Russia takes the Biden Challenge

posted at 10:02 am on March 14, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Joe Biden warned us that Barack Obama would get tested by unfriendly nations in the first six months of his administration because of his inexperience.  That prediction now looks like sunny optimism.  Just days after China aggressively challenged the US Navy in international waters in the South China Sea, Russia now says they may start basing bombers in Venezuela — and Cuba:

A Russian Air Force chief said Saturday that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has offered an island as a temporary base for strategic Russian bombers, the Interfax news agency reported.

The chief of staff of Russia’s long range aviation, Maj. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev, also said Cuba could be used to base the aircraft, Interfax reported. …

Zhikharev said Chavez had offered “a whole island with an airdrome, which we can use as a temporary base for strategic bombers,” the agency reported. “If there is a corresponding political decision, then the use of the island … by the Russian Air Force is possible.”

Interfax reported he said earlier that Cuba has air bases with four or five runways long enough for the huge bombers and could be used to host the long-range planes.

It took John Kennedy more than a year to precipitate a military standoff with the Soviet Union over Cuba in the 1962 missile crisis.  It’s taken the Obama Amateur Hour less than two months.

Recall that Barack Obama ran in part on a campaign to “restore diplomacy” in foreign relations.  Hillary Clinton made a big show of bringing a “reset button” to her first meeting with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, in which the button was labeled incorrectly and not spelled in Cyrillic.  This followed her bumbling show at the EU, making it clear to the Russians that our foreign service was in complete disarray, run by imcompetents.

Can you imagine Russia trying this with George Bush?  For that matter, can you imagine Bush losing Kyrgyzstan — and a vital military route — to Putin?  Russia is doing this now because Putin and Medvedev understand that they can get away with it.

The Kremlin later said that Zhikarev spoke “hypothetically”.  We’ll see.  I’d guess that it won’t take long for Moscow to start landing bombers 90 miles off our coast if the Obama administration continues the feckless performance we’ve seen thus far.

Update: Daniel Larison attempts to tell us that there’s nothing to see here and we should just move on:

There is a non-story making the rounds that the Russian military might base bombers in Venezuela and Cuba, provided that the Kremlin wanted to do this. In the same story that is being circulated, the Kremlin ruled out the idea as hypothetical speculation. Naturally, this had no effect whatever on wild accusations of Obama’s foreign policy failure.

When a Russian general tells the press that his country might start basing its bombers in Cuba, it’s not just some wild speculation on my part.  Bruce McQuain at QandO points this out to Larison:

However it seems Larison’s research into the story must have omitted this CNN version. The lede:

Russia expressed interest in using Cuban airfields during patrol missions of its strategic bombers, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.

I put them in bold so they might catch Larison’s eye. You see, when most people see the words “Russia expressed interest” they interpret them to mean the state of Russia – you know, the country?- is interested enough in something to actually express that interest outloud to where a news agency heard it and reported it. And the words “Cuban airfields” usually mean, well, you know, airfields in Cuba – the object of the Russian interest. The thing airplanes fly off of. The fact that a Russian news agency reported the story about Russia’s interest and Cuba’s airfields, while also mentioning strategic bombers, kind of ties it all together and gives the statement some credibility over and above Larison’s hand-wave of dismissal. It certainly makes it more than a “non-story”.

Well, yes.


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Testing the lightweight. Commander in his dad’s suit.

marklmail on March 14, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Bay of Pigs Pork.

jgapinoy on March 14, 2009 at 10:06 AM

As the world laughs…

zeebeach on March 14, 2009 at 10:07 AM

Gee, I hope John Stewart is on the case.

javamartini on March 14, 2009 at 10:07 AM

And Roxana Saberi is still being held, and North Korea is still North Korea. The reality is that President Obama is viewed as a weakling, whether that is fair or not is beside the point. If the world thinks it they will act accordingly.

rob verdi on March 14, 2009 at 10:07 AM

I’m surprised Obama didn’t offer Groom Lake as a counter offer to Cuba and Venezuela.

Guardian on March 14, 2009 at 10:09 AM

From the Monroe Doctrine to the O-no! Doctrine…

Less than 60 days into this thing…wonder what is in store for next week?

coldwarrior on March 14, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Uhhh… uhhhh… ah…. uhhhh… yeah. With no, uhhhh….. conditions. I don’t see uhhh, uhhhh…. a problem.

wccawa on March 14, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Perhaps THE ONE will hit them with his purse as HE we all get mugged?

