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  • #10
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    A Professor or Commander-and-Chief? If they're talking about Barry, I see a weak inexperienced community organizer who never had a paying job from the private sector. From the time he was sworn in as a United State Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. He has had no executive experience running anything. No people, no inventory and no budget. All of his jobs are from either the public sector or from grant money. The majority of his senate days were actually spent on his book signing tour.
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    Commander and Cheif, what makes a man a Commander and Cheif? We know what made this man a President, promising to take care of, and promising to take from those that have earned and give to those who have not, but really, what qualifies this man to be called Commander and Cheif? Nothing.

    Obama defeated terrorism, or so he said, clearly he did not. The terrorist called him out and exposed Obama as weak.
    He had his chance in Benghazi and he failed.
    Then Obama had another chance with his "Red Line" threat to Putin over Syria, again Obama was proven to be a shit talker.

    If you wanna get 3' up a bulls ass, just listen to Obama talk shit.

    Spineless.

    He is no Commander and Cheif
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    @Cincinnatus Want mine? Economic sanctions, expulsion from G8 or G12, run the damm XL pipeline and depress the cost of oil, hit him where it hurts. Need more?
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    @Cincinnatus so what are you saying, that because of a lack of a solution by me, that America should except a sub par leader of America?

    Well, I am nkt the guy to lead America, I followed orders, now I lead my own company, I am no politican.
    But there are far better than Obama out there, hell even in the Democratic party there are better, more suited to lead, than Obama.

    It’s hard to think of a president that has been more of an Epic Failure than President Obama. Even Carter is glad this guy came along.

    I know I would not have,

    pulled out of Iraq with no clear victory over insurgent forces,

    Denied the notion of American Exceptionalism,

    Bowed to just about everybody,

    I would not have had trillion dollar spending every year,

    I would not print 85 billion dollars a month that never seemed to trickle down to We the People, which even if it did would have only amounted to
    $ 283.33 per person anyway.

    Or any of these either, TARP 2, Bush tax cuts, Afghan War, Auto Bail out, War on Terror, Guantanamo, Patriot Act, Executive signing statements, appointment of czars, gone golfing/vacations playing golf on a water hogging golf couse in a state in the middle of a drout, raising the debt ceiling, promising unity and providing division, and the quadrupling down (up?) on the annual deficit.

    But I am no politican.
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    @Tralee

    No, that was good. The sanctions and expulsions cannot be done without a consensus, and so will take time.
    The Ukraine has the natural gas that Europe needs, and Putin doesn't want it going there.
    The pipeline won't affect the price of energy, it's not a big enough input to do that.
    What we might do is a pipeline for natural gas to Europe.
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    @Thegrif

    This doesn't call for a politician, it calls for someones who has some understanding of the interactions of the various nations, and has a plan to guide events.
    Unfortunately, and as always, we are starting second. The one who starts the crisis controls events at first. The goal is to wrest control away from him and guide it to our own benefit.
    That's not always possible in the real world.
    And depending on how important it is to you and to the other guy, it could end in war.

    What that means is that right now it purely sucks to be the Pres.
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    Here's your chance Mr. President. You've given us plenty of reasons to think that your experience as a law lecturer and a community organizer together with your charisma that mesmerized most everyone you met, is not enough to charm world leaders. They have charisma and egos too. Many of them, like Vladimir Putin, are narcissistic just like you.

    It's time to step up Mr. President. No one else can do it. It has to be you Mr. President. Don't let us down. No more campaigning Mr. President; it's time to earn that Peace Prize.
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    What exactly do you expect him to do?

    Honestly, I mean what can any American President do about what Russia does in its own sphere of influence? What did Bush do when they invaded Georgia? What did Reagan do when the invaded Afghanistan?

    I really wonder what people on the right think he can and/or should do.
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    @NolanVoyd Guess they're expecting a "football" and launch codes.
    WWIII will be nuclear and WWIV will be with rocks and sticks..........
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    @NolanVoyd -- Did you read the article? There were more than a few suggestions from Sen. Ted Cruz and Gen. Jack Keane. Even the article of the piece has some ideas.
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    @stepped_in_it -- Not necessarily. Hitler never used chemical or biological weapons. Well... at least not on his western front. Putin is a man seeking the title of "Vladimir the Great." He doesn't want to die doing it, but he must be a conqueror.
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    I just want some leadership. the obama is quite weak and will defer. I miss having a president with strength and resolve, who didn't back down and made Americans proud.

    When the president says something, other nations should sit up and listen. This president, no one listens to.

    So sad...

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    America, rightward!
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    Like Bush and his Heroic deeds in stopping Putin's Russia from invading Georgia? Oh wait he did no such thing.

    How about like Reagan and his heroic efforts to stop Russia from invading Afghanistan? Oh wait, all he did was give 3 billion to the Mujahidin (Taliban).....How did that work out?
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    @NolanVoyd Well that's small compared to ending the Cold War peacefully, because alternatively we all could've been annihilated by raining hell fire from the skies. Okay so that sounded really dramatic, but nuclear war is dramatic. He made bad choices regarding the middle east, but hind sight is 20/20. I don't think anyone expected the Taliban to become what it is today. And when you're living in Cold War America most times you'll see the Communists as a bigger threat than the militant Muslims. I understand why he did what he did, doesn't make it any less stupid, but I understand.

