Kasparov: No, Putin doesn’t believe anything Obama says because of the Syria blink

posted at 10:31 pm on March 3, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

When you accept a repressive Russian ruler’s offer as a political escape hatch because your own ill-considered rhetoric put you in the awkward position of being a Nobel Peace Prize winner elected president as an anti-Bush who would “nation build at home” now half-heartedly lobbying the nation to go to war in Syria, that repressive Russian ruler might not take you seriously the next time around.

A coherent foreign policy— at its best telegraphing that the United States is willing to use many tools to back good actors and punish bad, reward allies and punish enemies— is about being perceived as tough and reliable enough to prevent something like the invasion of Ukraine from happening before it happens. I don’t have such an issue with what President Obama is doing on Ukraine right this moment. Kasparov suggests that economic sanctions might not change Putin’s mind, but could scare off his cronies. What I do have an issue with is up until Friday, Obama and his staff were still deluding themselves into thinking Russia would do no such thing as entering Ukraine. Perhaps a little less mockery of Mitt Romney, who was showing the evaluation and knowledgeable prediction that is the art of foreign policymaking, and a little more policymaking was in order for the president. Putin weighed the U.S. response in Georgia, when Bush was the lamest of ducks, and found us wanting. He’s tested Obama again and again, and found absolutely no evidence that he’ll react robustly or reliably, even when he promises robustness.

The Washington Post posited today that Obama’s foreign policy is based on a fantasy. I think they’re right, but there’s another fantasy at play, here, too. Obama’s campaign pitch and much of his foreign and domestic policy were always based on the fantasy that his mere presence and his mere words would change the way the world worked. When confronted with the fact that they did not, the president does not know what to do. Some of the things the administration is considering might well be effective, but they would require Obama leading the rest of Europe and the international community to take some bold steps it might be squeamish about taking. Is anyone confident he can or will do that? I am deeply skeptical, though I wouldn’t mind being proven wrong.

On a related note, read Jamie Kirchick’s piece on misreading Russia. Being a realist isn’t always as realistic as it’s cracked up to be.


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Bmore!

PolAgnostic on March 3, 2014 at 10:40 PM

TDMD

PolAgnostic on March 3, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Bishop?

KCB on March 3, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Weird night..

KCB on March 3, 2014 at 10:41 PM

This isn’t QOTD people.

nobar on March 3, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Hey Ken!

{this won’t hurt a bit}

Beta testing “temporal displacement” app

PolAgnostic on March 3, 2014 at 10:43 PM

This isn’t QOTD people.

nobar on March 3, 2014 at 10:43 PM


Hence … no Bishop!

PolAgnostic on March 3, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Obama’s campaign pitch and much of his foreign and domestic policy were always based on the fantasy that his mere presence and his mere words would change the way the world worked.

10 million is too much stupid. Yet this fool got 65 million after one term of fecklessness.

Lanceman on March 3, 2014 at 10:44 PM

PolAgnostic on March 3, 2014 at 10:43 PM

What’s up?!!

KCB on March 3, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Kasparov: No, Putin doesn’t believe anything Obama says because of the WAY JUGEARS CROSSES HIS LEGS!

…fify!

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Everything conservatives have been saying is being confirmed. But, they’re still ignorant in San Francisco, Philly, NYC, and Miami because you just cannot convince stupidity. Obama’s chickens are crapping on his head.

HillC Liver Spot on March 3, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Alternative Headline: Kasparov is obviously a racist …

ShainS on March 3, 2014 at 10:47 PM

(sarc)
If you cross this Boinking Line,……, YOU WILL BE SCROTCHED!!!!

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 10:48 PM

So, who is the least respected president in history? Probably some of our early presidents weren’t respected much internationally because we were a new nation, so maybe we should limit it to the last 100 years. So, who is the least respected president of the last 100 years? Since I’m asking my choice should be obvious.

