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Obama Cancels (Meaningless) Summit With Putin

From a deeply impressed Associated Press:

In rebuke, Obama cancels Moscow summit with Putin

By JULIE PACE | August 7, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama on Wednesday canceled his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

We would call it more of a ‘snit fit’ than a "rebuke." If Obama were really angry, he wouldn’t make such a meaningless symbolic gesture. He would refuse to gut our nuclear arsenal. He would refuse to give away our missile defense.

The decision reflected both U.S. anger over Russia’s harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow’s stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights…

The AP swerves into the truth here. This is probably more about Putin’s stance on homosexuals than anything else. And Obama is doing this to placate his gay donors.

Obama, who is traveling in California, said in an interview Tuesday that he was "disappointed" by Russia’s move to grant Snowden asylum for one year. But he said the move also reflected the "underlying challenges" the U.S. faces in dealing with Moscow.

"There have been times where they slip back into Cold War thinking and a Cold War mentality," Obama said in an interview on NBC’s "The Tonight Show." …

And yet Obama still gave Putin everything he wanted in START and missile defense.

Obama’s decision to scrap talks with Putin is likely to deepen the chill in the already frosty relationship between the two leaders. They have frequently found themselves at odds on pressing international issues, most recently in Syria, where the U.S. accuses Putin of helping President Bashar Assad fund a civil war. The U.S. has also been a vocal critic of Russia’s crackdown on Kremlin critics and recently sanctioned 18 Russians for human rights violations…

Enough with the ‘human rights.’ What about Russia practically building a nuclear weapon for Iran?

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the U.S. told the Russian government Wednesday morning that Obama believed "it would be more constructive to postpone the summit until we have more results from our shared agenda. "

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., welcomed the decision, saying Putin was "acting like a school-yard bully and doesn’t deserve the respect a bilateral summit would have accorded him." …

And Schumer knows from bullies.

Even as Obama scraps plans to meet with Putin, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are preparing for meetings in Washington on Friday with their Russian counterparts. Snowden’s status is expected to be a main topic of conversation.

The lower-level meetings with Russia underscore that the U.S. cannot completely sever ties with the Kremlin. Russian transit routes are critical to the U.S. as it removes troops and equipment from Afghanistan. And despite deep differences over Syria’s future, the White House knows it will almost certainly need some level of Russian cooperation in order to oust Assad.

Oh, our sides.

Still, some congressional lawmakers have called for Obama to not only scrub the Moscow summit but also demand that Russia forfeit its right to host the G-20 summit. Others have spoken of boycotting next year’s Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi…

Dream on. Besides, being a big sports fan, Obama can’t wait to see all the track, gymnastics and swimming events.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama Cancels (Meaningless) Summit With Putin”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Krauthammer (possibly one of the Lizard People) said
    tonight that everytime TCP meets with Putin the United
    States gets handed it’s hat. Too true. Perhaps this time is
    a blessing.

  2. John Carter says:

    Why is obama in a tizzy about Snowden ? Did he find barry’s school records ?

    • untrainable says:

      He’d have needed a much higher security clearance to get Obama’s records. Those are classified ultra top secret with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Snowden only had ultra top secret with chocolate sauce and sprinkles.

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