Charles Krauthammer: Obama advises Putin to 'transcend the Cold War'. Really?

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  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    I'm certain Putin is smiling when he remembers Romney's warning about Russia and Obama ridiculing Romney. Hillary Clinton was prescient during the primary campaign, Are you certain you want Mr. Obama answering the red phone in the middle of the night?
    Neither party has an answer for Russia, but the current situation of a stumbling economy, huge and increasing national debt, health care that is neither universal or affordable, ambivalent energy policy, crony capitalism in the WH, a very opaque administration, leading from behind in foreign policy, selective enforcement of US law, toadyism with his sycophants in unions and certain industries among other things lies squarely in Mr. Obama's lap.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    March 31, 2014 11:04 p.m.

    Here's a solution VST, let the EU negotiate with Russia and spend THEIR own money policing the world.

    You want to fight for Crimea? Have at it; with your own life and money!

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    March 31, 2014 11:00 p.m.

    Conservatives told us that if Russia just were not communist, we would have peace and prosperity with them.

    I did learn that I'm psychic! I predicted Krathenhammer would bash Obama this week, and he DID!

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2014 12:13 p.m.

    Putin listened and called back. Fox news needs a proposed of the week war room.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    March 31, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    "Sorry Mr. President, but Russia is a geo-political foe". What makes you think he doesn't think they are a geo-political foe? They are simply not the "single most dangerous" geo-political foe as Romney contended.

    Also, while influential Russia is not the economic bear some purport here. GDP wise they are about the size of Italy and half the size of Great Britain. They also are pretty much a one trick pony of energy production. Wealth that gets accumulated very narrowly in their economy and not very likely available to feed the world.

    The point here is the President has not dangerously miscalculated Russia.

    The world is a dangerous and dynamic place right now and Russia certainly is one of those actors but the world is a chess game best played with patience vision and quiet strategy, not loud boisterous, here I come chants.

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    March 30, 2014 9:37 p.m.

    Ah yes, the gold standard; and with it comes the Golden Rule: he who has the gold makes the rules. The US doesn't have all the gold, and going back on the gold standard ensures that our currency is subject to the whims of those with the gold. Inflation, wild markets, economic chaos. Nope, not wise. "All wars are bankers wars"? Yeah, OK, my experience tells me differently.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    March 30, 2014 8:52 p.m.

    "If tyranny and oppression comes to this land, it will come in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." James Madison. "Standing armies" are a subterfuge, the opposite of liberty and freedom. All wars are banker's wars, the armaments of foolish and virtue less citizens! If America would arise to its potential, we would be the envy of the world, rather than spending our money on fruitless social programs and military ventures that cost lives and opportunity and cause our enemies to laugh at us and emboldens their evil designs! We need to audit the Federal Reserve and return to the Gold standard!

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    March 30, 2014 6:30 p.m.

    @ Banderson,
    I haven't seen a call to build our military bigger, but to stop cutting it. There are many places to cut in the military budget, but troop levels and funding for their equipment isn't one of them. That, is a ploy of politicians to get the biggest hurt for the dollar while preserving their own sacred cows. I do think you have correctly identified the issues we face, that being our economy is weak, our dollar is struggling and jobs aren't going to come from the government. When we have a strong economy, our position as a world power is strengthened and we can deal effectively in situations such as Ukraine. We don't want to play the trump card(military) when we can mitigate this issue with other options. Weakening our stance isn't the smart play by this administration.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    March 30, 2014 6:00 p.m.

    I will have to admit that as much as I believe that Obama has been a disaster to liberty and the Constitution, both the progressives and the Republicans are a disaster to the same, including the naive notion that Obama is a pussycat here! America is weak whether Obama is leading or whether a Republican puppet is in charge! Obama has weakened our economy to the point where it is obvious that Putin will take the steps he is taking without any consequences! We need a leader that will lead the world again and do it by strengthening our economy, our dollar, and allowing the free market to create jobs! Something Obama not only doesn't believe in, but has actively destroyed! Building a bigger military is A Republican deception to win votes! Sorry to tell the progressives the truth about their chosen farce of a leader and the "warmonger" Republicans masquerading as defenders of liberty as well! Both are a sham to stay in power!

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    March 30, 2014 4:54 p.m.

    It isn't Dr K's responsibility to offer any solutions. It is the administration's responsibility to have a coherent foreign policy that isn't based on naivete, wishes and unicorns. The administration is still playing Old Maid, when Vladimir is playing chess and is taking the UN to school. Just admit it, those who are supposed to have a clue don't, and Dr K is pointing that out. Calling names, and saying tsk,tsk isn't working.

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 30, 2014 1:51 p.m.


    The commenters were not writing a column. It was not their responsibility to offer a solution. Krauthammer chose to criticize the President without offering any suggestion what he would do differently. That used to be called "talking out of his hat" or worse. He's the one writing the column. He's the one who is obliged to have something to say.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 30, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    You know, if some of these complainers had any sense of history, they would realize just how ironic their comments were. I am also willing to bet that most of these people have little to no contact with the outside world - otherwise they would realize just how silly their comments were.

    To assume any nation should have to live under the premise that the United States has the right and privilege to dictate to them how to run their affairs is an embarrassment. How many times do we need to read and learn about the vanity and pride cycle, and still not get what the net result of that kind of thinking leads to.

    So puff up your chest, and proclaim superiority to all. Yes, other nations may from time to time need our help, but lets not forget that it was by the aide of some of the very nations we mock that through their aide we became what we are now. Pride and bluster are not required, nor are they helpful.