NotCoach on March 3, 2014 at 10:48 PM

*********************** TIME IS UP ********************************!!!!

KyivPost ‏@KyivPost 5h

March 4 at 5 a.m.: Ukraine’s deadline for surrender or more psychological Kremlin warfare? #Ukraine #kyivpost #Russia http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/march-4-at-5-am-ukraines-deadline-for-surrender-or-more-psychological-kremlin-warfare-338266.html
Expand
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Current Time:

5:04 AM
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 (EET)
Time in Kiev, Kyiv city, Ukraine

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 10:09 PM

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Bishop?….

Oh…

Not time yet..

But soon………

Electrongod on March 3, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Don’t you think he is desperately hoping that someone in Europe will come to his rescue? Ukraine can kiss it’s liberty good-bye, just like Iran, Egypt and Syria. At least they had a taste.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 10:50 PM

When confronted with the fact that they did not, the president does not know what to do. Some of the things the administration is considering might well be effective, but they would require Obama leading the rest of Europe and the international community to take some bold steps it might be squeamish about taking. Is anyone confident he can or will do that? I am deeply skeptical, though I wouldn’t mind being proven wrong.


There is NO limit to the amount of STUPID in this administration.

Samantha Power‏ @AmbassadorPower

There is a way out: #Russia must directly dialogue with #Ukraine, immediately pull back forces, and allow international monitors.

.
You can almost hear the Russians laughing all the way over here.

PolAgnostic on March 3, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Obama’s entire presidency is based on a fantasy. But it isn’t like this is news to us conservatives.

He Who Some Call A Traitor on March 3, 2014 at 10:51 PM

What’s up?!!

KCB on March 3, 2014 at 10:44 PM

.
Everything but the collective room temperature IQ of the SCOAMF administration

PolAgnostic on March 3, 2014 at 10:52 PM

NotCoach on March 3, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I don’t know, when you start out life by kicking the hindquarters of the greatest empire on Earth at the time, you probably garner some respect out of the box. With a little help from France but hey…..!

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 10:53 PM

The fantasy is Dear Leader’s world view…and America’s fantasy was electing an inexperienced community organizer and thinking it would do harm.

d1carter on March 3, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Maybe Bark is just stupid, no one ever suggests that.

Bishop on March 3, 2014 at 10:55 PM

I don’t know, when you start out life by kicking the hindquarters of the greatest empire on Earth at the time, you probably garner some respect out of the box. With a little help from France but hey…..!

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Washington stands alone, but subsequent presidents almost went to war with France, and did go to war again with the UK.

NotCoach on March 3, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Maybe Bark is just stupid, no one ever suggests that.

Bishop on March 3, 2014 at 10:55 PM


So
… you feel SCOAMF is too understated?!?

PolAgnostic on March 3, 2014 at 10:58 PM

d1carter on March 3, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Sorry…and thinking it would do no harm

d1carter on March 3, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Frankly, I do not see how America comes back from 2 terms of this a$$hole.

Lanceman on March 3, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Maybe Bark is just stupid, no one ever suggests that.

Bishop on March 3, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Bishop: Hopey relied on GaffeBidens Political Combat skills, to get Changey
out of Foreign Policy jams!:)

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Where is QOTD?

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2014 at 11:01 PM

That wasn’t a blink. It was a deep sleep.

SouthernGent on March 3, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Maybe Bark is just stupid, no one ever suggests that.

Bishop on March 3, 2014 at 10:55 PM

I think he’s a high functioning idiot myself. I sit and I wonder how anybody in his right mind ever looked at that guy, and thought that he was capable. I still don’t get it.

Chudi on March 3, 2014 at 11:02 PM

NotCoach on March 3, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Yeah, we beat them twice. Didn’t Jefferson get pretty tough with some religion of peace type pirates? I guess what I am saying is that due to it taking months to know what an American president had to say about anything, there was a lot less Captain Kickass type posturing. This poor dope still thinks he’s fooling us into thinking he’s the smartest guy around.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 11:03 PM

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2014 at 11:01 PM

frank’s still on it.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Maybe Bark is just stupid, no one ever suggests that.

