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  • lonesome_polecatt lonesome_polecatt Mar 13, 2014 7:04 PM Flag

    I told you The Dear Leader makes Jimmy Carter seem strong on foreign affairs.

    Poll: Vladimir Putin is stronger than President Obama

    By Paul Bedard | MARCH 13, 2014 AT 2:49 PM

    Maybe it is the photos of him posing shirtless on horseback, or his military push into Ukraine, but Americans in a new poll believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is a much stronger leader than President Obama.

    A YouGov/Economist survey of 1,000 adults interviewed March 8-10 found that 78 percent view Putin as somewhat to very strong leader. Just 45 percent see Obama the same way. Worse, more Americans, 55 percent, view Obama as a weak leader.

    The poll comes as the president is struggling with a response to Putin's push into Ukraine and expectations that Crimea will break off and join Russia.

    The public, however, does not seem to be struggling over the Ukraine crisis. The poll found that 50 percent do not believe that the “U.S. should get involved in Russia's dispute with Ukraine.” Twenty-five percent do, and 24 percent are not sure.

    And only 24 percent approve of Obama’s handling of the situation.

    Sentiment: Buy

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      The Huffington Post | by Mollie Reilly | 03/13/2014

      Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on Capitol Hill Thursday to make the case to the Senate Appropriations Committee on approving an aid package to Ukraine.

      After his testimony, Sen. Lindsey Graham approached Kerry to offer help negotiating with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) -- an exchange caught on the desk microphone before Kerry turned it off.

      "Hey John, good job," Graham said. "Let me know what I can do to help you with Boehner."

      During his testimony, Kerry pressed Congress to include reforms to the International Monetary Fund, as proposed by the Obama administration, in an aide package to Ukraine.

      Boehner, however, has remained firm in his opposition to the IMF boost.

      "Let's make sure we all understand something: The IMF money has nothing to do with Ukraine," he said Thursday.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy


      The Huffington Post | by Luke Johnson | 03/13/2014

      Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took to the Senate floor Thursday to castigate fellow Republicans for holding up aid to Ukraine over provisions boosting funding for the International Monetary Fund.

      "What has happened? Where are our priorities? Is the IMF, no matter whether it's fixed or not fixed with this legislation, more important than the lives of thousands of people? Is that what we're talking about here?" he said.

      He invoked Republicans' secular saint -- President Ronald Reagan. "I will say to my friends who were objecting to this -- and there are a number of them on my side -- you can call yourself Republicans. That's fine, because that's your voter registration. Don't call yourself Reagan Republicans. Ronald Reagan would never, would never let this kind of aggression go unresponded to by the American people."

      He went on, "So now because of an IMF fix, or a campaign finance fix, we are now going to reject a piece of legislation that was done in a bipartisan basis with the leadership of the chairman who I see on the floor, of which I'm proud, ranking member, Senator Corker of Tennessee, and we're going to say 'no.' And you know the most ridiculous thing about all of this is? The majority leader has filed cloture. We have well over 60 votes. So we're going to be back in about 11 or 12 days, whatever it is. Cloture will have been expired. It's well over 60 votes. And we will pass this."

      "I've been embarrassed before on the floor of the Senate, I will tell the president. But I haven't been embarrassed this way about members of my own party," said McCain.

      McCain has long been hawkish toward Russia and is not afraid to take on his fellow Republicans. But McCain's remarks stand in contrast to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who said the IMF provision to boost funding had nothing to do with the Ukraine bill. Ukraine has long been a recipient of IMF loans, and is negotiating a new package of loans with the IMF.

      The Senate is likely to vote on the Ukraine aid package when it returns from recess next week. McCain is leading a congressional delegation to Kiev in a show of support for the new government.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • following your twisted logic, all Obama has to do is invade another country and he'd be viewed just as strong as Putin. You really are a monumental mental midget.

    • If we are going to vote for strong leaders, past and present, I would have to pick, Joe Stalin over Vlady Putin. Mao Zedong was no pushover either. Compared to those guys Putin is a pussay.

    • Right, poleo. All you have been doing is complaining about this dictatorial President who is jamming everything down all your throats and at the same time is carrying out a plot to singlehandedly destroy the Republican Party as he also rules through Executive Orders and ignores Congress.

      But now suddenly you all line up with Roger Ailes to turn him overnight into a weak, ineffectual leader as you express great admiration for a real and brutal dictator Vladimir Putin. Hey, give Vlad the Repub nomination why dontcha?

      Surely even you RWNJs realize the totally idiotic scene you are filling out here.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • it is going to blow sky high!!!!