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Europe dissatisfied with Washington

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In Europe, dissatisfaction and frustration with American politics and President Obama personally is growing. The factor of irritation of Europeans was the erroneous policy of Washington towards Russia. Obama was guilty of trying to bring Russia down to the level of a regional power, thereby humiliating it. Such an attempt was called one expert "unintelligent."


Europe dissatisfied with Washington


On this subject argues John Vinokur (John Vinocur) in the authoritative American edition "The Wall Street Journal".

Mr. Vinokur indignant: Barack Obama promised to isolate Russia in geopolitics, to make her an “outcast”. However, everything turned out the opposite: the struggle of Russia against the "Islamic State" turned all Obama's statements and slogans into a miserable mischief.

And someone else talked about the overthrow of Putin! This is really funny. In Russia, the same Putin rules. He acts in Ukraine, he does business in Syria, and against this background the United States and the “democratic world” in general only demonstrate their inability to resist “injustice,” Mr. Winokur believes.

The weakening of “strategic trust” in the US president, as well as the big problems of Europe related to the influx of refugees from the Middle East, show in 2015 the “chronic impotence” of the European allies and of the whole West. We must speak about catatonia, the author believes.

But there is something new. News is that the Europeans are ready today to “put the blame on Barack Obama himself.” Politicians accuse him of flirting with Russia. Observers laugh at Obama's “infinite care.”

The pattern that still existed a couple weeks ago was broken by Ronald Pofalla, the former head of department of the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Federal Minister for Special Assignments.

Herr Pofalla is now co-chair of the Petersburg Dialogue Forum. This is a “semi-official German-Russian symposium”, which has resumed its activities, the author points out.

So, this Pofalla believes that B. H. Obama’s policy was “unwise” - where it was expressed in the “lowering” of Russia's role in the international arena. When Obama "lowered" the status of Russia to the level of a regional power due to the conflict in Ukraine, he acted "unwisely".

Such a statement needs interpretation, the American journalist believes. Mr. Pofalla publicly questioned the decision of the President of the United States and its possibilities. In addition, he considers plausible the opinion of the “humiliation” of Russia by Obama.

Things went further: this symposium welcomed Frau Merkel, thus making it clear that she wanted a “partnership” with Moscow and did not want “isolation” of Russia.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Moscow said that, “unlike Obama,” he recognizes Russia's global role.

This is what happens? President of the United States in Europe do not put in anything? This is an open disrespect, the author believes.

The most harsh comments about Obama show that Europe does not know how to fight with Moscow. Yes, she can not fight, relying on the "protection of the American president." But he is also unlikely to “fight for all.” It was not for nothing that the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung laughed at Obama, hinting at his red lines left relating to Bashar al-Assad, saying that they blurred “to the lines of pink”. And in the Tagesspiegel, Obama was called an “indecisive and halfhearted” person who is no longer “afraid in the Middle East.”

In Paris, "Le Monde" published material in which one gentleman working in the field of human rights, spoke about the decisions of the US President in this way: they say, "your retreat", Mr. Obama, allowed Russia, Syria and Iran to forcibly intervene in the affairs of others countries.

Finally, the “slack in Mr. Obama’s power” is evident from the way the richest countries of the European Union are seeking rapprochement with Russia over energy supplies. If in 2009, then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Europe’s energy deals with Moscow a “security challenge”, now companies from Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands agreed with Gazprom to expand the potential of the Nord Stream, which put Ukraine and Poland in disadvantage. What kind of "isolation" is Russia! The European Commission already assumes an increase in the share of energy supplies of the already dominant Gazprom on the German market from 30% to 60%! And it was not for nothing that the Vice-Chancellor of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, visited Moscow the other day.

Recently, the new chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, declared that Russia is the largest strategic threat to America. So what? Should we hope now that Mr. Obama will immediately call Frau Merkel and complain about the increase in this “threat”?

In the year 2006, in the book The Audacity of Hope, Obama essentially expressed the interventionist version of US foreign policy. He wrote then that the United States should always play the role of a policeman in the world, take unilateral actions against immediate threats and even reject the priority of the UN Security Council over the corresponding decisions of the United States.

Today, according to John Vinokur, America’s closest allies can see that it was “just foam”.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama, this Nobel laureate, continues to play the role of “dove of peace,” we add.

Speaking at a fundraising event for the Democratic Party the other day, he said that international influence is measured not only by the number of missiles or occupied countries. “Power in the international arena is not measured only by how many countries we have occupied or how many rockets we used,” the American leader quotes. "Sight".

