I wrote earlier about President Obama’s pique against Russia because President Putin decided to give sanctuary to whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
President Obama cancelled a pre-summit talk with President Putin. Perhaps he should have pulled up his big-boy pants and gone ahead with the talk. It might have forestalled the wasted opportunity of this G20 meeting.
There’s an ugly undertone to these events that should disturb anyone.
At a press conference Friday, President Obama issued a needless and adolescent snipe at President Putin, saying that Putin is a “slouch … looking like that bored boy in the back of the classroom.”
Is the president out of his ever-loving mind? International relations involving wars and more wars that kill who knows how many people are not the place for world leaders to indulge in personal rudeness. When I read this, I literally could not believe it. Why would he place this nation in the position of infuriating a world power, not for matters of consequence, but by this sort public childishness?
According to a fine post by Kathy Schiffer, President Putin has said that a US Military strike against Syria would be considered “an act of aggression.” He also flat-out accused Secretary of State Kerry of lying to Congress when Kerry testified that al Queda is not involved with the Syrian rebels.
My advice to President Obama is to stop getting personal with President Putin. Focus on the issues at hand. Personal insults at this level of government are not just childish, they are dangerous to the whole of humankind.