Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on September 18, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

This one’s so obvious, my e-mail has been overflowing since yesterday morning with submissions on the same point.  Did no one at the White House think to look at a calendar to check to see whether their betrayal of Poland and the staunch support it gave the missile defense system just to suck up to Russia might have been better delivered on another day — in fact, any other day?  This one’s so embarrassing that even the New York Times couldn’t keep from reporting it:

But it made for unfortunate timing, as Thursday is the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland at the start of World War II, a date fraught with sensitivity for Poles who viewed the Bush missile defense system as a political security blanket against Russia. Poland, along with many other countries in the former Soviet sphere, worry that Mr. Obama is less willing to stand up to Russia.

What a great day to throw Poland under the bus in order to make the Russians happy!  Now Poles have another reason to mark September 17th.

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Yet another shocking lack of forethought.

publiuspen on September 18, 2009 at 10:05 AM

It is 70′s all over again.

Ditch Eastern Europe allies.
Suck up to Russia (which is not even worth a cup of coffee). Empire starts the buildup again – that is coming
Ignore Iran (on the verge of nuclear weapon). After all its a tiny country.
Pressurize Israel.
Kick UK in the teeth.
Run from Afghanistan

MAD MAD world.

antisocial on September 18, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Clinton was easy.

But I, for one, have been trying to connect the dots for the last eight months to figure out what this President is up to. His plans for his own and our future.
Nothing fits.

I am very afraid.

TimBuk3 on September 18, 2009 at 10:15 AM

neville Chamberlain is leading cheers in h…

chemman on September 18, 2009 at 10:16 AM

It is 70’s all over again.

Ditch Eastern Europe allies.
Suck up to Russia (which is not even worth a cup of coffee). Empire starts the buildup again – that is coming
Ignore Iran (on the verge of nuclear weapon). After all its a tiny country.
Pressurize Israel.
Kick UK in the teeth.
Run from Afghanistan

MAD MAD world.

antisocial on September 18, 2009 at 10:12 AM

It is?? Great! I’m slimmer, have more hair with my Fu Man Chu mustache, my bell bottoms and my Trans Am Super Duty 455,
and my wife was a stone cutie!

Jeff from WI on September 18, 2009 at 10:17 AM

World War 2 was Bush’s fault.

RustBelt on September 18, 2009 at 10:22 AM

……….But I, for one, have been trying to connect the dots for the last eight months to figure out what this President is up to. His plans for his own and our future.
Nothing fits.

I am very afraid.

TimBuk3 on September 18, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Correct! Why does Obama never want anything in writing?
CAN HE WRITE? (Anyone who researches his book writing comes to the conclusion he only dictated to some writer.)
This could explain his vacant paper trail in college!
WE’RE ALL AFRAID!

Cybergeezer on September 18, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Part of me doesn’t have much sympathy with the Euro’s since they were the ones bashing that evil Boooosh and dancing in the streets for Mr. Hope and Change and Smart Diplomacy.

How’s that working out for them now?

Dingbat63 on September 18, 2009 at 10:42 AM

But… US News And World Report said that “Obama Works to Repair America’s Image in the World

So you’re just launching a smear ad! HATER! Oh, wait… you’re a RAAAAACIST!

rihar on September 18, 2009 at 10:47 AM

But it’s okay because Putin is happy.

right2bright on September 18, 2009 at 10:56 AM

But… US News And World Report said that “Obama Works to Repair America’s Image in the World”

So you’re just launching a smear ad! HATER! Oh, wait… you’re a RAAAAACIST!

rihar on September 18, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Well, hell! That’s obvious.

News print is black and white, is it not.

Yoop on September 18, 2009 at 10:56 AM

We carried the ball for Europe for decades, rebuilding them after France and Britain failed to stop Hitler in 1936 when they had the might and means to do it. Then we protected them from Soviet Russia. Now they have a union with technology as advanced as ours, and the wealth to defend themselves. I say let them do it at long last.

As someone else wrote, they wanted Obama to be our president, so they got what they wished for. Let the Euros suck that up, too.

Still, the WH should have asked the Dept. of State for any Polish sensitivities other than us changing our minds about basing an anti-missile system there.

