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Published: Sunday, March 9 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Far East USA, SC

Another, typical article. Criticism with no suggestions or proposed solutions.

This is not a winning strategy. Although it probably plays better with the American people than the GOP's unspoken strategy

Which is armed conflict, as usual.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Another excellent article by Dr. Krauthammer! His facts are irrefutable but liberals, as they always do, will personally attack him, because that's all they can do!

Salt Lake City, UT

Yes, but what about Bush's strange foreign policy? Everything is shadowed by the desire of the entire American population, regardless of party or ideology, to not do another Iraq.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Thid Barker
A slightly lower "largest defense spending in the world" did not cause this decision by Putin.

A missile defense system wouldn't stop tanks from rolling in.

Obama wasn't saying he'd be more flexible on missile defense after the elections, he was saying it'd be more flexible on nuclear arms reduction (the new START treaty signed earlier was in the lameduck period after 2010 elections).

We wouldn't be any better off if we didn't try to "reset" (and maybe somewhat worse off).

Obama got Syria's chemical weapons to be agreed to be gotten rid of without firing a shot.

And yeah... Putin actually fought Georgia under Bush, is that Obama's fault too?

Sandy, UT

You would also most likely find my foreign policy confusing...because I, like Obama, don't have a clue how to fix the world's problems.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Charles Krauthammer: The president's foreign policy is puzzling


And here I thought he was going to address BUSH's puzzling foreign policy.

Virginia Beach, VA

"The President's foreign policy is puzzling?" Not to me.

He is doing what he thinks is best for the American people, and he's doing a pretty good job, considering the willingness of “Conservatives” to obstruct all progress.

Charles Krauthammer's actions are not at all puzzling. He's acting like the double-talking Right Wing Propagandist he is.

He is basically saying that Russia would not have invaded the Crimea if a Republican had been President, just like the Russians didn't invade Georgia in 2008 when GW was President . . . Except the Russians DID in fact invade Georgia during the GW Bush years. Oops.

Once, I would have found it hard to imagine that anybody would have taken a confused hater like Krauthammer seriously. Not anymore though. Confusion and hate reign supreme in “Conservative” circles, and being willfully ignorant is a badge of honor.

So FOX "NEWS" and other RW propaganda outlets continue to feed the "Conservative" appetite for misinformation and targets to hate.

"What Fox did is not just create a venue for alternative opinion. It created an alternate reality," according to Krauthammer.

Salt Lake City, UT

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

That's because Bush isn't the president. While I sympathize with Mr.Obama's lack of direction, he certainly has not fulfilled his promise to restore the US to a position of respect and leadership in the world's eyes. The "flexibility" he promised Mr.Putin has turned into spineless. The joke in Russia is that Mr. Obama's drawing a line in the sand is equivalent to drawing a line in water.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

GaryO. News flash; Disagreement does not equal hatred. Obama's approval numbers are at a record low according to several public opinion polls. All that means is very few people AGREE with Obama but very few hate him. There are "haters" on both sides of the isle and your side has their share!

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

When Russia invaded Georgia, Krauthammer said it was inevitable and Bush was not to blame. It's their back yard, he said. What can we do about it?
Now when they do EXACTLY the same thing in Crimea, Krauthammer is all over Obama for being a weakling. Well, Crimea is even more in Russia's backyard than Georgia was. So which is it, Dr. K?

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

@ Joe-Blow

I don't get your comment

President Obama's job is to figure this stuff out, isn't' that why guys like you re-elected him?
He has all day to do this with advice from the military, foreign advisers, intelligence community etc.
Oh, wait, he's on a family vacation now...

President Obama is weakening our country. People who voted for him are as equally responsible.

salt lake city, utah

His policy is not at all puzzling.

Here it is Charles. The President chooses not treat those different than us as enemies, and evil empires. That's it.

Somehow conservatives believe that difference deserves hatred.

Of course there are groups and individuals that are enemies of America because they seek us harm, but Russia is not one of those groups. To treat Russia as a participant in world events is not weakness.

