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A Plea for Caution From Russia
New York Times, by Vladimir V. Putin

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 9/11/2013 9:38:10 PM

MOSCOW — RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies. Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again. The United Nations’ founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: excalgalcg, 9/11/2013 9:44:43 PM     (No. 9516799)

Unbelievable! Now we have Putin telling us what a nice guy Obama is! Telling us we shouldn´t think we are exceptional and he has the gall to use "God created us equal"! He and Obama are two of a kind. Maybe this was planned. I don´t trust Obama and think he could be capable of seeing the demise of this country sooner rather than later.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ivehadit, 9/11/2013 10:05:44 PM     (No. 9516823)

I´d love to see Vlad visit Willie, Jas and Phil in West Monroe...!! They could work everything out, donncha know, LOL!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: FormerDem, 9/11/2013 10:12:36 PM     (No. 9516831)

Don´t know what you´re fussing about, #1. why shouldn´t Putin say that God created us equal? And he didn´t say Obama is a nice guy. He merely very very politely did NOT gloat or make fun of him but is being as gracious in victory as possible. And by the way - You are missing the event that this is. This is an astounding novelty here. He is finding common ground with us in terms of how we all pray to our one Creator.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: LittleHoodedMonk, 9/11/2013 10:27:04 PM     (No. 9516834)

FTA: "Mercenaries from Arab countries fighting there, and hundreds of militants from Western countries and even Russia, are an issue of our deep concern. Might they not return to our countries with experience acquired in Syria? After all, after fighting in Libya, extremists moved on to Mali. This threatens us all."

This is the type of editorial from Putin one keeps to later bring up when he pushes one of his satellite states into some mischief, usually nuclear proliferation, like Iran & North Korea. The other thing that struck me is he mentions Mali, the thrown away African terrorist threat from the 0bama/Romney debate on foreign policy. Recently the CIA acknowledged this, and refused to correct 0bama before the election, even when it was part of Romney´s then daily briefings. Now Putin specifically names this small African state.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 9/11/2013 10:48:22 PM     (No. 9516857)

Really terrifying.

Putin makes more sense than Obama. And we know that Obama is lying to us--he does on every issue.

Putin has played Obama like a fool and is going in for the kill.

This used to be a great and proud country. We have become Rome--decadent and lazy before our demise...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 9/11/2013 10:51:31 PM     (No. 9516864)

I wonder if Obama still thinks that Putin is like the bored kid sitting in the back of the classroom. Every day Putin plays a new trump card and boxes in Obama even more.
Putin will now press forward to have tremendous influence over the entire Middle East.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Moritz55, 9/11/2013 11:41:02 PM     (No. 9516898)

Say what you will about Putin´s character or motives, the article is a masterful piece of persuasive writing -- in sharp contrast to the embarrassing mishmash the leader of the free world subjected us to last night.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: danvillebill, 9/11/2013 11:46:47 PM     (No. 9516904)

"There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal."

There´s Pootie trying to sound like Mike Huckabee.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: NotaBene, 9/12/2013 12:36:49 AM     (No. 9516932)

Putin says: "No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists."

This is key problem. Maybe it was the Sunni Brothers that did this. Obama should show all the evidence he says we have if he wants to improve his situation. The CIA is not what it used to be.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Saildreamer, 9/12/2013 1:49:52 AM     (No. 9516972)

He has no idea what American exceptionalism means.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Wetlandz, 9/12/2013 6:53:25 AM     (No. 9517068)

Obama is too dumb to be afraid of Putin. Arrogance & incompence are usually hand in hand. This third world stooge will set us back decades with Russia and that´s only the best case scenario.



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Reply 12 - Posted by: NancyD, 9/12/2013 7:15:21 AM     (No. 9517098)

What upsets me is that the NYT gives this guy a forum. What the heck? He makes BO look so weak, tells the people of the USA we (as a country) aren´t exceptional? And the NYT allows the USA to be knocked down a couple pegs? Really?

I take this article as a shot across the bow.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: sagman, 9/12/2013 7:22:38 AM     (No. 9517115)

Obama War Room: I Do Too Know What I’m Doing

(adapted from the book, You Hear Me, Barack?)

JOHN KERRY: Our ruse of weakness and capitulation is working, sir. Everyone thinks Putin ate your lunch.
OBAMA: Yes. All part of the plan.
JAY CARNEY: Plan, sir? You never told. . .
OBAMA: Through a combination of bluster and pusillanimity, Jay, I tricked Putin into going all in on Syria--16 warships in the Med and a big push to rearm Assad. It’s taking a chunk out of Russia’s budget.
CARNEY: But our friends in Eastern Europe now doubt our commitment to protect them from the waking Bear.
OBAMA: As well they should. I want Putin to start thinking about reconstituting the Warsaw Pact and extending Russian influence to the Atlantic as we pull back.
KERRY: See, Jay, the only way to check a new Russian Empire is to encourage one resembling the old Soviet model.
OBAMA: In two years Russia becomes big, bloated, and hidebound again. More territory to defend, obscene military budgets, restive populations. The Soviet Union 2.0—a lumbering, doomed giant. Meanwhile, we’re sitting pretty on the sidelines, a no-threat former superpower watching it all go down.
KERRY: The president’s playing the long game, Jay. We retreat and let Russia become the counterweight to China and Iran so we can concentrate on implementing ObamaCare. Next week, the president will deliver an address to the U.N. calling for the dissolution of NATO as a cold war relic.
CARNEY: Better let me write this one, Mr. President. Lately your speeches have
been full of ground round and curry, dignifying frothing.
KERRY: Meanwhile, I’ll announce U.S. participation in Putin’s proposed economic initiative to help ease transition to Russian hegemony on the Continent. He’s calling it the ´´Greater European Co-Prosperity Sphere.´´
CARNEY: Has a nice ring to it, sir.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: scarface67, 9/12/2013 7:23:24 AM     (No. 9517116)


The bored kid in the back of the classroom was just waiting for the class bell to ring so he could get the smart aleck kid who was bad mouthing him outside and kick the crap out of him.




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Reply 15 - Posted by: NancyD, 9/12/2013 7:25:54 AM     (No. 9517122)

This... is what BO meant when he told Putin "I will have more flexibility after the election".