Yoop on March 14, 2009 at 10:13 AM

It took John Kennedy more than a year to precipitate a military standoff with the Soviet Union over Cuba in the 1962 missile crisis. It’s taken the Obama Amateur Hour less than two months.

See how much better & efficient Dear Leader is?

Recall that Barack Obama ran in part on a campaign to “restore diplomacy” in foreign relations. Hillary Clinton made a big show of bringing a “reset button” to her first meeting with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov,

Reset all the way back to 1963.

rbj on March 14, 2009 at 10:14 AM

I’m surprised Obama didn’t offer Groom Lake as a counter offer to Cuba and Venezuela.

Guardian on March 14, 2009 at 10:09 AM

I’m surprised he didn’t offer a large chunk of TARP funds to help rebuild and modernize their new airfield.

Can we say the president is a commie? YES WE CAN!

Folks should have figured out where his loyalties lie when his election offices had posters of Che Guervera and Cuban Flags on the walls.

AW1 Tim on March 14, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Well, I guess we can call that relationship RESET for sure. Maybe they’ll say that this was just a gag too…I doubt it.

JCinNC on March 14, 2009 at 10:15 AM

But the Obama administration already has a plan to counter this!

They plan to offer Russia basing rights at McConnell Air Force Base near Wichita, KS. This base is much more centrally located to all US targets and closer to Russia reducing the resupply distance.

johnsteele on March 14, 2009 at 10:15 AM

It won’t be long before the east african pirates start hijacking fishing boats off our coasts…;)

jerrytbg on March 14, 2009 at 10:15 AM

The Idiot won’t do anything.

notagool on March 14, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Those are not Russian bombers, they are flying Russian diplomatic pods. Just like there are no longer enemy combatants at Gitmo, just vicitims of US imperialism unjustly held. All Hail The Manchurian !

JonRoss on March 14, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Russia is pissed they did not get DVD’s

Wade on March 14, 2009 at 10:18 AM

But Obama has high popularity ratings, and if you speak ill of him you will not be allowed into his press conferences.

Move along, these are not the droids you are looking for.

Right_of_Attila on March 14, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Hillary Clinton made a big show of bringing a “resetovercharge button”

the_nile on March 14, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Is the Doomsday Clock going to move to four minutes to midnight? Sheesh.

pifactorial on March 14, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Amazing how we have gone from having a tough-talking big-shoulder President to now having the kid who is most likely to be stuffed in a gym locker.

sherry on March 14, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Send Michelle to negotiate in her Klingon Warrior battle dress, then they will be afraid…..

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on March 14, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Don’t worry guys- Obama will come prancing in on his unicorn and sprinkle sunshine and lollipops over all the land! Everything will be just fine.

alwaysright43 on March 14, 2009 at 10:22 AM

send Hillary over in a SHORT dress…those thunder thighs will scare the hell out of the russians!!!

right4life on March 14, 2009 at 10:22 AM

The Kremlin later said that Zhikarev spoke “hypothetically”.

Oh well now, that takes the pressure off the Manchurian. That is probably going to be the talking point next week for the White House.

JonRoss on March 14, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Does anyone have a sinking feeling?

FOWG1 on March 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Lord….I feel like we’ve gone from Wyatt Earp to Screech Powers.

kingsjester on March 14, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Russia is our ally, our friend. Russia has always been our friend. Of course we have open travel between the US and Cuba. We have always had open travel between the US and friendly nations.

Russian naval and air assets based in Cuba are not a threat to the United States nor are missile launches from North Korea and Iran.

Do not listen to the fear mongers and the hate mongers in the media and on the blogs. Everything is going to be just fine.

The Obama administration will take care of us. We have nothing to fear.

Would you like another shot of Victory Gin? We have plenty.

Skandia Recluse on March 14, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Obama, being, like most liberals, oblivious to history, has no idea what he’s up against in dealing with the Russians. And I say this as a relative Russophile. I love their art, their music, their churches, and their language, but their brute cunning knows no bounds. I fear we are in for a rough four years on the world stage, especially with the One’s taking every opportunity he has to show his disdain for the British, our oldest and best ally. Oh, but I forgot — at least Kenya loves us now.

bulgaroctonus on March 14, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Send Michelle to negotiate in her Klingon Warrior battle dress, then they will be afraid…..

