September 4th, 2013
08:05 PM ET

Breaking up is hard to do: the Obama-Putin relationship

By Jill Dougherty

Relationships can be tough, especially long-distance ones. And talking to that special someone all night on the "red phone" isn't easy when you're pulling all-nighters dealing with world crises.

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed one public display of affection on Thursday, shaking hands and exchanging a few words. Officials say the world leaders could have a longer meeting on the margins of the G-20. The issue of what to do in Syria is adding a lot of stress to an already strained relationship.

Back in January 2009 when Obama was sworn into office for the first time, he had high hopes for U.S.-Russian relations after things went south between George W. Bush and Putin.

There was a new young president – Dmitry Medvedev – in the Kremlin and Obama thought maybe Washington and Moscow could start over.

That March, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, a big red "reset button." Almost like red roses. It was mislabeled with the wrong Russian word but in matters of the heart it's the thought that counts. Things were looking up.

Medvedev and Obama had chemistry: By the end of the year, they reached agreement on a transit treaty allowing the United States and NATO to use a route through Russia into Afghanistan.

Then in April 2010, they signed the new arms control agreement.

Sure, there was that Russian spy ring the FBI broke up in June 2010 but it blew over fast and it featured a sexy Russian red head, so no harm done.

But there were some warning signs.

When protesters took to the streets of Moscow in December, Vladimir Putin, waiting in the wings as prime minister, accused Clinton of stirring things up.

By May 2012, Putin was back in the Kremlin and then the chill set in.

He made a date with Obama for the G-8 meeting at Camp David but canceled and sent Medvedev, who was now prime minister.

It's been one quarrel after the other since. Syria, human rights, missile defense, a Russian law that bans American from adopting Russian children.

Putin even uncovered his own spy scandal: a U.S. diplomat wearing a blonde wig.

Then in June of this year, news broke that the Russian president had kept the diamond-studded Super Bowl ring that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft showed to him during a 2005 trip to St. Petersburg.

Things got worse in August when admitted National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden showed up in Moscow and was eventually granted temporary asylum.

Obama was stung by the move and canceled a summit meeting with Putin scheduled around this week's G-20 meetings in Russia.

"I don't have a bad personal relationship with Putin," Obama insisted in August. "When we have conversations, they're candid, they're blunt; oftentimes, they're constructive."

Obama continued, "I know the press likes to focus on body language and he's got that kind of slouch, looking like the bored kid in the back of the classroom. But the truth is, is that when we're in conversations together, oftentimes it's very productive."

Since Putin came back to power, Obama said, "I think we saw more rhetoric on the Russian side that was anti-American, that played into some of the old stereotypes about the Cold War. And I've encouraged Mr. Putin to think forward as opposed to backwards on those issues. With mixed success."

Putin also sees no reason to cover up his disagreements with Obama.

"President Obama hasn't been elected by the American people in order to be pleasant to Russia," he said this week. "And your humble servant hasn't been elected by the people of Russia to be pleasant to someone either. We work. We argue about issues. We are human."

The two are far from finished, however, despite recent history.

soundoff (507 Responses)
  1. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    September 7, 2013 at 12:30 am | Reply
    • direma

      Do you have any idea how many countries Russia invaded? All eastern European countries including all 14 countries in former USSR? Did you hear about Red Terror – a campaign of mass killings, torture, and systematic oppression conducted by Russia and Soviet Union?
      Did you hear about Gulags where 20 million innocent people were killed.
      Only in Chechnya 200,000.00 innocent people were killed including women and children, Holodomor in Ukraine (20 million people died), Georgia, Baltic countries. Probably you are too young to remember or don't have good knowledge in history and politics.

      September 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Reply
      • Peter Wexler

        That, "direma," was a long time ago. The active player, right now, across the globe, is the United States. Russia is not rattling cages. America isn't even rattling cages. We're outright declaring war, here, there, and everywhere! We are bombastically (with "bomb" being the key word) blasting here, there, and everywhere. We are a super power out of control. The USSR kept America in check. Now we get to see what America would become, with no counterweight, because we have become it.

        I think that the world now misses the days of the cold war. At least it was cold. Now, it's hot.

        September 12, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  2. George patton

    things are getting normal between US and Russia, people saw bare-chested Obama and Putin riding horse in mountains. Let's get ready to bomb the Syrians.

