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Obama meets with Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen

While American media focus attention on the ongoing war in Gaza, Europe faces the prospect of a far more devastating conflict in Ukraine. The effort to organize more costly sanctions against Russian aggression deserves support but it represents too little, too late. Putin’s regime doesn’t even hide its open backing for separatist thugs in Eastern Ukraine – the same monstrous killers who shot down a Malaysian airliner and murdered some 300 innocents. The problem for President Obama in dealing with this worsening crisis is a lack of credibility: previous administration “red lines” proved meaningless in Syria, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. After the Obama administration retreated in shame and agreed to let Russia handle the criminal use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, Putin learned that with the current president he could violate international norms with near impunity.

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  1. James  •  Aug 2, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Unless some type of federal constitution can be agreed to, the killing may escalate to unacceptable dimensions; in which case it would be better to split Ukraine into two separate nations rather than have so many Ukrainians killed.

  2. Jim  •  Aug 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    What President Obama and the left in general have yet to figure out is that the world is not elementary school. Fairness does not rule in the Geo-Political releam, strength does. In trying to appease the Russians in a “reset” by giving up a protective Missile defense system in Eastern Europe, the Obama administration showed an absolute commitment to weakness. China, Russia, Iran, Syria, N. Korea and terrorist organizations like Hamas, respect one thing and one thing only, strength.

    Everytime Obama backs down or refuses to act with strength, it means the closer we are to actually having to introduce combat troops in conflicts. Threats and red lines are only as good as the back bone of who draws those lines. China I increasing its Fleet at the same time the US is shrinking it’s fleet. What is the logical conclusion? Russia is facing PR sanctions while invading a neighbor, will they stop? Iraq is in turmoil because the Govt doesn’t have the US to back them up. What would happen if the US pulled out of SKorea? How long would it take the north to invade…. Obama is playing checkers when the rest I the world is playing geo-political chess. Too bad he views Republicans a the enemy and not the real enemies of the US.

  3. JGUY  •  Aug 6, 2014 at 4:45 am

    I suppose it is just an accepted “norm” that the US must be the Policeman of the

  4. Santaanacanyon  •  Aug 14, 2014 at 12:02 am

    The only difference between a Soviet leader and a Liberal is that a Soviet leader knows what he is doing.

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