BO´s intent to bring the USA down a few pegs to make us even or below the power of other countries.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: hoopsfan, 9/12/2013 7:31:38 AM     (No. 9517133)

Putin goes over to Obama´s schoolyard, torments him, and then gives him a wedgie.

To add further insult, Putin then manages to get Barry´s school newspaper to run a piece scolding and lecturing him.

Of course, nowhere does the school newspaper point out that this guest columnist himself has a history of aggression and thuggery around the world, but, hey, it´s the NYT and they´ve always deferred to international bullies.



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Reply 17 - Posted by: Janjan, 9/12/2013 7:33:52 AM     (No. 9517137)

I am astounded by the posters here who think this is a lovely article and we should all be grateful that this nice man is reaching out to America. The day after Putin forced Obama to stand down in Syria, and make no mistake, Obama was happy to comply, he made a deal with Iran to sell them more arms and help fund another nuclear reactor. Iran has pledged to wipe out Israel and attack the United States. See any connection here? I do not intend to be lectured to about American exceptionalism by the leader of a Communist country who is backing our enemies.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Joe Btfsplk, 9/12/2013 7:35:33 AM     (No. 9517140)

...and little Barry said "Gee, uncle Vlad, make no mistake, that was the most flexible bedtime story evah!"

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Rinktum, 9/12/2013 7:38:18 AM     (No. 9517143)

Putin is elevating himself and Russia and demeaning Obama and the United States. The trouble is that Obama, in his arrogance, has played right into his hands. Putin is in the catbird seat and he will not relinquish it anytime soon. Obama is so busy preening and posturing that he allows Putin to actually be thought of as reasonable and statesman-like. Clearly, Putin has his number and has just achieved checkmate on the world´s stage. Russia has been waiting for decades to regain world influence after Reagan bested it. This must be sweet revenge for Putin.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Seaduck79, 9/12/2013 7:39:20 AM     (No. 9517146)

Putin is basically telling the world that the U.S. is no longer the world´s superpower. The challenge will go unanswered by those who could - and should - respond to it, proving Putin correct, at least from a political standpoint.

But this country is NOT just the elected fools in charge. We are built of far sterner stuff than that, and We, The People, ARE still the #1 source of good in the world. No country helps others to the degree we do, even when it´s self-defeating and stupid to do so.

Your country and ours are NOT the same, Mr. Putin. "The world", including Russia, has not earned the right to govern other countries´ actions. Most of the countries you would grant the power to tell other countries how to treat their people are far too careless about their own people to do so credibly. America is special, because its people are special. Its people are special only because more of them than you can know aren´t as ignorant, selfish and vapid as you believe them to be, based on what you see in far too many of their elected representatives. Their people are special because for far more than you can know, their God isn´t one of their own creation. It isn´t power, it isn´t money, it isn´t sex. It´s the One that enables Americans to be great, and to do great things.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: notlongforhere, 9/12/2013 7:49:10 AM     (No. 9517158)

´You shall know them by their fruit´. Russia has made great progress in transforming itself from a state of communism to open market capitalism. This has been a difficult task and not one for the faint of heart. One sure sign of change is the open display of reverence to God.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEETt4olVnc
We are cautioned in Proverbs to ´lean not unto our own understanding´.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: dman, 9/12/2013 7:53:40 AM     (No. 9517167)

I´m with #2 and others in seeing the glass as half-full. Yes, he got in a dig at our self-perception as being "exceptional" (and we are an exceptional nation, IMO) - he´s still a competitor, after all. Brush that aside. However, he writes this from the position of a peacemaker. We can work with that.

Reagan leveraged Gorbachev´s stated policies of Glasnost and Perestroika, by challenging Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall and standing firm at Rejkajvik (despite the consternation of his Establishment advisers), to facilitate an end to the Cold War. A similar opportunity has presented itself here. Now that Putin has taken on the mantle of ME peacemaker and has taken ownership of his ability (which we have known all along) to do something about it: we should hold him to his word as Reagan did Gorbachev.

As posters above note, it is disquieting that Mr. Putin comes across more credible than our POTUS. If we had someone with Reagan´s mindset in the WH, he would seize this opportunity to challenge Mr. Putin:

"Mr. Putin: if you seek equality among nations, if you seek peace in the Middle East, stop the WMD. Control these chemical weapons in your client Syria, and stop the development of a nuclear bomb by your client Iran. Affirm that Israel is also equal under God. Stop frustrating international efforts in this regard."

Something like that.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: bluehouse, 9/12/2013 7:54:30 AM     (No. 9517169)

Putin or Obama? What difference does it make?

Obama and his team are liars: Obama now says he never said "red line," J Kerry vs swift boat vets, S Rice and her Sunday morning video lies, S Powers was against Israel before she was for it.

Putin and Obama both want to fundamentally change America.



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Reply 24 - Posted by: Grambo, 9/12/2013 7:55:48 AM     (No. 9517172)

Where Putin errs, is in his dismissal of American exceptionalism. That galls Americans.

Putin misunderstands what that means to us. We don’t, as he implies, think we’re inherently better or nobler than others, but rather that we, America, have done more to free people around the world, than any other nation in history. And we have done so at our own risk and expense, and without taking anything in return (despite the accusations of US imperialism that he Left so loves to rail about). And that makes us exceptional.

While Putin does have point about America striking out militarily hither and yon, and having an attitude of “you’re with us or against us”, a jibe at “cowboy” GWB, he must put that in the context; GWB’s point was, more precisely, “Will will make no distinction between terrorists and those who harbor them.”

That stance was entirely justified post 9/11, and still is. Putin and the world should understand that America, if her citizens are attacked by terrorists, will visit on those attackers an immediate, unimaginable ferocity of violence, period. (At least so it was under Republican leadership; now, not so much, cf Benghazi. But Obama isn’t forever.)


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Reply 25 - Posted by: krause, 9/12/2013 7:56:53 AM     (No. 9517177)

Putin has absolutely no respect for Obama. He´s going in for the kill. This would never have happened under Bush 43.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 9/12/2013 8:03:02 AM     (No. 9517192)

When Sagman speaks, Lawsy listens.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: a man over thirty, 9/12/2013 8:06:49 AM     (No. 9517202)

Putin may be on to something about American exceptionalism if I read his words correctly.
The Founding Fathers were exceptional. Profoundly so. Our republic is exceptional.
The Greatest Generation was exceptional.

