US-Russia 'reset'? Not likely, and the canceled Obama-Putin summit is just the latest sign

  • Article by: DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 7, 2013 - 6:55 PM

WASHINGTON — Already faltering, President Barack Obama's five-year effort to reboot U.S.-Russian relations finally crashed Wednesday, as the White House abruptly canceled his planned face-to-face summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

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dmulville72Aug. 7, 13 8:39 AM

silly posturing by the US. How many Soviet exiles did we harbor over the last 60 years? Skipping out on this meeting will only further the divide between our countries. Putin is and always has been a giant d bag but that is no excuse to behave like a child. Can't we find a happy middle ground of civility between our leaders rather than Dubya's extreme kissing butt or Obama's sword rattling?

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countrygentAug. 7, 13 8:39 AM

I believe this is a mistake on President Obama's part. Never turn your back on Russia as you want to keep communications open so you are aware of their political climate (which can change hourly). Swallow your pride and meet with President Putin. Just count your fingers when the handshake is over.

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dentesterAug. 7, 13 8:44 AM

Rebuke? What was he supposed to say to old Vlad? He canceled the meeting to save face.

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drfranktAug. 7, 13 8:58 AM

Just another example of the "respect" for the USA that the libs keep telling us the rest of the world has developed since Obama's election. No one is surprised of Obama's child-like actions anymore. He's been like this every time he has not gotten his way and I suspect this goes back to his up-bringing in an entitlement-minded, silver-spooned childhood.

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freedubayAug. 7, 13 8:59 AM

All this means is that staffers will meet instead of Obama and Putin. So no photo ops for the two great leaders.

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ccdog91Aug. 7, 13 9:09 AM

Ironic that he refuses to go listen to Putin because his country is sheltering the guy who exposed that we are listening...to everybody.

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bs6699Aug. 7, 13 9:14 AM

This shows how important Snowden's whistleblowing really is to the ever-growing security state. He deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.

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djbusterAug. 7, 13 9:21 AM

There is little that goes on at a summit besides the occasional signing of documents that have already been negotiated in detail by lower-level bureaucrats and functionaries. In a leader's early days in office, a summit provides a chance to get to know other world leaders. I'm betting Obama knows all he needs to know about Putin at this point. So the question to ask is: Is anything of substance really lost by the cancellation of this summit? The answer is likely no. So there's no harm in canceling it, and by canceling, the U.S. underscores its position on Snowden and the other issues that would have been discussed.

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EleanoreAug. 7, 13 9:22 AM

This would be another example he's providing to the world that our elected leaders are not up to the challange of progress and freedom. What a step backwards we've taken over the past 30+ years.

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jphaunAug. 7, 13 9:23 AM

Embarassing behavior by the President. Maybe he should demand accountability from his own administration when they lie to Congress about spying on American citizens.

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