When it Comes to Ukraine, Obama Will Make Republicans Look Foolish Once Again

obama-putin-1Every time some kind of international incident happens, Republicans are quick to find some kind of camera to stand in front of to declare their belief that President Obama has completely botched the entire situation.  It’s actually quite comical how predictable it’s become.

Our most recent example of this was Syria.

As most people know, when Syria used chemical weapons on its own people it changed everything.  It was around that time that more people in the United States began to pay attention to what was going on in the country.  It also wasn’t long after that until President Obama threatened to use military force against Syria for their use of chemical weapons.

And wow – Republicans went nuts.

The moment he announced the fact that he had opened up to the idea of using our military, Republicans began the push to paint Obama as this dictator who would send troops off to war without getting congressional approval.  Which was ironic because many Republicans, prior to Obama announcing his willingness to use military force, had been saying that we needed to get more physically involved.


But, like with most things Republican, the moment President Obama supported military action their support for it quickly eroded.  That’s when they shifted to the “Obama will bypass Congress to wage an illegal war” nonsense.

Except, he called their bluff.  He said he supported military action, but would only do so with congressional approval.

Of course, this put it on the Republican party.  What were they to do then?  The moment Obama said he supported using our military in Syria, Republicans had done everything they could to paint him as a president who would go to war with or without their approval – except that’s not what he did.

President Obama brilliantly put the choice on whether or not to go to war squarely in the hands of the Republican party.

But there was just one thing, I don’t really believe President Obama had any intention of sending our military into Syria.  However, his threat to use force then prompted the Russian government to work with Syrian officials on an agreement where Syria agreed to turnover their stockpiles of chemical weapons.

So, let’s see.  President Obama took a strong stance against Syria’s use of chemical weapons; got Republicans to freak out about how he planned to wage some kind illegal war – which he never did; put the choice to go to war squarely in the hands of the Republican party – which wasn’t what they expected; forced the Russian government to convince Syria to turn over their chemical weapons; and he did all of this without firing a single weapon.

To summarize: President Obama managed to remove the chemical weapons from Syria, embarrass the Republican party and did so without using our military.

Brilliant.

Yet here we are, a few months later with Republicans once again attacking Obama’s handling of the Russian government since he’s been president.

Somehow Obama trying to improve relations between the two countries is a horrific tragedy according to Republicans.

Was he wrong by trying to improve relations between the United States and Russia?  I don’t think so.  Does he need to back off of those efforts going forward and take a more hard-lined approach?  I think so.  At least for now.

I’m never against doing what you can to work with, not against, people.


President Obama tried, it hasn’t worked, and now it’s time for harsher measures against the Russian government.

And I’m completely confident that going forward he’ll handle this situation.  Whether he takes a strong stand at the G-8 summit, imposes some kind of trade sanctions or even decides to reverse course on his planned reduction of a missile shield in Eastern Europe – I believe President Obama is a step ahead of Putin and miles ahead of the Republican party.

But if the situation with Syria and its chemical weapons was any kind of example, we can expect that Republicans will go on bashing the president for days (or weeks) on end while Obama sits back, carefully lays out his plan, then in the end makes Putin do exactly what he wants and Republicans look like absolute fools.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Mike Morrissey

    Make the Republicans look foolish? To be fair, this is not hard. Anyway, they do a fine job of it themselves.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      superior!!! best “reality show ” imaginable!!
      ” now starring,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,”
      (CHOOSE ONE: sarah palin/ ted cruz/ rush Limbaugh/ michelle ” no tits” malkin/ glenn beck/ michelle Bachmann/ any Texas republican/ any pentacostal pastor ETC)

  • Pipercat

    The Europeans are the ball carriers here. It’s really up to them to decide what action, if any, should be taken.

  • califcowgirl1955

    The Republicans can’t rile him. He keeps his cool and moves forward. I am glad he doesn’t show his anger, cause that is what they want. He must be a fantastic poker player.

    • strayaway

      First, I’m glad that Obama has stayed out of the Ukraine mess. The likes of McCain and Rubio come to mind as idiotic for suggesting that somehow we intervene militarily. We aren’t even in an alliance with Ukraine.

