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Obama dismisses Russia as ‘regional power’ acting out of weakness
The Washington Post ^ | 25 Mar 2014 | Scott Wilson

Posted on 03/25/2014 11:58:36 AM PDT by mandaladon

THE HAGUE — President Obama acknowledged Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea would be difficult to reverse, but he dismissed Russia as a “regional power” that did not pose a leading security threat to the United States.

Concluding a summit here on nuclear security, Obama also warned that broader Russian military intervention in neighboring countries would trigger further economic sanctions that would disrupt the global economy but hit Russia the hardest.

“Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors — not out of strength but out of weakness,” Obama said in response to a reporter’s question about whether his 2012 election opponent, Mitt Romney, was right to characterize Russia as America’s biggest geopolitical foe.

“They don’t pose the number one national security threat to the United States,” Obama said in a news conference. “I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.”

Defending his response to the Ukraine crisis, Obama dismissed criticism that a perception of weakness abroad had prompted Putin to seize Ukraine’s autonomous Crimea region this month, an act the United States and Europe have called a violation of both Ukrainian and international law. But Obama made clear that no military response is being contemplated, unless Putin pushes into NATO member nations on Russia’s western border.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: americaindecline; lordhelpus; obama; obamaquotes; projection; putin; russia; themouththatroared; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
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I honestly feel that Obama is a bigger threat to the US than any other country or terrorist group.
1 posted on 03/25/2014 11:58:37 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon
Well, in Obama's defense, he does know all about acting out of weakness.
2 posted on 03/25/2014 12:01:13 PM PDT by Buggman (returnofbenjamin.com - Baruch haBa b'Shem ADONAI!)
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To: mandaladon

Might Russia threaten the 0’ regime’s natural allies in South America? You know, countries like Cuba and Venezuela?


3 posted on 03/25/2014 12:01:25 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: mandaladon

Russia to Obama....”I know you are, but what am I?”


4 posted on 03/25/2014 12:01:42 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Buggman

Obama is repeating information he received in a policy briefing.


5 posted on 03/25/2014 12:03:07 PM PDT by WhiskeyX ( provides a system for registering complaints about unfair broadcasters and the ability to request a)
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To: mandaladon

“I honestly feel that Obama is a bigger threat to the US than any other country or terrorist group. “

Lincoln said, “No foreign power, by force of arms, could take a drink from Ohio river without the complicity of American traitors.’


6 posted on 03/25/2014 12:03:11 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: mandaladon

ACORN foreign policy in action.


7 posted on 03/25/2014 12:03:19 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: C210N
Might Russia threaten the 0’ regime’s natural allies in South America? You know, countries like Cuba and Venezuela?

At the same time that Russia was denying having blockaded Ukrainian naval facilities in Crimea, little-noticed reports came out of Moscow saying that Vladimir Putin’s government had ongoing conversations with eight foreign countries with the objective of building overseas military facilities, including in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
FOX, March 4, 2014.

8 posted on 03/25/2014 12:04:06 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: mandaladon

Can a country with an arsenal of nuclear warheads and numerous platforms for delivering them be called a regional power? Can a country so vast that its capitol is closer to Chicago than it is to its easternmost city be considered a regional power? Ridiculous.


9 posted on 03/25/2014 12:04:34 PM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: mandaladon

I’m so sick of this idiot.


10 posted on 03/25/2014 12:05:45 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: mandaladon

Obama’s entire Residency has consisted of one dedicated to devolving America to the same status as the rest of the known world. And now he is dismissing other country actions as regional? He can’t make up his mind. He either wants this petty regional egalitarianism, or he wants something else, especially when it comes to HIM.

He is nothing more than a pitiful example of horribly misplaced affirmative action coupled with the abject ignorance by American liberals’ support. He is simply a lightweight incompetent Muslim who hates America and cannot stand to be outplayed by anyone except by that mooch of a wife and an overbearing mother-in-law and an Iranian hydra who controls him.

A narcissistic pansy piece of poof.