According to the President of the United States, "the strength of our diplomacy and the firmness of our commitment to protecting human rights," and the conviction that "we need to cooperate with other countries to solve major problems such as terrorism or climate change," is important.

In addition, Obama tried to be ironic, criticizing his Republican competitors.

“You have noticed that each of these candidates says:“ Obama is weak, Putin is splashing his eyes, and when I talk to Putin, will he correct? - Obama said at a Democratic Party event in New York on Tuesday night. “And then it turns out that they cannot cope with a handful of TV presenters on CNBC at the debates.”

“Actually, if you want to know, if you cannot cope with these guys, then I don’t think that the Chinese and Russians will be so worried about you,” the president said. RIA News".

No wonder that Forbes magazine on Wednesday this week call The most influential person in the world is not Obama, but Putin. The Russian president topped the rating for the third time.

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  1. chikenous59
    chikenous59 6 November 2015 06: 27 New
    +12
    Europe has been unhappy for 75 years, but the United States did not give her words.
    1. RUS96
      RUS96 6 November 2015 06: 49 New
      -7
      Yes, what 75!, Several centuries, at least.
      1. Blondy
        Blondy 6 November 2015 08: 26 New
        +10
        No, that's right, 75, but a little over a hundred years ago the United States did not give a word in Europe, perhaps in the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean.
    2. Finches
      Finches 6 November 2015 06: 58 New
      +1
      Washington looked at the map for a long time trying to find Europe, but apart from its colonies, he saw nothing ... He waved his hand and went to think about where else to bring democracy ... laughing
    3. go21zd45few
      go21zd45few 6 November 2015 18: 37 New
      0
      We have an expression, a fool sees from afar, or from the fable of I.A. Krylov
      It’s not better to turn to oneself than counting gossips. It’s me that you gentlemen, Europeans, have not far gone from Obama for intellectual development.
  2. parusnik
    parusnik 6 November 2015 06: 37 New
    +5
    In Europe, dissatisfaction and disappointment are growing in American politics and personally by President Obama. .. Slaves are not happy with the owner .. But the "red cock" the master will not start ..
    1. marinier
      marinier 6 November 2015 11: 36 New
      +7
      Dobroi vremia sutok, g-in, sorry ne znat Vash naam!
      Ja ot-4asti ponimat Vash negodovani politik starij svet po otnoshenij
      k RUSSLAND.Ja posmet obratit Vashi concetration, 4ito in europa ne tolko rabi.
      Est lydi dumayshi obratni 4ito kop4eni-lycifer.
      Poverte mi boremsia, no daite nam to4ka opora i mi skinem lycifer.
      Ja imet v-vidu poderzka RUSSLAND.
      Gospoda eto ne nasa vina 4to RUSSLAND, samo-ustranilsa v na4ale 90-x.
      Ja soglasen po subekt pri4in (renegat, mishka-pyatnistij, shevarnadzi i eshe riad iz 5 kolon).
      U RUSSLAND, bil prekrasni rasklad pasiyans, v vide west-groep Militeri
      in duitsland.
      Vi derzat za eiren vsia europa, no Vi sami idti v pas.
      Gospoda kak Vam izvestno, sviato mesto pisto ne bivat.
      Esli V pozabit, eto k sojaleni pomnit ne4ist kop4eni-lycefer.
      RUSSLAND, POMNITE u vas est soyznik in west-europa, stoit tolko podsuetitsa.
      In Suria ved polu4ilsia, 4to RUSSLAND MESHAT obozna4it kug svoix Interes in europa.

      PS u Vas est ne ploxoi to4ka opor v Serbian, Grikland, 4exia, i eshe para troika land.
      Derzaite bratuski, dorog osilit idushij, dvizenij eto-sila.
      hi
      1. parusnik
        parusnik 6 November 2015 12: 54 New
        +1
        I would like that there would be more people like you in Europe .. But you once did not allow the deployment of nuclear missiles in your countries .. hi
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      3. Yars
        Yars 6 November 2015 14: 17 New
        +2
        Gospoda eto ne nasa vina 4to RUSSLAND, samo-ustranilsa v na4ale 90-x

        Russia at the beginning of 90x did not withdraw, it was deliberately destroyed, as you wrote correctly below using the fifth column!
    2. yuriy55
      yuriy55 6 November 2015 15: 54 New
      0
      In Europe, dissatisfaction and disappointment are growing in American politics and personally by President Obama. .. Slaves are not happy with the owner .. But the "red cock" the master will not start ..


