Thursday, September 29, 2016

U.S. Officials Frustrated That President Obama Is Not Standing Up To Russia

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin (Reuters/RIA Novosti)

Nancy Youssef and Shane Harris, Daily Beast: Obama Officials Wonder: Why Won’t the Boss Stand Up to Putin?

Russia’s forces are on the attack in Syria; its hackers are monkeying with America’s election. And the president’s response is… well, there’s not much of one at all.

Russia and Syria appeared to attack two more hospitals and a bakery in the already besieged eastern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, in an aggressive push to seize and starve the city—home to as many as 100,000 children—back into regime control.

So how will the Obama administration respond to an increasingly provocative Russia? For now, it won’t.

There is an unspoken understanding within the administration that despite the many provocations Russia has carried out in Syria, there will be no major American response, a position that increasingly is drawing the ire of top national security officials, three U.S. officials told The Daily Beast.

Read more ....

Update: Obama Is Now Considering “Tougher” Options in Syria. Hahaha Right (Joshua Keating, Slate).

WNU Editor: President Obama has less than 100 days left in office .... he is not going to give the next President a crisis that may spill into an open conflict ... especially with a country like Russia. This is also the same policy that is now being pursued against China on the South China Sea .... the message is clear .... do not provoke .... The White House Has Banned The Pentagon From Talking About 'Competition' With China (September 27, 2016).


Charles Wallace said...

If you don't know by now you will never will. Weakest president In History.

Turfy77 said...

He is useless, bring on Trump, he won't take shit

Turfy77 said...

He is useless, bring on Trump, he won't take shit

Jay Farquharson said...

LMAO over the numbers of American's that want to add more "losses" and "ties" to the ongoing wars column.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should just stick to soft Caribbean targets...

Anonymous said...

Obama is busy playing basketball

Aizino Smith said...

The U.S. has a huge loss column and yet it was the USSR that fell.

Good one Jay.

RussInSoCal said...

If war with Russia is what you want, you'll get it with Hillary Clinton. Trump is more likely to work with Putin and even possibly improve the relationship.

There's no possibility of that under a Clinton presidency. Putin hates Hillary. Views her as an "existential national security threat". He truly believes that she is insane. There was a good article posted here some weeks ago that explored it in depth.

Clinton has stated a willingness to use force against Russia. She as much as said so at that debate during a paragraph on "cyber security". (which, coming from Clinton, is darkly humorous)

She's as inept and deceitful as the current POTUS if not more so. And very angry in addition. To coin a feminist phrase from the 60s-70s, Hillary is "Woman" - and wants everyone to hear her roar. Nukes will do fine.

Jay Farquharson said...

And here it is, 2016, and it's the US trapped in unwinnable wars in Afghanistan and 14 other nations, with the US Military overextended, flailing in a New Arms Race,

Riddled with Crony Capitalism, a failing economy, crumbling infrastructure , a political system nobody trusts and a media nobody believes.

How many States now have Sucession Movements?

Sometimes history is a wheel.

RussInSoCal said...

Well, Jay you're right about the media and political system - the other screed bait is just your typical, hysterical, half-baked twisted spin BS.

/yer always good for a chuckle.

Jay Farquharson said...

F-35, Ford, LCS, Zumwalt.

Zumwalt's down to 2 from 32, both are in drydock and the USN is back to building 1980's Burke Class ships.

US GDP growth for 2015 averaged 1.1% for the first 3/4's of 2015, then came in at 0.9% for the last quarter, ( normally the strongest quarter in the US), putting it in at 178th in global growth.

The ASCE gave the US overall, a D+ for failing infrastructure, making it 122 in global ranking.

The US has fallen to #27 on infant mortality rates, and in places like Texas, the state has fallen behind Belarus and Lebanon, not only for infant mortality rates, but also maternity mortality rates. Yup, if you arn't rich in Texas and pregnant, you will have better odds of you and your baby living, if you cross the border to Mexico.

TWN said...

The lunatics had better start talking seriously, a big powers war will not be good for anyone, bloody idiots.

RussInSoCal said...

I'll take our stats compared to Canada any day. Hopefully we choose wisely in this election and things will turn around. Rather quickly actually. I'd compare the US to Canada, but it would more unfair than comparing us to Denmark.

