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McCain Blasts Obama For 'Timid' Response to Russia
NBC News ^ | March 17th 2014 | Carrie Dann

Posted on 03/17/2014 10:36:45 AM PDT by McGruff

Sen. John McCain blasted the "timidity" of the Obama administration’s sanctions on Russian officials Monday, saying that the White House needs a "fundamental reassessment" of the relationship between the United States and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"This president’s response – I don’t know how it could have been weaker, besides doing nothing," McCain said during an appearance on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports.

The Arizona Republican said that Putin is likely "encouraged by the absolute timidity" of the U.S. reaction to Russia's incursion into Crimea.

"I don’t know when the president and his advisers are going to wake up to what Putin is really all about," he added. "We've got to start with a fundamental reassessment of our relationship with him."

McCain, who just returned from a trip to Ukraine with seven other lawmakers, recommended that the United States instead provide Ukrainian forces with defensive weapons and training.

"One of the things that I would do is send some of our military to Kiev and find out how we can best assist them," he said.


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Sometimes I'm glad he lost.


1 posted on 03/17/2014 10:36:45 AM PDT by McGruff
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To: McGruff

He must feel bad sometimes for handing him the election...


2 posted on 03/17/2014 10:38:00 AM PDT by Dr. Pritchett
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To: McGruff
Time for your meds, John.


3 posted on 03/17/2014 10:39:24 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: McGruff
McCain... recommended that the United States instead provide Ukrainian forces with defensive weapons and training.

Ukrainization.

4 posted on 03/17/2014 10:41:15 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: McGruff

Don’t worry, tomorrow McCain will kissing Barry’s rear end.

I wish this dinosaur would just retire. Sad watching people like this clown trying to stay relevant.


5 posted on 03/17/2014 10:41:15 AM PDT by Artcore
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To: McGruff

Mom jeans and McNasty are both losers.


6 posted on 03/17/2014 10:41:18 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: McGruff

McCain and Obama, both are wrong to the other extreme. One does nothing, the other wants to start WW III.


7 posted on 03/17/2014 10:41:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: McGruff

Wonder how this would play out under President Romney?


8 posted on 03/17/2014 10:41:45 AM PDT by cincinnati65
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To: McGruff

Now we know who was really running the WOT.
Also explains some of Bush’s dumber ideas (ie TSA).


9 posted on 03/17/2014 10:41:48 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: McGruff

If this lunatic McCain had his way, we would be fighting and dying in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Ukraine.
Man never met a war he didn’t like.


10 posted on 03/17/2014 10:42:04 AM PDT by dforest
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To: McGruff

The truth of the matter is we can’t do much of anything short of starting WWIII, ruining OUR economy and making enemies with the EU who will receive the brunt of any retaliation.


11 posted on 03/17/2014 10:42:43 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: McGruff

McDork is the only person whom I hold in almost as low a regard as I do the Obamadork.

FUJM.


12 posted on 03/17/2014 10:43:45 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: McGruff
It's hard to say this. At least with Obama as president, we've had a few more years before the US crashes. Had McCain won, the world would be in flames by now....the parts that already aren't.

Why isn't McCain locked up at Guantanamo for meeting with and enabling terrorists in Syria? What would we do if a half dozen Russian Senators came to the US to meet with a group involved in a violent coup?

13 posted on 03/17/2014 10:44:48 AM PDT by grania
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To: Dr. Pritchett

Yes...he should add that he is the one largely responsible by his own weakness in exposing the real Obama in the debates.


14 posted on 03/17/2014 10:44:48 AM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: McGruff

“..Sometimes I’m glad he lost.”

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For sure, things would be much better if he had won, but by how much — we will never know. Yes, John Strangelove would make a good sequel to “Dr. Strangelove”...Slim Pickens would be jealous of that picture.


15 posted on 03/17/2014 10:45:27 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Sacajaweau
The truth of the matter is we can’t do much of anything short of starting WWIII, ruining OUR economy and making enemies with the EU who will receive the brunt of any retaliation.

It can be done without starting World War III. Read up on how Ronald Reagan bankrupted the Soviet Union to help win the Cold War. He did it through energy policy.

The problem (okay, only one problem) with Obama is that he is incapable of seeing a picture that is bigger than his own ego. If you cross him, he goes after you personally.

