Why Vladimir Putin Is Kicking Barack Obama’s Behind

Putin Views Russian Arms On Display At ExpoOn Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin’s minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people, including an American citizen, President Barack Obama emerged from the White House to issue a statement. Scowling at the camera, Obama stated: “Russia has extraordinary influence over these separatists. No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them.”

Finally, after fulminating for several minutes about the nastiness of the Russian government, Obama approached the predictable climax: threats of action.

Except that there were none.

Instead, Obama explained that if Russia were to ignore his warnings, it would “only further isolate itself from the international community, and the costs for Russia’s behavior will only continue to increase.”

To which Putin’s only rational response would be laughter.

This is a Western humiliation on an epic scale. Obama and Europe could wrongly and weakly pass off the invasion and annexation of Crimea as a historical anomaly brutally corrected. They could ignore the further invasion of eastern Ukraine, focusing instead on those naughty Israelis busily defending themselves against rocket attacks from Hamas terrorists.

But now, the West has told Putin, in no uncertain terms, that his people can hit a civilian aircraft with a missile, and that there will be no costs.

How can a second-rate power hold the United States and NATO over a barrel?

Vice President Joe Biden gave the answer in an interview with The New Yorker, albeit unwittingly (though that should go without saying, given Biden’s witlessness). While bragging about his gung-ho, macho political attitude, Biden related a story about meeting Putin — a story he pledged was “absolutely, positively” true, meaning there is a three in four chance it is complete fiction.

But, taking the vice president at his word, the story went like this. Biden met Putin at the Kremlin in 2011. They found themselves standing face to face. “I said, ‘Mr. Prime Minister, I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul,” Biden related to interviewer.

“And he looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, ‘We understand one another.’ This is who this guy is.”

The last line from Biden is the key to the story: He sees Putin’s response as a defeat for Putin somehow, a denial of his humanity. Putin, Biden seems to be saying, is an inhuman James Bond villain — and for some reason, Biden thinks this widespread perception of Putin makes him weak.

But that’s Putin’s entire goal : He wants the West to believe he has no soul. While the West, like Biden, seeks to demonstrate its bigheartedness to Putin, with “reset” buttons and U.N. resolutions and G8 summits and Olympic Games, Putin seeks to demonstrate that he has no heart. He wants to be seen as cruel and inhuman. He wants everyone to know that he will never bluff and that he will always shoot first.

Obama, Biden and the European Union somehow believe that handwringing and moral proclamations will bring Putin into line. Putin knows strength — or, at least, the impression of intransigent steeliness — will bring the West into line. In a game of chicken, the man who openly puts a brick on the accelerator will always win.

Putin’s got the brick on the accelerator. He’s had quite a hot streak: Georgia, Syria, Iran and now Ukraine. The result will be a far more dangerous world, as potential Russian targets seek nuclear weapons to deter the bear, and as Putin speeds to consolidate his gains. Obama’s nuclear-free world, his multipolar United Nations geopolitics, spirals the toilet, thanks to his own utopian wishful thinking.

This is what happens when children play against adults on the world stage. This is what happens when starry-eyed post-Americans are given charge of Western leadership. Putin rolls on, evilly manipulating, grossly murdering. And Obama makes peeved faces as bodies smolder in Ukrainian fields.

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  • Robert What?

    “Four days after Vladimir Putin’s minions in Ukraine…”

    How do we know it was them? There isn’t enough information (at least not enough being released) to make that pronouncement. One major question is motive: there seems to be no potential upside for Putin to be involved in the downing of a commercial airliner, and huge potential downsides.

    • Rosasolis

      We do not think that Putin was behind this terrible disaster.
      Why would he want an ordinary passenger plane to be targeted?
      What would Russia, or the separatists gain by this action?
      It is very sad that Obama has drawn conclusions before any real
      proof of the guilty persons has yet to be discovered!

      • Robert What?

        It isn’t just Obama. McCain is itching for war with Russia. As Sherlock Holmes said “once you eliminate the impossible, what is left, however improbable must be the truth.” There are six possibilities as I see it: (1) Russian seperarists deliberately downed a civilian airliner. (2) The separatists accidentally misfired while horsing around (3) They mistook the plane for a Ukrainian military jet (4) Some other party brought it down to make the Russians look bad (5) an incredibly Machiavellian scheme by the Russians to make the Ukrainians and US look bad. (6) Something else entirely.

        I think 1 and 2 can be dismissed immediately. 3 is certainly plausible. 4 and 6 are the most likely. No thoughts on 5.

