare specialist and Constitutional sage, also has a little-known talent for stand-up comedy.

While the country is seriously concerned about the direction it’s headed and focused on issues that will determine a potentially less-than-stable future, Barry is busy cracking jokes.

Busted in South Korea, the President was overheard having a clandestine conversation with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. Obama asked messenger boy Medvedev to implore Putin to be patient in the run-up to the November election, and promised that after he’s reelected he’ll be better able to strike deals on a whole range of politically volatile issues, including missile defense.

Even Obama knows the American public would not reelect a president if they knew he was anxious to sell our national security and the security of our allies down the river to none other than the Russians. So, rather than admit it publicly, Barack Obama quietly whispered some plans into Medvedev’s ear and also into a hot mic, unbeknownst to either of them.

What followed was firestorm of criticism.  Yet instead of apologizing to the American people for implying that as a lame duck he could get away with compromising national security even more than he already has, Obama has chosen to defend himself by smarmily dismissing the comments and using the incident as fodder for jokes.

Attempting to defray the public’s disapproval, Barack Obama recently tested out his new material on a group of reporters.  The president broached the subject of promising the Russians “flexibility” and asking them for “space” with this knee-slapper: “First of all, are the mics on?”

From there, demonstrating what he must have thought was perfect comedic timing, the President explained that what he told Dmitry to convey to Vladimir were promises that “were nothing new,” and shouldn’t shock the American people. Someone should pull Obama aside and tell him that his explanation not only lacks humor, but also raises the question:  So why the covert nature of the little tête à tête in South Korea?

Moving on, after such a wonderful response to his prior excursions into Comedyville the always unctuous Obama decided to really drive the sarcasm home by laughing it up some more in a speech to newspaper editors about the “flexible” Russian moment.

Honing his routine, Barack Obama said “It is a pleasure to speak to all of you, and to have a microphone that I can see.”  That quip was then followed by this hilarious punch line: “Feel free to transmit any of this to Vladimir if you see him.” (Insert laugh track).

So, once again, with each passing day President Obama, that treasure trove of vast and wide-ranging talent, continues to dazzle and entertain the American public, proving that those humorless individuals on the right who insist on criticizing him every step of the way just don’t appreciate a good joke.

Mr. Flexibility Forgot to Unplug the Microphone — Again!

If ever there was a conversation that should scare the bejeezus out of every American, the one transmitted on an open mike between Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev is the one.

Caught in a conversation asking Medvedev to ask newly ‘elected’ Russian president Vladimir Putin to give him more “space” on the issue of missile defense, Obama assured the outgoing Russian President that as a lame duck, after the next election he’ll have “more flexibility.”

According to Carol E. Lee of the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. President Barack Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday that his re-election campaign has tied his hands in resolving differences with Russia over U.S. plans for a missile-defense system in Europe, and suggested an agreement would be more likely after November.

Jake Tapper, Senior White House correspondent for ABC News, reported that the exchange went like this:

President Obama: “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.”

President Medvedev: “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…”

President Obama: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”

President Medvedev: “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”

In other words, Obama believes that if he is reelected the brakes will be off and he can sell American and European national security down the river by making our allies and ourselves more vulnerable than ever before to an attack from any nation with a missile and a bad attitude.

Obama needs “space?”  Medvedev understands?  What are “all these issues,” including flexibility on missile defense, that a man who’s supposed to be protecting America is seeking reassurance about?

The understanding that is needed here is not on the part of Medvedev but on the part of the American people.  Every thinking person should seize upon that verbal transmission Barack Obama gave to messenger boy Medvedev to deliver to Vladimir Putin and use it as motivation to ensure that Mr. Flexibility/Barack Obama’s last election already took place.

Bandaging the Bruised Bear


Every baby boomer remembers the 1964 Goldwater campaign ad, which juxtaposed innocent children, pledging allegiance to the flag, with an impassioned Nikita Khrushchev waving his finger in the air vowing, “We will bury you…your children will be Communists!”  Khrushchev’s warning was the impetus for American teachers to hustle students into hallways instructing them to close their eyes or go blind from the blue flash.  The reality of the “Cold War” made anxious, impressionable children shiver at the sound of civil defense warnings with the delayed announcement “This is a test,” leaving a few horror-struck seconds to wonder if “duck and cover” was in order.

The Cold War ended in the 1980’s and was brought about by the policies of President Ronald Reagan whose actions mirrored the sentiment Goldwater expressed in his ad when saying, “I want American kids to grow up as Americans and they will, if we have the guts to make our intentions clear, so clear they don’t need translation or interpretation just respect for a country prepared as no country in all history ever was.”