Bishop on March 3, 2014 at 10:55 PM

He is a fake and a fraud. A figurehead for his socialist friends. He also doesn’t realize that he’s way out of his depth. He doesn’t write his own speeches and now, can’t deliver them properly.

Vince on March 3, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Don’t you think he is desperately hoping that someone in Europe will come to his rescue? Ukraine can kiss it’s liberty good-bye, just like Iran, Egypt and Syria. At least they had a taste.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Cindy Munford:0
===============

WH to the Ukraine:

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 7h

On Ukraine, Pres Obama again said Russia in violation of intl law

and Ukrainian people

must “control their own destiny.”

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 9:45 PM

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Maybe Bark is just stupid, no one ever suggests that.

Bishop on March 3, 2014 at 10:55 PM

I don’t think it’s his stupidity that causes him to make the decisions he makes, but rather his narcissism that makes him think he is never wrong about anything.

Flora Duh on March 3, 2014 at 11:06 PM

The US military isn’t strong enough to fight a war alone in the Ukraine, with unwilling allies and a fragile economy. $17 trillion in debt and borrowing to pay current levels of spending.

There are no credible military options, Obama has no credibility in anything he says, nor many allies left who he hasn’t insulted or angered. No one is going to follow Obama anywhere.

sharrukin on March 3, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Mary Katharine, this is some spot-on commentary. It ties everything together about Obama, showing how his inexperience and the messianic projection that he could solve problems by merely existing have caused real harm to America. Well done.

thebrokenrattle on March 3, 2014 at 11:07 PM

kept_simple ‏@kept_simple 6m

lmao RT @EliLake: The leader of Ukraine’s Jewish community says he thinks only Reagan could save #Ukraine from Russian aggression

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Ukraine&src=hash

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 11:08 PM

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Is “control your own destiny” like “you’re on your own, Suckers”?

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 11:08 PM

The REB didn’t just blink on Syria, he stumbled all over his own d*** for a couple of weeks.

A coherent foreign policy— at its best telegraphing that the United States is willing to use many tools to back good actors and punish bad, reward allies and punish enemies— is about being perceived as tough and reliable enough to prevent something like the invasion of Ukraine from happening before it happens.

Well put. Once it happens, it’s too late for deterrence. The Wretchard put it another way:

During the height of the Cold War it was believed that having to emphasize the obvious represented a failure of policy. Deterrence had to be self-evident; a daily thing. You didn’t go on the air to issue bloodcurdling warnings. You didn’t have to because stability was there, part of the normal like the air or the earth. The Russian president only had to look at the his daily briefing to know that the USAF was flying and hence that the day could begin as peacefully as the previous one.

The question for the REB is, what are you doing to deter Red China from similar expansionist adventures?

slickwillie2001 on March 3, 2014 at 11:09 PM

the name is Valerie Jarret.

1st female president of the USA

WryTrvllr on March 3, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Yeah, we beat them twice. Didn’t Jefferson get pretty tough with some religion of peace type pirates? I guess what I am saying is that due to it taking months to know what an American president had to say about anything, there was a lot less Captain Kickass type posturing. This poor dope still thinks he’s fooling us into thinking he’s the smartest guy around.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 11:03 PM

This isn’t a measure of their actual worth, but of how they were viewed. And as you pointed out Jefferson had to send troops into Tripoli because they didn’t respect us. But it was a different time, and a measure of a new nation. That’s why I suggested limiting it to the last 100 years. Obama has taken the respect previous presidents have built and flushed it all down the toilet.

No matter. No one else is playing anyways. I guess they think my question is rhetorical. :P

NotCoach on March 3, 2014 at 11:10 PM

I don’t think it’s his stupidity that causes him to make the decisions he makes, but rather his narcissism that makes him think he is never wrong about anything.