The current electoral majority (the majority which elected and re-elected Barack Obama for no discernible good reason) is not only not exceptional, but an embarrassment to the idea of America.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Coy860, 9/12/2013 8:10:12 AM     (No. 9517208)

51% of Americans ARE exceptional! They are the achievers who feed the World, offer the most aid to other Nations, sent a man to the moon, and began the Space Station. We were first with computers, Iphones, Ipads, farm production.
Liberals would like to destroy individualism and competition, they hate winners and losers.
We are becoming weak due to socialist leadership, their dream is to consider us as groups, not individuals.
WE ARE NOT, we have Individual rights. We are on the cusp falling.
Energy fed our industrial success, oil supplied our military in WW2 victory.
We must drill OUR resources to remain the Leaders of the FREE world.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: tatterdemalion, 9/12/2013 8:14:46 AM     (No. 9517218)

The Greatest Generation gave us the Freaking Boomers.
The WW1 Generation gave us the WW2 Generation.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: TigerLilly, 9/12/2013 8:28:07 AM     (No. 9517250)

I find it interesting that Putin references God. When Bush and Putin met at the ranch Putin was wearing a cross that had belonged to his mother. Obama would never wear a cross, and in fact, had a cross covered when he gave a speech. When Obama ends his speeches with "God Bless America" it seems he says it because it is expected but there is never any sincerity in his inflection.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: HopefulToAFault, 9/12/2013 8:35:36 AM     (No. 9517265)

Note Putin´s deference to the UN as well - bearing in mind that the UN is a Soviet construct established by the known Soviet spy Alger Hiss and comrades. If any of Stalin´s strategic mastery lives on (which IMHO it does within the Russian elite culture), Putin is not to be trusted.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Felixcat, 9/12/2013 8:39:55 AM     (No. 9517272)

It is in Putin´s and Obama´s interest to have a weakened USA. For Putin - no explanation why. For Obama - because he hates this country and the only prestige he cares about is his own and so long as he can enjoy all the trappings of being President, what does he cares what world leaders thinks of the USA.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Grampy, 9/12/2013 8:46:22 AM     (No. 9517287)

I could be wrong, but was there just a coup and we don´t know it?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: rmagnus, 9/12/2013 8:46:22 AM     (No. 9517288)

All you need to know about Putin is wrapped up in 3 letters - KGB.

Anyone who thinks this article is sincere is sadly and dangerously mistaken.



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Reply 35 - Posted by: OperaBuff, 9/12/2013 8:52:08 AM     (No. 9517298)

Odd. Putin wants to talk to the American people so he writes to the NYT? Really? Seriously? No one reads their junk anymore. How odd... It´s as if Russia sees the NYT as something great.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 9/12/2013 8:54:19 AM     (No. 9517304)

I have a different take on this piece. Putin is really speaking to the UN Delegations and the heads of state traveling to NYC for the opening of the UN General Assembly next 2 weeks. Check out how many times he refers to the UN in his first several paragraphs.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: peterfleming, 9/12/2013 8:56:43 AM     (No. 9517308)

Their communist dictator uses more sensible words (for whatever they´re worth) than does our communist muslim imposter. We are losing ground with the conspiratorial cabal
that is in charge of the White House. Add to it a drunken, slothful Congress that allows all this debt craziness to run wild,
with a mainstream media and press that no longer reports any Washington wrongdoings. It´s time for every citizen to speak up, bi pass a sick Congress and throw out the imposter for his forged birth certificate, for his treasonous, criminal acts. Imagine,
we are in such a sorry state, that a foreign
dictator can write a sensible sounding letter in the failing, socialist, New York Times, because the person we elected President is incapable of representing the people and is headed for the destruction of this great country, America.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: raphaela, 9/12/2013 9:02:06 AM     (No. 9517319)

There is a vacuum of power in the world and Putin is stepping in and marking his territory - don´t bears mark their territory? We are living in scary times.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: CEP, 9/12/2013 9:03:36 AM     (No. 9517322)

My take is that Putin is letting everyone know he is in charge, the United States is now just any other nation and nothing special. He is letting Obama know that he makes the decisions and he controls the UN. No longer is the United States the superpower. Just putting his foot down on everyone and he can do it, because there is no adult in Washington DC to deal with him. I do wonder what the next three years will bring. May God Bless the United States, put that in your pipe Putin and smoke it.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: stopevhillary, 9/12/2013 9:06:41 AM     (No. 9517329)

The transformation is nearly complete.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Husker Infidel, 9/12/2013 9:07:55 AM     (No. 9517333)

Obama is such a pathetic jerk, that he makes Putin look like a "statesman".

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Reply 42 - Posted by: trapper, 9/12/2013 9:08:32 AM     (No. 9517334)

Two thoughts:

First, this strikes me as an offer of a handshake directly to the American people. Putin knows very well that the Obama crew is temporary, but the American people don´t change. Rousing the sleeping giant, as Yamamoto put it, is not what he wants.

The second thing has been gnawing at me. What just happened here? Assad admitted he has chemical weapons, and Russia agreed to force him to give them all up. And America gave up .... what? Obama made to look like a fool? We knew that already. What am I missing? How did this cost us anything?

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Reply 43 - Posted by: trapper, 9/12/2013 9:16:29 AM     (No. 9517352)

Uh oh. Answering my own question. What indeed DID America just give up? Is there a secret deal, like Kennedy made? Did Obama just secretly sell out one of our allies? Remember, when you look around the poker table and can´t figure out who the sucker is, it´s you. Bibi should have someone check his back.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: M2, 9/12/2013 9:26:02 AM     (No. 9517376)

I don´t want the UN in charge of our decisions. I don´t want a one-world order. I don´t trust Putin -- he´s a KGB thug and a bad actor. Taking his pronouncements seriously is bad juju.

And I deeply resent him saying that America is not exceptional. What other country on earth was founded as ours was in such freedom and liberty.

Sorry, but Putin cannot be trusted, and if Obama has a hand in this ("I´ll have more leverage after the election"), he´s worse than I thought and that´s hard to imagine.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: joeyinempirestate, 9/12/2013 9:29:41 AM     (No. 9517381)

o and Putin, two agents for sure, but Putin is much sharper.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: joeyinempirestate, 9/12/2013 9:33:33 AM     (No. 9517389)

Putin was actually scolding America for putting 0 on a pedestal.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: mark34, 9/12/2013 9:34:01 AM     (No. 9517390)

Once again, Putin is right when he states: "It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation." Seeing oneself as exceptional promotes arrogance.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: redink, 9/12/2013 9:44:02 AM     (No. 9517421)

This is bad. Putin is bad. Obama is bad.
There is nothing good here.
I agree with all the posters who have read between the lies...er, lines.

