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Republicans are sad that President Barack Obama isn't doing what this guy did for America's credibility in the world.
House Republicans are moving quickly on a bill that would allow the Obama administration to provide Ukraine with loan guarantees. At the same time as they are making that possible, though, the sniping continues:
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is beginning to sharply criticize President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in the region, saying “steps that had not been taken over the last three or four years, frankly, allowed [Russian President Vladimir] Putin to believe he could do what he is doing without any reaction from us.”

On the other end of the Capitol, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also increased pressure on the Obama administration, pledging to support the president “however we can” to keep the situation in Ukraine from spiraling out of control.

“This is a moment when President Obama is going to have to lead,” McConnell said on the Senate floor, arguing that Obama had already “eroded American credibility in the world” through his handling of other foreign policy situations.

Whereas under recent Republican presidents, the entire world stood in awe of the United States and no foreign leader ever did a single thing the American president didn't like. Total peace and happiness, globally speaking, under the Georges W. and H.W. Bush. Barack Obama began his presidency with American credibility in the world at an all-time high thanks to W., amiright?

Republicans are, like the Obama administration, also looking at sanctions against Russia for its actions in Crimea, but the loan guarantees for Ukraine are the definite piece of legislation that is moving quickly, likely this week.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 11:22 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  They'll give money to Ukraine (6+ / 0-)

    While telling Detroit to drop dead.

    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 11:28:56 AM PST

    •  We need to find someone to invade it. (4+ / 0-)

      Preferably a Communist.

    •  Much $$ thatgoes to Ukraine comes back to US banks (2+ / 0-)
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      David54, RichM

      Both in US backed IMF loans repayments and in the bulk of a recovering real estate market.

      There was a real estate bubble in the Ukraine btw 2004 and 2007 too and it was, and still is, largely transacted in US dollars as is their rental market. By the end of 2008 the global financial crisis brought the Ukrainian economy, steel industry, and banks down at which point Ukrainian inflation was near something like 30%. Now it's recovered to near zero but dollars are still preferred. So between their stumbling forex-based recovery, paying off IMF loans, and recovering from their bad President, US banks stand to be getting lots of that cash. Sounds familiar, eh?

    •  Fox says if Obama would approve (2+ / 0-)
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      RichM, Judgment at Nuremberg

      the Keystone pipeline, it would send a strong message to Putin.  No, I'm not making this up.  The Ed Show had clips of all the Fox talking heads saying the same thing (I'm shocked).

      Fox logic is that if a Canadian oil company can move their oil through America to the Gulf, it will help America!!!  So Fox is putting Canada's interests above America's.

      •  Makes a certain amount of sense, though. (0+ / 0-)

        Putin really doesn't have to worry that much about world opinion or crashing stock markets or plunging rubles or the like so long as the Soviets have a shitpile of oil, which they do.

        Keystone won't change that fact in the least, but it will create more markets for the tar sands oil than they have now, and that will impact global market prices.

        Didn't say it was compelling, just that it makes a certain amount of sense.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 02:53:45 PM PST

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  •  Blah Blah Blah.....just fork it over and tell your (4+ / 0-)

    teahadista constituents it's all Obama's fault.

    •  Putin Moves to Restrict Elections in Russia (2+ / 0-)
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      RichM, Sharon Wraight

      How did Bush respond?? - or did he?

      Putin Moves to Restrict Elections in Russia
      Sept. 2004......President Vladimir Putin announced plans Monday for a "radically restructured" political system that would bolster his power by ending the popular election of governors and independent lawmakers, moves he portrayed as a response to this month's deadly seizure of a Russian school.

      Under his plan, Putin would appoint all governors to create a "single chain of command" and allow Russians to vote only for political parties rather than specific candidates in parliamentary elections. Putin characterized the changes as enhancing national cohesion in the face of a terrorist threat, while critics called them another step toward restoring the tyranny of the state 13 years after the fall of the Soviet Union.

      ....The plan was the latest move in a five-year campaign by Putin to consolidate power and neutralize potential opposition in the new Russia. Since coming into office at the end of 1999, Putin's government has taken over or closed all independent national television channels, established unrivaled dominance of both houses of parliament, reasserted control over the country's huge energy industry and jailed or driven into exile business tycoons who defied him.