    September 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      It's great to see someone standing up to this horrific butcher Obama, Phunnie boy. It would even greater if more countries did this and stop this obscene upcoming war Obama has planned. Unfortunately, not all H is going to stop this curse from killing 15 to 20,000 more Syrians!!! A sad day for humanity this will be, Phunnie boy!

      September 6, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
      • Peter Wexler

        No. Back up, a minute. George W. Bush started two wars. He trounced over public opinion, and went and did whatever the hell he was going to do. The same is not yet true for President Obama. Where George W. Bush had "steely" eyes, President Obama actually blinked, and I thank God for that. Rather than robotic steely eyes, we need human eyes.

        September 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
  3. John McKane

    I see a lot of ignoramuses here ranting against Vladimir Putin and cheering for that butcher Obama. I just want to thank these people for exhibiting their own stupidity here. This is truly sickening! Anyone who thinks that bombing Syria is the right thing to do, needs to have their head examined!

    September 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • Peter Wexler

      I guess, then, that I do not need to have my head examined, as I am completely against any US military intervention in the Syrian affair. (I must be a paragon of mental health!)

      September 6, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  4. SayanIndia

    With the background of being once the Chief of erstwhile KGB, President Putin is expected to be tough and calculative and yet reasonable.

    Both the Presidents (Obama and Putin) likely do considerable ‘homework’ about one another prior their meetings.

    Sayan.

    September 6, 2013 at 9:00 am | Reply
    • Wayne Luke

      Be sure and check out the CNN interview with Sec. Rumsfeld. CNN talking head kept trying to move argument away from current Syria debate and back to so-called mistake in Iraq. It was a horrible, biased, non-informing interview. Sec. ate his lunch. If I was running CNN, I'd say: "Clean out your desk."

      September 6, 2013 at 11:14 am | Reply
  5. Peter Wexler

    I do not support the US executive's pursuit of Ed Snowden and the present incarceration of Bradley Manning. I am also opposed to military engagement with Syria, of any type.

    I do not blindly support any president of the United States.

    September 6, 2013 at 5:00 am | Reply
    • John McKane

      Thank you, Peter. I couldn't agree more.

      September 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  6. bodylanguagesuccess

    Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2511:
    Barack Obama & Vladimir Putin
    Handshake at 2013 G20 Meeting

    http://www.bodylanguagesuccess.com/2013/09/nonverbal-communication-analysis-no_6.html

    September 6, 2013 at 3:44 am | Reply
  7. bryan

    It is a shame that so many people on this thread will or do not support our elected twice president. will we have to have another 9-11 before you will stand with him?

    September 6, 2013 at 1:06 am | Reply
    • Peter Wexler

      What planet are you from? Blind support is far worse than any act of terrorism that I can think of.

      September 6, 2013 at 5:02 am | Reply
  8. bryan

    Putin will retaliate? I doubt it. he is already surrounded. if he tries anything it would be his own fault when he gets his butt kicked. Obama is not playing around and Putin knows it. Retaliate? Don't make me laugh.

    September 6, 2013 at 12:33 am | Reply
  9. Name*johndoe

    Interesting all the racist ignorance the bored old people sit on here and spew. The bottom line is these world events would be taking place no matter who was president. The majority of Americans voted for the better choice. Just cause he doesn't look related to you doesn't mean you have to blame him every time the wind blows the wrong way. Get over it and grow up

    September 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Reply
    • andres

      You are so very wrong about these events taking place no matter who was president. Obama with the help of H. Clinton opened their mouths and called for regime change in Syria, just like they did in Egypt, tunisia, and Libya. The rebels were seduced by this administration and then abandoned. Much later on the US started training and arming some of the rebels, thus fanning the civil war. This is as much a proxy war with Iran as it is supporting the rebels. Because of our ham fisted foreign policies under this administration, the US shares the blood of over 100,000 Syrians with Assad. A shameful legacy.

      September 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Reply
    • Truth Teller

      Wow, can you play the race card once again? LMAO It's his politics, silly!

      September 5, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Reply
    • Squidward

      The "racist ignorance" around here is far surpassed by the stupidity of yourself for claiming such when none has been demonstrated. Get the "racism" bug out of your butt and grow up yourself. Yes, yes-I know liberals have the mental acuity of two-year-olds, but still, try. Try hard.

