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Consequences

Dear Editor:

Since when do we allow the U.S. to be the object of mockery, derision and ridicule from someone like Vladimir Putin, the Russian President? The answer is very simple: Only since Barack Obama became president, the most unqualified, inexperienced, incompetent and bungling person ever elected to this office in our history.

Here is a man whose performance is often measured in terms of “Pinocchios, meaning the scale of the lies he tells. Obama has achieved the dubious feat of being awarded as many as four Pinocchios for some of his lies and it is no longer a laughing matter. These “awards” have come from even some in the mainstream media who normally cover up for him as best they can — the New York Times and Washington Post. One of the most notable lies which was certainly deserving of four Pinocchios was the “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.” This was a deliberate lie which in effect, was promulgated by every Democrat in the U.S. Senate who voted for ObamaCare. If it is not disturbing to you that your president and senators lied to you, fine, but don’t complain about living with the consequences. Also, don’t lose sight of the fact that not one Republican senator voted for — or lied to you — about this abomination.

All the lies aside, isn’t it rather absurd that the Russians can annex Crimea and our initial response is no more than to place travel sanctions on 11 alleged “senior” Russian officials? And now Obama is urging his European colleagues, (most of whom by now don’t want to be considered an Obama colleague), to join him in placing sanctions on key sectors of the Russian economy. Considering their dependence on Russian oil and gas, and fearing that Obama will not have their back if the Russians get tough, however, it’s doubtful the Europeans are going to push for sanctions that will be truly effective. Besides, the Europeans know Obama promised the Russians that once reelected in 2012, he would be free to be more “flexible” with them and who knows what that really means …

As a result of Obama’s timid response to the Crimea/Ukraine crisis, which still isn’t over, perhaps we should establish another measure, like the Pinocchios, for gauging his (and John Kerry’s) statesmanship: This could be the “Yellow-Bellies” Award. Considering their agonizing and waffling over Crimea, perhaps the most serious foreign policy dispute since the end of the Cold War, Obama and his equally namby-pamby Secretary of State should be awarded at least three Yellow-Bellies. Kerry is especially deserving of the award, having said he hoped his criticisms of Russia wouldn’t be “taken personally.” Joe Biden, who “talked tough” in Poland the other day (and must have had Putin shaking in his KGB boots), should be rewarded with only one Yellow-Belly …

Obama is fond of telling the Russians, the Iranians, the Syrians, the North Koreans and anyone else who does things that displease him that there will be “consequences” to their actions. They all know by now this means nothing. While Obama’s threats to them mean nothing, the American people need to show Obama that if he and his administration cannot lead this country in a strong and honorable manner, they will face consequences, real consequences. The best way to accomplish this is to take over the U.S. Senate in November and the presidency in 2016 and clean up this horrible stain before it spreads any further. Period.

Gary Stansbury

This story was posted on March 27, 2014.
  • Ron Levitan

    Only if we reinstate a military draft and raise taxes. PERIOD.
    What? Nooooo…