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Obama Dismisses Russia as Country That ‘Doesn’t Make Anything’

Posted By Bridget Johnson On August 4, 2014 @ 8:44 am In Politics,Russia | 38 Comments


From a new President Obama interview with The Economist:


The Economist: What about the people who are just outright difficult? Russia being the obvious example at the moment. You tried to “reset” with Russia. Angela Merkel spent the whole time telephoning Vladimir Putin. To what extent do you feel let down almost personally by what’s happened?

Mr Obama: I don’t feel let down. We had a very productive relationship with President Medvedev. We got a lot of things done that we needed to get done. Russia I think has always had a Janus-like quality, both looking east and west, and I think President Putin represents a deep strain in Russia that is probably harmful to Russia over the long term, but in the short term can be politically popular at home and very troublesome abroad.

But I do think it’s important to keep perspective. Russia doesn’t make anything. Immigrants aren’t rushing to Moscow in search of opportunity. The life expectancy of the Russian male is around 60 years old. The population is shrinking. And so we have to respond with resolve in what are effectively regional challenges that Russia presents. We have to make sure that they don’t escalate where suddenly nuclear weapons are back in the discussion of foreign policy. And as long as we do that, then I think history is on our side.

Obama then tried (successfully) to change the subject: “Anything on the US economy? I noticed the occasional cover story saying how unfriendly to business we are.”

Russia is skilled at making arms that end up in the hands of nefarious regimes, but Obama has refused to sanction state-owned arms giant Rosoboronexport. The firm has raked in more than $1 billion in no-bid Pentagon contracts since 2011.

The CIA World Factbook details other stuff made by Russia: “complete range of mining and extractive industries producing coal, oil, gas, chemicals, and metals; all forms of machine building from rolling mills to high-performance aircraft and space vehicles; defense industries including radar, missile production, and advanced electronic components, shipbuilding; road and rail transportation equipment; communications equipment; agricultural machinery, tractors, and construction equipment; electric power generating and transmitting equipment; medical and scientific instruments; consumer durables, textiles, foodstuffs, handicrafts.”

This accounted for $515 billion in exports in 2013, ranking Russia tenth in the world.


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Re: Obama Dismisses Russia as Country That ‘Doesn’t Make Anything’
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2014, 08:55:42 AM »
Russia doesn't make anything? Their anti-aircraft missile seems to be pretty state of the art. Their new cruise missile, according to the "Won" is so up to date it violates a treaty. Putin 'makes' trouble Obama is unable to answer. And the beat goes on.
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Re: Obama Dismisses Russia as Country That ‘Doesn’t Make Anything’
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2014, 09:27:01 AM »
Once again, someone on the left accuses an opponent of exactly what is wrong with the leftist.

The fact that America still manufactures anything has to be a source of irritation for Obama. He's doing all he can to be sure America makes nothing of consequence.

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Re: Obama Dismisses Russia as Country That ‘Doesn’t Make Anything’
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2014, 09:45:39 AM »
Once again, someone on the left accuses an opponent of exactly what is wrong with the leftist.

The fact that America still manufactures anything has to be a source of irritation for Obama. He's doing all he can to be sure America makes nothing of consequence.

Hey, we still make cheeseburgers!
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Re: Obama Dismisses Russia as Country That ‘Doesn’t Make Anything’
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2014, 11:07:18 AM »
/snicker


Neville Chamberlain no doubt felt the same way.

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Re: Obama Dismisses Russia as Country That ‘Doesn’t Make Anything’
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2014, 11:09:51 AM »
Russia doesn't make anything? Their anti-aircraft missile seems to be pretty state of the art. Their new cruise missile, according to the "Won" is so up to date it violates a treaty. Putin 'makes' trouble Obama is unable to answer. And the beat goes on.

Let's not forget those Russian rocket engines the US Air Force relies upon to power their classified satellite launches....

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Re: Obama Dismisses Russia as Country That ‘Doesn’t Make Anything’
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2014, 11:16:33 AM »
Let's not forget those Russian rocket engines the US Air Force relies upon to power their classified satellite launches....

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They are also still able to transport astronauts to the Space Station, something we can't do anymore. 
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Re: Obama Dismisses Russia as Country That ‘Doesn’t Make Anything’
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2014, 11:18:51 AM »
They are also still able to transport astronauts to the Space Station, something we can't do anymore.

Nor will we ever do again.

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Re: Obama Dismisses Russia as Country That ‘Doesn’t Make Anything’
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2014, 10:04:43 PM »
Relic wrote above:
[[ Nor will we ever do again. ]]

Agreed.

The American space program is all-but over.

There's no money for it anymore, and the "national will" required to support such an undertaking is diminishing.

All those illegals flooding in don't care one whit about spaceships.
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Re: Obama Dismisses Russia as Country That ‘Doesn’t Make Anything’
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2014, 12:13:15 PM »
They don't make anything?  They make Obama look like an idiot.
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