      They can go to another master, who will be richer and more feasible, or they will scatter through the forests (return to their territorial borders). Bows live without a master, that's where master will take other slaves, the same literate and obedient? With others, he does not succeed.
  3. Aleksandr72
    Aleksandr72 6 November 2015 06: 50 New
    +4
    The most harsh comments about Obama show that Europe does not know how to fight with Moscow. Yes, she can not fight, relying on the "protection of the American president." But he is also unlikely to “fight for all.” It was not for nothing that the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung laughed at Obama, hinting at his red lines left relating to Bashar al-Assad, saying that they blurred “to the lines of pink”. And in the Tagesspiegel, Obama was called an “indecisive and halfhearted” person who is no longer “afraid in the Middle East.”

    - All this causes zoological associations: "It came to the giraffe (Europe)." Not even 75 years have passed.
    “The rhino (USA) has poor eyesight, but it’s not his problem” - in this particular case, it’s more correct to talk about hearing, rather than vision — Washington doesn’t give a damn about the opinion of Europeans - they simply don’t hear it (or rather don’t listen).
    I have the honor.
  4. venaya
    venaya 6 November 2015 07: 00 New
    +1
    “Power in the international arena is not measured only by how many countries we have occupied or how many missiles we have used”

    Sometimes they should provide some positive. Demand something from the Europeans without providing anything in return to compensate for the losses? And who might like this? All other claims of the Europeans stem perhaps from the unwillingness to be lackeys of the stupid, short-sighted policies of the world’s boor.
  5. Alexander 3
    Alexander 3 6 November 2015 07: 03 New
    +2
    I liked it-Americans are fighting for human rights, that is, for American rights over all people.
    1. hydrox
      hydrox 6 November 2015 09: 10 New
      0
      It’s better suited: "The best guy in the village (in his village)"
  6. chikenous59
    chikenous59 6 November 2015 07: 13 New
    0
    Quote: RUS96
    Yes, what 75!, Several centuries, at least.

    Learn the story. The United States has been around for 300 years, a decent part of which they fought domestically. The United States began to greet only in the 20th century.
    1. hydrox
      hydrox 6 November 2015 09: 17 New
      -1
      In fact, the States are 229 years old ...
    2. hydrox
      hydrox 7 November 2015 08: 15 New
      0
      There is a wiki for troeshers!
  7. Support
    Support 6 November 2015 07: 24 New
    +1
    Geyropa purely ponte - like we are ..... we have democracy with all the freedoms ....
  8. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 6 November 2015 07: 25 New
    +1
    Discontent and frustration in American politics and personally by President Obama are growing in Europe

    But at the same time they stand up to the front, eating the American authorities with their eyes and are still ready to fulfill any Washington whim.
  9. aszzz888
    aszzz888 6 November 2015 07: 55 New
    +1
    Meanwhile, Barack Obama, this Nobel laureate, continues to play the role of “dove of peace,” we add.


    The dove of peace is black! And the black color never carried the world.
    And in the photo you can clearly see how a monkey flock gathers behind the main bubuin.
    But when a bubuin does not cope with his duties in a pack, he is kicked out. And can tear off the tail. Well, at worst, throat to sag. laughing lol
    1. Nyrobsky
      Nyrobsky 6 November 2015 10: 45 New
      +3
      Quote: aszzz888
      The dove of peace is black! And the black color is never peace. And in the photo you can clearly see how a monkey flock gathers behind the main bubuin. But when the bubuin does not cope with its duties on the pack, it is expelled. And can tear off the tail. Well, at worst, throat to sag.

      From the cycle - in the animal world))) In vain the baboon shook the bear - now the whole zoo is in a skater
  10. Lyton
    Lyton 6 November 2015 08: 54 New
    +1
    Barak already doesn’t care about the discontent of Europe, but what kind of policy Washington will have under the next president is an open question.
    1. hydrox
      hydrox 6 November 2015 09: 21 New
      0
      Quote: Lyton
      but what kind of policy Washington will have under the next president is an open question.

      And we must assume that this will be a REASONABLE policy that takes into account the interests of Russia, otherwise American exclusivity is already pretty fed up with the whole world and "some" may want to put the presumptuous macaque in its place ...
      And in this case, we do not have to be "lonely and isolated" ... lol
  11. ImPerts
    ImPerts 6 November 2015 09: 25 New
    +4
    "I always thought that democracy is the power of the people, but Comrade Roosevelt lucidly explained to me that democracy is the power of the American people." - I.V. Stalin.
    Fully consistent with current reality.
  12. slizhov
    slizhov 6 November 2015 09: 34 New
    +3
    Something strange is happening with our planet, friends, is happening ...
    "Democracy" is where the devastation, fires and death!
    Yugoslavia is already poor, madness is wandering around
    With poverty and without tears it is impossible to look at it ...