      September 6, 2013 at 11:15 am | Reply
  10. Mike

    Putin was a member of the KGB during the cold war. He is stuck with a cold war paranoid KGB mindset. Since the fall of the Berlin wall there has for all intent and purpose only been one Russian President. Boris Yeltsin was a drunk and under him the country went to hell. Remember the Russian bread lines? The citizens of Russia do not want to return to those days. I predict Putin will stay in power until he dies and the US Russian relationship does noting but deteriorate.

    September 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • Truth Teller

      Putin thinks Obama is a joke! And he is clearly right!!!!!

      September 5, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Reply
      • amir

        Why do u think that? Oh right cuz he's black. My bad!

        March 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm |
  11. Lew

    Drama queens.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  12. glen

    remember Obama's off mic commnet to the Russian sec of stat about missles in Poland.... I can't do anything now , wait till after the election.....Naive!!!!

    September 5, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  13. dragnet

    The vile spouting from the mouths and a___ of the republicans is laughable. Your hate is obvious and your jealousy is transparent. I must say you network well just like the nazis.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  14. rker321

    Putin is a man that has glorified in his mind the Cold War and the position that Russia had at that time. He is living in the past and will harm his country in the end.
    I don't think that he will last that long.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • Bman

      You forgot to take your meds.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Reply
      • amir

        As someone who's spent time in russia i would say he is far more correct about Putin then most of the anti Obama red necks on here sucking Putins d**k have been.

        March 15, 2014 at 8:43 pm |
  15. jay

    Obama is more comfortable with the hollywood types and ever adoring boot licking american lame media. Governing is to hard for this Chicago Community Organizer you get what you vote for.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • Look at the Facts

      Excellent post.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  16. Wonja Blowhme

    I trust Putin more than Obama. Obama is a liar.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Reply
    • amir

      Why not stop with the bs excuses and just admit u cannot and will not accept a black man as ur leader and so will not trust him regardless of what he does. And don't tell me ur some anti Obama black person. Ive heard that bs remark more times than i can count and don't believe it anymore.

      March 15, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  17. Catherine

    Putin neither likes nor dislikes Obama, he has no respect for weaklings and that is how he views Obama and now America for "electing" this pozer!

    September 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • Look at the Facts

      Well said Catherine – you nailed it!

      September 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  18. yosef

    Obama better start considering the approval of the people, not just here in the USA, but around the world.

    Obama no longer represents the people of America.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  19. glk20c

    I never ever ever thought I would have a reason to like Vladamir Putin....

    September 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  20. Mermaid

    Obama is being a warmonger, just like Bush was. Of course Putin isn't going to be happy with him.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  21. Donnie the Lion

    I hope US citizens begin to realize what Russian citizens probably already know: Putin is a TERRIBLE person. The kind of guy you wouldn't even want pet sitting for you. He cares about Vladimir Putin, nothing else.....not his people, his country, his family, nothing else.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • Wonja Blowhme

      WRONG.

      Obama is a liar. Look at ObamaCare. Higher prices, poor quality.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • CGDoc

      WHICH Leader is the TERRIBLE person?

      September 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • Bman

      Putin 2016!

      September 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • andres

      Yeah unlike our politicians huh? National politicians are the most narcissistic people on the face of the earth, they are just better at covering it up than Putin is.

      September 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  22. Dynan3

    And shortly after the handshake and embarrassed look at the ground...Putin ripped off his shirt and rode Obama into the meeting like a swayback nag while whipping BO's a$s with a rabid wolverine, all the while spitting out radioactive piranhas and towing his pet Kodiak bear with a logging chain...

    September 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • Kyle

      That is f***ing awesome!

      September 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Reply
      • Dynan3

        Thanks Kyle...sick minds think alike... and we're the sickest... XD

        September 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
    • MG

      I love you

      September 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Reply
    • Squidward

      Dynan....Have you been over at TheOatmeal.com again??? Matt Inman comes up with wild stuff like that!

      September 6, 2013 at 11:34 am | Reply
  23. Irene Done

    Putin is contrary just to be divisive He's a mental case..

