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Obama: Putin Unhelpful with Syria Because of Cold War

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rtloder

Since: Nov 12

Australia

#1 May 13, 2013
Only the Syrian people can change the President .
The more Terrorists Obama sends the most Syria will kill.
William

Usk, UK

#2 May 13, 2013
rtloder wrote:
Only the Syrian people can change the President .
The more Terrorists Obama sends the most Syria will kill.
That is why Assad should be payed for saving humanity from them.
Syrian

East Lyme, CT

#3 May 13, 2013
Excellent Article!! Obama finally realizes that it is not up to the West to decide if Assad should stay or go. The Russians have finally handed this victory to Assad.
Viking

Göteborg, Sweden

#4 May 14, 2013
Syrian wrote:
Excellent Article!! Obama finally realizes that it is not up to the West to decide if Assad should stay or go. The Russians have finally handed this victory to Assad.
I agree, the Easter alliance is growing. Russia, Syria, Iran and China is on the rise!
Falcon

UK

#5 May 14, 2013
Can someone please copy and paste this article, I can't get access to it. You can do it on some other irrelevant place if you don't want to blemish this particular commentary, just tell me where you paste it. Thanks...
Falcon

UK

#6 May 14, 2013
rtloder wrote:
Only the Syrian people can change the President .
The more Terrorists Obama sends the most Syria will kill.
Rtlode, your name is blue. I see, you just want people to touch you, nice try but I don't even want to imagine what's behind that blue.
ocxz

Paris, France

#7 May 14, 2013
Obama is a wise guy.
He knows that the USA has no will nor the financial clout to get involved into one more useless conflict.
Of course his detractors will accuse him of chickening out but his is doing good where he should, on the internal front.
Obviously to satisfy the warnuts and their ghouls present here on Topix he has to publicly show some muscle, but deep inside he must be thinking that Cameron is a big fool that should keep his piehole shut.
Now Obama close Gitmo and stop these drone strikes.
For a start.
William

Haywards Heath, UK

#8 May 14, 2013
Falcon wrote:
Can someone please copy and paste this article, I can't get access to it. You can do it on some other irrelevant place if you don't want to blemish this particular commentary, just tell me where you paste it. Thanks...
In his joint press conference with David Cameron this morning, Barack Obama asserted that the reason Moscow doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the White House on Syria is because of the Cold War.“I don't think it’s any secret that there remains lingering suspicions between Russia and other members of the G8 or the West,” said Obama.“It's been several decades now since Russia transformed itself and the Eastern Bloc transformed itself.  But some of those suspicions still exist.”
Apparently, Obama is not able, or willing, to acknowledge that the views of the White House and Russia on Syria are different not because the vestigial enmity of the Cold War has driven a stake through the heart of international concord, but simply because the national interests of the two countries are different. But that’s assuming they really are different. In fact, the most palpable difference is that Vladimir Putin is clear about what he wants in Syria while Obama is not. Of the many reasons offered for Putin’s refusal to abandon Bashar al-Assad, perhaps the most significant is this—why should he let the White House walk away with a cheap victory in toppling Assad when it costs Moscow just as little to block Obama and keep Assad in place?
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It is Putin’s clarity as well as his intransigence that has made the Kremlin, not the White House, the main address for anyone wanting to discuss Syria. On Friday, U.N. secretary general Ban Ki Moon will visit Russia as the latest in a line of interlocutors who have sought Moscow’s guidance on Syria, including Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jordan’s foreign minister Nasser Judeh, David Cameron, as well as John Kerry. Putin made Kerry wait for three hours to see him last week, but Kerry got what he came for—a joint peace conference Russia to be convened some time within the next month.
The Obama administration does not wish to prejudice the outcome of the talks. Kerry said that it’s impossible for him as an “individual” to see Assad ruling Syria in the future, but that’s not for him to decide. But what Kerry feels as “individual” is immaterial. As the Obama administration’s top diplomat, it is Kerry’s job to represent and help implement the president’s policy, which Obama clearly articulated in August 2011—Assad must step aside. Maybe Kerry’s problem is that it’s not clear the president feels that way any longer.
Indeed, during today’s press conference, Obama seemed to be walking back his demands that Assad leave. Obama explained that the goal now is to “broker a peaceful political transition that leads to Assad’s departure but a state in Syria that is still intact.” In other words, as the Russians have long contended, Assad’s departure is not a precondition for any political settlement. Instead, says Putin, negotiations will lead to a process at the end of which the various stakeholders can decide who’s going to rule Syria—Assad or someone else. In short, the White House has made the Russian position its own.
With the bombings this weekend in Reyhanli, a Turkish city close to the Syrian border, that killed 46, Assad handed the Russians a stack of chips to be used at the peace conference on his behalf. If Assad can’t retaliate against Israel for the two strikes on Damascus targeting Iranian weapons, he can still make life difficult for other American allies, like Turkey. 
Falcon

UK

#9 May 14, 2013
Yes, America should stay out, lest they drag their economy further into the muddy mire. Assad has proven himself a strong ally of Russia. Russia is no doubt grateful for Assad keeping the west's corrupt agendas at bay, and would want to resume a healthy trade.