        • Drakken

          Here let me clear this up for you, the separatist mistook the civilian flight for a Ukrainian one and fired a missle, and the fact that they are panicked about it and made that mistake says it all. Comrade Obummer and his weak feckless minions think you can charm a strongman with flowers and wishful thinking. Putin has had Obummers number since day one and knows he has no backbone and is weak.

          • Judahlevi

            That is an accurate and succinct summary.

          • Rick MacDonald

            I do not believe any of these possible scenarios except # 5 nor do I believe OB is weak. We have a Muslim in the White House and he is more of a Machiavellian operator then any other President ever. I am not convinced the Presidency will survive OB as we know it…

          • Drakken

            Your beliefs do not match the facts, sorry, but it is as simple as that.

          • nightspore

            Use the duck principle. Is OB really walking like a duck (i.e. a Machiavellian) or talking like one?

    • gerry

      What about Obama’s minions?

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  • Johnnnyboy

    Shooting the airline down is a lose-lose for the Russians. It has the potential for damaging both Russia and their agents in the Ukraine. That reasonably tells us that it was a mistake or a false flag operation. Or to sum it up, if not an accident or a serious miscalculation by some low ranking separatist, then it was done by the Ukraine gov for the sake of damaging the separatist movement. And this is not to disparage the Ukrainians. Real governments really are, fairly commonly, that nasty.

    As for Biden, the guy is an idiot.

    • http://tinatrent.com/ Tina Trent

      Infowars nonsense.

      • Strodensky

        Just like you !

  • Josep Xicot

    Please take it easy,we get information from one side,and it is questionable,above
    all if these news and informations came from the Obama´s gang.and his servants
    in Europe.

    • gerry

      Well this is coming from the Obama administration,they are well known and notorious for their lies.Credibility zero.

  • c’est la vie

    If you have to ask how do we know it was the separatists, then you’re just peddling smoke and mirrors and are part of the problem. There is no doubt about what happened. None. There’s PLENTY of information about who, what, how, when, and why. The separatists learned from the Russians how to fire a very sophisticated weapon at anything that invades their airspace. It makes them feel good, in case you need a why. As Mr. Shapiro rightly points out, the West is smitten with its own ideals of fairness, justice, and logic. No upside for Putin and Russia? Please. There wasn’t much upside for Saddam to play a shell game with WMD and UN inspectors (e.g. 16 UN resolutions). For the Germans to sprint headlong into Russian Generals October, November, and December was pretty stupid, and that stupidity required some planning from some pretty capable scumbags, people who were professionally trained classical violinists, PhD’s in whatever, etc. So yeah, Putin and Company are having a lot of fun playing with Obama, the Western media, and people like you.

  • Rosasolis

    Today is the Official Day of Mourning in Netherlands. As I write this, we are
    waiting for most of the bodies to arrive at last, at Eindhoven Airport. We are
    still not over the terrible shock and we are trying to come to terms with our grief.
    Today the flags are hanging at half-mast, and autos, busses, and trucks are
    carrying black ribbons on their outside mirrors. The churches are holding
    special services throughout the day and evening, the church bells keep ringing.
    Most businesses have been closed for the day, and the radio is playing only
    appropriate music to comfort the listeners.
    Many people here believe that our planet Earth is in great trouble, and that
    the Apocalypse may be fast approaching.
    Many people here are very tired of the arrogance of Obama, who up until recently
    has not shown any interest in Europe! Who is Obama to declare that
    “Russia has urged the separatists on!” Although Obama is now presenting
    Putin as the best candidate for the monster in the newest horror film,
    I find his accusations not very accurate and not very acceptable. Our prime-minister Rutte has called for
    International police co-operation to discover the true facts and has asked our
    people not to react to specualtion. Although the separatists may well be the
    guilty party in this terrible crisis, do not believe that the Ukrainian military
    are free from any blame! Obama has now become a very undiplomatic
    International dangerous politician. Putin may seem to be for some Americans an extremely introvert “cold-fish”, but he HAS been continuing to hold close contact with our government. In fact he was the first politician to contact Netherlands,
    directly after this disaster happened.
    our government. For those of you who would like a fair and more honest
    coverage of this disaster watch the international BBC TV news sender which
    is not politically motivated.

    • I_Am_Me

      Obama is very busy with his domestic transformation agenda. And fundraising because American politics has been sold out to the highest bidder.

      I’m sorry for the Dutch losses here. But are Germany and England the only two European countries that don’t default to appeasement when there are international conflicts?