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on March 14, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Sleeveless of course. Those ham hocks disguised as as biceps scared the hell out of me, so maybe Putin will fold.

JonRoss on March 14, 2009 at 10:26 AM

No worries. The Malaysian Metrosexual will back down the the Russkies and the Chi-Coms.

And if that doesn’t work out he can always blame Bush.

there it is on March 14, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Ed. You missed the third paragraph.

The Kremlin, however, said the situation was hypothetical.

The russian military is very weak overall — they have modernized only in a small number of areas. This is a bluff to make Bambi look weak when he doesn’t respond. The propaganda only works because he and Hillary are already a laughing-stock.

If he does respond, then the Kremlin will do so also. A war of words is much cheaper for Putin than for Zero.

gh on March 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Would you like another shot of Victory Gin? We have plenty.

Skandia Recluse on March 14, 2009 at 10:25 AM

You are probably mistaken. I think the drug of choice for this White House crowd is powdered and easily snortable.

JonRoss on March 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM

JonRoss on March 14, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Actually, if you could mesh Hildabeest with the Klingon, you’d have one hell of a top-ten NFL draft linebacker.

Always think of the positive. Always.

wccawa on March 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Maybe this is one of the restrictions Obama wants to lift?

We’ll know when they give Hillary a red nuclear button.

Hey, it’s COOL to be American again!

artist on March 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Winning the Drudge Report’s Obama vs. Putin shirtless contest must’ve gone to pooty’s head.

Christina_M on March 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Its Vlad “Impaler” Putin vs Joe the “Bomber Mouth “Biden.

Classic case of Secretive vs Stupid.

William Amos on March 14, 2009 at 10:33 AM

64 replies to the Katie Couric story. Where’s my Anna Nichole News?

Tommy_G on March 14, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Their Bombers are crap. 12 hrs maintenance for every hour of flight. Flying money pits. Lets bring back the coldwar.

Amadeus on March 14, 2009 at 10:34 AM

where’s pootypoot?? I hope its not too late to join the winning side, comrade!!!

right4life on March 14, 2009 at 10:36 AM

It won’t be long before the east african pirates start hijacking fishing boats off our coasts…;)

jerrytbg on March 14, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Brass ring! (When Mexico collapses the Gulf will be pirate heaven)

Been saying it, along with others, that spring would bring the madmen out to be-ach slap us around a bit. Barry will send them flowers to calm them down.

Putin’s next stop, the Ukraine.

BTW, I have shovels for sale, $8.99 + P&H (1-800-Bunkers)

Limerick on March 14, 2009 at 10:36 AM

The russian military is very weak overall — they have modernized only in a small number of areas. This is a bluff to make Bambi look weak when he doesn’t respond. The propaganda only works because he and Hillary are already a laughing-stock.

If he does respond, then the Kremlin will do so also. A war of words is much cheaper for Putin than for Zero.

gh on March 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM

+10

Amadeus on March 14, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Russia sends Bombers and Biden offers Russia a reward

Joe Biden “We will have peace in our time !” as he waves agreement.

“From the start of our meeting the vice president emphasized that he considers Russia’s absence from the WTO an anachronism and relic of previous years,” Shokhin said. “Furthermore, the vice president refreshed in our memory an old theme, which we have been raising for almost 20 years, about the Jackson-Vanik amendment, and he emphasized that this is also anachronism.”

The Jackson-Vanik amendment to a 1974 U.S. trade law restricts trade with countries that have non-market economies and restrict emigration.

William Amos on March 14, 2009 at 10:37 AM

lol

jerrytbg on March 14, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Their Bombers are crap. 12 hrs maintenance for every hour of flight. Flying money pits. Lets bring back the coldwar.

No, not yet. Not until we have a cold warrior back in charge.

bulgaroctonus on March 14, 2009 at 10:38 AM

I doubt hinting they are racist will have much effect. So, what’s left to do???

a capella on March 14, 2009 at 10:38 AM

“[those] who remember history understand better than most that there is no security, no safety, in the appeasement of evil”- President Ronald Reagan

alexraye on March 14, 2009 at 10:39 AM

btw lim…that’s whatI meant! good catch…

jerrytbg on March 14, 2009 at 10:39 AM

BTW, I have shovels for sale, $8.99 + P&H (1-800-Bunkers)

So, would you say that those bunkers are “shovel-ready?”

bulgaroctonus on March 14, 2009 at 10:39 AM

64 replies to the Katie Couric story. Where’s my Anna Nichole News?

