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The compulsion of right-wing politicians and pundits to reflexively denigrate President Obama is once again outstripping their devotion to country or respect for the truth. It is uncanny how predictable it is that conservative blowhards will leap at the opportunity to bash the President, even as events of critical significance to our national security are still unfolding.

On Fox News there has been a specific effort to compare the response of President Obama to that of President Reagan following the shooting down of a Korean jet on September 1, 1983. Of course the Fox position is that St. Reagan acted quickly and boldly to assert America's outrage and leadership. However, an examination of the facts present a very different picture.

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That is the case as information continues to be uncovered concerning the shooting down of Malaysian flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. Some of the more obscenely irresponsible comments come from the usual suspects, such as...

John McCain: I don't understand this president ... this is what we used to call in the military AWOL. There's a direct loss of American lives here.
Rush Limbaugh: I don’t want appear to be callous here, folks, but you talk about an opportunity to abandon the Obama news at the border?
Todd Starnes: Obama won't comment on Malaysian jetliner crash until he's had a chance to read tomorrow's paper.
The gist of the criticism hurled at Obama was that his reaction was too timid, too slow, and tainted by his decision to keep his previous obligations with meetings on his schedule. The evidence provided to illustrate the differences between Obama and Reagan was a video of an Oval Office address by Reagan regarding the Korean jet disaster.

The first notable fact that was undisclosed by the right-wing nags is that Reagan's Oval Office address came five days after the Korean jet was shot down. The Malaysian jet was downed only yesterday but, according to his critics, that is still too long for Obama to have waited to comment. As for the video itself, the depth of Reagan's outrage extended to his declaration that the attack was a "crime against humanity [that] must never be forgotten" and that the Russians "owe the world an apology." That's telling 'em, Gipper. Make them say they are sorry.

Compare that to Obama's initial remarks that stated that the attack was "An outrage of unspeakable proportions," and included a challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin to make a decision whether to continue to support violent separatists.

Obama: Time and again, Russia has refused to take the concrete steps necessary to deescalate the situation. [...] We have been very clear from the outset that we want Russia to take the path that would result in peace in Ukraine, but so far at least, Russia has failed to take that path. Instead, it has continued to violate Ukrainian sovereignty and to support violent separatists.
There you have it. Obama laid the blame squarely at Putin's feet and reiterated his demand that Russia take concrete steps to deescalate. Additionally, Obama called for an immediate cease-fire and an end to Russia's provision of weapons and training to the separatists. It is an unarguably more aggressive first-response than Reagan's, but he didn't ask Putin to apologize so he must be weak.

Fox News and other conservative outlets have also been criticizing Obama for not canceling a couple of previously scheduled fundraising events. But there are some very good reasons for not doing so. First of all, the United States president should not be seen as being so easy to manipulate that an isolated terrorist act, not directed at the U.S., can force him to alter his plans. We are not, and must not be, at the mercy of the terrorists. Secondly, the President made an obligation to the people that organized and attended the events and he should honor that unless his presence would prevent him from taking necessary actions elsewhere, which was not the case.

Furthermore, those making the Obama/Reagan comparison also failed to note that Reagan himself jaunted off to fundraising events shortly following the Korean jet attack. On September 14 he helped raise funds for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly. On September 20 he helped fill the coffers of South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond. On September 27 it was a dinner for the Republican Majority Fund. Apparently it's OK for St. Ronnie to engage in financial glad-handing after an international incident, but not a malingerer like Obama. For the record, less than a month after Reagan's tour of GOP fundraisers, terrorists blew up the military barracks in Beirut killing 250 Marines. Can we say he was really on the job? Maybe Darrell Issa should open an investigation into that.

Perhaps the most peculiar change in the right-wing media due to the Malaysian jet attack is that it has soured the right on their former hero, Vladimir Putin. For months pundits at Fox News and elsewhere were singing the praises of Putin as the model of strength, leadership, and Christian purity. Folks like Ben Carson and Sarah Palin expressed their glowing admiration. There was even a featured article on Fox News that asserted that "Putin Is The One Who Really Deserves That Nobel Peace Prize."

At this point it's hard to tell who the right admires more: Reagan or Putin. But it's clear that they have a visceral hatred for our current president. You know, the one who is charged with leading the nation right now, and for whom patriotism would ordinarily compel conservatives to support in troubled times. But for some reason, right-wingers have chosen to disparage their president at every turn and before they even have facts to form a credible opinion. Not that they ever cared about facts. For them it's shoot first and ignore the facts later. God Bless America.

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  •  Same old, same old RW loopiness. (12+ / 0-)

    If Obama walked on water FAUX would say he could not swim.  Leading while black does not work for them since they are not interested in democracy only RW rule.

    Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

    by J Edward on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 09:29:39 AM PDT

    •  Yep. when it comes to Obama... (11+ / 0-)

      ...everything is an outrage. The right was aghast that Obama didn't visit the border when he was in Texas. But if he had they would have complained that he was engaging in pointless photo-ops. He can't win with them, so he should just ignore them.


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      by News Corpse on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 09:35:29 AM PDT

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      •  Once again heading way right of right? (2+ / 0-)
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        There you have it. Obama laid the blame squarely at Putin's feet and reiterated his demand that Russia take concrete steps to deescalate.
        Obama is more right so there! Waaaaa!

        Seriously? Obama has consistently supported right wing/fascist takedowns of democratically elected governments….and this is a good thing?

        =
        http://rt.com/...
        TEN QUESTIONS FOR THE UKRAINIAN AUTHORITIES
        1. Immediately after the tragedy, the Ukrainian authorities, naturally, blamed it on the self-defense forces. What are these accusations based on?

        2. Can Kiev explain in detail how it uses Buk missile launchers in the conflict zone? And why were these systems deployed there in the first place, seeing as the self-defense forces don’t have any planes?

        3. Why are the Ukrainian authorities not doing anything to set up an international commission? When will such a commission begin its work?

        4. Would the Ukrainian Armed Forces be willing to let international investigators see the inventory of their air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles, including those used in SAM launchers?

        5. Will the international commission have access to tracking data from reliable sources regarding the movements of Ukrainian warplanes on the day of the tragedy?

        6. Why did Ukrainian air traffic controllers allow the plane to deviate from the regular route to the north, towards “the anti-terrorist operation zone”?

        7. Why was airspace over the warzone not closed for civilian flights, especially since the area was not entirely covered by radar navigation systems?

        8. How can official Kiev comment on reports in the social media, allegedly by a Spanish air traffic controller who works in Ukraine, that there were two Ukrainian military planes flying alongside the Boeing 777 over Ukrainian territory?

        9. Why did Ukraine’s Security Service start working with the recordings of communications between Ukrainian air traffic controllers and the Boeing crew and with the data storage systems from Ukrainian radars without waiting for international investigators?

        10. What lessons has Ukraine learned from a similar incident in 2001, when a Russian Tu-154 crashed into the Black Sea? Back then, the Ukrainian authorities denied any involvement on the part of Ukraine’s Armed Forces until irrefutable evidence proved official Kiev to be guilty.

        •  Seriously? (4+ / 0-)

          You link to RT - the Russian Television network to source your questions? You sound like an apologist for the Russians. And most of those questions have already been answered or are falsely premised.

          By the way, this isn't a left/right issue.


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          by News Corpse on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 12:06:06 PM PDT

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          •  sure it is (2+ / 0-)
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            Dave925, fran1

            Is Obama claiming to be more right than the R's? Why do't you respond to the facts?
            .
            Fascist takeover of Ukraine supported by Obama.

            Which of the 10 questions can you answer?

            Do you think these are logical? illogical? necessary to be answered BEFORE assigning blame?

            Why do you discredit news from sources you deem inappropriate? That is that is one the first steps towards fascism, censorship.

            Reality is we don't have a clue who fired the missile or why. yet many here are quick to blame Russia while avoiding any discussion of how the current war in Ukraine has even come about.

            neocon=neolib

            So reminiscent of Bush's rush to judgement in Iraq.

            •  You are so right (2+ / 0-)
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              Obama supports the overthrow of democratically elected government in Guatemala. Inevitable refugee problem follows due in no small part to the utter lawlessness running rampant as a result of IS supported coup. Allows children to be terrified by RWNJ's on a rampage without a word of criticism aimed at these unbelievably ignorant and malignant Americans.

              Obama supports the overthrow of democratically elected government in Ukraine. Civil war ensues along with demonization of Russia when it becomes apparent more than a few Ukrainians prefer alignment with Russia rather than the NATO nations as if Putin could tolerate a potential enemy alliance on his western border. Civil war ensues, in no small part stirred up by interference engineered by the USA.

              I'm sure there are others that haven't quite blown up in his face as these have.

              America for a goddam change needs to disempower policy meant to protect its own Plutocacy whose interests are certainly not the same as the people of any of these nations. I doubt we can expect any of that from Obama who's apparently a completely owned subsidiary of said Plutocracy.

              "Those who fail to learn from History are doomed to repeat 11th grade"

              by Dave925 on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 01:18:05 PM PDT

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    •  Dear President Obama (3+ / 0-)

      Please start endorsing breathing.

      I know you are not a cruel person, but the time has come for actions like endorsing breathing, or taking a stand against suicide, or at least voting. The results would definitely silence a number of your critics who have nothing worth listening to.