    September 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • ScottCA

      You are so correct.
      Putin is out of his mind, a demented relic of the cold war era.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • smdahl

      Let's see who is the mental case. Does Putin taser people for asking questions during Q&A?

      search Youtube for :"Don't tase me bro" – college student being tasered

      September 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      Obama like most Democrats was terribly naïve about Putin and blamed everything on Bush. Maybe Bush had it right. It’s too bad Obama cut our Polish allies off at the knees over missile defense to appease Putin. We can see what that has bought us.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Reply
    • U.S.M.C. 1371

      Sad part is he is a leader. .....it's been so long since we had one we think theirs something wrong with him when it's our veiw that's tainted by the cowards we put in office.

      September 6, 2013 at 7:01 am | Reply
  24. paul

    The USA is going to have to learn to get along with russia and china ,
    I would think that everyone knows about the syrian civil war, how can world leader stand idley by and let the killing, injures, maiming, mutilateing, starvation, refugee camps continue on, it is obvious that ASSAD is only interested in himself, he has distroyed the homes, city,s and the country as a whole, it is time for all world country,s to tell ASSAD he has to go, he,s got 30 day,s to pack up and leave, World leaders if there are any , are standing there letting those people slaughter each other,

    September 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • Look at the Facts

      Paul, it may have escaped your notice that the 2 million displaced Syrians are fleeing from the REBELS – not Assad.
      The UN stated last May that the rebels had Sarin
      The rebels were filmed moving Gas canisters near the Syria/Turkey border
      The rebels are reported to have captured and held Base 111 – the chemical weapons site in Aleppo
      The rebels were losing just before the attacks – Assad was doing quite well – so WHY would he gas 1000 people? [the figure is lower from other media sources than the US liberal press!]
      The rebels wanted the US in – what better way than set Assad up?

      The international community see these facts – THAT'S why they're isolating the US.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Reply
      • Bman

        The UN should impose a no fly zone over the US.

        September 5, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
    • valor

      Why should middle class Americans foot the bill for the world. Would any other country's help us? I am sick and tired of the us sticking its nose in all over seas affairs. No other country's gives a tinkers dam about us! Idiots will go in blow the place up then rebuild at my expense? Why, does anyone there care about America? Not a chance. These country's need to help themselves! Obama is a total fool, he will be the ruination of us all if it keeps up!

      September 5, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  25. qwerty tapper

    you can bet now that obama is in russia, his secret service is running around looking for snowden

    September 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  26. TheJinx

    Simply put: Obama is dealing with a Russian. Russians HATE black people, and you could see that since day 1, in every snarky comment in front of the media Putin would throw out there.
    This isn't like hidden, polite Americana racism. This is die hard, "We are White, We are Christian, we are Russian, THANK GOD!" russian racism. Ironic considering the Germans considered them a mongrel race during WWII. The idea that Putin would have to treat Obama as an equal is both galling, and unacceptable to his image. FFS, they have official sanction against gays. Is anyone really surprised?

    September 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • dallas Alphonso

      Not all Russians are racist. I have had many Russian friends over the years, even dated and I I am black

      September 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • Look at the Facts

      Jinx – Get over yourself! Nobody likes Obama. He has lost the respect of the world. He's inept and dishonest. It's NOTHING to do with his color – it's because he's a goldfish trying to compete with the G20 sharks.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  27. EndTheFed

    Err...Zbig Brzezinski was Obama's foreign policy adviser. In his 1997 book, The Grand Chessboard, he wrote about how he will defeat Russia. Everyone saw this coming.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  28. jeff

    I really hope hammering out a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis is the main focus of the G20. This doesn't have to end in war.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  29. Robert

    Obama is jealous because in Russia the people have
    1. More civil liberties than we do in the US.
    2. FREE medical care/service for ALL their citizens.
    3. More future opportunities for their people.
    4. Their citizens have much better education.

    Russia today is a much better country than the US is. Nikita Khrushchev was right when he said that in the future the then USSR will look back at the US and say bye-bye as the race to a better future. If I was 20 years younger I would consider emigrating to Russia.

    For those that don't know what I'm talking about just goo-gle kitchen debate Nikita and Nixon.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • vlad

      Hey Robert you are right. You should pack your bags and move in with Snowden.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • Brian

      Robert your an Idiot. Exactly how many Russian MDs, PhDs, etc can barely get an entry level job in the West? Last I checked students from the Pacific Rim are biting at the bit to go to School in the States, rather than running to Russia..