To use Russia as a partner in Syria was brilliant not weak. To carefully interact with Russia as old boundaries are being re-set is wise not weak. Now if Putin tries to renew the old Soviet Union through multiple invasions, that will be something entirely different, but there's no indication of that now, and to simply re-has Neville Chamberlin is backward not helpful.

Far East USA, SC


My comment is very clear. Those who criticize the way Obama is handling (insert issue here)
are always without a plan.

They dont like what he is doing, but don't seem to have any better suggestions.

Yes, it is his job, and he has lots of advice from various experts. Do you have access to the same experts? Does Krauthammer?

If not, how do you know that he is not taking the best course of action.

Since you clearly know that what he is doing is wrong, what is your suggested course of action.
Dr K obviously does not know or isnt saying. As are most of the GOP leaders.

I will wait patiently for your informed and detailed suggested plan of action.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

"I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy….I was able to get a sense of his soul." --President Bush, June 16, 2001.

Layton, UT

Sad sad administration. They have NO foreign policy, blind leading the blind.

Aurora, CO

Perhaps your search for an informed and detailed suggested plan of action would best be found somewhere other than the 200 word limited DesNews comment board. It's hardly the venue for detail on anything. But, back to the issue at hand and that is the weak foreign policy we currently labor under. Projecting power is more than aiming a missile or sending a few airstrikes. Mr Clinton learned that lesson during his terms. We must have economic power, diplomatic power, sanctions and trade power to curb the ambitions of guys like Putin. I noticed that the first option played was military, yet you projected that onto someone else. There must be a plan, a cogent and viable plan in place prior to the crisis erupting, which the current President does not seem to have. Dr K just pointed that out for anyone not paying attention.

Murray, UT

The plan would be so much easier if we had already begun developing our natural gas resources. Then Europe wouldn't refuse sanctions against Russia fearing that Putin will cut off their energy supply. We could just replace it, revving up our economy and protecting former Soviet States from being re-absorbed (taken over) by Russia.

But that would make too much sense for this administration, and they have shunned laying the groundwork needed for us to have that card to play.

Carter was better at diplomacy than Obama. But should we be surprised? Obama has yet to broker a deal, any deal, with any group that doesn't agree with him at least 98%. He has no idea how to do it with his own countrymen. Why would we suppose he can do it with another country in the world. They have even less common ground, and Obama can't bridge a gap small enough that my 90 year old mother could step over it (about 3 inches).

GaryO - It is not the republicans' fault Putin invaded Ukraine with no fear of repercussions. Nor is suggesting that the invasion is an 'old fashioned behavior' a repercussion.

Phoenix, AZ

"The president's foreign policy is puzzling"

The president himself is puzzling.

@marxist: "Yes, but what about Bush's strange foreign policy?"

Bush has been outa the Casa Blanca for over five years. Obama promised significantly better stuff. That's why he got elected. So far we haven't seen anything better. mostly worse.

Eugene, OR

Thid Barker:

As of today, President Obama's approval rating at Gallup is 45%; Rasmussen has him at 46%. Granted, it's not fantastic, but it's hardly at a "record low." George W. Bush was in the 20s by the end of his second term.

Salt Lake City, UT

Oh this is too funny.

Krauthammer, for all his bluster, provides not one single suggestion as to what should be done with Russia. Nobody that is criticizing the president on this thread has presented any ideas on what should be done. One person complains that he just cannot express his plan in the few words the D News allows (800 not the 200 he claims). He complains he just can't give any suggestion in only 200 words. The only person that gets close to providing some suggestion is a person that complains we are not developing our natural gas resources (really?), because if we were then we could somehow transport all the natural gas to Europe to replace what Russia provides so European countries will support sanctions. Sanctions. Really? Well okay. Never mind that there are a lot of business interests in this country that are aggressively lobbying against any sanctions being put in place, but does this person really think sanctions is going to sway Putin?

Well, but anyway, at least he gave some indication of what he thinks should be done. That's more then most other critics, including krauthammer.

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