America IS exceptional. Americans ARE a force for good in this world. We should not be ashamed to be American. Teach your children and grandchildren to never give up their heritage as Americans. God Bless America!

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Reply 49 - Posted by: nightvision, 9/12/2013 9:44:43 AM     (No. 9517426)

#19 nailed it.
Obama provided Putin with a gratuitous golden opportunity, out of his chest-thumping talk of bombing Syria.

What will be VERY interesting will be if Obama has the stones to give a strong unambiguous speech to the nation rebutting this outrageous move by Putin.

#13, brilliant, as always!
"Lately your speeches have been full of ground round and curry, dignifying frothing."
Genius!
My only issue is that BO couldn´t speak that coherently if his life depended on it.
"Pusillanimity" is waaaay beyond his grasp. Kudos!

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Reply 50 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan, 9/12/2013 9:48:34 AM     (No. 9517437)

I did not read the article, the NYT will get no click from me.

However, just like in Syria, where no party deserves our support, Putin and Obama are both bad actors. Neither one is worthy of our praise.

And about Putin´s claim that we are not exceptional - Mr. Putin, our American Exceptionalism reaches far beyond the man whom is our current occupant of the White House. Our exceptionalism runs deep and wide and is in our very spirit and core. Our morality and quest for justice will survive long after our current Poseur is out of the picture.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: jglas, 9/12/2013 9:48:35 AM     (No. 9517438)

Oh no Putin and Obama all buddy buddy and talking about how we must all obey the international laws (and in the New York Times). That sends a chill down my spine.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: chicodon, 9/12/2013 9:51:07 AM     (No. 9517443)

I say this without reading the article. I won´t read it. There was a time that the Times would be burnt to the ground for sedition. This is not protected freedom of speech. It is communist propaganda. Flexibility my ***.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: maryc, 9/12/2013 9:57:16 AM     (No. 9517458)

The Bear is a killer bear make no mistake. But let us hope that this man understands that while obama may be a weak fool, with idiot Americans electing him, there are also still plenty of real men and women who do not trust him and are ready to fight to protect this country ! We have a fool for president but we are not all of the same ilk.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: freebreezer, 9/12/2013 10:02:18 AM     (No. 9517472)

While Obama parties with the likes of J-z, golf’s, vacations, schmoozzzzez with Hollywood liberals, plays Chicago politics for personal power, Putin checkmates him in three (or two?) moves ... Sad to see how far down the presidency has descended. Obama belongs on Dancing with the stars, and not sitting in the Oval office.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: tasine, 9/12/2013 10:06:17 AM     (No. 9517485)

Mr. Putin, or his writers, writes a beautiful letter and makes some good points. Additionally, I have more respect for him than I have for Barack Obama, and I believe he is as believable as Obama.

However, to naively take his letter at his word is silly. He is definitely a better leader than Obama who is NO leader, but I don´t believe he is a more honest man. I place no trust in either. Let´s not forget that many of our people fell for Obama based on his speeches and nothing more. How´d that work out for everyone?

Too bad Mr. Putin and all leaders don´t tell their citizens they are special ...... it might make for a better world.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: chillijilli, 9/12/2013 10:06:50 AM     (No. 9517488)

My, Mr Putin got brazen...taking his case directly to the American people...But something´s missing from this latest crisis that should at least have been mentioned peripherally. Remember Snowden? We don´t know what information he actually disclosed to Russia, but Putin can certainly claim he knows some of our government´s most highly classified secrets. Perhaps Putin´s just giving Obama a taste of his own medicine by using some classic Chicago thug bribery techniques? That might explain Putin´s sudden boldness via the NYT.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: so_free_me, 9/12/2013 10:15:06 AM     (No. 9517501)

I really want to hear what Rush Limbaugh has to say to both Putin and Obama on the subject of "American Exceptionalism." He is able to explain it correctly unlike either P or O.

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Reply 58 - Posted by: Keekng, 9/12/2013 10:20:38 AM     (No. 9517513)

One comment re Post #5......
Putin has not played obama like a fool,
obama has played himself like a fool.

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Reply 59 - Posted by: nevernaught, 9/12/2013 10:28:16 AM     (No. 9517533)

This whole situation must have the Times all atwitter. They have always favored Communism, hence space in their editorial section for Putin Speak. Sort of odd, wouldn´t you say?

Then their wholesale support for Obama, a not so hidden Marxist, and another foreigner to boot. Result... everything they do or say supports the Marxist King. Does anyone seriously doubt why they are going broke.

After reading the remarks from Times readers, their commenters just cannot let loose of their long insistence that there were no WMD´s in Iraq. They still blame Bush for invading that Liberal sanctuary and ridding the world of the dictator who gassed 50,000 of his own people. A little odd don´t you think.

These same writers just cannot admit that Syria was the recipient of Iraq´s gas stockpile. That would mean that there were WMD´s in Iraq and Bush was 100% correct.

There is this though, and it is enough to give Liberals nightmares. When Islamists start killing Russians, Putin kills them. When Islamists kill Americans at Benghazi, Egypt and other places around the globe, Obama helps them or insists there were video´s that made them mad, so of course they aren´t to blame. Sort of a ´get out of jail´ excuse.

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Reply 60 - Posted by: thatsomewhereplace, 9/12/2013 10:37:40 AM     (No. 9517551)

Putin = KGB
How about 0bama = NSA? Or DEA or EPA? You see what I´m getting at? Ruby Ridge - Randy Weaver´s son and wife-Waco (incidentally use of chemical weapons against American civilians). Granted these agencies operated under many administrations. 0bama just refined them. I found Putin´s letter to be very interesting. I lived through the "cold war." I was in the Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I watched the walls come down in E Germany. I watched the USSR crumble. Yes, it´s confounding to find "comfort" in Putin´s letter. Yes, I know what he is/was. I have never heard these things from the king. Never. I am pleased with his letter. Even knowing his background. No we aren´t a super power anymore. Thanks, King. We keep our exceptionalism. No other country in the world is as generous and compassionate. (That´s you and me and not the government). Putin´s letter...read it again.

