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December 30, 2016

Master Judoka Putin "The Gracious" Outclasses "Lame Duck" Obama

The typical pettiness and vengefulness of the Obama administration was at full display with yesterday's expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and the closing of two Russian estates in New York and Maryland. Obama also sanctioned the Russian external intelligence service FSB and the military intelligence service GRU as well as some of its leaders for doing their job.

The move was ostensibly over alleged but completely unproven Russian "hacking" to influence the U.S. election. But the real reason is likely Obama's loss of face after being left out of the successful negotiations of a new ceasefire in Syria.

True to form the Russian government responded with high-class trolling and generosity.

The first move came through the Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom. It tweeted about the current status of the Obama administration:


The tweet gained so far more then 17,000 retweets and 19,000+ likes - certainly a "best of the year" candidate.

In response leaks and speculations appeared in the U.S. aligned media about the bad, bad Russian responses to Obama's moves.

CNN claimed that Russia would close the American school in Moscow:

The nonprofit day school, which enrolls international students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, will be closed along with the U.S. Embassy vacation dacha in Serebryany Bor on the outskirts of Moscow, according to a CNN report.

Then BBC and others said that Russia would expel 35 U.S. diplomats and spies.

But showing real greatness is not about hitting back in kind. The Russian President Putin (again) outclassed Obama with this response:

Putin decides not to expel US diplomats from Russia

MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a decision not to expel any US diplomats from Russia in retaliation for Washington’s latest sanctions against Moscow.

Putin also said that Russia would not prevent the families and children (of diplomats) from using the customary rest and leisure facilities and sites during the New Year holidays.

"Moreover, I am inviting all children of US diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas parties in the Kremlin," Putin said.

The Russian compounds in Maryland and New York Obama closed are used for vacations of Russian kids in the U.S.

Putin's counter is using his opponent's moment of inertia to bring him to fall. A classic judoka move by a high master of the art.

"We reserve the right to take retaliatory measures but we will not stoop to the level of the so-called kitchen diplomacy, so we will take further steps to restore Russia-US relations taking into account the Trump administration’s policy," Putin said.

Ouch. The "lame duck" tweet must have already hit Obama, but this is so far out that Obama has no chance to ever catch up.

The foreign policy of two Obama administrations has been a terrible mess. Think about his big initiatives and the results at the end of his rule:

  • "Reset" with Russia: FAILED
  • Negotiations with Iran: Somewhat succeeded but not institutionalized and in high danger of being reversed
  • "Pivot" to Asia: FAILED
  • TTP and TTIP trade pacts: FAILED:
  • New Middle-East peace initiative: FAILED
  • Regime change in Ukraine: Somewhat succeeded by ended in a huge fascist mess
  • Regime change in Libya: Somewhat succeeded by ended in a huge terrorist haven mess
  • Regime change in Syria: FAILED

About the only thing Obama achieved in foreign policy was to keep the European poodles in line. An easy task due to the lack of good European politicians. He had no chance though against the great and gracious opponent Putin can be.


Putin's high class move today set the tombstone over a presidency history will judge far worse than its contemporary media echos reflect.

Posted by b on December 30, 2016 at 14:03 UTC | Permalink

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Does it please you to watch Trump kiss Netanyahu's ass that much? Obama's as clueless as he was on day one; but Trump keeps you guessing while he's already doing his Zionist Masters' bidding. Same difference.

Posted by: Circe | Dec 31 2016 6:12 utc | 101

Happy New Year, Circe!
I'm not sure whether to encourage you to celebrate by getting really, really drunk or really, really sober. So just choose the least painful option.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 31 2016 6:22 utc | 102

@Hoarsewhisperer 92 & 94

Allow me to add and expand yr two posts:

First, Obomo expelled thirty-five Russian diplomats and closed two Russian diplomatic "spy compounds" (vacation retreats) in the US, The number expelled are eighty-four, including cooks (diplomats now forced to cooks for themselves). Putin sending plane to evacuate the diplomats rather than commercial flights to leave the US within 72 hours during peak seasons travel and mindful problems for Russian diplomats’ children education - wreck!

Second, not everyone is Trumps hater. My reason for not voting Trump. While Trump gear down with Russia, he will gear up and possible cold war syndrome with China like in 50's or economic and civil wars - ,no one wins.

