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Published: Tuesday, March 4 2014 10:25 a.m. MST

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Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

And the snarky way he went after Gov Romney - made me sick.
As if the Gov knew nothing about the world and the community organizer knew it all.

Now we know.

Danite
Salt Lake City, UT

At this moment in time, I simply pray for Pres Obama and hope that the right choices can be made for the many people that could potentially be effected.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

I think we should immediately send in troops. Of course, only other people's husbands, sons, daughters should go.

Physics27
Cedar City, UT

That one hurts

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

We could all use a little '80's foreign policy right now. The foreign policy of Poland, whos' people said in one voice Solidarnosc! The foreign policy of the Pope, who secretly conspired to help them. The foreign policy of Hungary, who refused to continue to be East Germany's proxy jailer. And the foreign policy of Mikhail Gorbachev, who gave the former East German chancellor the kiss of death and booked it out of Berlin, condemning the regime to the scrap heap and then going on to ease Russia back from the brink with dignity. Thoughtful, committed people found our way out of the cold war in the '80's. Ronnie Ray Gun was left fighting the cold war until it ended without him. If we can avoid conflict in Ukraine it will be by prevalence of cooler heads. Just like in the '80's.

Mountain Man1
Salt Lake , UT

Mr. Obama needs to take president lessons from Romney.

Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

Obama could use a massive dose of reality about now.

Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

Let's admit it, we have elected presidents who are weak and inept at foreign policy.

The chief executive and Secretary of State are out maneuvered and out classed by a well organized, well conceived leader who has a plan, momentum, will, strategic "high ground" and is willing to call our bluff.

We have no meaningful cards to play other than roll over and verbally chastise the Russian leader. A rambling speech, empty threats and even speaking in French are not going to mitigate this situation.

Elections matter, competence matters and we are suffering from a string of marginally competent leaders from both parties.

IMO this administration has neither the will, means nor ability to project sufficient force to deter Russia from doing what it wants to do in its back yard. Our allies in Europe risk being cut off from Russian natural gas and oil supplies, and their supply lines are easily interdicted should NATO try to do much more that gripe and moan.

Slice it, dice it and put it into the oven, this event is over and done.

The last thing the Russians are concerned with is a phone call from the west chastising them.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

We're told that Russian troops are moving into Ukraine; in reality they are moving into Crimea – not the same thing. While Crimea is officially an autonomous region formally within Ukraine, it has its own Parliament and, up until 1995, its own President. The majority of Crimeans are Russian-speakers, and they have voted repeatedly for close relations with Russia. I don't think Crimea is worth going to war over.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

The war hawks are alive and well.

How about this. If we decide to go to another war, tell the American people why, and what it will cost. And pay for it today.

Cut spending elsewhere, or raise taxes.

Americans would be far less likely to get involved in another war if they had to participate by serving or paying for it. Even those on the right.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

I find myself feeling sorry for Obama. He is so far in over his head with zero experience and with his left wing ideology, he doesn't even recognize who our enemies are! I saw that glaring weakness in him when right after his election he went on his infamous apology tour! He doesn't know what he is doing, period! Putin is playing chess and Obama is playing marbles.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

@Thid Barker

So Mr. Romney has years and years of foreign policy experience?

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

"North Korea may shoot missiles into the sea, but it is run by a fanatic who has few allies willing to follow him out of the loony bin. Iran poses a regional threat but lately has been willing to negotiate. Al-Qaida remains unpredictable and dangerous, but essentially is a loose confederation of outlaws. "

So up to now Jay, Obama hasn't done too bad a job? North Korea never was much, he has Iran negotiating, and he did in fact reduce Al-Quida to a loose confederation.

With those successes just what makes you think he won't do ok here, or is this just another political opportunity?

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

@ CHS 85. Mitt Romney warned us repeatedly of the threat from the Russians and Putin, did he not? What does that tell you? The smartest thing Obama could do now is to call Mitt and ask him what he (Obama) should do, then do it! Romney will know exactly the right way to handle this!

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@Strider303
"We have no meaningful cards to play "

And how would that be any different under a President Romney or McCain? None of you even say what you think we should do so it's hard to see what you're even upset about. It's not like this sort of thing didn't happen under a Republican President since Russia actually attacked Georgia in 2008.

Lagomorph
Salt Lake City, UT

So if we are reviving Reagan's foreign policy, to which terrorist hostage takers do we trade arms with this time around? And which Central American dictators do we deal drugs with to finance the arms-for-hostages deals? Do we "outlaw Russia" and "begin bombing in five minutes"?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It seems President Obama has been able to walk us back to where we were before the Reagan era. I feel like I'm living in the Carter years again, when America couldn't do anything, our line-in-the-sand means nothing. Aand our President was seen as weak (at home and abroad).

What nation really thinks President Obama will really enforce any of his line in the sand warnings??

We are shrinking our military at an alarming rate. We are becoming weaker, right when we need to be stronger.

I don't want us to go to war ANYWHERE in the world. But the best way to prevent that is proving our President and our nation is strong, not weak. Strength PREVENTS wars. It doesn't cause them.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Generally, it appears that people wait to see what is done, and then come out against whatever it is.

So, What do some of you propose that we do.

Please be specific.

Sven
Morgan, UT

And all this is happening while Obama is in the process of gutting our military.

This is what happens when you elect a community agitator...twice.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

Can we please stop the my guy vs your guy stuff long enough to look at the situation. Crimea is a separate country from Ukraine. It is autonomous. It has its own parliament. It is entirely Russian-speaking, and its population wants to be part of Russia. Russia wants it closer because Russia's only all-weather port is there. Let's not go to war over this, though I understand with Iraq finally winding down the hawks are anxious for another go (with other guys' sons of course).

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