House Intelligence chair: Putin’s playing chess while Obama’s playing marbles

posted at 6:31 pm on March 2, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

An apt analogy if ever there was one. Remember that one time Obama straight-up taunted Mitt Romney for a foreign policy supposedly harkening back to the 1980s and for chiding Obama’s nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia? Man, what a doofus Romney was! Via RCP:

Well, I think Putin is playing chess, and I think we’re playing marbles. And I don’t think it’s even close. If you look at the nuclear negotiations, we got our fannies handed to us. They took tactical nukes out of the equation. Huge mistake, especially for our allies in the Baltics. When you move down the list in Syria, the Russians got everything that they needed, they believe they needed in Syria. And so they’ve been running circles around us, and I think it’s really the naive position on the National Security Council and the president’s advisors that if we just keep giving things to Russia, they’ll finally wake up and say, boy, the United States isn’t all that bad. That is completely missing the motivations of why Russia does what Russia does. And, again, they have an interest in expanding their buffer zones by influence — I don’t think by Russian occupation — but by influence in cases like the Crimea, I think Moldova next, and other places that it’s in their interest to continue to push out that buffer zone. And, by the way, the big one that started this was the absolute retreat on our missile defense system in Poland and Czechoslovakia. It caused huge problems for our allies and emboldened the Russians, and it really has been a downhill slide.


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I’ve got an app available for my phone where you guide turds through the sewer system, kinda like flappy bird. Is O getting a royalty for this app using his likeness…and is it legal while he’s in office? Just asking.

msupertas on March 2, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Typo, or am I missing something …

I thought there were only three Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

ShainS on March 2, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Ouch. Typed too fast. 7 new members were admitted to NATO 29 March 2004, 3 of which were the Baltic states you list. The other 4 were Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

de rigueur on March 2, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Obama plays checkers , Putin plays Risk.

MichaelGabriel on March 2, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Putin is playing: Mug them in the alley and steal their wallets.

Obama is playing: golf.

ajacksonian on March 2, 2014 at 8:45 PM

I have a question.

How many of those rifle-owning people in Connecticut will see how the Ukraine is losing its sovereignty because it disarmed itself of its nuclear weapons?

NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER disarm.

NEVER!

KirknBurker on March 2, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Those ain’t marbles those are ACORNs…..

viking01 on March 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

I just remember Obama saying the world would love us and Hillary gave them the reset button and all was going to be grand.

jaywemm on March 2, 2014 at 8:57 PM

When you have a President who believes that America is bad…this is what happens.

Obama didn’t stumble unknowingly into Rev Wright’s America hating Church of racism and bigotry. He sought it out and felt completely at home basking in all the America/Caucasian/Jew bashing. He was swaying back and forth and shouting “Amen!” every time Wright bashed Whitey and America.

OxyCon on March 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Obama lost his marbles awhile ago.

TfromV on March 2, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Obama was chooming, Putin playing for keeps.

txdoc on March 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Putin’s a player, Obama is a front man

However, this does not mean that there were no strategies behind Obama’s moves. Obama may be making just the right moves, for people who knew in advance where this would end

There is always money to be made, whether a market is going up, or down. Commodities, puts, calls, longs, shorts, hey

entagor on March 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Putin proved that Obama is a weak little girly-man over Syria. He knows he can safely ignore threats from the Sissy President as well as his blow-up doll Secretary of State. They haven’t half a spine between them.

1054 days and counting. Pray for our nation and the world.

Adjoran on March 2, 2014 at 10:54 PM

My gosh what a mess Obama has made of the world. And not one Democrat will get blamed for the years of incompetence that has led to this state of affairs.

What an idiot foreign policy Hillary set us up for. “Reset”, “transform”… those words, those pretty words that Democrats call things… Democrats don’t even understand the full spectrum of what their own words mean. They don’t have anymore idea what they are doing than a five year old child. It is a pretend government playing make believe.

I despair.

petunia on March 3, 2014 at 2:06 AM

Agreement Made – China just joined Russia…the ‘Evil Empire’ ‘band’ is getting back together with a different ‘drummer’.

Obama has pretty much ostracized any nations we ‘used’ to call ‘allies’ by lying to them, spying on them, and demonstrating he is a coward after his ‘Syrian Red Line’ fiasco…and his & Kerry’s ‘Ukraine Red Line’ is going no better.

easyt65 on March 3, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Correction. Obama is playing GOLF while people are dying.

Poles for FREE Ukraine
http://www.polonianews.com/

ktrelski on March 3, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Is anyone paying attention to the build up here? Think about it. Russia is expanding it’s reach militarily. They have signed an agreement with the Chinese communists. The South American continent is imploding. The African continent is actually getting worse, if that’s possible. And now, the traitor-in-chief is warning Israel of dire consequences if they don’t sign a “peace treaty” with the muslims/arabs. He says Israel will be isolated (surrounded) by all the nations that despise her. Gog & Magog? The pieces are there. Step back and take a hard look at this and prepare.

HomeoftheBrave on March 3, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Obama was chooming, Putin playing for keeps.

txdoc on March 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Yeah. Russia boomed, Barry choomed.

onomo on March 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Who would have thought that a bullshi!tting dopehead quota beneficiary would be a total failure in statecraft?…

Pest on March 3, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Obama lost his marbles awhile ago.

TfromV on March 2, 2014 at 9:48 PM

You beat me to it.

brentspolemics on March 3, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Obama plays checkers , Putin plays Risk.

MichaelGabriel on March 2, 2014 at 8:40 PM

You not say Ukraine weak!

brentspolemics on March 3, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Putin is playing chess.

Meanwhile, Obama and Kerry are playing pocket pool. With a Junior Set.

orangemtl on March 3, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Putin is not a man to be admired except as a Russian among Russians. While Putin may be playing chess or Risk or some other strategy-based boardgame, Obama ain’t playin boardgames…he’s playing football. Whereas Putin wants to project power by meddling in the Crimea, Obama is focused on the bigger picture, his calculated objective: tearing down America in order to build up the caliphate. Obama isn’t incompetent; Obama is malicious. So, while Putin is being fawned over by Americans that long for a leader that projects machismo, Obama is Clau-clau-claudius, pretending to be the fool playing at marbles, biding his time.

TXJenny on March 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

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