Putin’s Obama Game

Ronn Torossian is one of America’s most prolific and respected public relations experts. Torossian is the Founder, President and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the 25 largest independent American PR firms, which was named PR Agency of the Year by the American Business Awards. He is the best-selling author of “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations,” a book known as an industry “must read.” Torossian is a featured op-ed columnist for The Huffington Post, Newsmax, Wired Magazine and others. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including PR Executive of the Year and is a past semi-finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. Torossian lives in Manhattan with his wife and children. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter.


obama putin romneyEpic Fail.

That would be a generous way to describe Obama’s consistent foreign policy failures – and currently, most dangerously with Russia, where we see the highest-level of tensions since the end of the Cold War.

While Obama is an uber-arrogant failure, so many wise people have recognized the errors of his ways.  Take Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., Jack Spencer, Luke Coffey and Nicolas Loris, who recently wrote that,

“The failure of the Obama Administration’s Russian ‘reset,’ the unilateral disarming of Europe, and the U.S. reduction of forces and disengagement from Europe have led Russia to calculate that the West will not respond in any significant way.”

Simply, as they continued,

“The Obama Doctrine has been a monumental failure because it fails to protect and advance U.S. interests. It is the antithesis of Ronald Reagan’s bold approach, which was based on powerful American leadership on the world stage, including a willingness to stand up firmly to America’s adversaries. Perhaps even worse, many of America’s traditional allies are questioning America’s resolve with respect to transatlantic relations and NATO’s security guarantee.”

Kim Zigfeld is right saying,

“Obama promised us that in exchange for appeasement we’d get Russian help reining in Iran. What we actually got was Russian opposition to U.S. interests, not just in Iran but throughout the Middle East, from Libya to Syria.”

While Obama is so soft on foreign policy, he is harsh with those in America who disagree with him – as Morgan Brittany, the actress and political commentator said,

“It seems that the Obama administration and the Democrats like Harry Reid are hell-bent on persecuting, harassing and demonizing American citizens while foreign dictators, aggressors and terrorists get little, if any pushback.”

Undoubtedly, Putin is a public relations genius; his popularity is at an all-time high. The man also wisely utilizes both foreign and domestic media. (Who can forget that Putin wrote a September 2013 op-ed in the New York Times, which urged the American people to oppose a U.S. initiative for military strikes in Syria — and his mission succeeded.)

And meanwhile, as Steve Huntley notes,

“Obama has done little to mobilize public opinion, mostly confining himself to public warnings to Putin, with little effect. Putin annexed Crimea, had his troops overwhelm Ukrainian forces there and massed Russian soldiers along Ukraine’s eastern border, raising fears of a further invasion.”

While Putin continues to win the media war, in the last few days, he has threatened to start charging Ukraine in advance for natural gas supplies, and he continues to justify Russia’s military action to foreign media — as his troops move forward in Ukraine. This is not a surprise for a man who has said that the collapse of the Soviet empire “was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” Putin is winning the media war, which makes it much harder for world leaders to stand up to him.

Similarly, one must not forget that Putin has a keen understanding of the importance of foreign media. He wrote a September 2013 op-ed in the New York Times, which urged the American people to oppose a U.S. initiative for military strikes in Syria — and his mission succeeded.  It was a stroke of genius arranging for Edward Snowden to call-in to a recent press conference. Putin does a strong job of sending the message that he is a valiant protector of Russian honor against American interference – and Putin is playing chess – and winning on issues large and small, including Edward Snowden, Syria, and Iran.

Obama foolishly said only a month ago that, “our approach in the United States is not to see these as some Cold-War chessboard in which we’re in competition with Russia.”

As Senator John McCain has rightfully noted, Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to succeed in having “played us so incredibly.” And as Ambassador John Bolton affirms: “Putin at this point holds all the high cards — and all we have from the president is rhetoric.”

Putin is playing America – and Obama is dazed, confused and clueless. It is painful and simply sickening to watch.

Watching the recent press conference where Putin spoke about the need to first marry off his ex-wife before discussing “a new first lady,” I couldn’t help but think if he would marry someone who said – as did Obama’s wife, that “People in this country are ready for change and hungry for a different kind of politics and … for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country…”

Putin regularly is taunting Obama.