    And no.. I don't watch MSNBC, nor read Media Matter….. I just travel and do international business as my livelihood.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    March 30, 2014 10:51 a.m.

    The more you hear from the good Dr., the more you realize how political he is. The reason why Ukrainians in Crimea put up no fight is because the vast majority are Russians and they supported the annexation. It's not because the US or BO appear as weak. Conservatives love to create bogey monsters so they can funnel taxpayers money from social programs to the military industrial complex. America and the West have more to worry about with terrorist attacks than they do of Russia. And, the good Dr. has more to worry about with reality and facts than he does of the fictional foes he creates.

  • Mikhail ALPINE, UT
    March 30, 2014 10:09 a.m.

    When Obama said that no country should dominate another he was referring to the United States. Again, Obama and his administration continue to view "theory" to be of a higher value than history and the realization that some people don't have good purposes in their actions. The reality that some belief that their nationalism requires the domination and control of other groups of people is ignored in the "theory" of this administration - except in their misplaced believe that it is the U.S. that is trying to dominate. These theorists continue to ignore that there is a desire in the attitude of American exceptionalism that other people can benefit from true freedom, rather than to rely upon the mighty to feed, clothe, and protect them.

    Those that criticize this editorial analysis really need to avoid the dribble that they receive daily from MSNBC and Media Matters.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    March 30, 2014 9:52 a.m.

    Hilarious how the same people who compare President Obama to a beauty queen on foreign issues compare him to a ruthless dictator, like Hitler, on domestic issues.

    No wonder why the right wing has zero credibility.

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    March 30, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    Well said by previous poster "Frank Exchange of Views"! Just another weekly anti-Obama rant by Krauthammer, but then again the DN has a deep bench of Op-Ed writers who disdain the POTUS. Search todays edition and you will probably be able to find at least one or two articles by Samuelson, Will, Gerson or Liljenquist, all who readily criticize the present Administration but have little or no solutions of their own!

  • CWJ Layton, UT
    March 30, 2014 9:35 a.m.

    Sorry Mr. President, but Russia is a geo-political foe. They always have been and always will be. To think otherwise is foolhardy. Just because the balance of power shifted towards the US in the aftermath of the Cold War does not mean that Russia (then the USSR) was going to sit back and watch the US exercise influence over former Soviet block states and have access to the vast resourses of these former states. Russia is a geo-political foe not only becuase of it's still perceived right to these former states, but because Russia has the industrial, natural resource, and technological prowess to feed countries such as China, N Korea, Iran, Venazuela, et al.

    Vladamir Putin is a shrewd and crafty man who knows that the US is in a weakend state due to it's tepid foreign policies brought to us by appeasers and spineless leaders. Vlad is putting his pawns in place so when the US finally does make a wrong move he will check mate us and then see what happens to this 'regional power' as it once agian gains mass and momentum.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    March 30, 2014 8:59 a.m.

    ""No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation."

    That's the kind of sentiment you expect from a Miss America contestant asked to name her fondest wish, not from the leader of the free world explaining his foreign policy."

    I agree. Unfortunately our president acts like a beauty queen in foreign policy. Same for illegal aliens. They can stay as long as they like, even though they have violated the laws regarding being in the US.

    It is with American citizens and companies, who have any marginal measure of success, he behaves like the heavy-fisted ruler, forcing us to abide by endless regulations, and obamacare. (Even if contrary to our constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom)

    And when our allies are in conflict with our enemies, Obama doesn't see the enemies as enemies, and seems to care not what happens to our allies.


    I don't balk at making new friends, but it shouldn't be done by throwing the old friends under the bus. No one will be loyal to us, and we will end up against the world, alone.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    March 30, 2014 8:45 a.m.

    Instead of lining up economic pressure to dissuade Putin from invading Ukraine, presumably Krauthammer would prefer Obama re-institutes the draft and invades Crimea.

    Get this, Chuck: Putin called Obama(!) to talk about a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine issues. Maybe the economic sanctions - both implemented and threatened - are having their intended impact.

    At least we've moved beyond the point where Obama is painted as the next Hitler, at least for the moment.

    That narrative will likely reappear if there aren't actual problems to deal with.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 30, 2014 8:13 a.m.

    I can always count on Charles Krathammer to say something absolutely ridiculous. Krauthammer is just one more "Conservative" spokesman in a great big pile, who blame Russia's aggression on Obama's supposed timidity.

    Krauthammer is saying that Obama is acting like a beauty queen by using diplomacy instead of threatening Putin. And there's all this talk in "Conservative" circles of how America needs to pour more money into the military and grow it to even more monstrous proportions. Apparently it isn't enough to spend more on our military than the next 15 nations combined. How the Republican Party has changed over the years!

    Theodore Roosevelt said "Speak softly but carry a big stick."

    He did NOT say, "Scream at the top of your lungs and carry a huge log over your head that will crush you if you stumble."

    There is nothing conservative about modern "Conservatism."

    Modern American "Conservatives" offer nothing good for this nation or the world.

  • Frank Exchange of Views Lafayette, CA
    March 30, 2014 3:54 a.m.

    As colorful as Mr. Krauthammer's scathing remarks are, and as entertaining as it may be to skewer lofty idealistic rhetoric as simple naiveté, this commentary lacks the redeeming feature of any useful suggestion.

    To put a cap on how far I think a reasonable suggestion may go: as sympathetic as I am to the plight of Ukrainians, and though it may be a better cause than certain overseas adventures had, I cannot imagine the US risking war with Russia for the sake of a country that's not even a nominal ally.