11 posted on 03/25/2014 12:06:32 PM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: mandaladon

That Obama is about a mouthy little b*tch. I miss Reagan. :(


12 posted on 03/25/2014 12:06:39 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: mandaladon
“I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.”

And who would do something like that, Bammy? Could it be, ummm, ...

Islamic Terrorists?!


13 posted on 03/25/2014 12:07:18 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Dalberg-Acton

If he ever ends up in prison, he’ll be EVERYBODY’s bitch.


14 posted on 03/25/2014 12:07:41 PM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: mandaladon

Obama, in order to save his wretched and putrid image from that of a gay weakling, invites Putin, in his weak state that is /sarc, to prove he is the man and take more.

Good job Obama. /sarc

Who luvs ya baby!


15 posted on 03/25/2014 12:07:58 PM PDT by dforest
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To: mandaladon

0 is a weak idiot.


16 posted on 03/25/2014 12:08:30 PM PDT by madison10
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To: mandaladon

It’s basically Obama saying that the Russian takeover of Crimea and potential takeover of Ukraine is not a big deal to him, because he would rather be golfing than dealing with it.


17 posted on 03/25/2014 12:12:06 PM PDT by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: Gaffer
Somehow, I don't think he will mind one little bit.
Remember "The Longest Yard"?


18 posted on 03/25/2014 12:12:27 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: dfwgator

Obama is the kid whose lunch has just been taken by the class bully: “I wasn’t hungry, anyway.”

Although admittedly not an expert in geopolitics, I would still be loathe to underestimate Putin’s Russia.


19 posted on 03/25/2014 12:12:30 PM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: Dallas59

When Putin and mac daddy meet face to face only one of them wears depends, take a guess who wears the depends.


20 posted on 03/25/2014 12:18:13 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: mandaladon

If this idiot pResident of our does not watch his mouth Putin is going to show him what a regional power can accomplish.


21 posted on 03/25/2014 12:18:35 PM PDT by bytesmith
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To: bytesmith

Obama’s mouth is writing checks that we can’t cash.


22 posted on 03/25/2014 12:19:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Thunder90

Mistake to put down Russia as a “weak” “Regional Power” “acting out of weakness” Watch as Putin responds with actions rather than words. Obama has bitten off more than he can chew. Now China will act up, then Russia again, then Europe—Then Brazil—then Iran. We are entering into a new phase—a really bumpy road for the US and her interests.


23 posted on 03/25/2014 12:19:18 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Thunder90

I have a different take.

Obama plays golf because he knows he can not prevail and is powerless to actually do anything. The stress of being a loser drives him to the golf course where he can lie about his score and stroke his self esteem.


24 posted on 03/25/2014 12:19:59 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert

problem is, Obama isn’t even good at golf.


25 posted on 03/25/2014 12:23:16 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Thunder90
The bathhouse dweller lives in a delusional bubble where reality is whatever he thinks it is. Russia is a regional power because it has a strong man leading it, unlike America. America use to be a superpower until it selected this puny community organizing rump raider to two terms.
26 posted on 03/25/2014 12:23:27 PM PDT by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: mandaladon

You are correct and Obama is correct. Putin is not financially able to project real military power beyond his immediate borders.

Obama is merely acknowledging that which is known but not mentioned. It is impolite. But....Putin made him do it.


27 posted on 03/25/2014 12:27:35 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: mandaladon

Russia is a “regional power” with enough nukes to kill half the population of the United States.


28 posted on 03/25/2014 12:35:11 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: Inwoodian

Hey Obama, how do you like Vlad’s Space Station?


29 posted on 03/25/2014 12:40:12 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: dfwgator

Obama’s mouth is writing checks that we can’t cash.


Yes, we are in IT really deeply with this incompetent.


30 posted on 03/25/2014 12:46:46 PM PDT by bytesmith
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To: mandaladon

Remember how leftists in government and media had a collective cow when George W. Bush said “bring it on” with respect to Muslim terrorists?

Barack Obama has just said, “bring it on” as a dare to a nuclear arms powerhouse.

Now, that’s something worth being concerned about.


