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By placing sanctions on Russia did Obama admit a major foreign policy failure?

Posted by $ richrobinson 3 years, 9 months ago to Politics
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In 2009 incoming President Barack Obama said that he and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, would hit the "reset" button with Russia. Obama claimed that the Bush administration had strained Russian relations and he wanted to reach out to Vladimir Putin as a friend and ally. Now, in 2016, President Obama is leveling serious diplomatic sanctions on Russia claiming their cyber attacks affected the recent Presidential election. Is he admitting one of his major foreign policy goals was a miserable failure?


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  • Posted by term2 3 years, 9 months ago
    On the subject of hacking- isnt it the responsibility of the person who wants to keep others from seeing what they write or do to make the information SECURE?? There will always be hackers, and when the information flows freely around a network, there will always be people who try to uncover it.

    Specifically in the case of the DNC mail leaks, I applaud the hackers for letting us see exactly what these politicians tried to hide from us. They deserve to have people know what they did. Wikileaks, Snowden, Manning, and even Russia didnt DO anything but tell us what was going on. Whats wrong with that??

    If the NSA is to perform a service, it should be making our communications secure, not spying on us.
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    • Posted by $ 3 years, 9 months ago
      Excellent points. The media hasn't mentioned it but regardless of how we saw the e-mails it was a window into the thinking of the DNC and Hillarys campaign manager. Funny how quick they are to point out that these e-mails were obtained by Russian hackers but somehow Hillarys private server was completely secure.
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      • Posted by term2 3 years, 9 months ago
        I have concluded the media isn't our friend. They have degenerated into just sending us whatever will get us to sit thru commercials. It's obvious we need whistleblowers because politicians and powerful businesses and powerful business people try to hide things that we need to know about. Whistleblowers are really heroes. We should bring Snowden and assange back as free men
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        • Posted by $ 3 years, 9 months ago
          Truth. We see it now in the "fake news" issue being forced on us. It's just the MSM trying to destroy alternate news sources.
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          • Posted by term2 3 years, 9 months ago
            The media hates Trump's tweets. I think its great, and I would rather he just tell us what he thinks directly than have it distorted and filtered through the media.
            I think we are entering the age where the internet lets us figure out for ourselves more and more what is really going on. The media tried to trash Trump big time, and it simply didnt work for them. Thats an example of their loss of power today. Same with Brexit. They thought they were masters of manipulation, but no so much as they thought
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            • Posted by $ 3 years, 9 months ago
              Exactly. Surprised how many politicians have completely missed what happened.
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              • Posted by term2 3 years, 9 months ago
                Unfortunately, they will regroup and enhance their tools of manipulation. Fortunately for us, all we have to do is to stop listening to them. I wish hillary supporters wore armbands with the "H" on them so at least I knew who they were before they opened their mouths.
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  • Posted by khalling 3 years, 9 months ago
    Pure and simple. WikiLeaks completely denies \Russian involvement. says inside job. shortly after the leaks come out, close Clinton campaign aide dies mysteriously. but RUSSIA!
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    • Posted by freedomforall 3 years, 9 months ago
      Its amazing all the unsavory, unethical, and illegal events (and improbable deaths) with connections to the Clintons that are "explained" as unlikely coincidence. I am only surprised that it has taken so long for them to start blaming Russia.
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  • Posted by fivedollargold 3 years, 9 months ago
    "Obama is an amateur." --Bill Clinton
    "Obama's next autobiography will set the gold standard for narcissistic whinefests."--Lyman Perl
    "Dr. Lawrence Peter was generally right in that people rise to their level of incompetence. However, Obama's career demonstrates that in politics one level of incompetence can serve as a stepping stone to another."--Fivedollargold
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    • Posted by $ 3 years, 9 months ago
      I like your quote Fivedollargold. Obama had done nothing to indicate that he was prepared to be POTUS and yet he beat Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Hope we make it thru the next three weeks.
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 3 years, 9 months ago
    When the legally elected President of Ukraine, Yanukovych, was removed in a coup that was well financed and organized, it upset the deal being negotiated between Russia and Ukraine for closer economic ties. The Russians discovered that our CIA had assisted Ukrainian nationalists in orchestrating the coup, which knocked the legs out from under the "reset." Obama admitted we were assisting the "regime change": http://www.globalresearch.ca/washingt... . I guess you could call the overthrow of a neighboring government a "failure."
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  • Posted by $ Temlakos 3 years, 9 months ago
    He did admit failure. But you know what? His worst failure was thinking Vladimir Putin thought and acted as he did. When Putin proved himself not to be a communist, Obama soured on him.

    I don't know whether Putin will ever show the world why he feared that Hillary Clinton, did she become President, would go to war with him. But that such a fear would be at all reasonable speaks volumes.

    That was Obama's failure--totally misreading Putin.
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  • Posted by $ mminnick 3 years, 9 months ago
    It is not a failure in Obama's eyes. He did what he wanted and Putin did what he wanted,/. I.e the reduction of the USA to a point where Russia could emerge again as a world power without fear of contradiction by the US.
    Garry's foreign policy did exactly what it was designed to do. Weaken the US in the eyes of the world and more importantly, Weaken the US in real world terms. Look at the expansion of the PRC in influence and military power over the last 8 years. Look at the resurgence of the Russian Federation .Look at the weakening of the NATO block. All according to the plan of Barry Obama and the progressives.
    So His Foreign Policy was not mistaken, it did exactly what the President wanted.
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    • Posted by $ 3 years, 9 months ago
      He did weaken the USA but he was caught on an open mic in 2012 telling Medvedev at the UN that he would have more flexibility to deal with Putin after the election. What happened? If Russia did interfere they did so to keep his chosen successor from becoming President. Putin clearly has no respect for Obama. The media should be asking why.
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  • Posted by $ Abaco 3 years, 9 months ago
    Frankly...I think that the left likes war, death, hate, pain, destruction...etc. Deep down this is probably what motivates them to fan these false claims to this point, probably to start a war with Russia. I don't understand them. Mark my words. They see Syria as an avenue to this end. They can fold in some action with Turkey and get that whole hornets nest shaken up. They want to leave this on Trumps lap. If a bunch have to die, all the better to them...
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    • Posted by $ 3 years, 9 months ago
      Hard to argue with that. Obama has stirred up one mess after another. Trump has to figure out how to navigate the race war started here at home by this administration. I and the rest of the world are looking forward to January 20th..
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