Are the Obamas now proud of this America? There has never been a time America has had less respect in the world.

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  • Larry Larkin

    Repeatedly outwitting an idiot isn’t hard, which says a lot for the poor quality of the GOP these days.

  • American1969

    Obama is the worst president we have ever had in this country. He has everything he can to tear this country down and undermine it, with a drooling and complicit MSM following him around like adoring minions.
    Meanwhile, his Foreign Policy is abysmal, the U.S. has lost respect around the world, our economy is even deeper in the toilet than when Obama got it in 2008, and this is the most lawless, law breaking administration ever. The MSM refuses to do its job and report objectively and hold Obama’s feet to the fire, instead choosing to blatantly act as this administration’s boot lickers. The MSM no longer has a shred of credibility left. How anyone can believe anything the MSM says is beyond me.
    This administration has done more damage to this country than people realize, especially the people out there who don’t pay attention and don’t want to pay attention.

    • Joe The Gentile

      The worst two-term president in living memory for sure. But was he worse than Carter?

      • Fred

        MUCH worse.

      • randy63ism

        MUCH MUCH worse.

      • American1969

        I do believe that Obama has now taken that title. I’m sure Carter was happy to hear that.

        • Softly Bob

          I don’t know. You might as well be worst at something than second worst. There’s no real dishonor in that and it makes you instantly forgettable.

    • nimbii

      The drooling MSM will not compromise the Progressive agenda because their darling girl is in the wings for 2016.

      They will tell us all is well.

      They will say there are some rough spots in the Obama Administration but Hillary will sweep in and reset America and Progressivism will march on (to the abyss of no return).

      • carpe diem 36

        didn’t Obama call them bump in the road, when people lost their lives? what do you expect from a P O S like this???

    • carpe diem 36

      we who could judge character saw all this when he was running, and yet he won. shame on the democrats for having him run for president in the first place and then shame on all those useful idiots who voted for him. the democrats should suffer such a defeat in all the elections that are coming, federal state – all of them. they should be in a position of never ever being in a leadership position in this country. they brought nothing but suffering to all of us, exepct of course to Soros, Buffet, Hollywood. what a shame!!!

      • nimbii

        Agree carpe, the MSM did it to us by telling us a story about what was happening instead of what was really happening.

        I would like profiles of all MSM management to find out where they really come from.

  • john

    Putin is not a thug,but Obama is,a street thug.Once a thug,always a thug.

  • Bamaguje

    ““Putin at this point holds all the high cards — and all we have from the president is rhetoric” – Ambassador John Bolton.

    What exactly do you expect Obama to do? Go to war against Russia?
    What did Bush Jr do when Russian tanks rolled into Abkhazia?
    What did Eisienhower do when Soviets crushed the 1956 Hungarian revolution?
    What did Lyndon Johnson do when USSR invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968?

    • newsel

      Just say Putin suceeds in putting the USSR back together as he has suggested he would like to, who next, the world? Power corrupts, total power corrupts absolutly. Time to apply the brakes before it is to late and that does not mean a full on war. Let’s try the economic front first and to rebuild some of those assetts in the EU that have been withdrawn (last tank shipped out last week I believe). We may yet need them, at best, as a negotiating tool.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      Put three CV battle groups into the Black Sea, push US troops in Germany east within miles of the Russian border, and split the 101st among the Baltic States, Slovakia, and Ukraine. The contingent in Ukraine starts training the army there with weapons from the West, while intel identifies pro-Russians in the Ukrainian Army.

      Combine this with SOGs in Ukraine, and elsewhere, in order to keep Putin guessing. Make sure that Russian intel sees lot of our “boomers” leaving their ports for points unknown.

      Bring Ukraine into NATO …

      Doing nothing results in war. Strength and containment stops Putin in his tracks. He will bluster. He will fume. He will “provocate”. But he will do nothing. He understands power.

      Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t …

      It’s time to contain Russia before Putin has the rest of the old Soviet Union …

      • Gee

        The Darnelles Treaty forbids any carriers into the Black Sea.
        The Puking Buzzards are called “Speed Bumps” because they are worthless in armored warfare.
        Ukraine is currently governed by an extremely unsavory group with strong support from neo-Nazis. They are unfit for NATO membership.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          Would Putin give flying tinker’s d*** about the Dardanelles Treaty?