      And I'm betting $5.-- that if you do, Sarah Palin will respond as expected before fully understanding the consequences. And that alone will brighten the day of millions of Americans.

      Best,
      llywrch

      •  You make more sense than some of the above (0+ / 0-)

        Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

        by J Edward on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 04:02:06 PM PDT

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  •  Obama will not be drawn into a petty or hot (13+ / 0-)

    squable for the sake of his ego the way the right wing GOP, Tea Kochers want.  They are so vain they probably think this comment is about them, but it's about our president who is calm, cool and collected in the face of intense conflict and invitations to become reactive, defensive and foolish.

  •  I'd call Republicans Sunshine Patriots (10+ / 0-)

    except that would be giving them too much credit.  They're not patriots at all, they're hate-mongers and destroyers and their words and actions continually border on, if not cross over into, treason.  I hope I live long enough to see the eradication of this cancer on American politics.

    But it's clear that they have a visceral hatred for our current president. You know, the one who is charged with leading the nation right now, and for whom patriotism would ordinarily compel conservatives to support in troubled times.

    What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise. - Barbara Jordan

    by penelope pnortney on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 09:37:49 AM PDT

  •  Well written and thank you for the comparisons. (5+ / 0-)

    One thing our President ISN'T is a knee-jerk reactionary. And boy am I glad for that.

    The investigation has hardly begun and I want the US position, and related actions, to be on solid ground.

    The reactionary right wing, on the other hand, calls for heads the second something happens. It's one of the distinctions between our President and their loser I so much appreciate.

    The only hawk I like is the kind that has feathers. My birding blogs: http://thisskysings.wordpress.com/ and canyonbirds.net

    by cany on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 10:02:00 AM PDT

    •  That is so true. (4+ / 0-)

      The right was virtually launching a march to war with the Soviet Union er...Russia as soon as the news broke. Every network was reporting that there were 25 Americans on the flight (there was one).

      It takes time to gather the facts necessary to make an appropriate response. Buy it only takes seconds to bash the President if that is your only concern. And clearly, the right is not concerned with the loss of lives or the best way to respond.


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      by News Corpse on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 10:15:50 AM PDT

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  •  It wouldn't matter what Obama did, what he said, (6+ / 0-)

    how he reacted. Everything he does is wrong in their book. And of course, Dictator Obama is using the Malaysian airplane disaster as a distraction from the border crisis, which was a distraction from Bergdahl, which was a distraction from the most important crisis ever on the face of the earth-- BENGHAZI!
    The RWNJs will never ever get over Obama's winning the national election twice. Must be fun to be them--always choking back their bile.

    "Let's stay together"--Rev. Al Green and President Obama

    by collardgreens on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 10:27:50 AM PDT

  •  Not only that (3+ / 0-)
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    Obama and his crew had actually anticipated the escalation of incidents such as the plane's downing and had ALREADY sanctioned Russia.  Is anybody giving him credit for being on top of the situation?

  •  Not surprised at all at R's response (3+ / 0-)
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    They invented hypocrisy.

    What it is, is up to us. ~ Howard Rheingold

    by madame defarge on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 10:44:35 AM PDT

  •  McCain is bitter that he's not President (8+ / 0-)

    and angry that the majority of Americans found him not qualified for that office.

    He's notorious for striking out at those he feels has offended him for personal slights, and he notoriously holds on to grudges forever (ask Karl Rove who once described John McCain as "crazy" for his willingness to destroy everything to get even).  

    It's a miracle a man as thin-skinned and volatile as John McCain remains one of David Gregory's favorite "thoughtful pundit" worth broadcasting to millions of his diminishing audience.

    Why does anyone quote John McCain?  He's a failed angry man with an enormous universe-dwarfing ego, who got famous by being Bill Clinton's favorite Republican contrarian, and like DOMA, DADT, and banking deregulation are failed relics of an empty past.

    "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of these United States of America -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 11:04:38 AM PDT

  •  Iran Air Flight 655 ? (1+ / 0-)
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    Bluefin

    haven't hear a word in comparison.
    It marked the end of the Iran/Iraq war..
    lets hope this shoot down, marks the beginning
     of the end to hostilities

    Who is mighty ? One who turns an enemy into a friend !

    by OMwordTHRUdaFOG on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 02:00:55 PM PDT

  •  You'd think the GOTP would also blame Putin (2+ / 0-)
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    News Corpse, Bluefin

    for the humanitarian crisis on our southern border, since he has been totally hands-off since the crisis there worsened.

    But I guess they like him too much to include him in their blame.

    Teach a man to play Rugby and he'll never go hungry.

    by CaptainBlueSky on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 03:14:22 PM PDT

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