      Obama is not going to the G-8 summit the last I heard. Neither is the British PM. Isn’t this the second international conference recently at which Obama has avoided Putin?

      However, the part of the article about Syria is laughable. After his disastrous attack on Libya, there was every reason to believe Obama would follow through against Syria. It was only after the British parliament, polling results, and even the Pope came out against Obama’s threats that Obama submitted his proposal to Congress to have it properly scuttled. But then Obama started supplying a Syrian rebel faction weaponry – itself an act of undeclared war against the Syrian government. That failed too when the rebel leader Obama was supplying fled to Turkey and all the American weaponry he left behind wound up being captured by Islamist rebels.

      Putin took over the peace keeper role in Syria by default by offering a plan to removes Syria’s illegal weapons but the last I’ve heard about that is that only about 4% of the questionable weapon have been removed. Putin seems to have the upper hand in all his dealings with Obama who comes off like Baghdad Bob at a poker table. I’m glad though that Obama isn’t proposing preposterous responses in the Ukraine as are some Republicans.

      • JohnT

        I hear ya…..but.

        Obama has stayed out of the Ukraine mess? Really?

        Who do you think gave the green light (and cash) to aid the “opposition protestors?”

        This is just a continuation of encirclement authored by Brzezinski, one of Obama’s mentors, along with Wall Street.

      • Terry63

        John “Maverick” McCain. Crashed his Navy Trainer into the Sea almost drowned. Crashed another jet into power lines in Spain flying too fast and low, Rumor has it, thats the same thing that got John shot down over Hanoi, POW for five years. Stationed aboard the U.S.S. Forestall. The carrier that burned. Became Senator, tried to sneak in an amnesty bill with Ted Kennedy, got caught. Had Picture taken with known terrorist in Syria. My rule of thumb is that If McCain is involved. Be afraid. Be very Afraid.

  • The only thing Obama could do to get Republican approval is skin bleaching.

    • Whocares

      Not even then!

    • LLaurie

      And a name change to something “whiter”. …No, he’d probably have to change parties and make all of his stances agree with theirs in order to gain their approval. Maybe not even then. With any luck, by the midterm elections the obstructionist GOP will become even more irrelevant than it is now.

      • califcowgirl1955

        I want our government to be fair and balanced I would like to see 3 or 4 strong parties in Washington. I don’t care whose party they belong to, I want to see reasonable, willing to listen to the other side, adults in Congress. Right now we have a bunch of children pouting cuz’ they can not get their own way.
        It started way back when, he was called a liar during the State of the Union, back on election night when Obama won. He didn’t listen when he was told he was going to be a one-term President. Obama just kept moving forward when the Tea-Party came into office.
        President Obama has the nerve to want to work with other leaders of countries instead of wage a war that will further line Penis face Cheney’s pocket.
        President Obama had the nerve to become President for a second-term. He has the nerve to try and raise min. wage, help the disadvantaged, and smile when he is attacked daily by Cantor, Boehner, Cruz etc.
        Oh, you’re right he forgot to become white. (if you can’t tell there is a whole lot of sarcasm in this response)

  • Richard Smothers

    Haven’t these dummies yet figured out what any moderately-intelligent and casual observer has?: That Obama has got serious game when it comes to statecraft. Saber-rattling and posturing are the tools of dim-witted, naïve children and a real gamesman sees the long game and doesn’t flinch when he’s making his moves, regardless.

    • Brad Lawrence McKee

      yer an idiot.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        another pedantic reply from crybaby brat

  • Edward Krebbs

    As a serious question: What would happen if the USA sent troops into Texas and Russia tried to intervene ?

    I know there is a false equivalency as well as questions about the current level of Russia’s power. But I don’t feel I’m stretching it too far as the Ukraine is a former part of the USSR giving some room for debate on the current status of the Ukraine. And Texas has been threatening to leave the USA.

    • Pipercat

      The Russians would see what horse’s asses these secessionists are and offer the US unconditional assistance…

      • Edward Krebbs

        Touche’. But of course I was thinking of the howls of protest on letting the USA be invaded. Cheers!