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Reply 61 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 9/12/2013 10:57:42 AM     (No. 9517588)

Don´t ever trust Putin, especially just because he wrote a persuasive article that at points made sense.

What I find particularly irritating is his assertion that we "lost" in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Regardless of the bungling of this administration, we WON in both those countries.

We went into Afghanistan to destroy terrorist training bases and kill as many terrorists as we could. We did that. We gave the Afghans the chance at a free country without the Taliban. We did that. Now, if the Afghans want to blow that opportunity, future blood is on their hands, not ours.

We went into Iraq because of WMD (likely moved to Syria with help from the Russians, but never mind) and because of a tyrant that ignored sanctions from a previous conflict and fired on our aircraft. Although we did not find WMD, it certainly was no longer in the hands of a madman, we toppled that regime and its horrific torture of citizens, and gave THOSE people a chance for a better society. If they want to squander that as well, that´s their issue.

I refuse to stand by and let history be re-written by the likes of progressives and that bald beady-eyed KGB agent from Russia.

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Reply 62 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 9/12/2013 10:59:00 AM     (No. 9517589)

First, nice "Get" OP. I´ll bet everyone on this thread wanted to post this historic article in "Pravda-on-the-Hudson." Heck, it even inspired the Sagman to give us a special treat (# 13).

We can analyze Putin´s motive(s) for this article all day. To me, one thing is clear: He is doing what is best for his beloved Russia. Care to make any (obvious) comparisons?

The current state of affairs RE Syria should not surprise Israel and Netanyahu. Sure, the Russian Bear is getting good press and the world is getting a better idea of what an oaf Obama is. But this changes nothing,

Israel has known for a long time that AS LONG AS OBAMA IS IN OFFICE she will have to face Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and the rest of her numerous enemies, alone.

But those of us who know are aware that Israel will never have to face her mortal enemies alone.

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Reply 63 - Posted by: Warren Bonesteel, 9/12/2013 10:59:07 AM     (No. 9517590)

When the head of a foreign nation makes a direct appeal to the American people, you know that diplomacy has failed.


This is the equivalent of a ´war warning.´


He´s saying, "There´s no need for violence, here. Please think things over before you do this. You´re leaving us no choice.´

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Reply 64 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 9/12/2013 11:06:32 AM     (No. 9517611)

We are rather like a fat drunk guy. Our people did not care enough to participate in and be critical of our political processes. Now, America is out of shape and so disorganized as to be like that drunk. Putin is the passerby who sees a helpless America and basically is rolling us- He´ll take what ever he can get, all the while saying sweetly, "Need some help there big fella?" while he sifts through our pockets for loose change and strips our watch. We better shape up. Others are watching. We have already lost our international respect- no one will ever trust Øbama again or feel threatened by the US. That bodes evil for the 3.2 years to come at least.

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Reply 65 - Posted by: monique, 9/12/2013 11:11:25 AM     (No. 9517624)

once you are brainwashed into believing that you are not exceptional, are not capable of being exceptional, then you will not be exceptional. (Thank you oh so much lib teachers for encouraging mediocre no-fail). Obama wants us to be mediocre. Putin wants us to be mediocre.

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Reply 66 - Posted by: Melody, 9/12/2013 11:20:32 AM     (No. 9517639)

America isn´t exceptional because of her support for other countries or because of special talent and intelligence. Alexis de Tocqueville is often quoted about his looking for America´s greatness and finding it in her churches. He said, ´´The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.´´

We know that the writing of the Constitution wasn´t going well until Ben Franklin called for a time of prayer because ´except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.´ They knew that the miraculous document they forged was unique and good because of God´s aid in forming it.

We were known as a Christian nation. But as Ronald Reagan said, ´´If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.´´

There was an old spiritual that said that everybody talkin´ about heaven ain´t agoin´ there. Not everyone talking about God is talking about the same God, either. Putin can talk about God, but I feel sure he´s not a follower of our Lord.

The Bible speaks of drawing a country in the north down against Israel. God said He would put a hook in their ´´jaw.´´ Russia won´t even know it´s being reeled in until they´ve attacked Israel.

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Reply 67 - Posted by: RancherJack, 9/12/2013 11:22:59 AM     (No. 9517642)

I woke up this mornin´ with the sundown shinin´ in
I found my mind in a brown paper bag, but then...
I tripped on a cloud and fell-a eight miles high
I tore my mind on a jagged sky
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

(Yeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition my condition was in)

I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in
I watched myself crawlin´ out as I was a-crawlin´ in
I got up so tight I couldn´t unwind
I saw so much I broke my mind
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

(Yeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition my condition was in)

Someone painted "April Fool" in big black letters on a "Dead End" sign
I had my foot on the gas as I left the road and blew out my mind
Eight miles outta Memphis and I got no spare
Eight miles straight up downtown somewhere
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

I said I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in
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Reply 68 - Posted by: bighambone, 9/12/2013 11:31:54 AM     (No. 9517655)

Putin is a Russian nationalist. Everything that he says and does is designed to advance the interests of Russia and Himself. He is also apparently a member of the Russian Orthodox Church.

During the Cold War, for a number of years I held a job where on occasion I came in professional contact with high ranking Soviet commanders. I cannot ever remember any of them being other then very professional. I also became aware that a good portion of them were definitely not atheists, but in order to keep their positions, had to keep their religious believes under raps.

Another thing that I learned was that you never trust the Russians. Ronald Reagan had it right in his dealings with the Russians when he diplomatically said "Trust but Verify".

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Reply 69 - Posted by: strike3, 9/12/2013 11:48:09 AM     (No. 9517687)

Remember, this bit of advice is coming from a country whose leadership once threatened to bury the US and he pounded his shoe on the table to emphasize his extreme hatred.

Now the tables are turned. Russia has competent leadership and we have a tempermental child who is trying to play the tough guy, while looking silly and powerless. It was a master stroke for Putin to address the American people directly while we have stopped listening to our own stooge in the White House years ago. You know that obama is seething over this and asking Valerie what to do next.