      September 5, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Reply
    • FeelingUp

      Nobody is holding you back. It's a win-win situation. You move to Russia and be happy and the Americans left behind will be happy you left.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Reply
    • Primer

      Russians have more rights than Americans? You simply have no idea of what you are talking about, or you rely on Pravda for what little you know of Russia. Thousands of Russians applied for assylum in the West since Putin took power. The Orthodox Church has acquired dominance under Putin as it goes about harassing gay-lesbians and imposing strict censorship. Russians can no longer be said to have freedom of speech, and any opposition to Putin is answered with brutal beatings and imprisonment.

      September 5, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  30. Laz

    Sheesh. It's so obvious how much Putin hated that photo-op. And now he's moving military boats into the Mediterranean. Oddly enough, I have been against war for quite a while - since Bush (both of them) made clowns out of us. Now, I kinda feel like we need to do something. Crazy politics ... When it all boils down, it's the rich, powerful, and privileged whining babies that ruin it for everyone.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  31. Bryan

    Obama got played every step of the way. It was never really fair to put a community

    September 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  32. Dynan3

    Obama turned into a bald-faced liar and a puppet for the shadow government whose money runs everything in the world. Spineless snake...and I voted for him...TWICE...sorry about that. Putin may be hardnosed and self aggrandizing, but he's not a two-faced liar.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  33. Dale

    30 years of improved post cold war relations undone by one man. Incredible!

    September 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • George Dubya

      Yup, I left the gift that keeps on giving.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  34. rdg18

    I knew that obama would screw this up like he has everything else.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • dallas Alphonso

      Really like the economy, the auto industry, housing, the stock market, etc etc etc , lol, racists are such deniers of reality

      September 5, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Reply
      • Look at the Facts

        Whoa! The US economy crash is looming; Bernanke / Obama's habit of printing increasingly worthless paper money is ARTIFICIALLY propping up the stock market; when the crash comes people will lose around 50% of their savings..........
        You need to keep your eyes on the financial columns!

        September 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
  35. myk

    i hope they can resolve this.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  36. are122

    I think Putin should just slap Obama a couple times with the Pike he caught, sit Obama on his knee and explain to him how things work...in his opinion. Obama might learn something. If nothing else, he might learn how to fish.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • Dynan3

      Are – see my comment at 6:43. You think like me and you scare me... I like it.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  37. yo!

    When Hillary Clinton gave the Russian sec of state a big red reset button, the Russian was very happy until he later found out that anyone could buy a big red reset button at Staples.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  38. elucidated1

    Ah, yes. Today Rush was talking Putin over Obama over and over. Nice patriotism.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Reply
    • Look at the Facts

      It's not unpatriotic to want a decent leader! For heaven's sake most of America can't stand Obama because HE isn't patriotic.
      Grow up and learn.

      September 5, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  39. Shawn Irwin

    The real problem . . . is cultural ignorance, possibly on both sides of the aisle.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  40. Me

    It's all about the ring!

    September 5, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • Dynan3

      And Putin punched Barry in the forehead with it...leaving a great first impression. =^)

      September 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  41. Fubarack

    When asked about Putin, Obama said, "I sank a 30 footer today".

    September 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Reply
    • Az

      Perfecto!

      September 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  42. kfromaz

    Espwcially Comrade Obama's & Hillary's 'reset' button!

    September 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  43. Buddy

    The left is so peeved that not everyone falls on their face and worships Obama.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  44. Brian

    I see no mention of the 100 page report the Russians gave to Obama. It detailed how the chemical "release" was the fault of rebel soldiers mishandling ammunition that had nerve agents in them. These munitions are both captured and weapons supplied by the Saudi's. Where is your proof Mr. president that is was government forces that did the attacks? Do the American people not deserve this information. I guess they don't after all it isn't Obama's kids that will do they fighting and dying.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • dallas Alphonso

      Brain do you seriously believe anything Putin, the Ex-KGB agent, and fake president says, lol, the Russian people by and large do not: funny that an American does

      September 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  45. Steven Brown

    Why should Russia object to the use of chemical weapons? They used polonium-210 to kill a former agent who embarrassed the regime.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • FeelingUp

      The death of one fallout agent doesn't qualify as a WMD.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  46. rom2894

    The problem is that these days the US talks loudly and carries a small stick.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  47. castro

    If Obama give the go ahead to attack Syria, he should return the Nobel Peace Prize immediately.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  48. jamie