    • Dave

      We could do that. there are enough bases where it could be justified too.

    • Whocares

      Except Texas is not a Sovereign Nation!!

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        dont tell texas that.

  • califcowgirl1955

    What ever the President decides to do, naysayers are going to be damning him. If you think that Putin is so great, move to Russia. In the real world, I have confidence in our President Barack Obama to think things through before doing anything, he will not be pushed. As for all the conspiracy crap and bungling Syria, he did what the Republicans wanted to do, he went to Congress first. He is a good President, I trust him to make the right decisions.
    I know I am going to get a bunch of right wing out of their minds conspiracy theory dingbats responding to this. Control yourself and don’t.

    • Dave

      Republicans want us go to against them and lose. Patriots my ass. What we should do if not nuke them is institute a draft and send all republican party members between 18-40 off to war. Nothing but a bunch of slackers anyway.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I like 18 – 55 better but your pretty ‘spot on’

      • grannieannie2

        Don’t stop with 18-40 for cannon fodder. Let it go as high as the oldest GOPTP member of Congress, starting with War Hawk McCain who is brain damaged by his time as a prisoner of war to the point that he wants all young people in the country to share his fate.

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        yer an idiot.

      • Dave

        So is your mom.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        we do love the (limited) conciseness of “brad’s” answers
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, alcohol impairs him

      • Dave

        Probably more than that. I think he’s on meth.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        if he could afford it! I sense totinos frozen pizza and “meister brau” beer

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        i only drink when im at work.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        that’s because U steal it—
        cannot afford it on your own.
        wanna nice bottle of whiskey?

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        yes, please.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        ask your pastor…. they get the best moonshine. Tea party rallies have best booze for their flock

    • Brad Lawrence McKee

      yer an idiot.

      • califcowgirl1955

        That is typical, the GOP/Tea Party, you can’t have a debt or say anything positive about your party so you name call. Ted must be a hero of yours.

  • Guest

    The free market
    system in Russia began twenty-five years ago and in that time span Moscow has
    become the city in the World inhabited by the largest number of billionaires.
    Vladimir Putin is among the top earners in that nation, but how? The fact is
    that Russia is ruled by a consortium of corrupt gangsters who were, at one
    time, upper echelon officers of the KGB. Putin is no diplomat. Instead, he is a
    Russian mafia don. A full twenty-five percent of the Russian economy is
    siphoned off by corrupt government officials. Everything they have learned
    about capitalism was the result of interactions with American advisors
    beginning with Donald Regan’s team during the Reagan administration. One basic
    principle of this system involves using the military to protect capital
    investments. This is the American way. Starting with Gorbachev, Russia was
    instructed to divest it’s non performing assets and to fortify it’s cash cows.
    Like all other wars in the past this conflict will be about money and real
    estate and not democracy. One must bear
    in mind that these billions previously mentioned are expressed not in robles
    but in American dollars. How is this
    possible? Simply stated, these
    “government officials” are on someone’s
    payroll.

  • The free market
    system in Russia began twenty-five years ago and in that time span Moscow has
    become the city in the World inhabited by the largest number of billionaires.
    Vladimir Putin is among the top earners in that nation, but how? The fact is
    that Russia is ruled by a consortium of corrupt gangsters who were, at one
    time, upper echelon officers of the KGB. Putin is no diplomat. Instead, he is a
    Russian mafia don. A full twenty-five percent of the Russian economy is
    siphoned off by corrupt government officials. Everything they have learned
    about capitalism was the result of interactions with American advisors
    beginning with Donald Regan’s team during the Reagan administration. One basic
    principle of this system involves using the military to protect capital
    investments. This is the American way. Starting with Gorbachev, Russia was
    instructed to divest it’s non performing assets and to fortify it’s cash cows.
    Like all other wars in the past this conflict will be about money and real
    estate and not democracy. One must bear
    in mind that these billions previously mentioned are expressed not in rubles
    but in American dollars. How is this
    possible? Simply stated, these
    “government officials” are on someone’s
    payroll.