China may not be as gracious as Putin, understand China underwent a century of foreign humiliation especially arch enemy Japan. President Xi will be more decisive dealing with Trump and Abe of Japan. Abe had repeatedly shown no respect to the Chinese people.

Any politically disagreements between Taiwan and PRC are none of Trump’s business (See Note). Whether you like it or not, Kuomintang (KMT) and Communist are united one China. Anyone stands in-between especially Taiwanese will starts another civil wars which NeoLiberal and NeoCon love.

Note: 7 Nov. 2015, Ma Ying-jeou, previous president of the Republic of China (Taiwan; ROC), and Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and president of the People's Republic of China (Mainland China; PRC), met in Singapore.)–Xi_meeting

Posted by: The Original Jack Smith | Dec 31 2016 6:52 utc | 103

It would be really sad if the Clintonites and the Trumpeters only agreed on one thing, and that one thing was absolutely wrong, namely that everyone who refused to support Clinton was a Trump-lover.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Dec 31 2016 7:25 utc | 104

Posted by: The Original Jack Smith | Dec 31, 2016 1:52:59 AM | 100

Thanks for the clarifications but we knew the number of people expelled was much bigger than the 35 diplomats. Putin made a point of referring to "families of diplomats" and Al Jazeera put the total at 90-something. But we're mostly on the same page re Trump. I think Americans should not vote for Dem or Repug candidates but the choice they had was a shocker; and only circa 50% of voters bothered to vote.

It's apparently easy to forget that Trump hasn't actually DONE anything yet except talk. And Trump is the only person in the Universe who knows what he's going to DO. And that's how the Trump Presidency will be from start to finish, imo.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 31 2016 7:41 utc | 105

So this is how Obama barrel bombs Putin? Whatever was the boyo thinking? Just under three weeks now, may the door not hit the backsides of the former first family as they are escorted out. At least it isn't illery with her billery, such granting of small favours.

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Dec 31 2016 7:42 utc | 106

@102 yea - what's Trump going to do? There's that Obamacare that he wants to repeal, and the alternative looks something between removing as many people from medicaid as possible, to allowing healthcare companies to all move to Nevada or wherever so that they can be legally shielded when they death panel your whole family.

Then, of course, there's social security, which Ryan is deadset on privatizing. Will Trump agree to that as well?

Posted by: aaaa | Dec 31 2016 7:50 utc | 107

@ Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 31, 2016 2:41:21 AM | 102

Had anybody bothered to think for once and resolved NOT to return incumBents, the House would be either in Dimocratic hands or so closely divided as to be inept (and force the members to negotiate their political ends) as would be the Senate be much closer to balanced. The only way to re-establish public control of either chamber is destroy the hold of the club now dominating, the 95% of the members returning as incumBents. Another can kicked far down the road, but then …

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Dec 31 2016 7:52 utc | 108

I think things are not at all as they appear. Read the label, especially the list of ingredients.

It's all a distraction. Think about the Israel lobby. Think about the UN.

What really happened there?

Posted by: blues | Dec 31 2016 8:35 utc | 109

Irrespective of whom Obama had in his sights, this is a fitting end to an administration led by muppet-like bullies. No wonder the infighting got out of control!
With the exception of Kerry, I can not think of one true statesman from Obama's administration... And it all started going down hill with Clinton's being made Foreign Secretary.
Have the Chinese stopped laughing yet?

Posted by: AtaBrit | Dec 31 2016 9:18 utc | 110

@AtaBrit | Dec 31, 2016 4:18:50 AM | 107

Did you watches Kerry vids in UN and elsewhere? Humbly disagrees, that mother fucking Kerry is a pathological Liar and a murderer is no true statesman!

Posted by: The Original Jack Smith | Dec 31 2016 10:09 utc | 111

Oh now russia hack electronics in the us,

Time to remember this?

US government hackers ‘penetrate’ Russian electric grid and communication lines to be ‘ready’ in case of election day interference

Posted by: Rabid | Dec 31 2016 10:11 utc | 112

Let's lampoon this farce.

Powerpuff President, Obama, master orator of the empty suit school of public thinking, throws a Hollywood foreign policy cream pie at master statesman and moral leader of all the Russia’s -- and misses!