    They are going to do the deed no matter what the citizens of the USA say

    September 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  49. Jon

    People against doing something against Syria are the same people that would sit by and do nothing about the Holocaust, Rwandd (and most did), etc. Iraq is what should not have happened, Syria is what should happen. F the UN if you will just let me be gassed and do nothing. When has Russia come to defend or save people? I am a liberal and i am with the conservatives and Obama on this one.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • rom2894

      Well, if ever the USA would do it right and carry a big stick and to hell with anyone else then I agree....but if is mouse around again like we have in the last 20 odd years in the middle east...then sadly I am not in favor of more of the same.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Reply
    • Delaney

      War should not be an option unless we are ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE of WMDs. Most of us Americans feel like war is a big deal Jon. Don't try to compare this to the Holocaust because it just makes you sound stupid.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • derekreidy

      Cool... so I guess we can all assume you'll be enlisting as soon as possible to do your part in this fight? This CIVIL WAR in Syria has NOTHING to do with the United States. Regardless of who used what... let someone else sort it out. I think our military has had enough fighting for BS causes for a decade or two.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Reply
      • Victor

        It seems many people here are still in the dark on the "real" facts about this war. The situation in Syria is the result of intervention from a conglomerate of US, European and Saudi nations into Syrian affairs. The whole "civil" war chaos would not be taking palce in Syria if it weren't for the logistical support these "rebels' are getting from this conglomerate. The reasonto promote instability in Syria is to turn Syria into a Client state of the US, which would in turn pull the rug from under Russia's feet and leave Western companies in a position to exploit Syria's natural gas resources and at the same time avoid the construction of a natural gas pipeline that would connect Russia and the European continent. So, at the end of the day, we will spread death around the world for the benefit of the usual Corporations and their never ending greed and desire for world domination.

        September 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
    • Jorge

      Go there, get the chemicals weapons out, and let them solve their bloody civil war. They don´t care about us and we should just care about the chemicals weapons. Plain and simple. Putin is a dictator, even when he was "democratically" elected. I live for 30 years under the Castos´s rules. No one needs to tell me were is the evil and where is the good in this world. I am not American, but I love this land as of it was mine.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  50. Larry

    Obama was never ever in the Russian grove , fact, Obama is the most inexperienced president we ever had and Obama has lied so many times that he is no longer credible , Mr Putin has made a game of setting our fool Obama up to show the world a weak American president .Mr Putin said on a world stage that giving Obama war powers would be like giving a shotgun to a monkey, this man would never said that about president bush even if he was thinking it . Obama has never earned the worlds respect and never will because of all the lie he tell almost by the day.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • splinter

      Obama has never earned the world's respect? Who got bin laden after Bush failed? Who put an end to the war in Iraq that Bush/Cheney made up over lives that cost us Billions, 4,500 American Soldiers lives and over 100,000 innocent victims?
      For us to stand by and allow genocide would be the cowardly thing this country could do.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • colin

      Larry is such an ignorant Assh....... and such a bigot that it is painful to see CNN publishing his views. Well we have freedom of speech and expression. It is good to know that such people still exist in the good old US of A. Bring out the clowns who were more experience.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Reply
    • FeelingUp

      Larry, there is no such thing as a degree in presidency. So, every president was inexperienced at handling the presidency on day 1. And when Putin gave the monkey remark, it wasn't about not being worried about the US response, it was because Putin is a racist and sees every black man as a monkey. Obama wouldn't fall for that and start attacking Putin for his racists remarks. That's what's about being President (with an upper-P).

      September 5, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Reply
    • lib

      never fails the racist complainers of the US President giving closet gay putin his props! some people bragging about a monster who has gassed his own people to death. i appreciate the president not being impulsive but realizing something needs to be done what a bunch of traitors. If anybody looks week it's putin and assad, easy to murder but much harder to save lives. the president is dealing with ruthless people and atleast he knows it, had he moved on his own same complainers on here would be yelling impeachment,

      September 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • lib

      it takes a real man to ignore ignorance. one of the reasons i greatly admire President Obama. beside putin Obama looks the better man. putin knows this.Mr. Obama does not have to prove himself to fools!

      September 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  51. Oh Silly CNN!

    "It started out so good?" – CNN, always trying to make things that Obama does more palatable to Americans. Lets face it, this President is a loser of magnificient proportions, and the carnivores in the 'sea' are simply ripping big chunks off this naive man – and taking down America's reputation at the same time.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • jez

      With the exception of Bush and Cheney, NO ONE was better off after "W" cleaned out the surplus Clinton left, and immersed America into the longest war we've ever had. Why is you republicant's have such a short memory??