  • Dave

    We should just fire nukes at them. I bet Russian nukes don’t work. Fuck ’em. This is how they are.

    • Roger Schramm

      You want to take that chance ? Even if ONE of thier ,missiles managed to work, with approx 10 warheads per missile (merv’s), they could take out EVERY city on the east coast and wipe out 10’s of millions of ppl.

      • Dave

        That’s what it’s going to come to, watch.

  • Stephen Barlow

    If we give BHO the Michael Jackson skin care program… would it make a difference? SP says, “youbetcha!” ~wink~

    • Brad Lawrence McKee

      yer an idiot.

      • Stephen Barlow

        you betcha!

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        he cries a lot; donnnnnt he?

      • Stephen Barlow

        I think’s his mother’s methstake.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        and those clowns say abortion is wrong!!! travel to the deep south and witness the insurrection of toothless trash

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        U cry alot

  • Dan Root

    i think that’s why the republican’s hate him along with a few other thing’s .he’s not a war monger but they couldn’t tell from the way he handled bin laden.he didn’t have to put boot’s on the ground and risk live’s. he did exactly what dumya should have done with saddam. there was no.good reason to go full scale. as there is no good reason to go full scale now not yet. but he’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t! it absolutely amaze’s me that that the sheeple can not and refuse to se their leadership are a bunch lying asshat’s it’s disgusting !

    • Brad Lawrence McKee

      yer an idiot. lern grammer and spelling.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        its LEARN,,,, ok? brainiac??

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        “why the republican’s hate ” “other thing’s ” “have to put boot’s ” ” there was no.good reason ” “absolutely amaze’s me” “can not and refuse to se ” “a bunch lying asshat’s it’s ” , -meh misteak. all appypollyloggy’s. brainiac??

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey chowderhead————- go after the one who misspells( as I did you)
        perhaps u donnnn’ realize that many improper “mistakes” on internet blogs are done ( a) to shorten words (b) to convey emphasis (see: REEEEE–LIGION) (c) just to annoy rightwing regressive white trash crybabies
        I am guilty of all three– and many more

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        surry. meh homeschoolin’ didn’t progress past the Great Flood. ahm a drop-out…

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        no; actually U probably are a schooled cretin–
        that is why we LUv ya!!

      • califcowgirl1955

        Brad, you are eloquent in your phrasing and thoughts, you are a deep thinker I can tell. You add so much to the conversation.

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        yer hot. wanna PM? text me.

      • califcowgirl1955

        I am a democrat, you couldn’t handle a democrat.

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        you don’t know what i can handle, baby.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        whats funny is neither do u———–
        a total lack of life experience has brutally taught you that

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        i don’t discriminate…

      • califcowgirl1955

        I do

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        bigot.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        brad is alopecial; micropenile and steatopygous
        did I mention he also bites his nails?

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        Myopic Schizoaffective Monoplacophora. See. I can look up obscure clinical terms, as well.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        the diff is with my lexiphanic vocab I RARELY have to “look up” words to hurl them at napiform slubberdegullions such as thee
        ========================================

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        yer an idiot.

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        sycophantic polemicist, more like the diff, duh.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        again,,,,,,,,,,,I have assimilated these gems over the decades
        ======================================
        u piddle about on google TRYING to keep pace
        ======================================
        the audience is applauding derisively

      • califcowgirl1955

        Brad sounded exciting until you got to the biting his nails part, total let down. When I get desperate I will consider his offer, when hell freezes over.

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        he don kno me.

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        let’s go ’round the world, baby.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        cal girl; alopecial is bald– micropenile is small weenie and steatopygous is fat butt.
        perhaps U and I differ in what is appealing

      • califcowgirl1955

        I was being sarcastic.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I love U again
        ============================
        here is MY word to describe meeeeeeeeeee—
        “thelyphthoric”
        google that delicacy!!

