Krauthammer vs. Obama: The mismatch

If Barack Obama is simply incompetent, naive, and weak when it comes to dealing with Russia, why is his administration proposing giving Russia free military equipment after announcing suspiciously pathetic sanctions in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine? Judicial Watch has linked to a press release from Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) in which the U.S. Congressman openly asks why an Obama administration budget proposal for FY15 includes providing Russia with “high level military technology”.

Krauthammer: Right where Obama wants him?

Krauthammer: Right where Obama wants him?

In his latest column, Obama vs. Putin: The mismatch, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer has for some reason constructed a firewall behind his forehead that prevents him from considering that the President is acquiescing to Putin on purpose instead of out of ineptitude. The columnist continues to make an otherwise very cogent argument from an extremely flawed premise about Obama. has documented his views on what he perceives to be Barack Obama’s ‘weakness’ relative to foreign policy generally, with Russia in particular.

The premise that Krauthammer is starting from is that Obama wants to do the right thing when it comes to Russia and Ukraine but that he is simply incapable of doing so. If that were correct, Krauthammer’s critiques of the President would constitute political evisceration. If incorrect, Obama has Krauthammer right where he wants him.

Krauthammer is beside himself as he watches from a ringside seat, two leaders of two heavyweight nations in what should be an epic fight. He’s disappointed that the guy he’s invested in isn’t putting up one. No, actually, he’s downright frustrated to the point of pulling his hair out. In his latest column, he says the following about Obama’s assertion that Putin’s behavior in Ukraine isn’t suited for the 21st century:

“Good God. Putin hasn’t transcended the Russian revolution. Did no one give Obama a copy of Putin’s speech last week upon the annexation of Crimea?”

Translation? Mr. President, that was the weakest jab I’ve ever seen. How about if you start fighting?

Obama and the Stalinist who mentored him.

Obama and the Stalinist who mentored him.

What the firewall behind Krauthammer’s forehead is preventing him from considering is that Obama is intentionally throwing the fight. Was not the president mentored by a pro-Soviet Stalinist for nearly a decade in the 1970’s? Is it not possible, Charles, that one of the voices in Obama’s head is that of Frank Marshall Davis, which is likely telling him to let Putin win because the United States is the bane of the earth’s existence?

One of the reasons Dr. Krauthammer is so invested in his premise very well may be his dismissal of the Davis factor for so many years. In doing so, he bet on America overcoming Obama. Those of us who understand the true gravity of any American President having such relationships weren’t so sure. For Krauthammer to admit this now would be an admission that he was wrong not to sound alarm bells about Davis in 2008.

Earlier this month, Krauthammer was nearly apoplectic in response to the “humiliating” response of the Obama administration towards Vladimir Putin’s aggression. During an appearance on the Fox News Channel, Krauthammer said of Obama’s handing out of a few sanctions to a few influential Russians, “If he thinks that sanctioning seven Russians out of a population of, what, 150 million is a sanction, he’s living in a different world”.

As for the world Krauthammer’s living in, it’s akin to Putin leaving himself exposed for a haymaker after making an aggressive mistake and Obama responding with a love tap. As Krauthammer watches the fight from the front row, those of us in the cheap seats may be seeing things a bit more clearly.

Since this post is replete with boxing metaphors, here’s a video of one:

h/t Bklynngirl


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