Jay, its painfully obvious you've never spent a day any where near the military, much less actually had you hands on any mil systems. As usual you take the most convenient media at hand (that shovels your own anti-western dialectic) and then vomit it out on this site. Call it fact.

Part of a systems work up is deployment to work out bugs. ALL US systems have had bugs. F-14, F-16, Osprey, Nimits, Burkes, etc. I just don't get as excited about it as you do.

/but, being a wealthy and powerful American, I have about 30 million Canadian dupes who, if I tell to jump, they ask how high.

James said...

I remember very clearly how critics were certain the M1 and M2 would be nothing but death traps. Well they were, but not for their crews.

RRH said...

I don't know James.

I think they meant "debt traps".

Or was it the F35? Zumwalt? Gerald R. Ford? Littoral? Comanche? Paladin? LCS....?

Americans have racked up the 'ol Mastercharge for the eminence front put on when a pair of flip flops, a do-rag and an AK from Walmart would be all the state of the natio.... I mean art, you need.

After all, they are the choice of winners for fifty years+ and counting.

And RussInSoCal,

you are coming to a Canadian blog for your news and forum chat

Who's dupin' who????

RussInSoCal said...

...and for the scintillating conversation, RRH. ;)

RRH said...

No offence meant to you personally James, but more than one Canadian thinks that the situation in the U.S. over the last 16 years is like watching their neighbour's house burn down and not being able to do a damn thing about it.

And we don't have fire insurance because Russ's "dupes" have been in charge.

Jay Farquharson said...

You know that in Canada, we live 10 years longer than you guys, even White guys, and score double over you on "liveability".

Yup, longer, happier, healthier.

Aizino Smith said...

I wonder if the dear JF compared himself to white people in the northern tier of the U.S.?

JJ also lives in the lee of the giant and thinks he is a brave 'lil sh t.

RRH said...

JJ... Oh you mean Kid Dy-no-mite! Ann Coulter's Bo!!

Is that where y'all went on your double date? Lee of the Giant Chinese Restaurant? Did Thomas Sowell like your dress? Did he say he'd call you? Did he call you?


Were your chicken balls good?

RRH said...


How about Thomas'?



too salty?

Jay Farquharson said...

Anzino's in his cups again,

The JJ is a typo of JF in the second line.

And of course, he knows nothing of Canadian Military history, from 1812 to Afghanistan, believes that "Red Dawn" is a Documentary,

Thank god we're not going to have to burn down Washington again, looks like they are going to do it themselves.

RRH said...

You're too nice,

I wouldn't give that old piss tank the type 'o' any more than I'd petition for his release from an arctic labour camp.

Here's what happened:

That bast--- went with Uncle Tom Sowell on a double date to Lee of The Giant Chinese Restaurant in Watts with Jimmie Walker and Anne Coulter. He was in evening wear by Michelle 'O'. Thomas said piss tank looked ravishing. Aizino ate his own and Thomas' salty chicken balls. They all made the cover of Alt Right's "SoCal Magazine".

After dinner, Sowell filled Aizino's mouth with his comely right load. Aizino hasn't stopped spitting since.

And that story is no less ridiculous than "Mission Accomplished", "Invasion of the Plague Carrying Darkies" or "The Communists Are Gonna Git Yo' Mamma".

Jay Farquharson said...

Did Sarah Palin see all of that from her front porch?

Inquiring Minds want to know!

RussInSoCal said...

Stay classy, RRH. ;)

RRH said...

Stay scintillating SoCal.

Aizino Smith said...

Jar Farq,

Speaks of infant mortality rates.

The U.S. has not won the War on Poverty and yet keep piling on more poor people from outside the U.S.?

It was expected that this would make the poverty rate and everything else bad go down?

That last push of children from the south where the Obozo threatened people with their jobs and jail, if they spoke of the diseases those 'lil dreamers were bringing.

The U.S. should copy Mexico. They should give illegal immigrants 30 day pass (or whatever the time period is) to cross the U.S. and reach Canada.

Kamloops is very underpopulated. They could clear some trees, denude some hills and build apartment blocks as far as the eye could see.

... And don't stop until the population density reaches that of India, China, etc.

Aizino Smith said...

Stay Lefty RRH

Follow the Swedish model

10 years from now do not go running for cover and hide form the Swedish model