    Also I prefer Colbert, but the clip was pretty funny.
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    President Obama was never a full, tenured Professor. Only what Universities and Colleges call a 'Guest Lecturer'. Whatever we get, Hollywood will come out with an epic motion picture for release in October 2016, featuring someone like actor Dennis Haysbert playing the President of the US, and making Russian President Vlad 'Ras' Putin wet his pants while a 1 1/2 hour long telephone conversation, during which time, we'll see: First Lady, played by Penny Johnson, coming into the Oval Office to ask the President whether a dress makes her butt look too big; Press Secretary bringing him coffee; the President sneaking a couple of cigarettes; Meryl Streep playing Hillary Clinton, storming into the office, along with a supporting cast playing various White House advisors, all blaming a massive Right Wing Conspiracy for the invasion of Crimea in order to scuttle Hillary's chances at the Presidency in 2016!
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    I know right! They're making it seem like Russia's invading Hawaii. Isn't this a U.N. type problem, not a president of the UNITED STATES type problem?
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    @maxleisure EXACTLY! Why does it always fall on the United States' shoulders to keep peace all over the world? We are in no condition to go to war with Russia (and no doubt China & N.Korea).

    We have enough problems of our own & this one isn't one of them. Would the Ukraine come to our aid if, say Cuba invaded us?(it's a rhetorical question, I know Cuba doesn't have the power to invade us)
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    @OlNoName

    North Korea, probably.

    China, unlikely. We have a lot more to offer China than Russia does. Imagine if everything we bought from China suddenly ceased. Their economy would come crashing down extraordinarily fast. China has been mostly concerned with strengthening their economy and most likely would not want to be against us.
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    Just wondering..........
    When do you want Obama to pull out the "football" and launch the missiles?
    Some people think that WWIII needs to happen and if it does it will be nuclear.
    And if we have WWIII, WWIV will be with rocks and sticks........
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    That's why I fear a govt with lots of end-timers in it.

    They want/need a war to fulfill biblical prophesy.
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    @stepped_in_it

    Okay. That's why I was leery of Huckabee, he thinks the end times are nigh, and that would make me very nervous if he were pres.
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    Why? Don't get me wrong I respect our vets. But most of the time vets in office which are usually generals at that level, just haven't been that great.

    -George Washington- well he gets a pass as a FF, but he was a pretty strict federalist wether he admitted it or not. Yet he also believed in an Noninterventionist foreign policy.

    -Andrew Jackson- used brute military force to march thousands of Indians on the trail of tears.

    - Ulysses S. Grant- failed military occupation of he south that only heightened hatred and all progress was lost when troops were removed because all prior progress was built on the falsehoods of brute force. Lincoln while I don't care for him much should have likely taken a softer and better approach for the long run.

    -Dwight Eisenhower- good general but as president the worked with the CIA in multiple different nations (including the Iranian coup of 1953) that was very neo-imperialistic, which is what planted the seeds of the future wars we would fight in the Middle East.

    Seems to me military service doesn't always make presidents that great.

    Personally, I believe Cleveland and Jefferson were our two best presidents and they were much more calm men and Usually(Cleveland did use troops to break a strike once)against brute force that normally only cause even worse back lash.
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    Here's another perspective from a person that has experienced decades of Communist domination of his country -- who recognizes the early signs leading up to that domination. One could refer to it as: The Quote of the Century---

    "The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools
    that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."

    Vaclav Klaus, Former Premier of the Czech Republic
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    I'm not voting on this Russia backed down so they showed they would attack if pushed and I'm ok with that I'm one of many ppl that really don't care it's not like I live there or go there I feel that I'm don't live on that side of the world I'm ok with that America needs to just stay out if this BS. They (Russia) have their own country and I feel that we need to stay out of if!!
  • #53
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    I'm no Obama fan, but I don't get the love for the Ukraine either. The USA has no responsibility to anyone here, there are no advantages to give these people 1 Billion that will just be squandered away. Don't we have our own concerns at home we should be focusing on?
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    @CircuitCircus

    I wish this newly-found concern for the sanctity of the Ukrainian border would somehow transfer itself to our own southern border.
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    There is only one way to force Putin to stop and that is not something we are willing to do... which means Putin can pretty much do whatever he wants. All we can do is make clear to him the economic and political price he is going to have to pay.

    I do not believe a Republican president would act any differently... if a Republican president did act differently and started WW3, this entire planet would be screwed.
  • #23
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    I'll say this again.

    Georgia was legitimate. The war between Georgia and South Ossetia/Abkhazia was a "frozen conflict," sealed in place by a ceasefire. Those regions had never been under the control of an independent Georgia, they did not participate in Georgia's government, and the only thing that separated them from the other former Soviet republics that also declared independence is that the rest of the world decided to not recognize them, for whatever reason. Georgia violated the ceasefire, and Russia stepped in to keep the status quo.

