Edward Snowden’s Asylum Is Just Putin’s Latest Insult to Obama

When it comes to Russia, Mitt Romney gets the last laugh.

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Mitt Romney may have been right about Russia: Last summer, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee declared in a speech that Russia is our “greatest geopolitical foe.” In a debate soon after, Barack Obama mocked that notion. “Governor Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that al-Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaida,” Obama said, teeing up one of the debate’s most often repeated lines: “The 1980s, they’re now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

It wasn’t an entirely fair shot, given the way Obama slyly replaced the word “foe” with “threat,” which has a different connotation and distorted Romney’s point–which Vladimir Putin has proceeded to validate. In the months since, Putin has backed Syria’s embattled dictator, Bashar al Assad, long past the time Barack Obama declared that Assad has to go. He has cut off American adoptions of Russian children. He has expelled an alleged American CIA officer after an unusually public humiliation of the man. And now he has granted one year’s asylum to American’s most-sought after fugitive, Edward Snowden. In response, Obama is threatening to skip a planned September summit with the Russian leader.

The Cold War may be over. But America’s relationship with Russia is about as warm as a Siberian pool party. And there’s not much Obama can do about it. Some commentators are urging him to “man up and punch back.” But Putin is not an easily intimidated man. Indeed some close observers openly wonder if he’s altogether rational. One former senior Bush administration official recently described Putin to me as having transformed from confidence to arrogance to outright megalomania. (That’s not to mention the well-publicized, often-shirtless “nonsense jackassery.”)

And much like China, Russia simply isn’t a country America can bend to its will. Especially not when oil, one of the country’s prime exports, are well over $100 a barrel, giving Russia the cash and comfort to project. And especially when America’s reputation around the world remains, shall we say, problematic.

As for Snowden, who knows what behind-the-scenes argument played out between Washington and Moscow. It’s possible that the battle for the NSA leaker became a proxy for any number of grievances, from Syria to trade the fate of suspected spies in one or both capitals. It was undoubtedly a fierce tug of war, one that America lost, and one that will send relations into an even deeper frost. Somewhere, Mitt Romney might be chuckling. When it comes to Russia, the joke is no longer on him.

443 comments
Dearolddad
Dearolddad

Thank goodness the American people were smart enough to deny Romney the position of commander in chief.

Openminded1
Openminded1

What do you think Putin just did to racist Obama?

PhillipeViolette
PhillipeViolette

The Russians think obummer is the court jester. Russians have no use for black people, the call black people the Russian equivalent of ni**ers 

grannygripes
grannygripes

amazing  how  fast the  democrats  find  a  word or  phrase from the past  100  years  in history to  sputter out  to  justify  OBAMA's  incompetence.

grannygripes
grannygripes

so  now  the  democrats  are  scouring  the local  phone  directory again to  find a  name  to  blame for  OBAMA's incompetence.

grannygripes
grannygripes

Face it

Obama  got seriously punked  by Putin. 

All of this  claim  that  the world  respects  OBAMA  is  false.

ahandout
ahandout

Crowley, it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. 

Foreign policy is not chuckles and giggles.  It's not who can out Alinsky their opponent in the American media; although the media has shown that is a tool of fools.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Openminded1 Putin would have done the same to anyone. He is determined to show the world Russia is a major player on the world's stage.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout Foreign Policy is also not "Your either with us or agin us" as the man child in office from 2000-2008 used to claim.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mantisdragon91 @PhillipeViolette I never heard the tea party say anything about black people,I have heard the President  of the UNited States former REV Wright call white people honkeys in church, then everyone had a good laugh including Obama and michele.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91 @ahandout It is Mantis, it is. Observe how under Bush the country was not humiliated so much. And give it up already. Like they say you are defending the indefensible. Obama is a total failure in foreign affairs, among others, He is better served in the entertainment world with his Al Green impersonation and hip hop stars connections. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mantisdragon91 @Openminded1 @collioure have you not noticed black men and hispanics go to prisons and jails more then anyone else, have you not noticed the rich keep on getting richer,have you not noticed that a very people really run this country and we lowly every day people are just pawns in the big picture. the media is also a major culprit. We as americans listen to the media way to much and stupid people make celebs in to some kind of gods. look at the morons who can not stop talking about no talent KIM K and her family. we have our priorities all wrong and we are to far gone to make any real changes, we will make some strides and improvements but it will always be about money not the people.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mantisdragon91 @Openminded1 @collioure You are going to have a heart attack over this , you can't change it, because big money, banks, insurance companies and major industries run this country, along with congress which makes a bundle off the aforementioned culprits. You will never change the way they do business and a guy like Obama who thinks he has the power has found out who really has it.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mantisdragon91 @Openminded1 @collioure That is where you buddy Obama and is buddy Eric need to start an investigation in to the koch brothers dealings with Iran etc not George Zimmerman BS, But Obama is afraid of the koches and Eric is terified  of them . The old adage money talks and bs walks  the justice dept seems to go after the easy guys not billionares that can fight to stay out of jail and not pay fines.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mantisdragon91 @Openminded1 @collioure I do not like them or care about them dragon, I just do not think when I do the research on them that they are the devils you think they are. They are just spoiled rich guys who never have enough money they want to become the wealthiest men in the world. The money does influence just lobbyist in DC spreading money and bribes.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mantisdragon91 @collioure By the way some how even tho you seem to be addressing collioure i got an e-mail telling me you were addressing me, can not fiqure that one out, maybe it was time wanting to hear from me again, i think i make them laugh.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mantisdragon91 @collioure You must be at dinner, just let me say the Koch brothers are snobs but they do employ many people, they are not the best guys for the atmosphere with all there products but they are good americans. they are just jewish and there is never enough money for them. even with there daddy starting them off with the silver spoon in there mouths..