          Speaking as a sniper in the 101st (1968-69, Vietnam), tell the veterans of Bastogne that they were a “speed bump”. Besides, I’m calling for a symbolic presence in Ukraine, as a warning to Czar Vladimir, as well as trainers for the Ukrainian Army.

          Is the government of Ukraine “unsavory” because they are, or because they got rid of the pro-Russian government? Are the neo-Nazis really Nazis, or are they anti-Russian.

          After all, in the good ole days of the USSR, everyone who didn’t support the government was either a criminal, a fascist, or both …

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            The Dardanelles treaty, Gee? Going back a little in history, aren’t we? Do the empires that negotiated this treaty still exist?

  • UCSPanther

    I’d almost say that Obama is a modern day King John, the British king who was reviled for his corruption, tyranny and ineptitude.

    • logdon

      Not forgetting the crippling taxation which would have forced his end had it not been for a ‘surfeit of lampreys’ which did the job prematurely.

      • UCSPanther

        Good ol’ bacterial dysentery did him in.

    • Softly Bob

      Possibly, but where’s the Robin Hood that’s needed.

  • Steeloak

    “..Putin is playing chess – and winning on issues large and small”
    Putin is playing chess, while our Dear Leader plays Tiddlywinks.

  • http://johnnyangel10.WordPress.com JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group

    Who thinks OBAPUTIN wants to rule the world together in an east-west communo-empire? That farfetched ? You’re telling me if you disagree that Obama really is THAT STUPID !!

  • Glorfindel

    Calling Putin a thug is unjustified. He’s a Russian nationalist – the opposite of Obama, who is about the destruction of America’s strength and all of the traditional values that made America great. Far too much of the Russophobic commentary reveals a postmodern fixation only on the present, and a distressing ignorance of historical facts – which justify Putin’s action in taking BACK the Crimea. A history lesson:

    1. Kievan Rus’ – the original East Slavic state from 882 onwards – never included the southern Ukraine or Crimea. Kievan Rus’ was conquered by the Mongols in 1237-40 and thereafter fragmented into three parts: the northeast, the northwest, and the southwest (including Kiev, but not far south of it). The Mongols became the Golden Horde, which during the next few centuries fragmented into at least five separate khanates.

    2. Crimea was the location of the Khanate of the Crimea, the last remaining successor Tatar khanate to the Golden Horde. This was a recurrent nuisance to Muscovy – devastating the borderlands, carrying off many thousands of Russians as slaves, and burning Moscow a number of times. It was a (Muslim) vassal to the Ottoman empire until Catherine the Great neutralized it and made it a vassal of her empire in 1774 and then fully conquered and incorporated it into the Russian empire in 1783. Many Tatars then emigrated to Turkey.

    3. The southern Ukraine (north of the Black Sea) was part of the Ottoman Empire, steppeland then thinly populated. Progressively through the Russo-Turkish Wars of 1735–39, 1768–74 and 1787–92, Catherine conquered it and added it also to the Russian Empire. She then planted Russian populations in what she called “Novorossiya” – New Russia – and established Russian cities (Odessa, Kherson, others) which today still speak Russian.

    4. Much Russian blood was spilled in the Crimean War (1854-55), when the British and French opposed Russia’s previous victory in yet another war with Turkey out of concern for the balance of power.

    5. The word ‘Ukraina’ means Borderland. Ukrainian separate national consciousness only really developed from the middle of the 19th century.

    6. Crimea was part of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic (RSFSR) within the USSR until Khrushchev transferred it to the Ukrainian SSR for “geographic convenience” in February 1954. Crimea has never spoken Ukrainian more than to a very small percentage.

    7. Sevastopol was the Imperial Russian and then the Soviet fleet’s naval base on the Black Sea. It was militarily vital to Russia’s national security then and
    remains so now.

    8. The Crimean Tatars were deported by Stalin in 1944 to Uzbekistan (mainly) and began returning to Crimea only after 1992. They are now just over a fifth of the population in the Crimea.

    9. Crimea speaks overwhelmingly Russian and while the Tatars retain a hostility and fear towards Russia (which the Russians can reciprocate from historical memory), the rest of the population of Crimea clearly wants a future within Russia.

