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By Jermel W. Shim

After watching President Obama's press conference to address the Ukrainian crisis on CNN (02-28-14), in which he issued a stern warning to Russia not to interfere, it occurred to me that Vladimir Putin the Russian president does not have to heed the president's warning.  The problem is not one of President Obama's own making why Putin does not have to heed the warning. Rather it is the result of the GOPs campaign to destroy the president.

The GOPs campaign to destroy President Obama demonstrate their blatant disrespect, their effort to negate his agenda and policies, and the failure to condemn the vile and hate-filled comments like the one Ted Nugent made recently. The impact of this campaign has divided Americans, weakened the president, and made the country more vulnerable on the world political stage. This is unfortunate for America because when the world sees how the GOP treats President Obama then leaders like Putin know how to take advantage of this situation.

As a former KGB leader, Putin knows the nature of politicians and he knows the weakness of a political system. Unlike former Russian leaders who did not have this experience, he knows that the US is not in a good position to challenge him on any crisis that he might initiate or support. This was perhaps why he wrote is Op-ed letter to the American people (New York Times, September 11, 2013) to warn America of the dangers of a potential US strike against Syria. Five months later, Putin has taken advantage of a weakened president and a divided US by either staging or supporting the Ukrainian crisis.

The GOP campaign to destroy President Obama has set in motion political tactics that may very well be irreversible. If the GOP can resort to this unprecedented behavior against a president and get away with it, then the political process can be manipulated to destroy any politician. This manipulation has already happened where powerful lobbyist aided by wealthy campaign donors can help a politician win an election or get them voted out of office. This type of political corruption has hijacked the democratic process. It is being used against President Obama but miraculously he is able to survive these corrupt schemes.

It is said that the enemy within us is more dangerous than the enemy outside. America has weakened its stature on the world stage because of politicians who lack wisdom and are blind because of their personal prejudices. Putin is aware of this so he can take advantage to promote his agenda. If the GOP continues their campaign to destroy President Obama, then countries like China and North Korea could follow Putin's lead. China could try to reclaim Taiwan and North Korea could try to invade South Korea.

The GOP in their quest to bring down President Obama might not be aware of the serious consequences their irresponsible behavior has created at home and abroad. Their relentless effort to bring down the president is irresponsible because it undermines democracy, divides the American people, stymies the effort to make life better for Americans, and make America vulnerable to outside forces.

Jermel W. Shim is the author of Whom God Has Blessed, Let No Man Curse (Infinity Publishing).
http://www.jermelshim.com

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  •  Power, to be felt, has to hurt. So, the U.S. (3+ / 0-)
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    DaNang65, Dustin Mineau, Rich in PA

    becoming less powerful is a positive sign. Power is a poor substitute for feelings of insecurity, in any event.

    http://hannah.smith-family.com

    by hannah on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:06:07 AM PST

    •  humm (3+ / 0-)
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      lordcopper, kefauver, Smoh

      he gave the Syrians a red line, and now the chemical weapons are gone?   The plot of Homeland was getting someone into a position of power in Iran so that there would be negotiations? Meanwhile Obama's team was negotiating?  Bin laden is dead?  Russia is a third-rate country trying to hold onto their few remaining enclaves, Obama spoke for the world that they were childish and wrong and had to talk to their neighbors not invade them, and Russian stocks and currency tanked?  

      Since his mandate is talking over shooting, why he was elected in fact, not against war just against stupid war?, what is weak about not following the advice of John McCain or any of the neocons? That would have to be explained to me, how again is being effective weak?

  •  good. let someone else be the cop. (7+ / 0-)

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. uid 52583 lol

    by terrypinder on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:08:05 AM PST

  •  good. one evil empire down, one more to go. (7+ / 0-)

    America has no more right to unilaterally run the world than anyone else does. That path ALWAYS leads to the same place, and its end is not very pretty.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:12:00 AM PST

  •  I agree with the previous comments. (0+ / 0-)

    And I'll add that, in this situation, the GOP would enthusiastically support any action increasing the likelihood of war, so their war against Obama and the remaining sane people in the U.S. isn't really pertinent to the Ukraine crisis.