      "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

      by MartyM on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 02:40:20 PM PST

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  •  Putin made sure his puppet was installed (1+ / 0-)
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    in Ukraine a few years if Obama were stronger he would not have done that years ago so now the people would  not have to throw him out?

    The imagination around what we can do in the world is just magic.

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 11:37:02 AM PST

  •  And to add context: (0+ / 0-)

    Any loss of prestige that Obama has been responsible for since his first term began can be almost entirely attributable to his continuing and enhancing of the neocon policies of Bush II, to wit: extrajudicial murder, warrantless wiretapping, Total Information Awareness (ie, rogue NSA) and, to no small extent, the most recent example of US neocon foreign policy tampering with other nations' political systems - along with the pro-forma neocon disdain for all things European: the Nuland/Pyatt "Fuck the EU" phone call.

    If the GOP wants to get to the bottom of why our international profile sucks right now, they should ask Obama why he's so enamored with much of the worst of what they themselves have come up with over the last couple decades.

    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi, 6/30/07 // "Succeed?" At what?

    by nailbender on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 11:37:31 AM PST

  •  It makes people feel important to contest (0+ / 0-)

    with the President of the United States.

    The line between adulation and antagonism is always thin. I suspect that antagonism that's not likely to reap retribution, as Christie's opponents, for a contrary example, might expect, is probably more rewarding to the psyche than adulation.

    Adulation might open one up to scorn. Unrequited antagonism is safe.

    by hannah on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 11:44:00 AM PST

  •  If Dubya hadn't fallen in love with Putie (0+ / 0-)

    none of this would have happened.

  •  Is there any news on how much or what conditions (0+ / 0-)

    will be attached?

    Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

    by InAntalya on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 12:29:39 PM PST

  •  The Republican mind is such an odd thing. (1+ / 0-)
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    They claim Putin's actions in the Ukraine are based more on what Obama wrote when he was in college over thirty years ago than on W's non-response when Putin invaded Georgia less than six years ago.

    Either they believe this themselves or don't believe it but think their constituents will believe it.

  •  What collateral do Ukraine have (2+ / 0-)

    Can we put a lien on Crimea

  •  Under George W. Bush, no foreign (1+ / 0-)
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    leader DARED defy him, or Dubya would look into his/her soul!

    With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 02:43:59 PM PST

    •  Those Russian troops that invaded Georgia... (0+ / 0-)

      ... when Bush was President, what ever happened there? As Maddow pointed out last night, those troops are still in Georgia.

      Every time my iPhone battery gets down to 47%, I think of Mitt Romney.

      by bobinson on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 04:04:29 PM PST

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  •  Rudy Noun Verb 9-11 praising Putin and calling (0+ / 0-)

    him a strong and decisive leader, he was positively gushing over Putin.
    And he said Obama is a weak leader unlike Putin who is a strong leader.

    If Democrats, even one Democrat made a similar comparison during the Bush years, that person would have been called unpatriotic and a traitor to the country.

    Yet it appears Republicans can denounce this President and heap praise upon foreign leaders who invade countries and that is all well and good.

    There are wingnuts all over the internet lavishing praise on Putin for being tough and calling Obama weak....I never thought I would live to see the day that so many would praise a Russian while hating an American president to this degree.

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    by wishingwell on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 02:46:59 PM PST

  •  Obvious This Is Like Blaming Obama For Weather (0+ / 0-)

    See the quotes from Boehner and McConnell. Do we have any Democratic officeholders defending Obama? Or is the response only suppose to be on liberal blogs and The Daily Show?

  •  Now we have money to give other countries? (1+ / 0-)
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    Judgment at Nuremberg

    What about OUR poor, hungry, veterans & unemployed first!
    We need to stay OUT of that sinkhole called Ukraine and not get involved with a country that disenfranchised MILLIONS of citizens that voted in the MAJORITY for the government of Yanukovitch.

    •  millions of citizens (0+ / 0-)

      want to get closer to the EU.

      The problem is that Yanukovitch does not want it

      The left will make little progress until individuals make it a priority to talk about campaign finance reform in daily conversations with the public

      by GideonAB on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 03:02:31 PM PST

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  •  George H.W. Bush was a serious foreign (1+ / 0-)
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    policy wonk.
    Desert Storm brought international respect.