    10. Russia has non-negotiable security interests which it will not allow to be compromised at any time in the future by a potentially EU- and NATO-looking Ukrainian state. By contrast, neither the US nor the EU have any core national security interests in play in Crimea.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      Well, all of this makes it all right for Putin to be a land-grabbing thug. Vladimir for Czar! All hail mother Russia!

      /sarc off

      • Von Stierlitz

        No, let’s support the eurosocialist Islamic khalifate and the ukrofascists.

        /sarc off

      • carpe diem 36

        we do not have anyone with the brain or the guts to oppose him so he pushes and he will stop only when someone with brain or guts stops him, but alas we do not have a single person in any capacity to do that. so america is lost with the help of the useful idiots.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          The most courage I’ve seen out of Americans, in the last five years, are those who have to fight under Obama’s ROE in Afghanistan, and the folks who showed up on Cliven Bundy’s ranch, in Nevada.

          • cheshiregirl

            See above post!

        • cheshiregirl

          On the contrary, there are hundreds of thousands of American Patriots assembling in DC May 16++++
          http://www.OperationAmericanSpring.org
          http://www.oas2014.com
          Constitutional Emergency at: http://patriotsforamerica.ning.com

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            I’m going to be in Washington for OAS, and we’re organizing busloads of people for May 16. Afterwards, we need millions of patriots to hit the streets, all over America.

            This could be our last chance. I hope and pray that American Revolution II is peaceful. If Hitlery is crowned in 2016, I see no reasonable alternative to other means. But that’s just me, and shouldn’t be construed to extend to all who call themselves patriots.

          • Drakken

            I just don’t see this ending peacefully Wolfy, I believe that we have reached the point of no return.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            One can only hope and work for a peaceful resolution of this nation’s internal problems. But, like you, I see a vast conflict coming …

          • Softly Bob

            Yes but unfortunately these people are not in power. Nobody is saying that Americans have gone soft, it’s just that America is being run by cowards and traitors at the moment. The same with Britain, France, Sweden and so on. Hopefully people will eventually get their countries back, but in the meantime, though it saddens me to say, only Russia has a government patriotic enough to actually be standing up for its values. Putin is no angel, he is still a thug, but he’s a thug I would rather have leading my country than a cravenly wanna-be thug like Obama who isn’t tough enough to fight a real enemy but is quite happy to bully his own citizens..

      • Bamaguje

        What land grabbing? Crimea and east Ukraine were historically part of Russia, but only became part of Ukraine by virtue of internal border adjustments within the defunct USSR.

        If Ukraine no longer wants to be part of USSR, and repudiates friendship with Russia, why then does she (Ukraine) insist on hanging on Russian territories (Crimea, east Ukraine)?
        In so doing Ukraine is behaving like a spoilt brat that wants to eat her cake and have it.

        Ukraine herself was part of Russia/USSR for over 300 years before the 1991 breakup of USSR.
        In essence Ukraine was part of Russia long before United States even existed.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          The same logic that you use in your comment could easily be applied to all of the Americas, commencing in 1492ad. Are you aware of this?

          If you persist is saying that, for example, Crimea is part of Russia, historically, then you must argue that Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California belong only to the United States, and not Spain … and certainly not the native tribes who once controlled these areas.

          • Bamaguje

            Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California all belong to Mexico.
            I’m pretty sure if Mexico was more powerful than U.S., they’d reclaim their territories.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            So, power is all that matters, and not some idealistic vision that you may have. Raw power … the power to wrench lands from other people through the use of military force.

            Let’s see, Mexico lost these lands, didn’t they? They couldn’t hold onto them. They don’t have the power to reclaim them. Therefore, they don’t belong to Mexico … they belong to the United States, because it DOES have the power. I suspect that US power is what galls you …

            Doesn’t Britain have a claim to the original thirteen colonies? Spain certainly “owns” Florida, by your logic.

          • Bamaguje

            “Mexico lost these lands, didn’t they?” – Wolfthatknowsall.

            No!! United States (or rather President Polk) got greedy, waged war against Mexico and grabbed the territories.
            On the other hand Crimea and east Ukraine are historically part of Russia.

            “Raw power… the power to wrench lands from other people through the use of military force” – Wolfthatknowsall.