    I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

    by tle on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:35:14 AM PST

  •  There is a brittle irony in the GOP's use of the (1+ / 0-)
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    tactic of divide-and-conquer to play domestic politics.  Weakening our presidency internally invites Putin and those like him to capitalize on the divisions just as Putin is in the Crimea and Ukraine.  Putin is piling on while sending a message.  And if the GOP ever regains the presidency they will have to live their self-inflicted wounds.  Unfortunately, so will we all.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:36:08 AM PST

  •  Losing its power? (6+ / 0-)

    I see your point, but I don't think the Ukrainian crisis as a very good example.

    When in history has the U.S. EVER had "power" to influence events in the Ukraine, the Black Sea, southern Russia?

  •  We never would have had the power to stop (3+ / 0-)
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    this. Russia borders Ukraine. All Putin had to do is call his generals and tell them to drive down the road a bit. We don't have any military forces anywhere near there and have no easy way to get them there. As long as he is willing to accept the economic and political consequences, it's a done deal.

    Pretty much the same thing happened in 1956 and 1968 when the Warsaw Pact invaded Hungary and Czechoslovakia. There was a lot of screaming and outrage, but basically there was nothing the West could do short of nuclear war. And in those cases we had forces much closer to the action.

  •  The world knows that Obama will not be backed up (3+ / 0-)
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    diffrntdrummr, lordcopper, Smoh

    A President is not strong but how loud or tough he talks, he is strong from the support he gets at HOME.

    In the US, the GOP has NEVER stopped downgrading, mocking and questioning Obama's LEGITIMACY as President, and EVERY single move he has made since Jan 20, 2009. How much credibility does this confer him when facing world leaders…?

    Did the GOP think that the world would not hear or see their efforts to undermine Obama while it was broadcasted as the world's biggest and sorest reality tv show…?

    •  Well, the Republicans have been..... (1+ / 0-)
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      Smoh

      Doing everything they can to make sure their short-sighted and ignorant predictions come true for decades. I can't see how that makes any difference in this situation though because it should be obvious that the US isn't the only country with a dog in this fight. No matter what grumpy McCain or fainting couch Graham have to say about it. And this "crisis" is only three or four days old and no one has a friggin' clue as to how it will turn out. Case in point would be Russia's falling and failing stock and currency markets.

  •  Where do I send my thank-you card to the GOP? (2+ / 0-)
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    Mr Robert, Smoh

    Seriously, if they've weakened the President to the point where the US can't threaten Russia with war, bully for them.  

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 09:03:49 AM PST

    •  This is a short sighted comment. While I would (0+ / 0-)

      never support U.S. military engagement in that part of the world, except under the most grave conditions, I certainly don't applaud a despot like Putin's moves to reconstitute the old Soviet empire, into a Russian empire.

      "Because I am a river to my people."

      by lordcopper on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 10:19:46 AM PST

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      •  There's a big middle ground between applauding... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...and threatening-with-war.  Taking the latter off the table, where no non-crazy person would put it anyway, doesn't need any proviso about "not applauding."

        It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

        by Rich in PA on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 10:32:07 AM PST

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  •  melshim - 15 comments, including 11 tip jars (2+ / 0-)
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    Murphoney, Smoh

    Not much from Mel except diaries with little engagement.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 10:35:34 AM PST

    •  and I'm (2+ / 0-)
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      not impressed with the writing:

      As a former KGB leader, Putin knows the nature of politicians and he knows the weakness of a political system. Unlike former Russian leaders who did not have this experience, he knows that the US is not in a good position to challenge him on any crisis that he might initiate or support. This was perhaps why he wrote is Op-ed letter to the American people (New York Times, September 11, 2013) to warn America of the dangers of a potential US strike against Syria. Five months later, Putin has taken advantage of a weakened president and a divided US by either staging or supporting the Ukrainian crisis.
      that produced his first two books, pretty much concurrently.

      It would be helpful if melshim were to provide us the good courtesy of finishing a thought, before he finishes his sentences with a second one.

      Righteousness is a wide path. Self-righteousness is a bullhorn and a blindfold.

      by Murphoney on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 02:15:48 PM PST

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