      • Guest

        i don’t discriminate.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        she doesn’t do alopecial ectomorphic out-of-shape losers

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        yer an idiot.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hell yes!!! that’s why I can communicate so well with losers such as thee

  • rossbro

    Repubs want War. Repubs want Peace. Repubs want Obama to disappear. I think y’all are shitouttaluck. Bush is gone, boys. No more Wars needed. And just ‘ where are those WMD’s????

    • Brad Lawrence McKee

      yer an idiot.

      • Dead_Mariner

        You are a Koch sucking twunt…

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        awwww,,,,,,,little brad has that as a reply? shouldn’t U be in church selling guns to low IQ white trash??

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        meh Federal Firearms Licsince wus suspended by NSA and IRS, and anyhoo meh target audience is all out protesting recent cancelation of annual Redneck Games…

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        luckily FOX “news” has a place for ill-informed white trash crybabies such as thee.
        U can sub for steatopygous huck(ster)abee

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        yer an idiot.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        yep– and im tall/ financially secure and athletic with a big chested gal( see photo)

        PRAISE JEEEESUS!!

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        she lets you call her ‘gal’ ? what an obsequiant.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        you should hear what I call her when U aren’t around.
        but– emptying my load daily in her whilst destroying her natural nDD breasts; well-
        ” that’s entertainment”!!!
        =======================================
        here is another pic of her
        ,,,,now U may go masturbate again; lil brat

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        thought you libs were s’posed to be the sensitive enlightened defenders of the female of the species. ‘war on women’ and all that crap. yer just a misogynist simpleton, sizzlechest. you ain’t foolin’ nobody…

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        you actually are correct—
        my war upon my woman is nightly(!!!) and was early afternoon today after we soaked up our perfect weather at our beach here in pompano beach.
        she surrenders to me whenever I want– sometimes TOO MUCH!!!
        GOD is good

  • Zorro

    Clifton, you’re using a lot of I think and I don’t think. Well I think that the president and the wmd expert Kerry are not playing with a paper tiger in Putin.Z

    • Brad Lawrence McKee

      vaguest sense of rationality on this whole damn page.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        except brads verbosity. his truly is not vague.
        otiose and jejune,,,,,but certainly NOT vague or rational
        ============================================
        lets hear it for paperboy brad!!

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        what you know from rational, sensei?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        that u and your ilk– the regressive white trash crybabies—
        are slowly and delightfully dying in this great country
        ” grasshopper”

  • PoppaDavid

    Everyone forgets that the Ukraine gave up their nuclear weapons after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Maybe we should give them back and let them use them against the invaders? Or we can work for a peaceful resolution.

  • Brad Lawrence McKee

    Any cursory, objective examination of this administration and its diplomatic apparatus’ proclamations, policies and procedures would reveal a vague and meandering, maddeningly incoherent direction in U.S. foreign policy. Our
    friends are bewildered, and our foes are emboldened, while the casual observer is amused. The fastidious drivel which passes for analysis in this echo-chamber post is a laughable demonstration of what passes for ‘spin’ as it has been described in various media. Savvy?

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      according to FOX “news”..that is totototally correct

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        show me i’m wrong.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        check the votes of 2012
        ……………….. hows that taste?

      • Brad Lawrence McKee

        yes, because election results are the surest way to measure sound foreign policy, dweeb. got any facts?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        dweeb? ” dwizzlebaught” is superior.
        facts? Hmmm,,,,,,,lemme see—-
        Obama : no war started. a whole +BUNCHA al qeada scum now feeding worms….. Syria? seem quite so far— qaddafi? he is not voting for Obama either.
        no new dead soldiers……….. so GODDAMN anti- republican!!!
        silly me

  • Brad Lawrence McKee

    bring it, toad.

  • Terry63

    Sorry, we dont claim McCain. Im not really sure who he works for. Im for staying out of Ukraine as long as it stays bloodless as It has so far under Putin. Dont draw any lines that you cant enforce. But watch with great caution and streingth. Be firm and stead fast in the Balkans.So far I hear that we have sent four F-15’s to the area. Thats not going to impress anyone. Great fighter bomber but ageing. Move a carrier group off the coast of Syria. Give Putin something to think about. Let him know that if he steps in it. He’s really going to step in it.