31 posted on 03/25/2014 12:48:14 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: mandaladon

Well, the media always believes him when he says that about Republicans - why shouldn’t it work with Russia? :)


32 posted on 03/25/2014 12:50:54 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: mandaladon

That lily livered liberal liar should be careful who he is calling “weak”.


33 posted on 03/25/2014 12:51:12 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001 and 9/11/2012: NEVER FORGET.)
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To: bert

................. Putin is not financially able to project real military power ...................

Yeah, like we are, sporting a $17 trillion debt, climbing by $1 Trillion per year, while we dismantle our military.


34 posted on 03/25/2014 1:18:11 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: mandaladon

0bungles just doesn’t know when to keep his pie hole shut.


35 posted on 03/25/2014 1:28:49 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Gaffer

God, how wonderful it would be to watch a video of the Mahdi being punked in a prison shower.


36 posted on 03/25/2014 4:17:23 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: mandaladon

A “Regional Power” with the world’s largest Nuclear weapons arsenal.

He’s trying to insult Putin.
But Putin knows that he is playing the better hand right now, and likely won’t ever have a better one.


37 posted on 03/25/2014 4:22:07 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: mandaladon

And the strong nations cower and bow to other leaders? Wear Mom pants riding a sissy bike, lift your leg to cover your nuts when a martial arts demo is going on in front of you? lol


38 posted on 03/25/2014 4:30:06 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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To: mandaladon

If he isn’t trying to start World War III, then why is he trying to insult Russia? This is pointless bluster, aimed at what? Is he trying to make Putin think he has to demonstrate Russia’s strength by causing more trouble? I don’t see the logic in this at all.


39 posted on 03/25/2014 4:30:37 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: mandaladon; a fool in paradise

I tell ya, IF history deemed that Americans have to elect a fag to the White Hut, I wish we had elected a pitcher like Rock Hudson instead of a receiver like Liberace!


40 posted on 03/25/2014 4:33:30 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Badwhereas things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: mandaladon

Obama opens his mouth and once again proves that he is an idiot.


41 posted on 03/25/2014 4:35:56 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: mandaladon

For a long time nobama’s problem has been that he believes his own bullshit.

The Russian bear ain’t to be trifled with. Them claws is sharp.


42 posted on 03/25/2014 4:40:20 PM PDT by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: Inwoodian

Ridiculous is right. Obama called him a regional power on the same day that they are delivering one of our astronauts to the space station because we no longer have that capability.


43 posted on 03/25/2014 4:43:24 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: mandaladon

Zero stopped caring about being President 2 years ago. It’s all just a hassle for him now.


44 posted on 03/25/2014 4:49:28 PM PDT by mandaladon (If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Did you note that obama said it would be bad for the global economy but Russia will be affected the most. I contend this is the plan. Then comes the UN and one world government. I used to say the muslims would never go along with it. I’m now hoping Putin won’t go along with it either.


45 posted on 03/25/2014 5:27:18 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: mandaladon

46 posted on 03/25/2014 5:30:11 PM PDT by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: mandaladon
“I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.”

By who? Certainly not AQ, right? Since we defeated them a few years ago, right?

47 posted on 03/25/2014 5:31:17 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: mandaladon
Obama dismisses Russia as ‘regional power’ acting out of weakness

Yep, Barry, and that's why they keep hitting you in the face with the dodgeball just to see you run to the teacher about the big bad bully

48 posted on 03/25/2014 5:34:45 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: mandaladon

Russia is a global superpower, not a regional power.

Someone is feeding BS to the BS master.


49 posted on 03/25/2014 5:50:38 PM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Buggman

What happened: Obama, smarting from Romney’s on-target, blistering criticism, responds like a whiny, immature adolescent in order to make what he thinks is a smart political point and to preserve his fragile ego. In the process he stupidly antagonizes a nuclear power that has very recently demonstrated the willingness to aggressively annex its neighbor. Brilliant! As someone else said, this is what happens when you have an affirmative action President.


50 posted on 03/25/2014 6:20:07 PM PDT by PAR
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