Tommy_G on March 14, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Poor Anna N – dead as Che and probably accomplished more in her brief lifetime than Che did, but I never saw any posters of her in Obama campaign offices. Just no respect for the TRUE social icons of our time.

JonRoss on March 14, 2009 at 10:39 AM

this doesnt bode well, to be sure…but i wonder what a McCain Palin response would have been? threaten all out nuclear war? how do you go about preventing this sort of thing?

ernesto on March 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

“[those] who remember history understand better than most that there is no security, no safety, in the appeasement of evil”- President Ronald Reagan

alexraye on March 14, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Amen

JonRoss on March 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Yah I vill take Bear Bombers in west hemisphere for 100 Hillary…

MarkT on March 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM

I just broke out my Russian phrase books and my fur hat with the Red Star on the front.

Obambi wants to be a diplomat, but his idea of diplomacy involves a jar of Vaseline.

AubieJon on March 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM

It doesn’t matter if the bombers are crap. What matters is the message that Barry and Crew are weaklings.

Without a stick America will have to run. Walking softly will be old school.

Limerick on March 14, 2009 at 10:42 AM

I love how they all love and respect us now. Not.

ctmom on March 14, 2009 at 10:43 AM

It doesn’t matter how weak the Russian military is right now, unless they actually start a war. At this time the West can be bluffed and Russia (and anyone else) can make gains diplomatically.

zmdavid on March 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM

And all we have to fight back with is the Annointed One and his Apostles. Wonderful. Maybe he should give Bush a call, like when the incompetent Charles Logan ran to Dave Palmer, on 24. He criticizes everything Bush Doctrine, and yet finds himself an increasingly lame duck in his first 100 days when he tries operating without it.

Virus-X on March 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM

how do you go about preventing this sort of thing?

ernesto on March 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

The same way we have been doing it. You project strength in word and deed. When our enemies have no doubt we will respond to aggressive acts, they don’t make them. This is a probe and as noted above, intended to make Obama look even more foolish in realpolitik affairs.

a capella on March 14, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Dictators can smell weakness–thus Hitler’s plays in the late 30s and the Soviets’ play against Kennedy.

Good leaders are challenged less often, and can find the right balance between strength and restraint in their responses–e.g., the Berlin blockade.

You couldn’t pay me to live in Georgia right now.

jazz_piano on March 14, 2009 at 10:47 AM

You couldn’t pay me to live in Georgia right now.

jazz_piano on March 14, 2009 at 10:47 AM

I have friends there, and I fear for them every day.

wccawa on March 14, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Remember when Russia attacked Georgia during the election? The Russians were already testing Obama what did Obama say something about Moral Equivalency that’s right the old Georgia was asking for it foreign policy position. He need to deliberate about the Russian aggression toward Georgia…kind of like he is now about the Mexican Border Violence…he doesn’t want to Militarize our southern border. Gov Rick Perry asked for 1,000 National Guardsman does Obama even get what a drop in the bucket that is for the TEXAS/MEXICO Border? I would hardly call it Militarization. This goes back to his weak Geography skills remember he is the President of 57 States.

Dr Evil on March 14, 2009 at 10:50 AM

I have friends there, and I fear for them every day.

wccawa on March 14, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Yikes. Russia’s annexation of part of Georgia last year was eerily similar to Hitler’s annexation of the Sudetanland 70 years prior. And in both cases, the Western democracies did virtually nothing.

jazz_piano on March 14, 2009 at 10:50 AM

ernesto on March 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Well, we certainly shouldn’t back off on the european missle shield.

jazz_piano on March 14, 2009 at 10:47 AM

You remeber that one congressman who thought it was the state of Georgia under attack?

boomer on March 14, 2009 at 10:53 AM

The same way we have been doing it. You project strength in word and deed. When our enemies have no doubt we will respond to aggressive acts, they don’t make them. This is a probe and as noted above, intended to make Obama look even more foolish in realpolitik affairs.

a capella on March 14, 2009 at 10:46 AM

So how do you project direct strength on Russia? Im sorry but projecting strength like invading Iraq is only enough to scare countries like Libya…not the big boys. Like China in Taiwan…this doesnt seem like a situation we just “project” our way out of…to do so would mean threatening war against a nuclear power…wouldnt it?

ernesto on March 14, 2009 at 10:54 AM

In spite of the absolute catastrophe that Obama and his administration are (he’s fast-approaching Carter levels already, and thus well on his way to surpassing Carter in sheer suckitude) and will likely be for the future of America, I admit that a part of me is giggling with schadenfreudistic glee at just how terrible he actually is at this.