Liam on September 18, 2009 at 10:57 AM

The timing is so bad I just have to wonder whether it was done on purpose. As a foreign policy move, it’s worthy of what Jimmy Carter did in the 70′s. I wonder what’s next…

shooten on September 18, 2009 at 11:22 AM

“Impotence: The New ‘Smart’ Diplomacy”

- Barry H. Obrawndo (he’s got electrolytes!)

Tom_OC on September 18, 2009 at 11:25 AM

“For those who feared the ‘pre-9/11′ mentality, I bring you the ‘pre-12/07/41′ mentality.”

– Barry

Tom_OC on September 18, 2009 at 11:28 AM

THIS PRESIDENCY IS A TOTAL DISASTER

rjoco1 on September 18, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Well lookie at who Putin just INVITED in for “talks” now that Barry has dropped his shield. Goldman-Sachs and…..GE.

So a political move got us NOTHING in return from the Russians. But Goldman-Sachs and GE got invited in for “talks”.

Who says Barry doesn’t take care of his friends?

GarandFan on September 18, 2009 at 11:58 AM

it was Germany that invaded Poland, not the USSR in 1939.
CROCKOBAMA is still not bright for selling out Poland, more hope led astray

dthorny on September 18, 2009 at 11:59 AM

The Far Left, from which Obama sprung, lives by their own made up history of the world, particularly the US. This is the reason why Obama keeps making these stunningly stupid mistakes.

PoodleSkirt on September 18, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Polish President Lech Kaczynski said he was concerned that Obama’s new strategy leaves Poland in a dangerous “gray zone” between Western Europe and the old Soviet sphere.

Recent events in the region have rattled nerves throughout central and eastern Europe, a region controlled by Moscow during the Cold War, including the war last summer between Russia and Georgia and ongoing efforts by Russia to regain influence in Ukraine. A Russian cutoff of gas to Ukraine last winter left many Europeans without heat.

The Bush administration’s plan would have been “a major step in preventing various disturbing trends in our region of the world,” Kaczynski said in a guest editorial in the daily Fakt and also carried on his presidential Web site.

And NATO Rasmussen echos the Obama One Voice to repudiate Poland and Czech Republic for having the nerve to think they could EVER meet the insincere and elitist NATO membership requirements.

Robert Gates can’t pretend to be anointing the Polish wound with the Balm of Gilead by echoing their hope that they can yet get Obama to establish US missiles bases in their countries, as if Gates’ has Obama’s authority to promise foreign policy.

Obama dropped the ball/bombshell and he is the only one who can make good on his sabotage of Polish and Czech sovereign independence. But given Obama’s sabotage of Columbia and Honduras Constitutional Governance, we already know his track record. He’s doing his best to pervert the US Constitutional Government.

maverick muse on September 18, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Polish President Lech Kaczynski refused to take Obama’s call and Hillary’s call 2 nights ago, having heard the rumor in advance.

This is the global diplomacy Obama and the Democrats promised 2008. “Uniter” fake.

maverick muse on September 18, 2009 at 12:25 PM

it was Germany that invaded Poland, not the USSR in 1939.
CROCKOBAMA is still not bright for selling out Poland, more hope led astray

dthorny on September 18, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Germany went in first, and on the 17th USSR went in from the east. They met in the middle. USSR had a treaty with Germany to invade and divide Poland. This is the peace treaty Germany broke when they invaded the USSR later.

DocKen on September 18, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Just for the excercise, what if Bush had chosen the birthday of Simon Bolivar to impose sanctions on Venezuela and Nicauagra?

Mike D. on September 18, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Obama makes our friends regret having cordial and supportive relations with the USA. But never more bluntly than with his horrible timing “communicating” with Poland.

dthorny on September 18, 2009 at 11:59 AM
–You’re correct pointing out that both Russia and Germany have fought to control Poland over the years.

/”My heart is in Zelazowa Wola/ Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, the life of this Polish composer and pianist (1810-1849) marked historical warfare between Poland/Russia.