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Reply 70 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 9/12/2013 11:48:50 AM     (No. 9517688)

Oh yes we are an exceptional country...yeah right. Here is what makes us so:
Anthony Weiner...Ted Kennedy...Barack Hussein Obama...Hillary Clinton...Jeb Bush....Bill Clinton...Miley Cyrus....Lois Lerner...Mosques built at 911 site...Fast and Furious...IRS...Benghazi...11 million invaders from South America...NAACP...Al Sharpton...Jane Fonda...our disgusting colleges and universities...and on and on...
America is no longer ´exceptional´....what a joke. Now lets all clap like seals to you naive folk who think we are exceptional.

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Reply 71 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 9/12/2013 12:02:43 PM     (No. 9517708)

Many great and important comments. #s 13, 20, 44, 61 & 65 especially merit the Multiple Click Award.

Remember, BO himself does not believe in American Exceptionalism, as he asserted back in ´09 when asked about this very thing. He said basically that every Nation believes itself to be "exceptional", so we´re really just one of the gang.

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Reply 72 - Posted by: Melody, 9/12/2013 12:11:05 PM     (No. 9517717)

I don´t have time to finish a list as a counter to #70, but others can take it up.

Lucianne...Jonah...Ted Cruz...Rand Paul...Mike Lee...Rush Limbaugh...Tom Coburn...

Gotta go. Take it ldotters.

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Reply 73 - Posted by: strike3, 9/12/2013 12:11:22 PM     (No. 9517718)

You explained it best, #27. Half of us are exceptional, the other half are responsible for the fool in the White House who brought us this downgrade and embarrassment.

I guess now is a good time to stop concentrating on our work, our families and our past achievements and take the time and effort to "reengineer" the US Government. It is within our capabilities, as is again becoming the greatest country in the world.

As for Russia, a major conflict with them will not result in a stalemate or a win. It will be checkmate for the entire world. We don´t want to go there yet.

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Reply 74 - Posted by: uno, 9/12/2013 12:22:30 PM     (No. 9517738)

The message here is that the Obamboozler is not and can not commmunicate with the American people and left the door open for Putin.
Vlad walked in and left Barry floating in the punch bowl of diplomatic relations!

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Reply 75 - Posted by: lana720, 9/12/2013 1:19:52 PM     (No. 9517844)

Sagman´s description: full of ground round and curry, dignifying frothing, is amazing.

I have thought about this article all morning and read all the comments.

Maybe, just maybe, Putin lit a fire under those of us who work, pay taxes and truly care about what our Founding Fathers believed, wrote and lived. Is it time to pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor, too?

We must do what is right and reassertion our exceptionalism. It´s still here and Putin just challenged us in spite of zippy who thinks he and his transformation of us still count.

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Reply 76 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 9/12/2013 1:21:21 PM     (No. 9517847)

This was an amazing piece .
Putin has some terrific writers and he hit on a lot of truths and made common sense,
unlike Obama.
I found his Op Ed to be Reagnesque in many ways.
Too bad Obama didn´t deliver this Tuesday night .
Putin is the undisputed leader of the world .
I guarantee he doesn´t spend his evenings sipping pink champagne in a hot tub
with a male companion,
like Barry does with Reggie Love.
Nor does Putin spends endless hours on the golf course
and take advice from Jay -Z and Beyonce.
As far as the " exceptional " remark-
on Tuesday night Barry said that only the US cares about gassed children and
the US is the only country that cares about keeping their own kids safe.
Because we are exceptional.
Putin and a lot of others took offense at
Barry´s insulting narcissism.
Putin recognizes that Afghanistan is reeling and
will no doubt fall back into the terrorist´s hands when
the international forces leave.
He recognizes that Libya is a mess as well as Iraq.
No phony happy talk and bragging
like Obama usually does about his " successes " in Afghanistan and Iraq.
From Putin, not Obama :
" Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored."
From Putin, not Obama :
" There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions
and those still finding their way to democracy.
Their policies differ, too.
We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings,
we must not forget that God created us equal ".
I trust Putin more than I trust Obama.



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Reply 77 - Posted by: redink, 9/12/2013 1:25:12 PM     (No. 9517854)

RE #72: Sarah Palin, Tom McClintock (CA), Rick Perry (TX), Scott Walker (WI), Bobby Jindal (LA), Mike Lee (UT); churches and charities across America sending people, medicines and food to foreign countries around the world; homeless centers and centers for abused women and children who give up their time and finances to get involved and help the helpless. My best friend in Orange County, Ca who volunteers her time and money to help abused women, my sister in Ca who gives up her summers to organize vacation Bible school for disadvantaged children, my friend in Indiana who has nine children and still gives her time and non-existent funds to help poor children in Haiti (and has taught her adult children to do the same; Americans who roll up their sleeves every day, work hard, love their families, and refuse to be victims of this regime...etc, etc.

This country is filled with exceptional Americans who will never make the news, but they change lives daily for the better.

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Reply 78 - Posted by: KansasWind, 9/12/2013 1:26:45 PM     (No. 9517857)

You know the foreign student exchange program, where students fron the U.S. go to a foreign country and their students come here.

Could we expand that to incorporating swaping Putin for Obama?

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Reply 79 - Posted by: Truth Czar, 9/12/2013 1:41:16 PM     (No. 9517880)

Concerning Putin´s attack on American exceptionalism, he is only parroting Obama who stated there is nothing exceptional about America.

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Reply 80 - Posted by: shmowry1, 9/12/2013 2:09:00 PM     (No. 9517913)

Putin is right. We should be careful how we throw around the term "exceptional". Something that should never have been thrown around throughout the storied rise of President Obama. How can we be exceptional when we vote in such an amateurish fool to lead our country in domestic and foreign affairs. I expect more from our exceptional society. Putin struck gold in this crisis, and with this article, he is rubbing salt in the wound by coming out as the good guy to the American people.

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Reply 81 - Posted by: LadyHen, 9/12/2013 2:13:17 PM     (No. 9517924)

A nation is judged by it´s leaders and actions. We voted that clod in the WH into office (I know, I know. I didn´t vote for him either but the majority did), we voted for the rather UN-exceptional bunch of dimwits of both parties in the senate, and look what kind of dithering, buffoonish behavior we get.

Like it or not, if judged by the men we seek to lead us and the stupidity of the general populace and those leaders, we are no longer an exceptional nation. Obama IS how the world sees us.

And like him or not, Putin schooled pitiful Obama. He beat him up, stole his lunch, and ate it right in front of him. When even the NYT realizes this, it would be wise to wake up and smell the coffee.