Reason: Unsubstantiated allegations that he, Putin, had personally caused the political defeat of the Democrat’s Madam Clinton in Nov. Trump sees the cake coming and wisely ducks: “He’s not my president!” echoes quietly within the walls of Trump Tower.

Analysis: Trump's respect for Putin's intelligence is a basis for hope in any potential win-win future outcome scenario.

Post Nov. US elites have been divided and now are being conquered, Fake News story by fake news story -- clown by clown they trip, fall and stumble chasing that tumbleweed hat of Empire's History blowing down the dusty film set 'High Street' of their own magical making.

Unfortunately, a Disney Studios based culture does not an ancient and culturally wise civilization, make.

GWBush may have been able to dodged Iraqi shoe journalism, but Obama takes the cake for stupid. The little Chicago sleaze never really made it 'presidential' -- too busy with his extra judicial assassination programme. And in his last 20-days as 8-year 'el presidente' for the Wall Street gang he stands embarrassingly naked before the world in front of the mirror that Putin just personally held up for him and the rest of the North Americans. No 'Fake News' here: the guy is a proven twit. An empty suit and a failure – expect to see him in speaking partnerships with Tony ‘God talks to me and Bushy in da Iraqi morning’ Blair.

Trump just winks at Putin across the Barring Straits. "Bring it on" in 21 days and we'll all be able to visit his expanding Russian Trump Hotel chain in due course.

Benito Mussolini phrased it as "not a cigarette paper's thickness between business and government".

While 50% of the US voting public (a rather small sub-majority cohort) have signed on for at least 4 years of making America "great" again, Trump's way, the other 50% are in schizoid paranoia and systemic meltdown over the spectacular failure of their precious notions of liberal US 'exceptionalism.'

Everywhere, from the Plains of Syrian war to the dark immoral alleyways of their own fake news machines, the neocon psychosis oozes into their veins. Like a cocaine addict's projections looking for a Moriarty, fake fear is continuously projected onto Putin's face. PR keeps the popcorn and coke flowing while the stage is reset for the next Act.

Conclusion: There is an emerging crisis and civil war emerging across the Western world. It is just looking for somewhere to start. Globalism has failed, and there is little or nothing the US (or their European lackeys) can do to stop the global reset in progress. If nothing else Russian and China have their respective self-interests invested in mutual cooperation.

Clearly, as much as Kerry makes Ketchup, and Poroshenko makes chocolates, the election of Trump signals a 'white flag' of surrender by the US elites in their clandestine neocon war on Russia (and anyone else who resists the geopolitical bullying). Putin danced like a butterfly and stung like a bee. Obama and his dark circles of cronies seem to be the only ones who can't see it. It's called 'Blindsided'.

Cognitive Dissonance is the phrase du jour. Mr "Hope you can believe in..." (if you are asleep in George Carlin’s America!) has not even closed Gitmo Bay. He goes out even lower on the 'ex-p' ranking ladder of relevance than Boy Bush -- as "Mr Irrelevance". Many hope he is never to be seen nor heard of again as his career slides through the s-bend just behind Hillary Clinton's and Michael Moore's. The Democrat Party imploded in 2016 and the levels of arrogant voter disconnect can only be topped by the deep seated core cultures of mendacity that sidelined their only real chance of keeping Trump out of the oval office: Bernie Sanders.

Economically, it is the tipping point for the military industrial complex as the heart (& mind) of the US economy. And the need for a 'boggyman' will be replaced by the 'businessman'. Trump's their man. "It's the 'Real Economy' Stupid!" will cry out across the rust belted heartlands of post-exceptional USA. Up with the 'TRiUMPhant Walls -- Mexico and China: "America for Americans!' through the post-prohibition (tax paying) weed haze. Big Donald's supersized American ego has only one obvious foreign policy Achilles’ heel at this point -- Iran.

The post-Aleppo ME narrative has changed with Putin, Turkey and Iran (& EGypt) now working on a non-USA focused (& not involved) regional formula for peace: Chechnya to Cairo. NATO’s Auditor General is found murdered. The Zionist 'Nutt-an-yarhoo' has just been signalled to exit criminal stage left in the apartheid state of occupied Palestine. If Trump sleeps at the wheel then Putin will likely have the easy pleasure of offering the only viable UN replacement forces in the Golan Heights - S400s pointing both ways -- to ensure peaceful resolutions to unnecessary tensions between Iran and 'others' in the region.

