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Obama-Putin “How I Spent My Summer” Pics Provide Too Much Perspective

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Posted on August 30 2010 9:30 pm
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Whole barrels of ink (a few pints of which have been mine) have been expended describing the stunning disconnect between Obama’s  view of the world–driven in equal parts by ideology, naivete and a seemingly inexhaustible faith in his own charisma to reverse the tides of geopolitical reality–and the world as it really is. Few essays I have read however have crystallized things for me quite as well as the juxtaposition of “how I spent my summer” pics above.

Let’s be clear, I don’t care if Obama ever owns a gun, learns to throw a baseball or buys a man’s bike. I do care that competent, determined and very tough guys like Putin see him exactly as he is depicted in that picture. That’s bad for him, and worse for America.

Someone once described the old Soviet Union as being like a thief in a hotel walking down the hall testing every doorknob. Putin and his ilk are very much heirs to that way of thinking and Obama–possibly mistranslating the word “reset” once again– has already unlocked a great many doors for them. As residents of that metaphorical hotel it’s worth asking if he’s thinking of reviewing this open door policy before there’s nothing left.

(HT: Drudge)

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