As far as a confrontation with Russia goes, is anyone surprised? Putin is a 6th-dan judoka, a guy whose hobby is world-class hand-to-hand combat. Obama likes to shoot hoops. Alone.

Advantage: Putin, by a long shot.

Harpazo on March 14, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Yikes. Russia’s annexation of part of Georgia last year was eerily similar to Hitler’s annexation of the Sudetanland 70 years prior. And in both cases, the Western democracies did virtually nothing.

jazz_piano on March 14, 2009 at 10:50 AM

The very scary, sad part is that if Russia decides it wants Georgia, it can take Georgia. Our only response short of all-out war would be limited to strongly worded statements.

Georgians are proud, wonderful people, but they would be swept aside by sheer numbers. Realistically, what response could they expect from Dear Leader?

wccawa on March 14, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Limerick on March 14, 2009 at 10:36 AM

I feel sorry for the Ukraine. This is probably what it’s all about. A signal to the USA:- Leave us to do as we see fit, or we’ll park on your doorstep.

OldEnglish on March 14, 2009 at 10:55 AM

I imagine this is also related in some way to Barry’s prevarication on eastern Europe missle defense. The rooskies are chess masters and they know they have a novice sitting across the board from them. I suppose the next move will have something to do with Afghanistan supply routes. They have a buffet table from which to choose and also a U.S. SoS who is totally unqualified. Guess I need to learn a foreign language but don’t know which one.

a capella on March 14, 2009 at 10:56 AM

how do you go about preventing this sort of thing?

ernesto on March 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

You don’t have to have testicles to lead and defend your country, i.e. Margaret Thatcher and Gold Meir, however if the assumption is that you do own a pair you better act like it. Barry and Biden between themselves coulnd’t come up with a single nut if they wanted to.

JonRoss on March 14, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Russia now says they may start basing bombers in Venezuela — and Cuba

…and eventually, California.

whitetop on March 14, 2009 at 10:58 AM

On the other hand, the presence of these planes would give Mr. Obama good air support should trouble with his administration erupt in the United States.

Mason on March 14, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Barry and Biden between themselves coulnd’t come up with a single nut if they wanted to.

Oh, I think the Obama camp has plenty of nuts in it.

bulgaroctonus on March 14, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Russian bombers in Cuba?

Now, that’s change we can believe in, America!

av8tr on March 14, 2009 at 10:59 AM

On the other hand, the presence of these planes would give Mr. Obama good air support should trouble with his administration erupt in the United States.

Mason on March 14, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Shades of Salvadore Allende.

JonRoss on March 14, 2009 at 10:59 AM

I never worried about international affairs with Bush in the White House. No matter what came up on the radar screen, Bush could handle it. But old “Big Ears” is so incompetent and such a manipulative compulsive liar that Alfred E. Newman from Mad Magazine looks like the better choice. How long are we stuck with this creep as Prez?

Cinday Blackburn on March 14, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Well we can’t call them our enemies or anything, remember the new rule out of D.C. the Gitmo guest are not enemy combatants they are detainees now. What wondrous name will the Obama Administration come up with for the people plotting our Doom?

Dr Evil on March 14, 2009 at 11:00 AM

JonRoss on March 14, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Well where do we show it? We can’t invade Iraq again…i mean i guess we could start an international incident and invade Iran. That would show strength i suppose…so long as we could survive the oil shock that comes with something like warzone at the strait of hormuz.

Honestly if this is how the Russians want to play id take the missile shield right back off the table…and im one who supported putting it on the table in the first place. Im just not sure how much other leverage we have at this point…even a Reagan could only operate as far as his leverage would allow…

ernesto on March 14, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Obamatopia. The world loves the U.S. again – now that they feel emboldened to kick sand in our faces.

whitetop on March 14, 2009 at 11:00 AM

I just broke out my Russian phrase books and my fur hat with the Red Star on the front.

Obambi wants to be a diplomat, but his idea of diplomacy involves a jar of Vaseline.

AubieJon on March 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM

“Ne strelyaite! Ya znaio secreti!”