      September 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • Alex279

      Whether he is a looser or winner depends on how do you define what is called "American Interests". Obama and W may have different personalities, but they both are servant of the same ruling class - big banks and insurance companies. And they are not doing badly at all.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Reply
      • Dynan3

        Alex, it's good to see someone else knows where the power lies.

        September 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
      • lib

        Obama and big banks? Hardly so since big banks hate Obama for ruing their rip off businwss

        September 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm |
  52. billmelater1

    What the problem? You have an ex KGB agent verses a Community Organizer. Does anyone see a problem with this? On the other hand does anyone guess who is going to win? OK dumb question we all know the answer to that one.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  53. Polar Bear

    Uh, for the most part, Russians don't like blacks, gays, gypsies, or any other subculture outside the norm. Fairly well-known.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply
    • Johannes Brahms

      ... that's how it's should be everywhere else and the world would be actually good place to live

      September 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  54. Anybody can see

    Didn't everyone laugh when Romney said that Russia was America's "biggest geo-political foe"?

    September 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply
    • rom2894

      I did not, because he knew what he was talking about.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • Suemac in WA

      I suppose they did, but what counts is who has the last laugh.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • Jonny

      Everyone did laugh and stated that he was thinking it was the cold war. Romney was right and deserved to be president

      September 5, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • Bman

      Yes they did. that was because his magic underwear was showing..

      September 5, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  55. nullhogarth

    I hope Russian forces DO retaliate if America attacks Syria. Obama needs to realize that he is not the dictator of the world.

    September 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • bezoz

      We should not attack Syria and no new people should die in the Syrian war.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Reply
    • jc

      I am used to reading and hearing the mouth diarrhea that spews from ignorant tea baggers, birthers and their ilk, and I'm quite comfortable in the knowledge that most americans are not as close minded nor dull. But even they, I would hope, would be appalled by anti-american talk that borders on treasonous as what you wrote is. I am aghast that any american would hate any President from the other party so much as to forget that we all play for the same team: We all love the US and its people.

      If you are so pro Russia and would like them to shoot some of our boys, perhaps you should move there, join their army and try it your self. Perhaps then reality will slap some sense into that block head of yours.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Reply
      • Bman

        Putin 2016!

        September 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
      • Dynan3

        JC – BIOYSA...Blow It Out Your Self-righteous Asterisk. What Obama is doing is treasonous. I voted for the snake twice and the reward...Executive Order NDAA. Get a life, hopefully with some consciousness in it.

        September 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
  56. aaronmarshall701327399

    Anything you can do I can do better
    I am a much better socialist than you!

    No you're not!
    Yes I am!
    No you're not!
    Yes I am!

    September 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  57. msrief

    I suppose this is a show of the flexibility POTUS told Putin about after POTUS got reelected!??

    September 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  58. naughtymazz

    The problem is the national media like CNN and MSNBC anchors are all waiting with bated breath ready to 'ooh' and 'aah' every clever slogan Obama comes up with. They practically worship him here at home. Thats the problem. He can get away with just about anything domestically, but once he enters the national stage, leaders realize cleverness isnt wisdom. Not to mention he's surrounded by people in key positions (Kerry, Clinton, Hagel, Biden, Rice) who have a track record for grossly misconceiving issues and enemies when it comes to foreign policy.

    September 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • Kenman

      Well stated! Outside the range of the liberal mainstream media here, other leaders see him as the unqualified hack that Americans were foolish enough to elect!

      September 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  59. Youdon'thaveaclue

    As a world leader, you gain peace through strength, something Obama doesn't have. Impossible to blame Bush anymore, Obama owns this one. Putin mocks him and the US. Obama always looks intimidated when he is in the company of Putin and the entire world sees it.

    September 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • macs suck

      خ ̷̴̐خ

      September 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  60. LVsam

    What happened? Obama was taken for a fool.

    September 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  61. fed up

    Obama should have taken GW Bush with him. Bush could look into Putin's eyes, again, and tell us if he still sees Putin's soul, like he did before.