Poland, itself an ancient monarchy, has been invaded by Russia at least since the days following Peter the Great. The following account comes much later, from the early 19th Century

After the Congress of Vienna, St. Petersburg had organized its Polish lands as the Congress Kingdom of Poland, granting it a quite liberal constitution, its own army, and limited autonomy within the tsarist empire. In the 1820s, however, Russian rule grew more arbitrary, and secret societies were formed by intellectuals in several cities to plot an overthrow. In November 1830, Polish troops in Warsaw rose in revolt. When the government of Congress Poland proclaimed solidarity with the insurrectionists shortly thereafter, a new Polish-Russian war began. The rebels’ requests for aid from France were ignored, and their reluctance to abolish serfdom cost them the support of the peasantry. By September 1831, the Russians had subdued Polish resistance and forced 6,000 resistance fighters into exile in France, beginning a time of harsh repression of intellectual and religious activity throughout Poland. At the same time, Congress Poland lost its constitution and its army.

I’ve been following Fred Thompson’s take on this betrayal.
Poles, Czechs: US missile defense shift a betrayal

maverick muse on September 18, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Part of me doesn’t have much sympathy with the Euro’s since they were the ones bashing that evil Boooosh and dancing in the streets for Mr. Hope and Change and Smart Diplomacy.

How’s that working out for them now?

Dingbat63 on September 18, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Those are mainly western Euros. Eastern Euros are largely pro American and pro Bush. They have lived under dictatorship long enough to appreciate liberty and who their real friends are. And now America has stabbed them in the back.

atheling on September 18, 2009 at 12:54 PM

The Russians probably suggested this date, and the clueless White House
agreed.

Dhuka on September 18, 2009 at 1:01 PM

C’mon. Don’t be too hard on P-BO. We all know that for liberals, history started yesterday. He couldn’t be expected to know such “nuance.”

Mallard T. Drake on September 18, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Ed,

The NYT has scrubbed the paragraph you quoted. Check the link – there is no longer any mention of the anniversary of the Soviet invasion.

In fact the whole article seems to be edited substantially.

These media lackeys are charming, aren’t they?

Missy on September 18, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Just for the excercise, what if Bush had chosen the birthday of Simon Bolivar to impose sanctions on Venezuela and Nicauagra?

Mike D. on September 18, 2009 at 12:49 PM

I guess he couldn’t wait that long.

Alana on September 18, 2009 at 1:34 PM

“Obama is surrounded by clueless people. Obama has no executive decision making/governing skills and he surrounds himself with people who don’t know anything.”

texasconserv on September 18, 2009 at 8:10 AM

You’re wrong! They know exactly what they are doing. They want to purposely ruin this country for another purpose. They are communists hence their loyalty to Putin, Chavez, the ousted hondurian dictator who tried to take over the country as a dictator. Do not for one minute think that anything they do is an accident.

margretto on September 18, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Obama has to know what he is doing, or else he would occasionally do something in the interest of the USofA.

darktood on September 18, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Reagan:
Tear down this wall!
Obama:
Yes, sir, Mr. Putin, I’ll tear down our defense system…May I shine your shoes, sir?

jgapinoy on September 18, 2009 at 8:29 AM

OUCH

disa on September 18, 2009 at 6:54 PM

This is more evidence that Obama is a Communist. All of his associates are Marxists.

A Marxist by definition is a Communist.

Of course this was deliberate. He intended this action before he was elected. It is because he wants the Soviets to regain their control.

There is no one more sinister than Putin…. and Obama should know that….

Actually there are some other sinister dudes: Ahmanutjob, Khamenei, Chavez, Morales, etc…

maggieo on September 18, 2009 at 8:14 PM

it was Germany that invaded Poland, not the USSR in 1939.
CROCKOBAMA is still not bright for selling out Poland, more hope led astray

dthorny on September 18, 2009 at 11:59 AM

That is true, that it was Hitler’s forces who invaded Poland in 1939, but the Russians gained control over Poland and Eastern Europe, including Saxony in Germany. My distant relatives were affected by this particular Russian invasion and takeover of Eastern Germany. A distant cousin had his bicycle stolen and his watch smashed….

maggieo on September 18, 2009 at 8:19 PM

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