    Even W had his moment with Putin and the invasion of Georgia.  More or less set the model for what is happening now.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 02:51:16 PM PST

    •  Iraq war is a model as well (0+ / 0-)

      Unprovoked war against a sovereign, defensless nation, based upon a trumped up pretext.  Putin saw how easy it was in Iraq and said fuck it, we need a buffer zone on our east anyways...

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 04:40:28 PM PST

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      •  Well shucks -- that makes it all OK, right? (0+ / 0-)

        Putin's a hero in all this.

        Where does Hillary get off comparing him to Hitler?

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 05:05:54 PM PST

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        •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

          You lost me, dude.

          "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

          by Subterranean on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 05:30:07 PM PST

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          •  Sorry, not really directed at you per se. (1+ / 0-)
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            A lot of folks want to blame the US for Putin's actions.

            American adventurism certainly doesn't help.
            It certainly doesn't make it easy to convince other countries they don't need nukes.

            But Putin is the bad actor here.

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 05:44:07 PM PST

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            •  Yes, he is (1+ / 0-)
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              undoubtedly.  I see now how you may have thought otherwise from my comment.  It was directed towards the notion that Obama is to blame because he was "weak" somehow.  I was just pointing out how a climate of aggression could just as easily be blamed on Bush's conquest of Iraq.

              That said, one does not excuse the other, and Putin is the bad actor here.  

              "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

              by Subterranean on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 05:58:52 PM PST

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  •  Professional Hate Spewers pissing themselves over (0+ / 0-)

    trying to make Vlad the Obama Impaler look like such a manly man!  

    Hannity was going on about what a horrible person Vlad was, and then after the next break, was having a man crush on Vlad doing the breast stroke, which Hannity informed us was a really hard swim stroke, in an icy river, while juxtaposed with a picture of OBAMA riding a bike in Martha's Vineyard with one of those silly helmets that only non men wear on his noggin.

    There cannot be enough Ambien to allow these guys enough rest to figure out what BS they are gonna spew tomorrow.  

    Oh, yeah!  Their lame writers, too.

    Someone once asked me why do you always insist on taking the hard road? and I replied why do you assume I see two roads?

    by funluvn1 on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 02:56:11 PM PST

  •  Everytime one of these all war, all the time (0+ / 0-)

    chicken_hawks runs their mouth -- I thank Jah that Barak Obama is the President, NOT McGrumpy, Rmoney or Hillary. One dumbass war was over my limit.

  •   Republicans showing weakness just as Putin is. (0+ / 0-)

    There really is no difference between the Repubs and Putin. Both are acting as if they're losing control of a situation.

    "It's no measure of health being well adjusted to a profoundly sick society"

    by buckshot face on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 03:01:01 PM PST

  •  FUCK the evil Ukraine; it's about making white (0+ / 0-)

    Men happy.

  •  Putin is a bully. (0+ / 0-)

    America has bullies too. Led by John McCain, the GOP is flexing its bully muscles once again, lest they atrophy to the point of being totally useless each time a world dictator threatens world peace and security, or whenever President Obama wakes up in the morning to do his job.

    I just missed being run over by the wheel of good fortune. The guy standing next to me was not so lucky.

    by glb3 on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 03:27:31 PM PST

  •  Strategy Of Total Ignorance (0+ / 0-)

    No goober bothers to know things like sending in US troops or arms would not be in some remote proxy war venue, but it would involve shooting back and forth with the actual Russian Army, which the US hasn't done in roughly a century.  

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 03:28:53 PM PST

  •  I need Russia to invade me for the $$$ (0+ / 0-)

    The first rule of government should be "Do no harm." The urge to act can frustrate the desire to help.

    by Common Cents on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 03:48:27 PM PST

  •  So little George Jr stood up to Putin (0+ / 0-)

    in Georgia.  Ha!

  •  A billion dollars, just like that? (0+ / 0-)

    What happened to the deficit I keep hearing them whine about?  And why do I have a sneaky suspicion that none of the beltway deficit scolds will say anything about the deficit in relation to this billion dollars?

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 04:38:06 PM PST

  •  Repubs just love military action (0+ / 0-)

    Just not enough to take part in any of it.

  •  Is it just me (0+ / 0-)

    or are Republicans crossing the line of treason, not just with this, but every time they try to undermine our president—THEIR president—on the international stage?

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