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To many on the right, all bad things that happen are President Obama’s fault.  More than a few see what happened in Benghazi as the cause of anything that happens anywhere in the world. It is surprising the missing Malaysian plane hasn’t been blamed (yet) on Benghazi.   The theory is that Obama’s weak foreign policy has emboldened Vladimir Putin to the point where he thinks he can do whatever he wants, wherever he wants.  How do they know this?  Because when their guy was in office, Putin backed off.

This theory comes from the US response to Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008.  People have said that after Russia sent troops to the area, George W. Bush sent war ships to the Black Sea, trained the Georgian military to fight Russia and airlifted troops from Afghanistan home to fend off the invaders.  What really happened?

Here's the official response:

Georgia is part of the international coalition in Iraq and Afghanistan.  As such, the US did train their forces and agree to get them home in the case of an emergency.  The invasion was viewed as a qualifying emergency and the US transported Georgian troops from Iraq to Georgia but not to areas where the fighting was occurring and the administration made it very clear that was part of the agreement we had with all members of the coalition, not a response to the crisis.  As for the US ships in the Black Sea, they were full of humanitarian supplies and again, the White House went to great lengths to show they were not there to engage Russia in a fight that everyone thought could lead to a nasty conflict between the two nations.  US military action was never an option and everyone knew that.  Conservative columnist Charles Krathammer even went so far as to say, “There’s no way we’re going to war over Georgia.”

What did President Bush do?  His official response is in the video above.

Oh, the administration also levied sanctions on Russia.  Sounds pretty similar to what Obama is doing now.  Putin did not take over Crimea because of anything Obama has done.  This move is very popular in Russia and their leader clearly wants to re-litigate  the end of the Cold War.    The U.S. needs to be a part of any action to prevent the takeover of Ukraine, but to assume it caused the situation or that it alone can end it is naive and misguided.  This world we now inhabit is far more complex and integrated than the one we lived in during the Cold War.  We are all better served by not applying simplistic causality (Obama is weak therefore …) to complicated situations.

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  •  So sad. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    OHdog, Paragryne, NM Ray

    Republicans are out to destroy as much of this country as possible.  Republicans will not allow our country to prosper, grow, repair, help the needy, give the middle class a better paycheck, support unions, or anything that seems to help the environment.  But, so many people who actually will get hurt by these same people will continue to vote for these people.  

    It is sad.  We do not have fair elections.  We do not have fair funding for elections.  Now very few people can now purchase just about every available seat up for election, all the way starting from city council, up to Governor, and then as far as they can take it.  

    We now have allowed one group to hijack most of our AM/ FM and cable and satellite news outlets.  

    We have voted in umpires that are on the take on our Supreme court.

    There is an recipe to repair the damage, but it's not pretty.

    " With religion you can't get just a little pregnant"

    by EarTo44 on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 06:28:00 AM PDT

  •  Not exactly "blame" but apparently Miichelle (0+ / 0-)

    Bachmann compared the missing plane to Benghazi in a tweet yesterday.

    You can't make up crazy crazier than their real crazy.  go ahead, try.

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

    by illinifan17 on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 07:11:36 AM PDT

  •  You can remove the "yet", Malaysia-Ghazi Fever (1+ / 0-)
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    is here.

    Networks like CNN are airing wall-to-wall coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet to score ratings while avoiding Benghazi and the IRS scandal, according to Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.

    O'Reilly noted Thursday that objects spotted off the coast of Australia could be a possible breakthrough in the search for the vanished jet (they ultimately were not), but accused the media of "running wild" with the whole story for just one reason: money.

    "The network news doesn't want to cover important stories like the IRS and Benghazi, but they can cover the airliner without any political consequences," he said.

  •  For Republicans, Crimea is nothing but (0+ / 0-)

    . . . a free shot at Obama. It's easy to spin this into the narrative, repeated ad nauseam in conservative media, that President Obama is "weak". But when we get past all the rhetoric, we can plainly see that, insofar as the Ukraine crisis is concerned, the 2 parties are basically advocating the same things: protest loudly, impose mild economic sanctions,
    but no military response.

  •  Hater Bigots Just Want To Hate. (0+ / 0-)

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