Flora Duh on March 3, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Why the stupid think they’re smart

NotCoach on March 3, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Some of the things the administration is considering might well be effective, but they would require Obama leading the rest of Europe

Not likely Mary K. Barack prefers to ‘lead from behind’.

Economic sanctions, visa holds, bank holds; all of that sounds great but must be done COLLECTIVELY.

Since economic sanctions can cut BOTH ways, who is going to go first?

……………….crickets………………………..

Putin is playing chess. Obama is playing with himself.

GarandFan on March 3, 2014 at 11:12 PM

RE:

[Ukraine’s Jewish community says he thinks only Reagan could save #Ukraine from Russian aggression]
———————————–

World News
03.03.14
Who’s Really Behind Ukraine’s Synagogue Attacks?
Surprisingly, Jewish leaders aren’t blaming the local neo-Nazis.
****************************************************************

For now, Zissels said he does not have much faith President Obama will do much to save his native Ukraine.

“I don’t believe Obama can do anything that will be useful or effective,” he said.

“But if he could do anything I would want him to end the Russian occupation of Ukraine.

But I think only Reagan among the American presidents is the one who could do that.”
(More…)
============

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/03/who-s-really-behind-ukraine-s-synagogue-attacks.html

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 11:14 PM

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Is “control your own destiny” like “you’re on your own, Suckers”?

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Cindy Munford: I think so, and what an irresponsible comment, from Obama!:)

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Teddy Roosevelt: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

Barack Obama: “Speak loudly and wave a small dick.

myiq2xu on March 3, 2014 at 11:21 PM

I think so, and what an irresponsible comment, from Obama!:)

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Hardly the first and sadly not the last.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 11:21 PM

NotCoach on March 3, 2014 at 11:10 PM

I see that Rubio is suggesting that we revisit the strategic defense in Poland. I wonder if that idea would be helpful. More importantly, would The Won even consider it.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 11:24 PM

I see that Rubio is suggesting that we revisit the strategic defense in Poland. I wonder if that idea would be helpful. More importantly, would The Won even consider it.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Yes, we should revisit it. No, he won’t. That would mean admitting error.

NotCoach on March 3, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Lots of Putin apologists on the DB page. Pretty sure we’ve got a massive push in America’s colleges toward some sort of reverence for the motherland.

BKeyser on March 3, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Lots of Putin apologists on the DB page. Pretty sure we’ve got a massive push in America’s colleges toward some sort of reverence for the motherland.

BKeyser on March 3, 2014 at 11:39 PM

That might be explained by this.

NotCoach on March 3, 2014 at 11:48 PM

That might be explained by this.

NotCoach on March 3, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Agreed.

Kaffa on March 3, 2014 at 11:51 PM

That would mean admitting error.

NotCoach on March 3, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Can’t have that.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 11:53 PM

If you actually read the WaPo article beyond the headline (which is from the online story, the print version is softer), it isn’t critical of Obama. Maybe gently. It’s the times, the new century, climate change or something that makes things like foreign policy so hard.

Kasparov understands Putin well enough. Obama is an easy read. There is no “there” there. He’s a party boy with a glib tongue and attitude that fools most, like a practiced con artist. All he wants to do is play golf and go on vacation. He didn’t even attend the briefing on Ukraine Saturday. Yo, Homey, it’s his weekend, time to chill!

1053 days and counting. God help us all.

Adjoran on March 3, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Adjoran on March 3, 2014 at 11:57 PM

It would probably be counter productive for Kasparov to come right out and call The Won a dumbazz. Besides, there seem to be enough people doing that. I liked this piece by Jonah Goldberg.

Cindy Munford on March 4, 2014 at 12:09 AM

If you actually read the WaPo article beyond the headline (which is from the online story, the print version is softer), it isn’t critical of Obama. Maybe gently. It’s the times, the new century, climate change or something that makes things like foreign policy so hard.