The economic viability of the Israeli regime experiment will be Trump's ongoing headache -- if America is #1 then Israel can only be #2, or zero. However, the regional problem with an apartheid state in the ME is basically where the boarders are -- and where the walls shouldn't be. Look to the ‘Jewel Wasp’ for an accurate parasitoid metaphor on this relationship.

A State which bases its existence on a UN decision in 1948 can hardly dismiss the same parent organisation in 2017 – at least without calling attention to a serious review of performance over its likely ‘half-life’ of 60-odd years. Arabia’s head-chopping Saudi regime is on life-support as the three ancient regional empires (Constantinople-Tehran-Cairo) work out a nicely SCO-balanced ‘progress plan’ with a little help from Moscow. Expect magical transformations in state level infrastructure as China 'donates' its fait USD$ funds to help reconstruction. Expect a Trump 'default' as a possible longer-term outcome when all these little usd$ fish come swimming home.

Pass the sub-nuclear popcorn please, this is likely to marginally better than day-time TV for a while.

Posted by: x | Dec 31 2016 10:24 utc | 113

Why would you expel your own agents?

Posted by: Burt | Dec 31 2016 10:36 utc | 114

Hysteria keeps on with fake news about russian hacking grids in theus, sigh.

American hack russian systems:

Posted by: kraus | Dec 31 2016 13:22 utc | 115

Finally some "evidence" to support Russian hacking claims. From Yahoo News. Thin evidence to come forth for all the chest thumping:

Posted by: fast freddy | Dec 31 2016 14:01 utc | 116

Irrespective of whom Obama had in his sights, this is a fitting end to an administration led by muppet-like bullies. No wonder the infighting got out of control!
Posted by: AtaBrit | Dec 31, 2016 4:18:50 AM | 107

Muppet-like is being kind. His foreign admin was a game of 'who had the fattest wallet.' Trump has some cleaning up to do.

The Guccifer 2.0 hack show by WikiLeaks last September displayed Barry'O's negligence,
but somehow it got lost in the election fanfare.

Included in the leak was a list of high-profile donors from 2008 and the ambassadorship they received in exchange for their large donation to the DNC and Barack Obama’s Organizing For Action (OFA). Essentially, Obama was auctioning off foreign ambassador positions and other office positions while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state. The largest donor listed at contributions totaling over $3.5 million, Matthew Barzun, served as U.S. Ambassador to Sweden from 2009 to 2011, served as President Obama’s National Finance Chair during his 2012 reelection campaign, and now serves as U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Posted by: MadMax2 | Dec 31 2016 14:08 utc | 117

President V. Putin might count himself lucky enough with the losses at the embassy. He could have received a holiday box of Victoria Nuland's Maidan brand exceptionally rich cookies.

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Dec 31 2016 15:21 utc | 118

Obama, msm will cause chaos and try to influence trumps presidency and relations with russia for atleast another 20 days until trump takes over.
Be prepared for 200% soaring of antitrump and antirussian desinformation coming 2,3 weeks ahead of us.
The hate against trump may very much lead to an assasination of trump himself i am afraid.

Posted by: kraus | Dec 31 2016 15:56 utc | 119

Rashid Khalidi's best ever

John Kerry's two-state plan still falls short in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Posted by: mauisurfer | Dec 31 2016 16:05 utc | 120

x @109

Bravo! Non-GMO popcorn.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Dec 31 2016 16:20 utc | 121

Happy new year!

I've always thought Obama speaks to us in the same folksy fashion as the Monday Night Football commentators. I'm going to go iut on a limb here and suggest that he attempts to play the world like American football. Football is used to unite us all.

What a great moment in history when compared to the worst of the worst, the trully appaling appears attractive. Truthfully, there's no where left to gp, in every direction there's only a fraction of an inch in whuch to manouever. We may survive another year? Too Close to call, have to bring out the yard sticks for that ine Kurt!

Posted by: Geoff | Dec 31 2016 16:36 utc | 122

@103 hoarsewhisperer.. lol.. thanks for that!

Posted by: james | Dec 31 2016 17:18 utc | 123

English Outsider @ 74:

"... A brief look at the specifications shows a school renovation similar to other school renovation projects undertaken by the US elsewhere. Nothing to indicate any intended change of use - in fact the school was to remain in use during renovations. That implies that it would continue to be a school for Crimean children after renovation ..."

