8:38 AM, Dec 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, President Obama took a shot at pundits--and Putin. He made the comments in response to a question about whether he's getting rolled in his deal with Cuba.
"So let me move you on to the other big story that we've had, and that is your reach out or Cuba's reach to you and your reach to Cuba," Crowley started, according to a transcript provided by CNN. "Listening to the critics, part of this is they wrap it up in how you dealt with other sort of bad actors. Oh, this is what he's done. He's accommodated Syria by not crossing the red line. He has accommodated Iran by talking to them on nuclear weapons. You know, and sort of down the line, Russia -- he's allowed Putin to move in and take Crimea. And here's the gist of it. The gist of it is that you're naive and they're rolling you."
Obama responded, "Yes. So this was said about Mr. Putin, for example, three or four months ago. There was a spate of stories about how he is the chess master and outmaneuvering the West and outmaneuvering Mr. Obama and this and that and the other. And right now, he's presiding over the collapse of his currency, a major financial crisis and a huge economic contraction.
"That doesn't sound like somebody who has rolled me or the United States of America.
"There is this knee-jerk sense, I think, on the part of some in the foreign policy establishment that, you know, shooting first and thinking about it second, uh, projects strength. I disagree with.
"We have been very firm with respect to those countries that we think are violating international law or are acting against our interests.
"But I have been consistent in saying that where we can solve problems diplomatically, we should do so.
"You look at an example like Iran, over the last year and a half, since we began negotiations with them, that's probably the first year and a half in which Iran has not advanced its nuclear program in the last decade."
CROWLEY: And we know that for sure...
OBAMA: And we know that...
CROWLEY: -- that they have not.
OBAMA: -- we -- that's not just verified by the United Nations and the IEA -- IAEA and ourselves, even critics of our policy like the Netanyahu government in Israel, their intelligence folks have acknowledged that, in fact, Iran has not made progress.
So Cuba offers us an example of an opportunity to try something different. For 50 years, we've tried to see if we can overthrow the regime through isolation. It hasn't worked. If we engage, we have the opportunity to influence the course of events at a time when there's going to be some generational change in that country. And I think we should seize it and I intend to do so.
12:35 PM, Dec 1, 2014 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
German chancellor Angela Merkel has cautioned that the adventurism of Russian president Vladimir Putin would not remain limited to Ukraine, or even to other countries bordering on Russia. Since Russia seized Crimea in February-March 2014, Putin’s provocative campaign has included imposition of phantom “governments” in two areas of eastern Ukraine, Luhansk and Donetsk, and harassment of the Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which are members of NATO.
11:46 AM, Oct 13, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In certain jurisdictions, there are some things you just don’t want to say. For instance, as Reid Standish of FP reports:
You can drink at a soccer game, you can fight at one, and you can certainly swear at one -- just don't get political.
9:04 AM, Aug 26, 2014 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Perm-36, also known as ITK-6, is the only intact facility remaining in Russia from the Soviet-era gulag system of political prisons and labor camps.
8:36 AM, Jul 24, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The boss appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday and discussed the geopolitical fallout from the attack on the Malaysian airliner shot down by Russian-backed separatists over Ukrainian territory.
"Is the West going to be serious about dealing with Putin or not?" he asked. Watch the video below:
10:01 AM, Jul 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Vladimir Putin does not seem inclined to talk nice and patch things up with the West. To the contrary, he is drawing lines. They may, or may not, be “red." He seems confident enough not to need the modifier.
As Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports:
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:02 PM, Jul 18, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the happenings this week in Ukraine, Israel, and the United States.
But Putin talks with Ukraine leader Poroshenko.9:00 AM, Jun 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In Bénouville, France, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have gone out of their way to ignore each other.
1:19 PM, Apr 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In a call-in show on Russian television, Vladimir Putin:
... expressed hope for a political and diplomatic solution of the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, saying he hopes that he won't have to send Russian troops into eastern Ukraine, which has been engulfed by violent protests against the new authorities in Kiev.
Gee, many no doubt are thinking, we kind of hope so, too. And maybe, you can make that happen.
9:41 AM, Mar 26, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
That is how former secretary of defense, Robert Gates writing in the Wall Street Journal, describes what drives Vladimir Putin’s actions in the Ukraine, the Baltics, and any other region where he considers Russians interests and international reputation at stake. He is motivated by a massive grievance, which, one suspects, is further stimulated when his nation is dismissed as a “regional power,” as the president did yesterday.
1:21 PM, Mar 25, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Writing in the Washington Post Strobe Talbott recalls a tense time during the days of the Kosovo crisis (and how many crises ago was that?) when he had a brief but telling encounter with Vladimir Putin, then a mere security chief but plainly a man on the make and someone to watch … carefully.
Hosted by Michael Graham4:25 PM, Mar 6, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with executive editor Fred Barnes on President Obama's Ukraine statement and why it's his job to stop Vladimir Putin.