Kasparov understands Putin well enough. Obama is an easy read. There is no “there” there. He’s a party boy with a glib tongue and attitude that fools most, like a practiced con artist. All he wants to do is play golf and go on vacation. He didn’t even attend the briefing on Ukraine Saturday. Yo, Homey, it’s his weekend, time to chill!

1053 days and counting. God help us all.

Adjoran on March 3, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Everyone know that obam is all show and substance, which is why the U.S. is a joke in the rest of the world. He’s not fooling the people who are important,other world leaders. They hear him and see him when he goes partying when he should be attending briefings on world problems. We are screwed as long as he is in charge and that’s way too long.

onesheep on March 4, 2014 at 12:12 AM

As much as Washington may try to paint Moscow’s actions in Crimea as some sort of brazen military expedition, Russia’s actions in Ukraine cannot be placed in the same category as Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, for example, where US-led military operations in those hotspots have led to disastrous outcomes.

Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement that gives Russia’s Black Sea Fleet basing rights in Crimea until 2042, so to call the deployment of troops to Ukraine a “Russian invasion” – as some Western media are branding it – is clearly wide of the mark. Protecting the lives of Russian citizens at a time when Kiev is clearly not capable of securing the peace is no invasion.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 4, 2014 at 1:14 AM

donabernathy on March 4, 2014 at 1:14 AM

Russia hanging on to it’s base is an entirely different story than keeping Ukraine from joining the EU. We have bases in countries and don’t determine their type of government.

Cindy Munford on March 4, 2014 at 2:43 AM

I wish I had a polite way to say this (and I really, really wish it weren’t true), but Obama is a rashing POS…

fabrexe on March 4, 2014 at 2:53 AM

donabernathy on March 4, 2014 at 1:14 AM

Oh and the Russian backed leader took off with the treasury. But the U.S. are the imperialists.

Cindy Munford on March 4, 2014 at 2:55 AM

And from a commenter at Instapundit. Why are the Russian soldiers covering their faces?

Cindy Munford on March 4, 2014 at 3:01 AM

Let’s mock Putin for taking advantage of the retarded!

Lonetown on March 4, 2014 at 6:58 AM

Maybe we can shame him into playing nice with the token black kid.

Lonetown on March 4, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Why would Putin believe anything Obama has said?

Obama would much rather lie than tell the truth.

He prefers to follow others, not lead in global affairs, and even in following he is weak kneed.

He makes promises he does not keep.

He makes speeches signifying nothing.

Obama’s goal is to harm America and make the world a less stable, less safe place because his ideology informs him that world affairs will be better off this way and ignores the entire course of human history when he believes this.

The man is feckless, spiteful, petulant, two-faced, and has a disdain for the Nation and its citizens that is all encompassing. And these things make him morally superior in his own eyes. It is the moral superiority of a 2 year old, save with creased pants.

Yeah, Putin doesn’t believe a word Obama says.

In fact you can take good odds that the opposite of what Obama says is true and make more money on that bet than on taking a bet that Obama will do anything on what he says.

ajacksonian on March 4, 2014 at 7:02 AM

MKH opines:
A coherent foreign policy— at its best telegraphing that the United States is willing to use many tools to back good actors and punish bad, reward allies and punish enemies— is about being perceived as tough and reliable enough to prevent something like the invasion of Ukraine from happening before it happens.

As one of history’s greatest chess players, I’m sure this quote came to Kasparov’s mind:

“The threat is stronger than the execution.”
~ Aron Nimzowitsch‎, famous Russian chessplayer and author of “My System” on chess

LashRambo on March 4, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Obama blinked in Syria???? Really? That was Putin’s first clue? Maybe Putin isn’t as smart as he thinks he is.

The US has no foreign policy. Beating up on Israel doesn’t count. That is just thuggery. We are stuck and in deep trouble and the Left remains clueless.

BetseyRoss on March 4, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Kasparov. :) Now there’s a man who knows about playing chess!

gryphon202 on March 4, 2014 at 10:34 AM