Obama Should Remind Putin—It’s not the 1980s Anymore

March 3rd, 2014

Remember that 2012 presidential debate when Barack Obama dressed down Mitt Romney by mocking Romney’s assertion that Russia was the United States’ “#1 geopolitical foe?”

Boy, did he make Romney sound stupid.

Specifically, Obama told Romney and the millions watching, “You said Russia . .  .The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.  Because the Cold War has been over for 20 years.”

That’s telling him.

With Russian troops invading Ukraine, now seems like a good time to tell Vladimir Putin this news as well.  Evidently, like Romney, he’s also stuck somewhere in the 1980s.  Given that reality, only Obama is so “forwarding thinking” as to believe the days of US/Russia tensions are over.

Clearly, Obama is having a very bad week.  Once again, Putin is making him appear inept and subjecting him to a twenty-four hour news cycle rebroadcast of these words that sounded oh so clever to his friends in the media and on the left just a little over a year ago. Now, it doesn’t sound like he really knew what he was talking about in the first place.

Could it get any worse?

Well, for Obama and the mainstream media it sure could.  As it turns out, Sarah Palin appears to have been miles ahead of Obama in foreign policy expertise.  Surely, this is almost worse than Obama being wrong.

Palin was right.

Back in 2008, when she was the Vice Presidential nominee, Palin said the following, “After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence—the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.”

In case anyone thinks Palin forgot she said this, her Facebook page clearly shows she has a very good memory with one post reading, “Yes, I could see this one from Alaska.”  She went on, “I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as ‘an extremely far-fetched scenario’ by the ‘highbrow’ Foreign Policy magazine.”

Yes, for all the Palin bashing that went on during the 2008 election, particularly jokes about her observation that she had some foreign policy experience given Alaska’s proximity to Russia, it turns out that she knew exactly what she was talking about.

This can only further torture President Obama.  It is one thing to make some snide remark that later comes back to bite him.  It’s quite another to be proven wrong by someone he openly derides as a nit-wit.

Evidently, Obama spent ninety minutes on the phone with Vladimir over the weekend.  Perhaps he was talking tough in a Reaganesque sort of way.

Doubtful.

Most likely, he spent a good deal of time “tactfully” explaining to Putin the state of the world a la 2014 much like he did with Governor Romney.  Hopefully, Putin listened. Otherwise, our current repeat of the 1980s may not end as favorably as the first time around.



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