    Europe has managed to fall. Like a footman
    With a tray of dishes and an immense deflection
    Bears debauchery and licks like a plebeian
    The all-star flag of one who is in power - First!
  13. Bagno new
    Bagno new 6 November 2015 09: 39 New
    +2
    would you still know how the Poles hate us !!! take a look at the Polish news or at the extreme of the show "studio lean" (studio sunrise) !! this is tin .. it’s just like hohlopopy TV shows ... by the way .. I’m watching here on a plate 2 + 2 channel of Ukrainians ... mdaaaaaaaaaa .... this is darkness ... in short there I advertise the film "raid" and how they defeated Russia ... yes, yes, I don’t play ... everything is announced there as a hohlopah’s victory over Russia ... the program is called brave hearts .... neighing from the heart .. there the bombastic Khokhlov’s bombastic told yesterday how they fought bravely on Saur-Mogile and threshed Russian hordes at a time ..... it was funny !!!! 1
  14. slizhov
    slizhov 6 November 2015 10: 02 New
    +3
    But still...
    It may not be desirable to believe in it, but Obama for Russia during this difficult period turned out to be the BEST president of those who COULD BE Instead of Him.
    It’s hard to imagine that, for example, Clinton’s, who breathed out the cry of “WAAAUUU ...” when she found out that Gaddafi had been torn to pieces, was tricky.
  15. or
    or 6 November 2015 10: 19 New
    +2
    A stupid girl, Ukraine, was played to the old Europe on the banks of the Potomac River and was left with nothing.
  16. Belousov
    Belousov 6 November 2015 11: 26 New
    +1
    Well, unhappy? What's the point? Will something change from this discontent? The Germans tried to establish economic relations, as a result, staff members immediately "had questions" in the Moscow branch of Deutsche Bank.
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  18. mamont5
    mamont5 6 November 2015 12: 34 New
    +2
    Quote: RUS96
    Yes, what 75!, Several centuries, at least.

    What centuries are we talking about? The USA is only 239 years old. And for most of this time, the US was a freelance developing country. True, the robber habits (grab and pull) were always present in this entity.
  19. chikenous59
    chikenous59 6 November 2015 12: 45 New
    0
    Quote: hydrox
    In fact, the States are 229 years old ...

    239, for sure, but I rounded famously)
  20. yuriy55
    yuriy55 6 November 2015 16: 01 New
    +1
    Russia's international position will be strengthened regardless of whether its US foreign policy is pleasant or not. The main thing is that they have seen in the world that this policy is reasonable, independent and sufficient (does not pretend to be a leader).
    Now until "not america" one thought should come (maybe we should carry out additional explanations and convince): "With Russia, it’s good, calm and reliable. Without Russia, it’s troublesome, cold and uncomfortable." yes
  21. Turkir
    Turkir 7 November 2015 00: 45 New
    0
    Mr. Vinokur is indignant: Barack Obama promised to isolate Russia in geopolitics, to make it an “outcast”.

    Another Anglo-Saxon imagines himself a great strategist. There are many of them.
  22. Roy
    Roy 7 November 2015 11: 45 New
    0
    A wonderful photo: the "cream" of the liberal world as a selection. Lacquered garbage and nothing more. That is why the whole world is “blooming” and smelling.
  23. semuil
    semuil 7 November 2015 20: 10 New
    0
    The title of the article is pleasing to the hearing, but after reading you understand that the citizens in the photo want a more decisive mister towards Russia.
  24. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 7 November 2015 20: 49 New
    0
    Shit, actually. What is crying about? About Obama's “indecision”, that he showed supposedly weakness. That is, any next president of the United States (except maybe Trump, who will never be elected) will simply be forced to play extremely hard, on the very brink of war with us. Otherwise, they will simply devour him!
    Obama is smart and cautious at least in that he does not bring the matter to an explosion, does not try to push us to the wall, and is afraid. And how will the same Clinton behave? The aunt could have enough gunpowder to put us in a position in which either you are retreating or an armageddon. But there is no land behind us, Russia cannot retreat from its freshly won positions. This will mean that God knows that, up to attempts to occupy our territory, let alone complete economic strangulation.
    So you have to take a step forward ... I really do not want a war. Or maybe you'll have to ...