Suggests to me that the school would be used for the children of US military personnel after its renovation, not for local Crimean children.

Posted by: Jen | Dec 31 2016 20:01 utc | 124

UN Security Council adopts resolution supporting Syria ceasefire agreement

The adoption of the Syria ceasefire deal comes as Moscow has said it wants the UN’s involvement in the peace negotiations between representatives from the Syrian government and foreign-sponsored opposition in Astana.

Both Turkey and Russia have stressed that the forthcoming talks do not aim to replace UN-backed peace efforts, but rather supplement them.

The talks will be mediated by Russia, Turkey, and the Islamic Republic of Iran. The three countries successfully implemented a similar accord earlier this month following the defeat of militants in the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo.

The United States is obviously absent from the new process, but Moscow hopes the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump would play a role.

the world is moving on. the shocking, awful new american century is coming to a close, not with a bang but a whimper.

we all owe vladimir putin a debt of gratitude. thank you president putin! happy new year!

Posted by: jfl | Dec 31 2016 20:12 utc | 125

@126 jen, 'Suggests to me that the school would be used for the children of US military personnel after its renovation, not for local Crimean children.'

and its cancellation confirms it, doesn't it?

Posted by: jfl | Dec 31 2016 20:26 utc | 126

@114 Great post x, thanks fo that..
Here's to the New Year, may 2017 be the one for the emergence of a true multi-polar world..

Posted by: Lozion | Dec 31 2016 20:38 utc | 127

The song, "Killing Me Softly" comes to mind.
When petulant Obama does nasty, Mr. Putin kills him with kind words.

This is all about Obama's payback to Trump and Putin for giving him a public spanking.:

Obama will not forget Trump was a birther. So he undermine's Trump's presidency.

Putin interrupted Obama's Ukraine coup and his efforts to take Russia's Crimea Black seaports to install USSA NATO for control of the Black Sea.
Putin interrupted Obozo's try to regime change Syria where Russia has its warm water port. Putin turns the tables with a big win in Syria.

Obama is an effen fraud; from day one. Sadly, he has embarrassed the more visible half of his ethnicity. The whole world stands disappointed. Obama's 8 year tenancy at the WH can be described with one word. Fail. He excelled at failing.

I am hopeful the unsealing of Obama's school records and the real birth certificate will be soon.

That Lame duckling needs his head in a cast.

Posted by: likklemore | Dec 31 2016 21:46 utc | 128

With Claressa Shields as the Putin analogy, watch how she feints her opponent into completely missing about five punches in a row. Classic. (at about 0:35s in)

Posted by: rirzl | Jan 1 2017 2:15 utc | 129


Posted by: rirzl | Jan 1 2017 2:17 utc | 130

@ nobody | Dec 30, 2016 1:01:37 PM | 28

Quote, "Vladimir Putin is the sort of person that joins up with an outfit like KGB at the height of USSR corruption"

Evidence, if need be, that without knowledge of a country, while you can spout nonsense, you cannot hope for a proper analysis. Vladimir Putin joined the KGB because at the time, if you wanted a career in politics in Russia, either you joined the KGB or you kissed that career goodbye. The KGB was to Russia what Harvard, Princeton or Yale is to the USA.
Thank you for your attention. You can go back to kneel in front of your picture of Obama.

Posted by: Lea | Jan 1 2017 2:22 utc | 131


Why the UK is in the EU

Posted by: RainToh | Jan 3 2017 9:06 utc | 132

CCTV has drawn a line under the passing of the New Disastrous American Century, on December 31, 2016, by rebranding itself as CGTN (China Global Television News) with the motto "See the difference" commencing January 1, 2017.

According to CGTN on January 5, Libya's Colonel Haftar has returned from talks with the Master Judoka aimed, ultimately, at lifting the Colonial Christian arms embargo on that country.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 5 2017 1:05 utc | 133

@ Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 4, 2017 8:05:28 PM | 135

Interesting times we live in, indeed. First Syria, now onto Libya. The CCTV re-branding is definitely suggestive of a new, more assertive, global alternative focus.

Posted by: Outraged | Jan 5 2017 4:02 utc | 134

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