16 posted on 03/17/2014 10:47:59 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: McGruff

I wish this freakin idiot would just keep his mouth shut. We don’t need him goading that other moron in the White House into WW3. He tried real hard in Syria to get us involved with helping anti-Christian Fundamentalist rebels.


17 posted on 03/17/2014 10:49:52 AM PDT by ZULU (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: ZULU

Has his shadow weighed in yet, Linda Graham


18 posted on 03/17/2014 10:52:00 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: McGruff

Why should Obama get excited? From what I can tell, he didn’t run for POTUS to strengthen or help America but to take her down. Obama is a died-in-the-wool Socialist/Marxist which agrees with totalitarianism. Most evidence I’ve seen suggests Obama does not like a free society. Seems like he’s more inclined to agree with Putin than to rail against him in defense of freedom.


19 posted on 03/17/2014 10:53:38 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Dr. Pritchett

Hey John, we’re appalled at your timid response to an opponent who has squandered trillions of OUR hard earned money, shredded the Constitution, made us a laughingstock on foreign policy, has presided over unprecedented corruption, and diminished individual liberty, all without one iota of personal accountability or responsibility. This is one of your “friends from across the aisle.” Remember when you reassured us that we had nothing to fear with him as president? Remember when you said he was a “good and decent man,” and refused to let Sarah Palin go after him? News flash Senator— those who stand for freedom and prosperity have no friends across the aisle!


20 posted on 03/17/2014 10:57:07 AM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: McGruff

McCain should resign and check himself into a clinic. Good for him and the rest of the world.


21 posted on 03/17/2014 10:58:07 AM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: McGruff

but, Senator, you told us that we had NOTHING TO FEAR from this guy being President...


22 posted on 03/17/2014 10:58:12 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: McGruff
McCain Blasts Obama For 'Timid' Response to Russia

Americans Blast McCain For 'Timid' Response to Obama.

23 posted on 03/17/2014 11:06:09 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: McGruff

The problem is McCain is as detached from reality as his Ukrainian hosts.

Russia is a superpower. Its not an errant child. And why he is surprised it does what a superpower can do?

And Russia’s interests will always differ from America’s. Our influence with Moscow is exceedingly limited.


24 posted on 03/17/2014 11:07:45 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: dfwgator
McCain and Obama, both are wrong to the other extreme. One does nothing, the other wants to start WW III.

Which is which?

25 posted on 03/17/2014 11:08:25 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
You said...
“It can be done without starting World War III. Read up on how Ronald Reagan bankrupted the Soviet Union to help win the Cold War. He did it through energy policy.”

But could we do the same today? We didn't have a 17 trillion dollar debt load in the 1980’s

26 posted on 03/17/2014 11:08:36 AM PDT by LMAO (Insurgent conservative)
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To: cincinnati65
Wonder how this would play out under President Romney?

It probably wouldn't even happen under a Romney presidency.

Russia would just wait until another dem got elected.

27 posted on 03/17/2014 11:09:20 AM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
It can be done without starting World War III. Read up on how Ronald Reagan bankrupted the Soviet Union to help win the Cold War. He did it through energy policy.

obama lacks a keystone to bring down this arch-foe...

28 posted on 03/17/2014 11:11:06 AM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: cincinnati65

“Wonder how this would play out under President Romney?”

With Romney, Keystone would have already been built. He would have offered Europe cheap energy which would have made the Russians think differently.

Then he would have issued sanctions for Russia condemning gay sex.


29 posted on 03/17/2014 11:11:30 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (John "Cupcake" Kerry. That's funny right thar, I tell you.)
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To: McGruff

Sorry, McVain. I’m not interested on siccing our hollowed-out military on Russia over a piece of Russian land which was given to Ukraine as a political favor by a Communist Party boss a mere 60 years ago.


30 posted on 03/17/2014 11:13:53 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: goldstategop

Russia is a superpower.


LOL. Russia is a one trick pony kleptocracy one financial crisis from ruin. Putin is adventuring to distract the Russian people lest they notice the decay in their country.


31 posted on 03/17/2014 11:15:49 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: McGruff

Sometimes?