            Exactly!!
            In clear violation of UN resolution 1244, United States led NATO to bombard and bully Serbia into giving up her ancestral land – Kosovo – to Albanian Islamist insurgents.

            The U.S.illegally occupies Guantanamo which belongs to Cuba. The entire United States was seized from native Americans by European invaders.
            So America has no moral authority to whine about Russia’s purported land grabbing. More so that Crimea and east Ukraine are historically Russian.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Could Russia annex Crimea … and the rest of Ukraine … if it didn’t have the power to do so? You’re thinking of yourself as an idealist, but your basic premise, in this thread, is that power is what matters.

            Should the United States “give” Florida back to Spain, and the southwestern state back to Mexico? Shouldn’t Mexico then be annexed by Spain? And then, shouldn’t Spain give it back to the descendants of the Aztecs?

            This is basically what you’re saying. The reason the events in the second paragraph, above, won’t happen, is because Spain and Mexico don’t have the power to make it happen. Crimea is “Russian”, today, because Putin’s Russia has the power to make it happen, and the cowardly punk in the White House doesn’t have the will or the guts to use superior American power to stop it.

            You’re arguing for power politics, and you don’t even know it …

      • Drakken

        Say what you want about ole Putin, but Putin is running circles around Obummer and has made a complete fool of him on numerous occasions. It is embarrassing to say the least.

        • Softly Bob

          Easy explanation as to why if you think about it.

          Putin = former KGB, trained soldier
          Obama = former pot head

          Putin = real red-blooded man
          Obama = gay

          Putin = judo black belt
          Obama = throws like a girl

          Putin = patriot who loves his country
          Obama = foreign intruder who hates the U.S.

          Putin = at least he claims to be a Christian and believes in God
          Obama = worships only himself

          No contest really.

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    The description and recognition for what has passed, policies and factors that can actually bring a lot more and the result is unpredictable.

  • nomoretraitors

    “The Obama Doctrine has been a monumental failure because it fails to protect and advance U.S. interests”
    The Obama Doctrine is to UNDERMINE US interests.
    An absolute, utter disgrace to the office of the presidency

    • Bamaguje

      What is U.S. interest in Ukraine?

      • nomoretraitors

        We may not have a specific interest in the Ukraine (other than stability in Europe) but Obama’s overall foreign (as well as domestic) policy is to weaken the US

  • carpe diem 36

    by every measure this potus is not only a failure but by being weak and unintelligent he is endangering not only the USA and Europe but everyone on the globe. why is he still in the white house? why is there not even one senator, congressman or governor who will do what needs to be done and remove this sick ineffective and above all dangerous man from office? are they waiting for the total victory of Putin over the whole Western world?

  • MacMac1000

    Here we go again. Dear Leader is once again portrayed as a bumbling village idiot rather than the brilliant subversive sociopath that he really is. 1st term in office and all was about Obamacare, Israel, and Iran. 2nd term? Did everything change, drastically, or what? What caused it? Do you have a clue? Are you paying attention? Just what is it that proves to you that all this is Putin’s plan??? Maybe it is comrade Putin who is dancing to our Dear Leader’s tune??? Ya freakin’ think??? WAKE UP! THINK! What did Dear Leader whisper to Mevedev before the 2012 election? Is it not obvious to you? Does Dear Leader appear to be in any way worried? Does he carry the political weight of the world on his shoulders and conscience? Conscience? What conscience? He is a SOCIOPATH, folks! Vacation, golf, vacation, golf, … vacation … golf. Whatever became of Camp David? Do you know? WAKE UP! Why all the golf? Do you know why? … and no Camp David… and no Oval Office whenever possible; no White House whenever possible… WHY??? You all need to wise up and think!

  • MacMac1000

    What Dear Leader does NOT do is every bit as important as what he does do, folks. Think about it.

  • MacMac1000

    Before the 2nd inauguration, Dear Leader sends HRC to Russia to “restart” relations. After the 2nd inaug? Dear Leader does all he can to provoke the Russkies. No matter. A mistake any village idiot would make. Dear Leader is not a …. subversive? Nah… can’t be THAT! Can’t happen here.

  • FrontPgSubscr

    In a distorted manner, it might be said Obama continues to play the female
    as Putin plays the male … the consequence of a feminized culture. Men
    must stand up, take initiative, be REAL leaders, AND BE MEN!! BIG part of
    our problem!!

