CNN’s Jake Tapper was among the few who picked up the exchange, and his panel scoffed at the strawman argument from Obama. No one’s arguing for military intervention in Ukraine, Maeve Reston points out, laughing at Obama’a accusation. His critics want a stronger response on sanctions and diplomacy, and aren’t getting it.

“It’s interesting that he would take it that far to deflect the criticism,” Reston says. Er … not really. Obama has made a habit of building phony straw-man arguments about his critics in order to ridicule them without addressing the actual criticisms themselves. Reston rightly recognizes that in this instance. Jonathan Martin does note that this is a long-standing pattern for the White House — declaring that the issue is a form of “Sydney or the Bush,” with the latter term a little more literal.

And oh, by the way — which President used military force to decapitate a dictator without having boots on the ground to control the outcome, and did so without Congressional approval? I don’t think the last name was Bush, and the outcome turned out worse than the one Obama’s complaining about in this presser.

Six years later, Obama’s still blaming everything on Bush. But it wasn’t Bush that gave Sergei Lavrov a reset button and then canceled the missile-shield program in eastern Europe, and it wasn’t Bush who asked Dmitri Medvedev to transmit a promise to Vladimir Putin of “more flexibility” after his next election. It seems the only people Obama will challenge are Republicans and straw men.

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Comment by Jonathon Joseph Parker on April 29, 2014 at 10:38am

IF B.O. doesn't have sex, it's Bush's fault!  Give me a break!

Comment by sr williams on April 29, 2014 at 10:25am

Seems being a Dem means never having to say I am  sorry.   I caused this mess.   So it must have been Bush.     Funny Bush had been in office a few months and we got 9-11.   Bush inherited  an economy going down, an intelligence group that had  not been allowed to talk to each other, known terrorists had been in this country over 2 years.. these same people were responsible for the first Tower bombings, a gov't that had not responded to over 17 attacks  on our ships, embassies, ..... but I never heard Bush say it is Clintons fault.      We have an Adm.  that caters to Muslim terrorists, people breaking the laws, drug dealers,... crooks, thugs.     Not the high ideals that were once held in this country.   THey still are,  but now we must do it in secret or this gov't will be there to harass. 

Comment by John Thomas Dunlap on April 29, 2014 at 9:46am

HE IS pushing a war he is useing Al-quida, telliban, and musilum brotherhood Rebbels backed with OUR AMERICAN MONEY.ON all fronts

Comment by Robert Rixford on April 29, 2014 at 9:09am

As John Knight said, 17 hours ago, "I'm not pushing for military action."  

That's the point - neither is anyone else!  For Obama to say that, and then use that 'strawman argument' to say his way (focusing on diplomacy and sanctions) is better, is his SOP - claim people said things they didn't, and then ridicule them for it.  

Comment by Andy Morris on April 29, 2014 at 6:49am

I read a article they stated a study had been done and the attrition span of a gold fish is about 6 secs compared to a human which is about 3 secs. I agree! Watch people at a street light and what you'll see is people fiddling with their radios, their hair anything but watching the streetlight. How convent that we seem to have forgotten about the bombing of the Marine Corps barracks, the USS Cole bombing, the trade towers which lead to president Bush's putting troops into the middle east.  No one seems to remember why we were in the mid east and the true fight against terrorist groups. Obama has turned his focus inward, against the American population, using his home grown troops to take personal property, jail those who object to his agenda, quit free speech. I'll stand with Bush's actions any day of the week, over Obama's vision of buying off any one and every one.  

Comment by M-AR-15-5.56X45! on April 29, 2014 at 5:03am

Just think, the tinpot would love to drone all of us.  Remember, Adolph Hitler thought he was invincable too.  The evil regime in dc is delusional, there day will come!

Comment by Antonio Urbizu on April 29, 2014 at 3:40am

Huh? what is Obama's doctrine? Oh yea, kiss ass and run like rabbit. Is that what he does best. or bow at the Kings. This guy does not have a doctrine, and if he does, no one knows about it. Nope if we do not look at other parts of the world, WWIII would start at large. It would be more costly than WWII in human life and suffering. Rouge nations have nuclear arsenals and this could cost many lives. 

Comment by Nick Leech on April 29, 2014 at 3:29am

I have to admit though this is the first time I actualy agree with Obama......we need to mind our own buisness and fix our country's financial affairs............jobs......

Comment by al pambuena on April 28, 2014 at 7:46pm

over the past 5 years the political situation has become worse, where these countries like Russia and iran have become more dangerous. its not that we are to attack these countries, but at the same time Obama is so accommodating to these countries, while these situations are becoming more dangerous.

Comment by William Riley on April 28, 2014 at 6:22pm

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ALERT ALERT

Horrible: Democrats Set The Constitution On Fire With Fraudulent Impeachment

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning after an investigation that violated fundamental provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The investigation of the president began with the complaint of a so-called “whistleblower” who turned out to be a rogue Central Intelligence Agency employee, protected by a lawyer who had called for a “coup” against Trump in early 2017.

Democrats first demanded that the “whistleblower” be allowed to testify. But after House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was found to have lied about his committee’s contact with the “whistleblower,” and after details of the “whistleblower’s” bias began to leak, Democrats reversed course. In violation of the President Trump’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser, Democrats refused to allow the “whistleblower” to testify. They argue the president’s procedural rights, even if they existed, would not apply until he was tried in the Senate — but they also invented a fraudulent “right to anonymity” that, they hope, might conceal the whistleblower even then.

Schiff began the “impeachment inquiry” in secret, behind the closed doors of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, even though none of the testimony was deemed classified. Few members of Congress were allowed access. Schiff allowed selective bits of testimony to leak to friendly media, while withholding transcripts of testimony.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), having allowed the secret process to unfold, legitimized it with a party-line vote authorizing the inquiry. The House resolution denied President Trump the procedural rights enjoyed by Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and denied the minority party the traditional right to object to witnesses called by the majority.

Rather than the House Judiciary Committee, which traditionally handles impeachment, Pelosi also deputized the House Intelligence Committee to conduct fact-finding; the Judiciary Committee was turned into a rubber stamp. Schiff held a few public hearings, but often failed to release transcripts containing exculpatory evidence until after they had passed.

In the course of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, Schiff quietly spied on the telephone records of his Republican counterpart, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA). He also snooped on the phone records of a journalist, John Solomon; and on the phone records of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, acting as President Trump’s personal lawyer.

Schiff’s eavesdropping violated both the First Amendment right to press freedom and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Yet he proceeded undeterred by constitutional rights, publishing the phone logs in his committee’s report without warning, confirmation, or explanation, alleging that Nunes and the others were part of a conspiracy to assist the president’s allegedly impeachable conduct. When Republicans on the Judiciary Committee asked the Intelligence Committee’s majority counsel, Daniel Goldman, to explain the phone logs, he refused to answer,

Ironically, Schiff had done exactly what Democrats accuse Trump of doing: abused his power to dig up dirt on political opponents, then obstructed a congressional investigation into his party’s and his committee’s misconduct.

Democrats’ articles of impeachment include one for the dubious charge of “abuse of power,” which is not mentioned in the Constitution; and one for “obstruction of Congress,” which in this case is an abuse of power in itself.

Alexander Hamilton, writing about impeachment in Federalist 65, warned that “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” Democrats have fulfilled Hamilton’s worst fears.

The Trump impeachment will soon replace the 1868 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson — which the House Judiciary Committee staff actually cited as a positive precedent — as the worst in American history.

In service of their “coup,” Democrats have trampled the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republic has never been in greater danger.

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