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Why Vladimir Putin Is Kicking Barack Obama's Behind

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On Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin's minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people, including an American citizen, President Barack Obama emerged from the White House to issue a statement. Scowling at the camera, Obama stated: "Russia has extraordinary influence over these separatists. No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them."

Finally, after fulminating for several minutes about the nastiness of the Russian government, Obama approached the predictable climax: threats of action.

Except that there were none.

Instead, Obama explained that if Russia were to ignore his warnings, it would "only further isolate itself from the international community, and the costs for Russia's behavior will only continue to increase."

To which Putin's only rational response would be laughter.

This is a Western humiliation on an epic scale. Obama and Europe could wrongly and weakly pass off the invasion and annexation of Crimea as a historical anomaly brutally corrected. They could ignore the further invasion of eastern Ukraine, focusing instead on those naughty Israelis busily defending themselves against rocket attacks from Hamas terrorists.

But now, the West has told Putin, in no uncertain terms, that his people can hit a civilian aircraft with a missile, and that there will be no costs.

How can a second-rate power hold the United States and NATO over a barrel?

Vice President Joe Biden gave the answer in an interview with The New Yorker, albeit unwittingly (though that should go without saying, given Biden's witlessness). While bragging about his gung-ho, macho political attitude, Biden related a story about meeting Putin — a story he pledged was "absolutely, positively" true, meaning there is a three in four chance it is complete fiction.

But, taking the vice president at his word, the story went like this. Biden met Putin at the Kremlin in 2011. They found themselves standing face to face. "I said, 'Mr. Prime Minister, I'm looking into your eyes, and I don't think you have a soul," Biden related to interviewer.

"And he looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, 'We understand one another.' This is who this guy is."

The last line from Biden is the key to the story: He sees Putin's response as a defeat for Putin somehow, a denial of his humanity. Putin, Biden seems to be saying, is an inhuman James Bond villain — and for some reason, Biden thinks this widespread perception of Putin makes him weak.

But that's Putin's entire goal : He wants the West to believe he has no soul. While the West, like Biden, seeks to demonstrate its bigheartedness to Putin, with "reset" buttons and U.N. resolutions and G8 summits and Olympic Games, Putin seeks to demonstrate that he has no heart. He wants to be seen as cruel and inhuman. He wants everyone to know that he will never bluff and that he will always shoot first.

Obama, Biden and the European Union somehow believe that handwringing and moral proclamations will bring Putin into line. Putin knows strength — or, at least, the impression of intransigent steeliness — will bring the West into line. In a game of chicken, the man who openly puts a brick on the accelerator will always win.

Putin's got the brick on the accelerator. He's had quite a hot streak: Georgia, Syria, Iran and now Ukraine. The result will be a far more dangerous world, as potential Russian targets seek nuclear weapons to deter the bear, and as Putin speeds to consolidate his gains. Obama's nuclear-free world, his multipolar United Nations geopolitics, spirals the toilet, thanks to his own utopian wishful thinking.

This is what happens when children play against adults on the world stage. This is what happens when starry-eyed post-Americans are given charge of Western leadership. Putin rolls on, evilly manipulating, grossly murdering. And Obama makes peeved faces as bodies smolder in Ukrainian fields.

Ben Shapiro, 30, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, a radio host on KTTH 770 Seattle and KRLA 870 Los Angeles, Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org, and Senior Editor-at-Large of Breitbart News. He is the New York Times bestselling author of "Bullies." His latest book, "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration," will be released on June 10. He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles. To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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Are you saying you would attack Russia? How? Are you saying no to military action but yes to economic sanctions and seizing assets? I do believe sanctions and asset seizing by most civilized countries is coming. Apparently not before your article deadline, however.
Comment: #1
Posted by: valjanepal
Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:06 PM
Those who call for a war should be the first ones on the line.Be sure and sign up Ben, we need good soldiers like you in the trenches.We know how many good soldiers UCLA and Harvard Law turn out.Perhaps you can sue Putin while your over there like Boehner is doing to Obama.Take Boehner with you,perhaps you can get in 18 holes while your over there.Probable won,t be golf holes though.Leave us your debit card this time so we can be sure and pay for it unlike the last 2 times.
Comment: #2
Posted by: WILLIAM KELLEY
Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:06 PM
Show me where the man said we should attack Russia.

Show me where the man called for a war.

He didn't.

He said, "This is what happens when children play against adults on the world stage. This is what happens when starry-eyed post-Americans are given charge of Western leadership. Putin rolls on, evilly manipulating, grossly murdering. And Obama makes peeved faces as bodies smolder in Ukrainian fields."

Instead of arguing his point one lies and the other L I E S

Geez, give a kid a computer and lies are what happen.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Tom
Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:32 PM
Shapiro have no point. He write only for provoke and foment discord and division. He have no solutions.. just create more problems. Maybe Shapiro forget his Jewish teachings: "Once a man is appointed leader of a community, he must be deemed mightiest of the mighty. " ~~ Talmud, Rosh Hashana

Comment: #4
Posted by: steveM
Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:01 AM
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