On Ukraine, No Ideas, Just Insults

March 4, 2014

In their latest effort to try to discredit President Obama, Republicans in Congress have been practically swooning over Putin, but their petty refusal to stop politics at the border undermines America’s global standing.  

SWOONING

Rudy Guiliani: “Putin decides what he wants to do and he does it in half a day. … But he makes a decision and he executes it. Quickly. Then everybody reacts. That’s what you call a leader.”

Mike Rogers: “Putin is playing chess and I think we are playing marbles, and I don’t think it’s even close. They’ve been running circles around us.”

Sarah Palin: “People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates.”


TOPLINES 

The world isn’t simple. We need leaders who are both forceful and smart in tackling international challenges.
Republicans have no new ideas for options in Ukraine. But they are not going to let that stop them from trying to score political points.
Republicans in Congress have been practically cheering for Putin and trying to cast Obama as weak, but what they’re really doing is undermining our standing in the world.
The last time Vladimir Putin recklessly used Russian military might in Georgia in 2007, we didn’t hear the GOP calling George Bush weak because everyone understood the dangers of escalating a crisis with a nuclear-armed Russia.
Republicans have no new ideas, just new insults.
Listening to Republicans’ bluster, you’d think they want a war with Russia. But even they are not really that reckless. They are just playing political games.

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ATTACKS AND RESPONSES

ATTACK: “The President’s weakness on Syria has emboldened Putin.”

RESPONSE:

  • This President gave the orders that found and killed Osama bin Laden, after a Republican President had forgotten about him.
  • We cannot stop the civil war in Syria, but the President drew a red line at the use of chemical weapons, and because it was crossed, Assad is now being made to turn over those weapons.
  • Republicans knew enough not to blame President Bush when Putin invaded Georgia. Blaming President Obama for the Ukraine now is just pathetic politicking.

 ADDITIONAL COLOR

  • With apologies to Ray Charles, Republicans definitely don’t have Georgia on their mind — they offered not one peep of criticism of President Bush when Putin invaded Georgia in 2008.
  • Some Republicans really seem to look up to Putin. If this keeps up, we’re going to start seeing Republicans taking campaign photos shirtless on horseback.