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure @mantisdragon91 The Tea Party is nothing but a Koch Brothers engineered virus designed to destroy our Government and lower environmental and union protections for the masses.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mantisdragon91 @collioure I do not argue you can ask my wife and kids. I just make real statements , not made up stuff like you to try and make everyone go your way , which so far seems to be the wrong way, but you are fun sometimes.

Openminded1
Openminded1

about as honest as the black panthers were in the 60's and 70's, are you kidding comparing the KKK with the tea party come on dragon even for you that is a bit much.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91 

Mommy has good judgment if she won't let you out to play any more today.

So, while you're confined to the house, you can figure out why Obama reopened and escalated the smoldering war in Afghanistan.

Inquiring minds want to know.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91 

Hypocrite, that's just as ridiculous as all the stupid campaign slogans you repeat here as if they're factual.

Truth is that the Tea Party whipped your butts in 2010, and the only retort you could dredge up was to mislabel them as racists.  Their goals have nothing to do with race but as we know . . .

"Playing the race card is the last refuge of the liberal scoundrel."

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Yes the Tea Party doesn't attract racists. The only difference between the Tea Party and the KKK is that the KKK is more honest about their views.



collioure
collioure

@Openminded1 @mantisdragon91 @PhillipeViolette 

I agree.  I have never heard anything racist from the Tea Party.

At the same time the President who was supposed to be post racial instead has been most racial, even encouraging the race hustlers from time to time.  "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon!"  What was that about?????

Race relations which had been on the mend over a long period have declined markedly on his watch.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mantisdragon91 @Openminded1 @PhillipeViolette Now you have hit on something for once, first I never said Obama hates his white half, they raised him after all while is black dad was never around. raised him to become President. He seems to forget his white Heritage that is the problem. he grew up in Hawaii not very black state. I do not hate my black half  either, I just tell the truth from the stand point of a man who really knows about black people hating whites I lived in both worlds I have never heard a white family member talk about hate blacks or use the N word. But my god I never stoped hearing black family members telling me do not trust whitey ,whitey is the devil , white people will kill you etc etc. And I will tell you in 30 years as a cop they only people who ever tried to kill me were black and the most hate I have ever felt was from blacks, whites always treated me and my siblings with respect you do not get it because you only hear the black race card, whites do not have a race card.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure @mantisdragon91 @ahandout When will you learn to speak like an adult. The Mullahs tried to paint the uprising as a Western plot against them, If Obama had spoken up in favor of the protestors they would have succeeded. As it is Iran now has an elected leader more moderate than the last one. Despite your bleating Obama's strategy achieved the result more favorable to our goals in the region.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout @mantisdragon91 @collioure And yet they are a tiny percentage of the Muslim world. Idiots like you who lump all Muslims together will make 1 Billion people our enemies and that is simply not a war we want to engage in.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mantisdragon91 @collioure @ahandout The world has never liked, they like our money ,supplies, what ever they can get from and some cases our protection, but they really hate us and are jealous in most cases.

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 @ahandout @collioure Your idiotic views are easily dismissed.  Fundamental Islam hates:  Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Americans, Russians, Europeans, other Muslims...They hate everybody who they think isn't a true believer.

They are the ones who draw a line in the sand and continue to make it us vs them.  Now wise up.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91 @ahandout @collioure 

The "problems" in the Islamic world are a result of people's desires to throw off the yokes of their dictators, and, yes, Bush, helped to set that in motion - deliberately.  He reversed years of supporting Arab dictators.

The USA generally seeks to spread liberty across the globe.  Obama, however, sides with dictators, the reason he got caught flatfooted when Egypt first erupted.

Apparently he'd like to be a dictator himself. 

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 @collioure @ahandout Yes the world love us now.  That's why we are closing embassies around the world on Sunday, trembling in fear.

Putin has a man crush on Barry and China shows us so much more respect. 

Exactly what important foreign relationship has improved under Obama?  The Islamic world burns our embassies and watches as Barry and Hillary blame a nonsensical video clip on youtube, justifying radical Islam's own insanity. 

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91 @collioure @ahandout 

I've heard the claim that everyone likes us now, Hypocrite.

Problem is that none of our supposed refound friends ever lifts a finger for us.

Bush got what he wanted out of Putin.  Obama has been stiffed at every turn.

Once again, results matter.