      • Rosasolis

        Although everyone here in Netherlands are grieving, many
        people are very angry and are calling for Military action.
        But an expert Netherlands and International police investigation team is now in the Ukraine disaster site, and are doing everything
        possible to come up with facts as soon as possible.

    • gerry

      Obama is dangerous,it was quite clear from the start.Lots of countries have already distance from him and made the necessary adjustment.The American people will rue the day he was elected and reelected”.That day there won’t be any sympathy,they will have to live with it.

    • purpleandteal

      Our hearts go out to all the grieving.
      Less-biased sources here in US say anti-russian part of Ukraine had the motivation.
      I am a Bible-believer, and yes, it certainly does look like soon-fulfillment of prophecy, particularly with the unification of muslim forces around Israel (see Walid Shoebat, Joel Richardson, Mark Biltz, if this interests you).
      The majority of Americans are disgusted and embarrassed by this current president, and I personally apologize that the rest of the world has to put up with him. If you can get a hold of Dinesh D’Souza’s movies, they will explain a lot. Please do not believe anything that comes out of obama’s mouth!
      Although there is a majority of center right people in this country, the media is now tied in with the political left and has become its propaganda machine rather than being the watchdog for the people.
      We will pray for you and you can pray for the USA. Presidential election day 2016 cannot come soon enough. Pray for Election 2014 (November) as well!

  • Steven Hecht

    Based on his performance with Putin on a number of issues and on his overall record, anyone who believes Obama can successfully negotiate with Ayatollah Khamenei to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is as delusional as Obama.

  • nancinger

    I’m glad that I lived during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan, so that I know what an American President would and should do on the world stage. To quote Rush Limbaugh, “The world is and always has been governed by the aggressive use of force.”

    • Nik

      So you are glad that he was selling arms to Iran terrorists , funding the Nicaragua Contras terrorists with proceeds. CIA involvement in cocaine trafficking. Are you glad he was doing things way worse than Putin allegedly doing in Ukraine?

      • Drakken

        Those arms that got sold to Iran, namely Tow missles had a very bad habit of coming back to those who fired it or were defective, The Contras fought the communist, hence a great idea, and there was no CIA involvement in the coke trade, there fixed everything for your libtarded little mind to grasp.

        • Nik

          Reagan hands are covered in blood of thousands Sandinistas and so called “commies” which were just civilians, you are disgusting for giving any thumbs up to that monster.

          • Drakken

            Like we used to say back in the day, a good commi is a dead commi, and your welcome, I was there and contributed to their demise and good riddance.

    • Judahlevi

      You are right that Reagan was a wonderful president – may he rest in peace. He put Mikhail Gorbachev in his place.

      But then you get the leftist trolls who will bash any Republican president no matter how good they are.

      I would ignore them.

      • Nik

        oh , I see we have a right wing jew over here.
        A jew who likes fascists – wow, wait when they come for you.

        • Reader

          Seriously? Another deep thinker from the deep side. How did you come up with such an original line? Fascists – wow – hit it right out of the park. I bet this is how you write esses and get straight A’s from your commie professor.

  • theoprinse

    The European Cockpits Association has accused the FAA and the CIA that Delta Airlines, Air France, Quantas etc of the US, UK, Canada and Australia did NOT fly over the known war zone because their respective secret services knew there was change to be downed either from rockets or machine guns by the Kiev mafia regime or from the ground. Dutch foreign minister socialist Frans Timmermans was rprovoking civil war in the Ukraine along with his colleague Euro parliamentarian Hans van Baalen and his Belgian leader in the EU parliament Guy Verhofstad a few months ago and weeks before their European personal elections.. Further more the Kiev air control and the Kiev mafia and Frans Timmermans are responsible for having allowed the Malaysian airliner MH17 (MH370 Indian Ocean) to fly straight into and above the well known war zone where other airplanes had been shot down before.
    http://www.rtlnieuws.nl/nieuws/binnenland/diensten-moeten-informatie-over-luchtruim-delen
    Meanwhile the Russian defense minister points to a unknown fighter plane near the MH17 at the time of the downing.
    http://vrijetribune.nl/2014/07/russische-persconferentie-over-mh-17/

    • Drakken

      It was a separatist missile that shot down that plane and it was done by mistake, it is that simple and the Russians are going to pay for it because of incompetence of the separatist.

  • Johnnnyboy

    Apparently these politicians become so accustomed to pandering to voters that they can not see beyond it. we run our foreign policy like it was a game show where to goal is to have as many viewers call in their approval as possible.