He should go himself. Bring a weapon and tell everyone what to do. Would the Arizonans who constantly foist this nutcase on us figure put then that a few flights before getting shot down and then six years in jail does no necessarily make one a military leader

Where are all of his jail mates telling of his great leadership? He got hurt. Ok they all did. Some of them did quite well, but e cause they were leaders before, during and after, not because they were in jail

He is an idiot and he feels his power slipping away. No one in this country wants anyone to go to war. we are done for now. He doesn’t realize that. He’s an idiot


32 posted on 03/17/2014 11:22:20 AM PDT by stanne
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To: cincinnati65
Wonder how this would play out under President Romney?

Good question. Everything that's happening now was put on course by decisions made 3-5 years ago.

33 posted on 03/17/2014 11:22:39 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: McGruff

McLame it is time to hang up the cowboy boots and retire the cowboy hat. Time to fade off into the sunset. What a waste of hot air!


34 posted on 03/17/2014 11:22:57 AM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: McGruff
video, U.S. Senators Make A Spectacle Of Themselves In Ukraine

In a press conference in Kiev, McCain , seven other senators, John Barasso (R-Wyo.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), said Congress stood with the people of Ukraine. They called for strict sanctions against Russia. However, McCain went further than his colleagues.

"Ukraine is going to need a long-term military assistance program from the U.S. -- equipment both lethal and nonlethal," said McCain

35 posted on 03/17/2014 11:24:46 AM PDT by opentalk
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Related link McCain calls U.S. military support for Ukraine "right and decent"
36 posted on 03/17/2014 11:27:35 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: Sacajaweau
We used to draw lines about how far we would allow the Soviet Union to go without risking WWIII. Our policy of containment took down the Soviet Union and kept hundreds of millions free in Europe.

What should we do if China decides to invade Taiwan? Risk WWIII?

37 posted on 03/17/2014 11:29:39 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Colonel_Flagg

+1.

If America had become a significant exporter of LNG a few years ago, Gazprom (also known as “Russia”) would be far less pathological today.

I cordially loathe McCain as much as the next FReeper, but Palin would have drilled, baby, drilled - and granted LNG export licenses.

When the world is full of pathological extraction economies, a strong Energy policy IS strong Foreign policy.


38 posted on 03/17/2014 11:36:02 AM PDT by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: goldstategop
Russia is a superpower. Its not an errant child. And why he is surprised it does what a superpower can do?

Russia is not a superpower. It has a huge nuclear capability, but economically it is far from being a superpower. Its GDP is 8th in the world just behind Brazil and ahead of Italy. It has a fertility rate of 1.61% and the life expectancy for males is 64.7%. Average life expectancy is 70.16 years making in 151st in the world.

39 posted on 03/17/2014 11:36:56 AM PDT by kabar
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To: McGruff

We could say the same about McCain’s response (circa 2008) to the threat of an Obama presidency.


40 posted on 03/17/2014 11:37:54 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: McGruff

You are a fool. Despite all of McCain’s faults, he would handle this the way it should be handled with a show of force.


41 posted on 03/17/2014 11:41:28 AM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Better dead than Red. Putin = Hitler 2014)
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To: McGruff

I wonder how high his score was in electronic poker before he decided to act mad about something.


42 posted on 03/17/2014 11:45:54 AM PDT by Durbin
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To: LMAO
But could we do the same today? We didn't have a 17 trillion dollar debt load in the 1980’s

We could. We could frack. We could export coal and natural gas to Europe like they've been asking us to do and undersell and undercut the Russians. We could hit them where it hurts.

Unfortunately, what we don't have is a leader with the will of a Ronald Reagan. Or even a leader.

43 posted on 03/17/2014 12:06:17 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: McGruff

I blast McCain for his timid response to DEMOCRATS!


44 posted on 03/17/2014 12:16:42 PM PDT by Nucluside (ready)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Bears repeating.

And repeating.

And repeating...


45 posted on 03/17/2014 12:19:03 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: McGruff

46 posted on 03/17/2014 12:25:49 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

I disagree. The advantage we had back then was also technology. Via Clinton’s give-aways and educating/employing all the foreigners we have, that advantage has dwindled as well.


47 posted on 03/17/2014 12:26:11 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: McGruff

McCain was highly disappointed. He couldn’t find any Mooslimes to support in Ukraine.


48 posted on 03/17/2014 12:29:52 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

Crimean Tartars are Muslim.


49 posted on 03/17/2014 12:31:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Oh, well maybe he can put together an arms deal after all.


50 posted on 03/17/2014 12:32:28 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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