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Reply 82 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 9/12/2013 4:02:14 PM     (No. 9518151)

Did Pootie touch all the American hot buttons or what...even got God into it?

The Russians are always self-serving and ignore the UN when is suits their interests.

He is pulling Stinky´s cape ever so gently, but it could be a tug at any moment.

Weak Stinky and Pootie, what a pair of Narcissistic hutzpah….


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Reply 83 - Posted by: MirJoy, 9/12/2013 4:21:13 PM     (No. 9518191)

I liked the piece, and I even read it three times to be sure I didn´t end up sounding like a traitor. Mr. Putin has a lot to say, and I can´t see that anything he said isn´t true. As for American exceptionalism -remember when Hillary gave someone the red button with the words "reset" misspelled! But there´s an silent ad for September 11 on The Connection using the Budweiser horses that I think is really exceptional. So it´s all around us, and also in lots of these posts.

Anyway, I think Putin should be given the benefit of the doubt. He might be having his Road to Damascus moment. Right now I trust him a lot more than others whose motives seem to be all about themselves rather than the people in Syria.


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Reply 84 - Posted by: Highvoltage, 9/12/2013 4:39:48 PM     (No. 9518211)

The U.S. is lectured by a government that is responsible for the execution of 700,000 dissidents who appeared to disagree with their government and starvation 5-10 million by government control of agriculture. Enough said.

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Reply 85 - Posted by: planetgeo, 9/12/2013 5:09:58 PM     (No. 9518238)

Wait...the NY Times featuring articles written by a communist...is this really news?

Also, I guess I was the only one who noted the striking similarity between Putin speaking soothingly and quasi-sincerely to the American people in the same way that the leader of the Martians in "Mars Attacks" spoke to the American people just before (and then during) zapping everyone in sight.

I would also note that Obama himself is a spitting image of that Martian leader. Spit.

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Reply 86 - Posted by: Penney, 9/12/2013 5:10:22 PM     (No. 9518240)

Putin has been emboldened by 0bama´s incompetence to, ´throw down the gauntlet,´ in his face. America and our U.S. Constitution are being betrayed for lack of principled leadership!!!

Why do the dem pols´ statist policies always lead to disgrace, disfunction and usually, disaster? ...Wake up voters!!!

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Reply 87 - Posted by: Tianne, 9/12/2013 5:34:40 PM     (No. 9518273)

President Putin (and President Obama), the United States of America is exceptional because its forefathers founded a government that required that God-given freedoms of every type reign supreme. The government was to serve the states and then to leave them alone. As citizens, we never asked the government to have a part in setting up our churches, our factories, our railroads, our cities, our farms, our hospitals, our schools, or our lives – we just did it and we did it spectacularly. We formed the most successful and vibrant nation on earth. We weren’t selfish about it, either. We invited the world to escape whatever hardships and tyrannies they were experiencing and to come and share in our freedoms and successes. We welcomed all with open hands and open hearts.

Not ‘exceptional’?? We continue to feed the hungry, heal the sick, provide protection, and respond to disasters in every country of this world. We are loyal and friendly – compassionate and generous. We offer a hand to all who are willing to take it. What would be the state of the world right now if there never was a United States of America?

#70 and others, we should not be fooled into thinking that progressive politicians, Hollywood actors, Jay Z, Beyonce, the Kardashians, or Miley define us – they do not. Our Volunteer Military Members, Dr. Benjamin Carson, Medal of Honor recipients Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter and Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, our hospice workers, our educators, our doctors, our nurses, our policemen, our firemen, our clergy, our volunteers of every type - all Americans who quietly do their duties as parents, workers, helpers, and protectors are the Americans of today who do define us.

How dare anyone say that the United States is not exceptional – we are humbly extraordinary!


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Reply 88 - Posted by: JediJerry, 9/12/2013 7:05:37 PM     (No. 9518372)

Pootie poot put the big smack down on Dear Leader. He put the hurtin for certain on our Fresh Prince of Pitching and Putting. He stuck a 2x4 in the spokes of his Marthas Vineyard rental beach cruiser. How appropriate he delivered his Magna Carta of the Fairway Woods on 9-11. It´s nice he pointed out to Oh-Bomb-Ah that we are supporting known terrorists that are funded and manned by designated terrorist organizations which are hell-bent on overthrowing the Syrian government at all costs no matter what it takes, how many die or how much it costs. They want another Islamic state and the prize is being handed to them by our Boy Who Would Be King. Isn´t there something wrong about this scenario?

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Reply 89 - Posted by: ArtieC, 9/12/2013 7:25:56 PM     (No. 9518390)

Well Vlad and Barack are on the same page when it comes to American exceptionalism.

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Reply 90 - Posted by: chicodon, 9/12/2013 10:02:31 PM     (No. 9518569)

#72
The TEA Party. Every ordinary American citizen here on Lucianne´s website. Ms. Lucianne herself. We all come from disparate backgrounds and levels of education. Like the founders, we are joined together by our love of liberty and God. Our sacred Constitution was borne from those truths. It offends me that a godless Communist is given the ability to address our uninformed populace.

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Reply 91 - Posted by: O.G.´s Mom, 9/12/2013 10:28:58 PM     (No. 9518602)

Like shifting Teutonic plates resulting in a huge earthquake, the balance of power in the world has shifted. With this beautifully written op ed, Putin appears to be the voice of reason, the voice of peace, the grown up in the room. The danger this presents to the US and the world is incalculable. When this KGB thug lectures us on the propriety of following the law and lectures us on how rude our belief in American exceptionalism is, we can only shudder at what is about to come in the world. Putin warns of international chaos, and we can be assured he will see that this is a self fulfilling prophecy. Zero has done what he was put into office to do. He can now play golf every day. Obamacare is just the cherry on top of the cake. My God, what will happen to this beloved country.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said little as federal agents seized and then released cattle last week from the Bundy ranch, but there is little doubt that the highly charged episode was threatening to become a political headache for the Nevada Democrat. The Bureau of Land Management is headed by former longtime Reid aide Neil Kornze, who was confirmed by the Senate as BLM director on Tuesday, just as federal authorities descended on the cattle ranch outside Mesquite, Nev. Mr. Kornze issued a statement Saturday saying that the bureau would return the cattle and withdraw its agents from the ranch