  • Katya

    “On Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin’s minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people…”
    I think the author has some certain supernatural abilities to envisage the expertise results. Otherwise, it’s just a hearsay or propaganda to discredit Russia. It may also be a regrettable case of Russophobia.

    • 11bravo

      When you think you can believe Russia (communists), over the rest of the FREE world – you are in KOOKIE Ron Paul 9/11 truther territory.

      • Roninf9

        Russia, with the lowest taxes in Europe, surging birth rate, falling abortion rate, resurgence of Christianity, and repression of homosexualists is far less Communistic than the sodomite, Globo-Marxist EUSSR and Obama Regime.

        Check out this pic of the new face of the sodomite EU:
        http://0.s.dziennik.pl/pliki/6272000/6272336-conchita-wurst-643-385.jpg

  • I_Am_Me

    Obama is an example of the Peter Principle at the Presidential level.

    • truebearing

      He’s gone beyond even that. He’s now an example of the Peterless Principle.

      • Jerry G

        Michelle/Michael is an example of the Peter Principle.

  • 11bravo

    Putin has been doing doughnuts on the front lawn of the white house since Crimea. When Europe tries to impose any sanctions Putin will close the valve on the natural gas pipeline that accounts for 30% of Europe’s energy needs. They will capitulate faster than France.
    Reagan warned Thatcher NOT to rely on the Russian gas – they are Communists after all.

  • nimbii

    When Putin said “We understand each other” did he mean Biden did not have a soul either?

    We should hear the tapes from Kiev Air Control as a start.

  • nimbii

    With “Now we understand each other” did Putin mean that Biden did not have a soul either?

    ALSO:

    A community organizer who was an undistinguished US Senator for 151 days, Obama is simply outclassed by all other national leaders.

    He is a child among adults.

    That’s why he plays Alinsky politics at home because that’s the only place where he can be positioned by the MSM as a leader at least to the choir.

  • Bandido

    It is easy to defeat the corrupt, decadent West. Remain implacable, hurl charges of racism and colonialism, act ruthlessly, and the effete nations are unnerved, though secretly admiring. Their continual groveling is proof positive.

  • RMThoughts

    Russia has been releasing satellite photos showing the presence of Ukrainian Buk anti-aircraft missiles in locations from which the airliner could have been brought down by the missile system and documentation that a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet rapidly approached the Malaysian airliner prior to its downing. What is the American response? Why doesn’t Washington release its photos from its satellite?

    Why are we relying on a YouTube video that seems to be prepared in advance that purports to show a Russian general and Ukrainian separatists discussing having mistakenly downed a civilian airliner. Can anyone say Benghazi déjà vu.

    The reality is the neocon game plan needs Ukraine and needed the downed airliner as the “game-changer”. They get what they want. As uni-polar advocate and neoconservative strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski stated it clearly back in 1997 where all this is going today:
    “Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire. Russia without Ukraine…would then become a predominantly Asian imperial state, more likely to be drawn into debilitating conflicts with aroused Central Asians, who…would be supported by their fellow Islamic states to the south…if Moscow regains control over Ukraine, with its 52 million people and major resources as well as its access to the Black Sea, Russia automatically again regains the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia”

    Flood American with illegals, a nation of dependents and not citizens – they will have their way with us.

    • Drakken

      Hunyuk, Separatist shot down that airliner by mistake, now you have to pay up, those are the facts so do try to keep up.

  • Richard O. Mann

    America. It was fun while it lasted.

    • I_Am_Me

      Stand and fight.

  • truebearing

    Why does Putin kick Obama’s behind? Because he can.

    I’m beginning to think Obama likes it.

    • Judahlevi

      You may have something there.

  • Abigale

    In what direction are you pushing things? Think twice! Exit strategy – is our weak spot.

    • bigjulie

      And No Strategy is our strong suit! Yeah…fits right in!!

  • Jerry G

    This article is an example of jumping to conclusions before the facts have been established. So far all we have is conjecture and a lot of internet postings, many of which were falsified and photo shopped but no concrete evidence. In fact the downing of the may have been a false flag operation by Ukraine and evidence is surfacing to that effect.

  • TienBing

    Even admitting that Putin is a “bad man” and Russia is up to no good is a big step for our progressive leadership. Of course now that Russia is ostensibly no longer communist, taking that step was easier.

  • RMThoughts

    Putin: Americas last hope against the secular atheist communist who run this country.

  • jakespoon

    Obama must be full of beans,He sure can’t stop Putin.

  • Strodensky

    “《 How can a second-rate power hold the United States and NATO over a barrel? 》”

    Yeah, that was how Napoleon Bonaparte & Adolph Hitler used to think !