(“Don’t shoot! I know secrets!” – one of the first phrases we learned at DLI way back in the day. Keep it handy. It may buy a little time.)

coldwarrior on March 14, 2009 at 11:00 AM

The Kremlin later said that Zhikarev spoke “hypothetically”. We’ll see. I’d guess that it won’t take long for Moscow to start landing bombers 90 miles off our coast if the Obama administration continues the feckless performance we’ve seen thus far.

I wonder how those Floridians who voted for Obama feel now.

Hey, Charlie Crist, enjoying Obama’s stimulus money? You kneepad-wearing twit.

BuckeyeSam on March 14, 2009 at 11:01 AM

this doesnt bode well, to be sure…but i wonder what a McCain Palin response would have been? threaten all out nuclear war? how do you go about preventing this sort of thing?

ernesto on March 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Vlad wouldn’t have tried this w/ McCain because for all of his faults McCain loves his country and not a wimp, unlike the Pussy Precedent. Bullies don’t challenge the strong and confident kids, they pick on the weak and that’s who was selected in Nov. 08.

thomasaur on March 14, 2009 at 11:01 AM

ernesto on March 14, 2009 at 10:54 AM

You don’t make ill advised campaign speeches about wanting the whole world to love you and constantly criticize your predecessor’s foreign policy while promising “soft” diplomacy. That’s for starters. Obama has been telegraphing his punches for two years and the rooskies are counterpunching.

a capella on March 14, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Now’s the time for Jimma Redux to reiterate his desire for American unilateral nuke disarmament.

whitetop on March 14, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Russia now says they may start basing bombers in Venezuela — and Cuba
…and eventually, California.

Hey, if the Russians pay rent on their California airbase, that might solve Arnold’s fiscal problems. Rubles are stimulus too, y’know.

bulgaroctonus on March 14, 2009 at 11:02 AM

“Soft diplomacy” = no backbone.

coldwarrior on March 14, 2009 at 11:02 AM

“Ne strelyaite! Ya znaio secreti!”

(”Don’t shoot! I know secrets!” – one of the first phrases we learned at DLI way back in the day. Keep it handy. It may buy a little time.)

coldwarrior on March 14, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Thank you. I suppose we should also learn it in Chinese and Farsi.

a capella on March 14, 2009 at 11:03 AM

It just occurred to me with former President George W Bush now living in Dallas Texas, The Obama administration is playing fast and loose with his predecessor’s security. I mean George W Bush resides in the State Gov Rick Perry asked for 1,000 National Guardsmen, to be sent to the Texas/Mexico border. Isn’t that being pretty caviler with President George W Bush’s security?

Dr Evil on March 14, 2009 at 11:05 AM

how do you go about preventing this sort of thing?

ernesto on March 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

You send a carrier task force into the region and spook the Venezuelans and Cubans. They arent that hyped about having the russkies there its their leaders that want this.

William Amos on March 14, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Obamatopia. The world loves the U.S. again – now that they feel emboldened to kick sand in our faces.

whitetop on March 14, 2009 at 11:00 AM

To piggyback on the sentiment, Obama likes the beach so much, it’s sad to see that we’ve gone from Charles Atlas status to the 90-lb weakling status in a matter of two months.

Every signal out of DC these days is that we aren’t a serious country anymore.

BuckeyeSam on March 14, 2009 at 11:06 AM

ernesto on March 14, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Invade Venezuela.

OldEnglish on March 14, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Biden! Are you ready to rumble?
“F*** no. Hey, wait…is that microphone on? Oh, f***!”

whitetop on March 14, 2009 at 11:07 AM

“Soft diplomacy” = no backbone defeated.

coldwarrior on March 14, 2009 at 11:02 AM

with a great deal of respect to your expertise coldwarrior

thomasaur on March 14, 2009 at 11:07 AM

ernesto, here’s an idea. Send Hillary packing and make John Bolton SoS. He wouldn’t really even have to say very much.

a capella on March 14, 2009 at 11:08 AM

thomasaur on March 14, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Not even “token” resistance? /s

coldwarrior on March 14, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Reset all the way back to 1963.

rbj

Heh. Bill Clinton feigned the JFK shtick while cutting our military down to size. Obama thought he had the Kennedy factor down pat via Carolyne. But then, that blue fairy went the way of the bus since there can only be one, and that be Michelle.

On National Defense, National Security, we’re stuck with all the problems and a strangle hold over survival solutions with Obama clogging the crapper.


Obama Doctrine: Destroy Prevention!

maverick muse on March 14, 2009 at 11:09 AM