Thanks William, much obliged.
Syrian

New London, CT

#11 May 14, 2013
Viking wrote:
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I agree, the Easter alliance is growing. Russia, Syria, Iran and China is on the rise!
It's a balance of power. The BRICS nations are now asserting their power on the world stage.
Falcon

UK

#13 May 14, 2013
Syrian wrote:
<quoted text> It's a balance of power. The BRICS nations are now asserting their power on the world stage.
Ha, get your facts straight first there bud. That S in BRICS would have been a great power, but it diminishes everyday. A word better attributed to it should be sh*t hole. South Africa asserting their power??! what a laughable joke, I implore you to do some deep research oh Syria.
Max

Berlin, Germany

#14 May 14, 2013
These Russians, China and other countries like IRan shouldn´t be naive. ussrael and their british criminals have politics of global aggresion and if these criminals will ruin Syria, they will go further and it will come time that they will want to reach and ruin Russia, China, Iran.
Syrian

East Lyme, CT

#15 May 14, 2013
Max wrote:
These Russians, China and other countries like IRan shouldn´t be naive. ussrael and their british criminals have politics of global aggresion and if these criminals will ruin Syria, they will go further and it will come time that they will want to reach and ruin Russia, China, Iran.
Yeah, the "regime change" agenda that Putin recognizes so well! This is why it is now being stopped in it's tracks.
Oliver Cromwell

Paisley, UK

#16 May 14, 2013
Putin has the high ground,we are told the man is a dictator but he and Russias are the ones who want the rule of International Law to prevail and not the Brutal law of the US Reich, which ever since the end of the Soviet Union has been on a frenzied Global rampage,it should have been confronted and stopped a very long time ago but it wasn't,now is the time to rectify that and Syria is the place.
mxlplx

Brunswick, ME

#17 May 14, 2013
What's this all have to do with Putin anyway?

Early on in this conflict, Putin stated that the US has not in the past nor does it now need UNSC's blessing to intervene anywhere it wants, so it shouldn't act as if it does and be passing any bucks to the Russians.
Syrian

New London, CT

#18 May 15, 2013
Oliver Cromwell wrote:
Putin has the high ground,we are told the man is a dictator but he and Russias are the ones who want the rule of International Law to prevail and not the Brutal law of the US Reich, which ever since the end of the Soviet Union has been on a frenzied Global rampage,it should have been confronted and stopped a very long time ago but it wasn't,now is the time to rectify that and Syria is the place.
Good point!
Viking

Göteborg, Sweden

#19 May 15, 2013
Falcon wrote:
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Ha, get your facts straight first there bud. That S in BRICS would have been a great power, but it diminishes everyday. A word better attributed to it should be sh*t hole. South Africa asserting their power??! what a laughable joke, I implore you to do some deep research oh Syria.
Well, they DO have Nuclear warheads, and a growing economy. China owns 1 out of 5 Dollars in the USA, if China would want that money back USA would fall flat. They STILL borrows money from China. Brazil is RAPIDLY growing economy, and growing military.

You are living in a dreamworld, this whole "Western bullshit" is falling apart from every angle. Soon there will be Muslim-rule in Europe, what happens then u prick? America coming to save us?

Time to face reality, Russia-China-Brazil will become the main players along with Iran-India-South Africa. It's simple fact, USA choose the wrong allies i.e Saudi and the Gulf-states, all because of the petro-dollar
Falcon

UK

#20 May 15, 2013
Viking wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, they DO have Nuclear warheads, and a growing economy. China owns 1 out of 5 Dollars in the USA, if China would want that money back USA would fall flat. They STILL borrows money from China. Brazil is RAPIDLY growing economy, and growing military.
You are living in a dreamworld, this whole "Western bullshit" is falling apart from every angle. Soon there will be Muslim-rule in Europe, what happens then u prick? America coming to save us?
Time to face reality, Russia-China-Brazil will become the main players along with Iran-India-South Africa. It's simple fact, USA choose the wrong allies i.e Saudi and the Gulf-states, all because of the petro-dollar
Oh well, goes to show your ignorance. There's no doubt about China's power and they will eventually devour the US in time and yes obviously they have nuclear war heads. As for South Africa, they stripped their army to a shadow of its former self and disbanded all their nuclear capabilities after the apartheid regime in 1994, further more when I talk about SA as a sh*t hole I'm referring to its politics and stagnation in economical development. The country its self is breathtakingly beautiful and wouldn't choose to live any where else, I should know cause I am South African you doofus. When Mbeki(SAs former president) was in power the economy was chugging along.

Now over 4 years of Zuma as current president the country has plummeted into 40 percent debt and 5 percent deficit, with the sheer corruption and mismanagement of set budgets economists are predicting austerity measures soon, can you imagine what consequences that would bring in a country that has an impoverished majority and an infrastructure that can't even compare with Europe, it would crush this country. I can really tell about this country until the cows come home, so don't bank on SA wielding any international influence, if anything this government would just be a mouth piece for China..
Avenger

Kitchener, Canada

#21 May 15, 2013
Viking wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, they DO have Nuclear warheads, and a growing economy. China owns 1 out of 5 Dollars in the USA, if China would want that money back USA would fall flat. They STILL borrows money from China. Brazil is RAPIDLY growing economy, and growing military.
You are living in a dreamworld, this whole "Western bullshit" is falling apart from every angle. Soon there will be Muslim-rule in Europe, what happens then u prick? America coming to save us?
Time to face reality, Russia-China-Brazil will become the main players along with Iran-India-South Africa. It's simple fact, USA choose the wrong allies i.e Saudi and the Gulf-states, all because of the petro-dollar
False

China owns 7% of US debt.
1.2 trillion in US treasuries

Treasuries have terms they can't just call them all in.
They trade on a secondary bond market.
There are four types of marketable treasury securities: Treasury bills, Treasury notes, Treasury bonds, and Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS).

http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2013/0...
Debt Free American

United States

#22 May 15, 2013
I live debt free. Why shouldn't my government?

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