    • FrontPgSubscr

      Edit didn’t ‘take’ initially. Tried to delete redundant post! Apologize!

  • FrontPgSubscr

    In a distorted manner, it might be said Obama continues to play the female
    as Putin plays the male … the consequence of a feminized culture. Men
    must stand up, take initiative, be REAL leaders, AND BE MEN!! BIG part of
    the problem!!

  • logdon

    For information on the Ukraine I now watch RT.

    The level of debate completely outclasses the talking heads shoved onto our screens here in Britain and rather than blindly parroting an obvious EU line they present in a manner which doesn’t insult our intelligences.

    And here’s a view in which I completely concur from our Daily Telegraph….

    Ukraine crisis is EU’s fault

    One phrase in a piece by one of our most prominent commentators on the great
    Ukraine imbroglio exemplifies just how the West’s preferred narrative for
    this shambles is getting the story upside down. Can the West, it asks, make
    “a last-ditch attempt to deter Russia from its imperialist ambition”?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/10775635/The-BBCs-groupthink-is-an-enemy-to-free-speech.html

  • Erudite Mavin

    A spot on commentary on the facts we face re Obama and Putin.
    I also see here the same old Paleo Con propaganda because they don’t know history, current affairs or the reality we face. It is more comfortable being a Paleo Con on the rainbow unicorn ranch for now, but they too will face continued disasters coming from Putin.

  • RMthoughts

    “This is not a surprise for a man who has said that the collapse of the Soviet empire “was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.”

    Everyone uses this quote to show Putin as a communist revanchist.With all sincerity, I have gone back and read the context of the quote and it seems it did not mean that the collapse of communism was the great catastrophe, but the geo-political implication of a uni-polar world was the catastrophe.
    We heard him say, the collapse of the Soviet Union was a tragedy. If we look behind the words it was a tragedy for Putin not because it was the death of Soviet Communism, but because it was a setback for Russia.
    Russia is not rebuilding a Soviet Union but a Russia something much closer to the old Russian Empire with a destiny and “exceptionalism” of its own. We see it in Putin’s rejection of everything in liberal decadent post Christian Western culture as alien to Russia and emphasized the importance of Russian Orthodoxy in Russian life.When Putin speaks about why Russia is justified In absorbing Crimea, he didn’t didn’t use Soviet Communist language. He didn’t hesitate to cite the deepest roots of Russia’s identity, history and pride. This is the location of ancient Khersones, where Prince Vladimir was baptized. His spiritual feat of adopting Orthodoxy as the foundation of the culture, civilization and human values that unite the peoples of Russia.
    It seems to me that those who use this one quote see an attempt to revive the Soviet Union in get it wrong.

  • Ellman48

    “Obama promised us that in exchange for appeasement we’d get Russian help reining in Iran.”

    Perhaps it’s time for Obama to read a book about the history of WWII and how appeasement had a great deal in bringing it about. You miss a great deal when you only read Saul Alinsky, Karl Marx, and other anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-white and anti-western literature. One wonders, exactly how DO leftists and progressives understand (or not) the origins and causes of WWII?

    They focus on Hitler’s fascism but ignore Chamberlain’s appeasement!

  • Ellman48

    “Are the Obamas now proud of this America? There has never been a time America has had less respect in the world.”

    Putin has pride in Russia. He is a staunch nationalist. At the same time he has added billions of dollars to his net worth since 1999. The Obama’s have benefited financially in ways that most Americans cannot even dream of. Michelle’s vacation trips alone will be the stuff of legend eventually, costing countless millions of taxpayer money.

    But as for ‘pride in America’, the Obama’s will leave office with even less pride in this country than when they entered the White House. Why? They never received the unanimous adulation they considered their ‘right’.

    Putin may be obnoxious in his authoritarianism but at least he loves his country, something you will never see from the authoritarian Obamas.

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  • Yigal Chaolevy

    Great article Ronn Torossian although I also liked your commentary about Putin/Obama/Israel here: http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/02/12/obama-is-pressuring-israel-to-gain-political-points-over-putin/

  • grasskiller

    the U.S. has lost respect around the world with NSA ….

  • justquitnow

    Does FPM really want to support the tyrant that runs a mafia state over the President of US?