Reagan had a hawkish stance, intense understanding of evil, unmatched diplomatic skill and an insightful ability to understand the devastating effect rigid, centralized governmental had in fostering Russia’s economic troubles.  That, coupled with the Soviet Union’s obsessive-compulsive desire to build an immense military machine to support a dictatorial regime, was the disastrous combination that shook the foundation of an oppressive system.  Reagan accurately assessed that if he engaged the economically strapped Soviet Union in an arms race there was no way they could prevail and total collapse followed.

Presently, the “sick Russian bear” is being reconstituted into the “evil empire” Reagan worked hard to eradicate. Barack Obama seems ignorant to the fact that,” Putin is, first and last, a Russian nationalist, utterly pragmatic (or ruthless) in the tools he will use to strengthen the Russian state…and is slowly and systematically changing Russia’s direction. When Russia changes direction, the rest of Europe should indeed be nervous.”

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is currently in the process of accomplishing this goal with the help of American President Obama.  Rather than staring down the Bear like Reagan did at Reykjavik by rejecting missile defense conditions, Obama acquiesced to demands and shelved U.S. plans to position nuclear-missile shields in the Poland and the Czech Republic to protect Eastern Europe and U.S. interests from the Iranian nuclear threat. Unlike Obama, Gorbachev did the adjusting to Reagan at Reykjavik after a immovable Reagan told him point blank, “There was no way he could tell his people that their government would not protect them against nuclear destruction.” Thus, forcing Gorbachev to comply.

Even General Secretary Yuri Andropov recognized Reagan’s SDI program was “a bid to disarm the Soviet Union” and understood Reagan’s calculation that, “…the USSR would exhaust its material resources and therefore be forced to surrender.”  Today Eastern Europe, as well as astute Russian diplomats easily identifies Obama’s willingness to back down to the Russian threat to station missiles in an enclave near Poland as an implication of U.S. weakness. Obama’s pacifism is“…fueling fears of resurgent Kremlin influence.”  Reagan held the line; Barack Obama surrendered time-tested principles.

Gorbachev abided by Reagan’s firm appeal to “Tear down this wall!” Yet, the defeat of Communism doesn’t seem to be enough for President Obama. As always, his is the better way. Utilizing conciliation and placation Obama is tenderly removing the Bear’s foot from a trap that has safely held it in check for almost thirty years.

Obama’s actions have shocked many and “…represent the appalling appeasement of Russian aggression and a willingness to sacrifice American allies on the altar of political expediency. A deal with the Russians to cancel missile defense installations send a clear message that even Washington can be intimidated by the Russian bear.”

According to Glyn Davies, U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran is moving; “…closer to a dangerous and destabilizing possible breakout capacity,” which is the reason the Bush Administration initiated plans for a missile defense system in the first place.  Russia disagrees, and is fiercely defensive of Iran. Obama, unlike Bush, is obviously unaware that a Persian cat and a wounded bear would make short work of a mollifying dove.

Obama’s anemic argument for dropping the plans at Russia’s behest for the controversial missile defense shield program is that presently, Iran is not a threat. His Administration contends  “They have no potential at this moment; they have no capacity to launch a missile at the United States of America.”  This is a position that exhibits a shocking lack of foresight, especially from those who vigorously criticized the Bush Administration for failing to strengthen the New Orleans levees in order to avoid impending catastrophe.

Obama failed to flinch when Russia welcomed the news of the U.S.’s agreement to dispose of missile defense in Eastern Europe by saying, “…it saw no reason to offer concessions in return.” His immature conviction that the United States should participate in, “…constructive, honest engagement with Iran to resolve the issue” of nuclear proliferation in hopes that Tehran will, “take immediate steps to restore international trust and confidence,” is as naïve and misguided as his assurance of Medvedev’s liberal, pro-Western stand.

President Reagan was acutely in touch with the moral duty to protect this nation. Unlike Reagan, Barack Obama, seemingly void of a moral core, would have willingly submitted to Gorbachev’s demands if it were he and not Reagan attending the Summit in Iceland. Giving in to a “…Third World nation with First World nuclear weapons” is Barack Obama nursing Reagan’s “sick bear” back to health.

Dmitry Medvedev said, “Russia’s democracy is weak, its economy is ailing and the country faces long-term problems with the health of its population.” Ronald Reagan touted America’s strength and superiority, recognized and exploited to the world’s benefit the immorality and incompetence of Soviet Communism. Obama, on the other hand, chides the U.S. at every turn and lauds the former Soviet Union as a “great power, vowing that while crafting U.S. policy he’ll, “…keep Russia’s interests in mind.” An astonishing statement from an American president giving Khrushchev’s prophesies chilling potential for fulfillment.

Appeasing sentiments that shelving the missile defense system will encourage the Russian bear to extend an olive branch is tantamount to national security psychosis. Obama is deluded if he thinks our future with Russia “…has to be more than just security or dismantling weapons.” If America refuses to deal with the Soviet mindset, in the same manner, as Ronald Reagan deemed crucial, we might as well crawl back under our school desks and anticipate a flash of blue light.

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