Democrats settle on fairness
issues hoping to avoid a repeat
of 2010 midterm disaster
Washington Post, by Wesley Lowery    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/13/2014 10:16:38 PM     Post Reply
On the defensive about their prospects in the midterm elections this fall, congressional Democrats have spent all of April savaging the Republican budget proposal, decrying the Koch brothers and championing a series of bills meant to ingratiate themselves to struggling middle-class voters. In promoting legislation that would extend unemployment benefits, increase the minimum wage and promote equal pay for women, the Democrats have declared themselves the party that will ensure a “fair shot” for all. Republicans, they insist, are the party of special interests. It has been a classic Washington messaging campaign for these partisan

For Hillary Clinton and Boeing,
a beneficial relationship
Washington Post, by Rosalind S. Helderman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/13/2014 10:13:05 PM     Post Reply
On a trip to Moscow early in her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton played the role of international saleswoman, pressing Russian government officials to sign a multibillion-dollar deal to buy dozens of aircraft from Boeing. A month later, Clinton was in China, where she jubilantly announced that the aerospace giant would be writing a generous check to help resuscitate floundering U.S. efforts to host a pavilion at the upcoming World’s Fair. Boeing, she said, “has just agreed to double its contribution to $2 million.” Clinton did not point out that, to secure the donation, the State Department

3 dead after suburban Kansas City shooting
Associated Press, by Maria Sudekum    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/13/2014 5:39:19 PM     Post Reply
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Three people were shot and killed Sunday afternoon in suburban Kansas City, and a spokeswoman for a local hospital said a 15-year-old boy is in critical condition. Overland Park city spokesman Sean Reilly says two people died at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City campus and one was killed at Village Shalom, which is a retirement community that is several blocks away from the center. Overland Park Fire Department spokesman Jason Rhodes said Sunday afternoon that one person of interest is in custody. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park

Palin on Sebelius Replacement Sylvia
Burwell: ´You Can´t Make This Stuff Up´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/12/2014 5:03:32 PM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama for nominating as his new Health and Human Services Secretary the same woman who ordered the shutdown of the war memorials during the so-called government shutdown last year. After accepting Kathleen Sebelius´ resignation Friday, Obama nominated Sylvia Burwell, the former Office of Management and Budget director. This is the same person who sent the email initiating the barricading of the memorials, even as veterans were arriving in D.C. on their "honor flights" to see the memorials that they built. Palin, along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee

The five extra words that can
fix the Second Amendment
Washington Post, by John Paul Stevens    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:35:30 PM     Post Reply
Following the massacre of grammar-school children in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012, high-powered weapons have been used to kill innocent victims in more senseless public incidents. Those killings, however, are only a fragment of the total harm caused by the misuse of firearms. Each year, more than 30,000 people die in the United States in firearm-related incidents. Many of those deaths involve handguns. The adoption of rules that will lessen the number of those incidents should be a matter of primary concern to both federal and state legislators. Legislatures are in a far better position than judges to assess the

U.S. blocks Iran’s pick as envoy to
U.N., setting up new confrontation
Washington Post, by Anne Gearan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:32:08 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration said Friday that it would block Iran’s nominee as ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States, setting up a new confrontation with Tehran just as relations with the Islamic republic appeared to be improving. The decision to bar entry to the diplomat, who was allegedly involved in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, followed intense political pressure on the administration from Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. But it also marked a rare instance in which Washington has effectively vetoed another country’s preferred choice as envoy to the United Nations. Iran

Distressed homeowners seeking
mortgage relief could get
stuck with a big tax bill
Washington Post, by Dina ElBoghdady    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:28:52 PM     Post Reply
Struggling homeowners across the country could face significant new tax bills if they receive mortgage relief from their banks, a prospect that threatens to slow the housing recovery and put further strain on distressed borrowers. The collapse of the housing market and plunging home prices left millions of people stuck owing more on their mortgages than their homes were worth. Some have worked with their banks to reduce the loan amount to avoid foreclosure or enable a sale. In 2007, Congress adopted a law that spared those homeowners from being taxed on the amount of the loan that was forgiven. But

11 Sebelius Supporters with
Egg on Their Faces Today
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 8:43:12 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius resigned her position. The New York Times reported the resignation as a punishment for failure: Officials said Ms. Sebelius, 65, made the decision to resign and was not forced out. But the frustration at the White House over her performance had become increasingly clear, as administration aides worried that the crippling problems at HealthCare.gov, the website set up to enroll Americans in insurance exchanges, would result in lasting damage to the president’s legacy. So Sebelius stuck around just long enough to reach the mythical 7 million enrollment number



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Ben Carson: White House wanted
apology for ‘offending’ Obama

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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:22:51 AM     Post Reply
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

Megyn Kelly and the
Sandberg Head Shaker

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American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
Toward Cliven Bundy

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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/15/2014 8:40:58 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

Biden Tells Boston Bombing
Survivors, ´It Was Worth It´ (Video)

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Breitbart´s Instablog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 9:28:18 PM     Post Reply
Less than a minute into his speech at the Boston marathon bombing memorial on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden went tragically off script and told the crowd of Boston bombing survivors that "it was worth it." After expressing how impressed he was with the tribute, he said somberly, "let me say to those ´quote survivors,´ my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You´re truly, truly inspiring." The audience sat in stunned silence until Biden declared, "I´ve never heard anything so beautiful than

Casual marijuana use linked with
brain abnormalities, study finds

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Fox News, by Loren Grush    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 6:12:53 PM     Post Reply
Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual

Which Actor Portrays The
Best James Bond?

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American Spectator, by Jonah Goldberg and Taki Theodoracopulos    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 11:20:22 AM     Post Reply
Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/15/2014 10:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Has Rush Limbaugh Finally
Reached the End Of The Road?

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Forbes Magazine, by Rick Ungar    Original Article
Posted By: EveningStar- 4/16/2014 7:24:05 PM     Post Reply
Like him or hate him, there is no disputing that Rush Limbaugh’s very special brand of mixing right-wing politics with his flare for entertainment has produced one of the most successful radio programs in the medium’s long history. Whatever the burning political question of the day, millions of Americans have relished the opportunity to tune into Rush’s program, knowing that he would quickly take that hot potato, throw a few gallons of verbal kerosene into the mix and elevate the matter into a five alarm fire with a just a few well-chosen words spoken in the style only Rush Limbaugh could

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast


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