    September 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • hammer

      You have a Bush fetish

      September 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Reply
    • Brian in DC

      Obama is a tiny man boy compared to Bush.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  62. Ohms

    SInce Russia has a military base there, let his country take care of it. I have not heard one good reason why we are there!! Who is pulling the puppet strings??

    September 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • Scott James

      The jew banker media mafia is pulling all our politicians strings.

      September 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  63. joej

    Obama is a boy playing with men they think he is a joke!!!! And the american public i at last getting their heads out of their rear end and figuring out that this man has no clue. Fool is playing with fire

    September 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • Polar Bear

      Exactly. The rest of the world has no tolerance for our penchant for affirmative action.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Reply
    • Brian in DC

      It's a complete joke at this point. The few remaining diehards of Obama can't believe their lying eyes.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  64. William J Senior

    A break up that is totally unnecessary except for the fact that Obama has become a maniacal warmonger and Putin has kept a level head.

    September 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • LVsam

      Putin is ex KGB. And if you watch his body language you can tell what he's really thinking. But never listen to what he says.

      September 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Reply
      • William J Senior

        I just think that Obama should seriously continue to consider the strong possibility of Al Qaeda's hand being in this horrifying act of inhumanity.

        September 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
      • Alex

        Have you though of that you can only read what he wants you to read in his body language?
        Like you say – ex KGB... Obama is better prepped this time around. But I would rather see him
        telling president Putin that, instead of running speeches of US unlawful position, mr. Putin would be
        better off explaining his own unlawful president's chair... the one he, mr. Putin, has grabbed a "few" years
        back and doesn't want to (can't really) give back, because of all the unlawful stuff he's done
        during that time, and that can be brought against him, once he is gone.
        What amazes me, is that they all went to Russia to discuss "lawful" action against "unlawful"
        actions of the regime, but went where? Good work choosing exeptionally suitable place for that...

        September 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
  65. Az

    Putin and Obama are two really different minds. The ex KGB and the ex neighborhood organizer have much different views of the world as shown by the line up on each side of this issue.

    September 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  66. McBob79

    Here's what happened.... the real world happend. Instead of this fantasy spewed by Obama on the campaign trail, he was slapped in the face by reality.

    September 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  67. Dan

    Barry, you can make up for your current screw up by bring back Bob Kraft's ring.

    September 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Reply
    • irock

      Screw the ring. Let him have it, He`s a freaking world leader . If he wants a superbowl ring he should have one. I see them sell on pawn stars pretty cheap all the time.

      September 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  68. Chad

    The current Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, clearly stated that “the use of force is lawful only when in exercise of self-defense in accordance with article 51 of the UN Charter and/or when the Security Council approves such act.”

    September 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  69. Joe

    In better news......the PS4 will be released 11/15/2013.

    September 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  70. srcactus

    Putin has his mind made up, Obama is still trying to figure it out. Like most of the world, world leaders and US citizens, Obama and company is out of step with public opinion. Arrogance is not an asset in this arena.

    September 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  71. Lardoggy

    No surprise when you have two socialist in the pot.

    September 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  72. macs suck

    Take this.

    خ ̷̴̐

    September 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  73. Gill

    I'd pay good money to know Putin's thoughts on Obama..(personal thoughts, of course). I think it could be a great laugh.

    September 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
    • Poop

      I think you're gay

      September 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Reply
      • Timodeus

        I think you're a piece of s**t.

        September 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
      • okbohica

        If Russia attacked Turkey from the rear...would Greece help?

        September 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
    • Mark

      I think Gill is very disrespectful to the President. Of course, this is encouraged by the Republican noise machine. They are good at hating but thank God they are not very good at getting a President elected. Good luck with the hate campaign.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Reply
      • Lone

        No worries Mark. The hate you see here, and that has been building over the last decade, is the last hurrah being drummed by bottom half of the 20th centuries least effective generation. Whether the result of being pampered by an unrivaled island of wealth created by their parents, or broken by false wars created by their parents, they recognize the presidents position in themselves. They are scared by the results of their combined choices and the inability to rest on the laurels of others as they have done for the last 40 years. They were blaming the brown president for the financial crisis before he was even sworn in. They blame him, right or wrong, for their crumbling world view. They'll lash out at the first female president just as hard, if not more so.

        September 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
      • Scott James

        I don't blame Obama for anything. Puppets are blameless the Israeli firster jews in the banker media mafia are the ones to blame. Blame the puppeteers not the puppet.

        September 5, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
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