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What others say: Obama shows European solidarity

Posted: June 9, 2014 - 2:35pm

President Obama has been notably indifferent to Europe for five long years, but maybe Russia’s aggression has given him a new focus. On Tuesday in Warsaw he unveiled a new $1 billion fund and other measures to signal America’s commitment to Europe’s defense. These are welcome steps, though a permanent troop redeployment would be better.

The Warsaw symbolism was useful and potent. World War II started in Poland, and this week is also the 25th anniversary of the first partially free elections that were followed by the collapse of Polish Communism. Vladimir Putin’s new military adventures threaten the independence of Ukraine but also once again the stability of post-Cold War Europe — especially Poland, the Baltics and other frontline NATO states that America is bound by the NATO treaty to defend.

President Obama’s Warsaw package begins to undo years of U.S. and Western European complacency. If Congress approves, and it should, the new $1 billion European Reassurance Initiative would pay for increased American training, military exercises and rotations of soldiers and ships through Europe.

The U.S. currently has 67,000 troops scattered throughout Western Europe, and those forces belong closer to the new threat in the east. The White House said Tuesday it is “reviewing our force presence in Europe in light of the new security challenges on the continent.” But President Obama missed an opportunity to make an even bigger statement this week by failing to announce a redeployment eastward. The delay will give Putin’s many apologists in London and Berlin a chance to lobby against any forward troop movement.

Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia to keep its tanks out of eastern Ukraine and let the May 25 elections go ahead or face harsher sanctions. It was easy for Putin to oblige, but those were the wrong bars for new sanctions. Russian and Chechen fighters are streaming into eastern Ukraine, and the Ukrainians need lethal aid to resist. It’s good to see Obama discover that keeping the peace in Europe requires an American commitment, but Putin is the kind of leader who only understands military facts on the ground.

— Wall Street Journal,

June 3

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jford 06/10/14 - 07:08 pm
Has Obama been notably indifferent?

No, he has not been indifferent to Europe.

In the previous five years, the president has visited or made trips to 23 European countries.

He has regularly, throughout those five years, attended European hosted NATO meetings, G8 meetings, G20 meetings, NSS meetings and several others.

So why would the editorial contend that the president has been indifferent to Europe? Why? Because they want you to think reality is what they printed, not what actually happens.

Why? Because they want you to think of the president in the way they'd like you to think of him, and not base your opinion on actual reality.

Why? Because the Wall Street Journal wants you to agree with their saber rattling call for military posturing and intervention. They want you to think the president has not been engaged in Europe until he proposed an increase in military presence. The point they don't want you to acknowledge is that the president has been engaged all these years and the initiative was the president's initiative. They want you to think the president has just now come around to their way of thinking, when the president actually made it clear he does not support the military intervention policies the Wall Street Journal endorses.

It's because the Wall Street Journal has been bought by Rupert Murdoch of Fox News fame. Ruport Murdoch is selling his alternate version of reality and the Wall Street Journal gives him another venue to provide cover for spreading his lies.

He will feed you his agenda rather than actual realities and shape his 'news' to fit his ideological geopolitical extremism. He's been doing it around the world for years.

Nothing published by Newscorp is to be believed without first checking for lies. Lies are Newscorp's stock in trade.

Newscorp's agenda is to demonize the president in print just as they demonize him and falsely portray him on Fox News.

You'd think the Clarion could find content which is of better journalistic quality for it's readers, certainly something other than Newscorp's alternative realities and lies.

Someone who cares about journalistic ethics should buy the Clarion so it's readers aren't fed a load of extremist right wing Fox News lies.

cheapersmokes 06/11/14 - 07:23 am
If FOX news is so bad

Why is it by far the most watched channel on TV? Compared to the others who only expose the greatness of the left and the 3 or so viewers that they garner could it be that they actually present both sides and let the viewers decide instead of try to force feed them their view only!

jford 06/11/14 - 08:28 am
Several studies show that Fox News makes people less informed.

Viewers of Fox News score lower on tests of actual events than people who don't watch any TV news.

You've got to be pretty incompetent in providing a look at reality if your viewers are less informed than those who don't watch any TV.

The most watched channel, you say? Fox speaks of being the most watched channel, but that's Fox, home of the Simpsons and other shows like Family Guy, baseball, football and automotive racing.

Fox News is not the same channel, but then if you didn't watch Fox News, you might have known that. You might want to stop watching Fox News. Just saying.

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