    This intervention in the Ukraine is not legitimate. There is only one secessionist movement in either the Crimea or Eastern Ukraine, and that movement, which belongs to the Tatars, was told by Crimean pro-Russian politicians to disband only four years ago, because the Tatars like neither Russia nor Ukraine. There was a civil uprising in the Ukraine, which led to the President resigning and early elections being called. Putin jumped the election process and invaded portions of the Ukraine. Putin is inventing his own secessionist movement in Ukraine.

    This is a blatant violation of international law, and Putin needs to be stopped. By the world, not just the United States. When we sit idly by when aggressor nations conquer smaller nations, we get World War II.
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    Actually, Crimea has only been part of Ukraine since 1955, when Nikita Khrushchev declared it to be transferred from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
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    @Cal Well if you want to go further back, Ukraine didn't even exist as a state or nation prior to 1917. Before that, they were a stateless people, like the Kurds.
  • #101
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    @Cincinnatus Get the United Nations involved. Censure Russia in the UN General Assembly. If necessary, send in UN forces to Ukraine. Offer to replace Russian troops with UN Peacekeepers, with the idea they'd leave after the election. Threaten Russia with force, and then back that up by sending troops to defend Kiev.

    That's a slowly escalating list right there, with no need to proceed further down the list should Russia back off. Russia cannot be permitted to occupy the Crimea, beyond the bases they currently lease from Ukraine. Avoid war? Sure. No one wants a war. But lying down and taking it is not a better option.
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    @RedNorth

    "But lying down and taking it is not a better option."

    Sometimes it is an option.
    Putin is not the most emotionally stable of people, and you're talking about war with two nuclear superpowers.
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    No more American lives for oil!

    That's an excellent pictorial showing the many pipelines running through Ukraine, which were mentioned in an earlier comment as a big part of what this dispute is all about.

    Also excellent representation of the valuable waterways that are essential to oil and gas industry for Russia and Western interest like Shell, Chevron, and Exxon/Mobil.

    So few fail to understand that a President does not operate in a vacuum and that this President is trying with every bit of effort possible to not get American lives involved in yet another war for oil where our men and women die on a battlefield for corporate profits.

    U.S. military involvement in this dispute is a lose, lose situation for the masses of people in this country. We are already spending billions of taxpayers dollars to set up democracy in Ukraine that will create a country where big energy companies can exploit the natural resources of Ukraine and adjoining territories. Enough already.

    And it is not just oil and gas companies. Other major U.S. companies are looking to secure their dominant positions in Ukraine. Companies like Pfizer. What's done for big corporations on foreign soil by our government will be the end of us yet.

    Santi article is focused on Obama and grossly misses the essential points relevant to Ukraine situation.
  • #211
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    Okay, who wants to send their kids to die for this???
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    On the one had this is almost exactly what Hitler did in his annexation of the Sudetenland and all his other invasions to "protect" supposed historically German spaeking people...
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    Doing nothing then turned out really badly...
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    On the other hand this is awfully close to the part of the world where WW1 began...
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    "Strong leadership" in that instance got 14 million people killed over the next 4-5 years...
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    Back then there were many, many young men who wanted to fight for "national pride" and "in defense of their Countries"; both ideas turned out to be misguided...
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    So it still comes down to the question of "Who wants to die over this"...
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    Critics might take a cue from the Romans it they want my respect: Lead from the FRONT...
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    get off your fat rear ends, get those 2nd Amendment assault rifles and join the resistance...
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    but don't draft my kids to serve as slaves to your sense of Nationalism...
  • #210
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    About time someone said it. I've called his so called "strongly" worded speeches with that same look on his face and pointing his finger. Pointing his finger just doesn't cut it! As I've said before again, Obama is all bark and no bite when it comes to foreign policy. He's fine with destroying his own country and military, but not standing up with other countries to say something is not right.
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    This is a good piece. Kudos to Politix.

    Obama's failures are stacking up like cordwood. I don't expect him to handle this crisis any different than all the other ones he has thoroughly bungled.

    Worth noting that sanctions against Russia will be damn near as harmful to the rest of the world as to Russia. This is no third world dictatorship we have here. Crushing North Korea or Iran with sanctions can be done at no great cost to anyone. However, Russia's economy is far-reaching and large. Putin is correct in his assumption that Europe (in particular) will be in no hurry to hobble their own economy just to help Barry save face.

    This is all a day late and a trillion dollars short. Putin knew he could make this move because Obama's foreign policy is narrow-minded and naïve. From a leadership standpoint, Obama isn't qualified to shine Putin's boots.
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    "However, Russia's economy is far-reaching and large."
    Uh huh because everything I buy has "made in Russia" on it.......... Come to think of it nothing I have bought has "made in Russia" on it.
    They've got natural resources like oil, they have a large industrial base for producing weapons, aircraft and some ?automobiles???, other than that..........
    They are the 8th largest by nominal value. 8th from a giant like Russia
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