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Sun Mar 9, 2014, 11:09 AM

Bush’s Defense Secretary Destroys GOP Talking Points Against Obama’s Handling Of Crimea

Bush’s Defense Secretary Destroys GOP Talking Points Against Obama’s Handling Of Crimea

By Igor Volsky

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates pushed back on Sunday against conservatives who’ve blamed President Obama’s “weak” foreign policy for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Crimea.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Gates dismissed arguments that Obama’s handling of the conflict in Syria or his efforts to trim the defense budget emboldened Putin, arguing that the Russian president also invaded Georgia during the George W. Bush administration.

“My own view is, after all, Putin invaded Georgia when George W. Bush was president. Nobody ever accused George W. Bush of being weak or unwilling to use military force,” Gates, who served as Defense Secretary for Presidents George W. Bush and Obama said. “So I think Putin is very opportunistic in these arenas. I think that even if — even if we had launched attacks in Syria, even if we weren’t cutting our defense budget — I think Putin saw an opportunity here in Crimea, and he has seized it.” Earlier this week, Gates told the Washington Post that the GOP lawmakers should “tone down” their criticism and “try to be supportive of the president rather than natter at the president.”

Though most Republicans agree with Obama’s policy for handling the Crimean crisis, some conservatives have argued that Obama’s perceived “weakness” on the global stage has given Putin the space to move Russian troops into Crimea. “We have a weak and indecisive president” and that “invites aggression,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said last week. “Putin is playing chess and I think we’re playing marbles,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee claimed, adding that Russia is “running circles around us.”

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UPDATE

On ABC’s This Week, Ted Cruz (R-TX) reiterated the claim that Obama’s foreign policy gave Putin the green light to invade Crimea:

A critical reason for Putin’s aggression has been President Obama’s weakness. That Putin fears no retribution. Their policy has been to alienate and abandon our friends and coddle and appease our enemies. You better believe that Putin sees in Benghazi, four Americans are murdered and nothing happens, no retribution. You better believe that Putin sees that in Syria, Obama draws a red line and ignores it.

http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/03/09/3381271/bushs-defense-secretary-slams-republicans-for-criticizing-obamas-handling-of-crimea-crisis/



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Reply Bush’s Defense Secretary Destroys GOP Talking Points Against Obama’s Handling Of Crimea (Original post)
ProSense Mar 2014 OP
Lasher Mar 2014 #1
spanone Mar 2014 #2
tanyev Mar 2014 #3
Liberal_Dog Mar 2014 #4
loudsue Mar 2014 #5
johnnyreb Mar 2014 #7
bemildred Mar 2014 #6
Iliyah Mar 2014 #8
Berlum Mar 2014 #9
fleabiscuit Mar 2014 #10
librechik Mar 2014 #11
Scuba Mar 2014 #12
Cha Mar 2014 #13
ProSense Mar 2014 #14

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 11:21 AM

1. Know why they're saying the same thing all at once?

They just got back from the CPAC where they were told what to recite.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 11:27 AM

2. k&r... & fuck ted cruz

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 12:08 PM

3. Whoops! Bet they wish they'd invited Gen. "The Jews are the problem" Boykin instead.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 12:14 PM

4. K & R

Putin would be behaving the same way regardless of who the POTUS was.

All this GOP "weakness" talk is just silliness.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 12:21 PM

5. To Ted Cruz's claim that Obama's foreign policy gave Putin the green light, we need to

point out that the Bush mafia's love for oil and Saudi sheiks gave the Saudi's the green light to pull off 9/11.

I think we need to keep throwing that in their faces, every single time they try to come at Obama.

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Response to loudsue (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 01:14 PM

7. +1

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 12:54 PM

6. Putin is playng chess, so to speak.

He has seized control of the open square available to him, created by his opponents foolish gambit, and he is now supporting it with other pieces.

And then he will sit there and see what we do and try to counter it, if it's hostile, or cooperate if it's what he wants, or it works for him. He's on his home turf, at the height of his power, and faced with fools. And he will nibble away whenever he gets another opportunity.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 01:52 PM

8. K & R

Common sense to totally insanity which is the GOP party to date.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 01:53 PM

9. Eat it, Repubbies. The Republicon Chickenhawk Claque needs to STFU

and the encourage their their sons and daughters to sign up for military service to the USA for a change.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 02:26 PM

10. All the brain cells are being wasted on this matter.

It only takes a one-second look on the map to understand the strategic importance of Crimea. If one wants Putin to be playing a game then the game is Stratego not Chess. Putin is walking a strategic tightrope that is only a couple of inches off the ground. If he missteps he only has to readjust and get back on the next offer. It’s the talking points that are going crazy. Now the XL pipeline should be approved to put pressure on Putin “doncha know;” you betcha, wink.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 02:31 PM

11. Fascists always want a "strong man" for Der Fuhrer

Of course Obama fails on that score. Bush "won" but it was all pretending and Cheney being so "strong"--that means willing to shed other people's blood to impress other men.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 06:50 PM

12. Doesn't matter, the "truth" is already out: Obama let Putin invade one of our closest allies ....

They heard this on the "liberal media" so, it's probably actually much worse.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 07:07 PM

13. Some good comments on ThinkProgess, too!

thanks ProSense~

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Response to Cha (Reply #13)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 09:54 AM

14. Yup, classic stuff. n/t

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