    The real question should be: ‘ How can a driveling dumbass write such a long and tedious balderdash like the one above!? ‘

  • Nik

    Does someone has to kill 200+ of european super race for a worldwide outrage ?
    While the new Kiev’s army (backed by US) is responsible for thousands dead of their own citizens. It is sad what happened to the plane, but cynical that the world reacts only now, like those people on the plane are not the same kind of civilians killed daily by Kiev’s army with US support.

    • 11bravo

      Just like plo civilians are not the same as Israeli civilians – get it?

    • American Patriot

      And you justify the atrocities of the rebels backed by Russia, you Stalinist/Maoist fool?

  • http://batman-news.com LeeVonHart

    ben prob doesn’t see these comments but…didn’t the Ukraine want to join nato and the conditions were to de-nuk, they did, and then further diss-arm in 2009, for this they got billions from our State Dept via the tax exempt Nat Edowment for Democracy accdg to Ron Paul. not sure why Nato did not protect Ukraine, but none of the activities we were involved with are Constitutional. now NED is in Venezuela.

  • ThinkTwice

    Rats will start jumping ship. When will people in Ukraine tire of this same old game. Once the “Maiden Moment” is over we find the same old players from the corrupt regimes of the past. The new acting President has been an acting Prime Minister, and a KGB/SBU head. The new acting Prime Minister has been a Foreign Minister. The oligarch “elected” President has been a Foreign Minister, the head of the state bank, and personal treasurer of two coups, in 2004 (installing Yushchenko) and in 2014 (installing himself). His main competitor, Mme Timoshenko, served as a Prime Minister for years enriched herself with 1.6 billion, until electoral defeat in 2010.
    The Irony In 1991, the Ukraine was richer than Russia, today it is three times poorer because of these people’s mismanagement and theft. Now they plan the same old trick: to take loans in Ukraine’s name, pocket the cash and leave the country indebted. They sell state assets to Western companies and ask for NATO to come in and protect the investment.

    It is all deja-vu. Yats, Svoboda Party and the Party of the Boxing protégée of Nuland have all resigned today, citing that they want an election. Does that mean if there is no Government, then there can be no pro-Kiev Forces? Is it coincidental? The Black Box is being analysed, not just by Farnborough, but also an International array of experts. The bottom line, the US puppet regime in Kiev is failing and Ukraine is a failed state. Russia will have to come and pick up the piece of our meddling.

  • Rosasolis

    Your pres. Obama is fast becoming a very dangerous leader! This morning
    our national news service (Netherlands) announced that Obama has contacted
    our government yesterday, and is DEMANDING that we carry out sanctions against Russia, and even break ties with this country! So that Russia will become
    isolated by Europe. ( And America). Up until recently Obama has shown very
    little interest in Europe! Now, why this sudden surge of interest in our
    quaint, antique Europe? Has the GRRREAT bla-bla Obama become afraid
    of his rival V. Putin?
    Yes the separatists in East-Ukraine have probably gotten most of their weapons
    from Russia, but Ukraine has also been supplied with many large weapons, which have
    not been sent from the European Union!…Where is the source of their weapons?…..I think we know the answer: Obama!
    Obama has been supporting this country! Ukraine has a corrupt government,
    which is, if not directly supporting their Neo-Nazis, is clearly not preventing them
    from continuing their extreme anti-Russian campaigns.
    Alas our news service has reported that one Netherlands business firm has
    broken its ties with Russia. But I hope that others will not become influenced
    by the demands of your obsessed leader Obama! Although Philips is mourning the lost of
    3 top employees on the Malaysian airlines disaster, they will carry on with
    their usual business with Russia. Philips is one of Netherlands oldest
    world-wide known firms, and does not need Obama to dictate who they should
    not be dealing with! Although many world leaders and government ministers
    have shown their sympathy, which is much needed and appreciated during this time in this
    sad and grieving country…we do not need Obama to tell our government
    that we should accept his politics! Personally, I think that this guy is unable
    to stand up to his rival Putin, and is even more afraid to loose the support
    of yet more Americans.

  • USARetired

    Putin has Brains, Obozo has “Mafioso fluff” between his Ears!

  • Borax

    Kick his azz Putin. And then pass wind in his direction.

  • Сибирь

    Statement on Ukraine by Alexander K. Lukashevich, Spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StdQFNFXlUg
    http://mid.ru/brp_4.nsf/0/C0B321B4FF0413DB44257D1E004B99CD