Shame on President Obama for making America weaker
I commend Russias public relations firm, Ketchum, for its brilliant, recent New York Times op-ed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, entitled A Plea for Caution from Russia. As an American, but also as CEO of one of the top 25 national PR companies, 5WPR, I wonder about the implications of allowing a foreign government to use our own media to influence our citizens and our elected leaders on sensitive political issues.
An American President who is currently in The White House largely because of his great ability to talk, who talked a big game when he boldly stated that the United States drew its red-line on the use of chemical weapons and then stumbled all over himself, then lied to cover up his poor judgment, has been out charmed (and out smarted) by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin used Obamas usually loyal media allies to oppose Obamas threat of military force.
It is not unusual for uber-liberals in the media to oppose use of the military, but to help a foreign leader who the liberal media tends to dislike outmaneuver Obama like Putin just did was a bit surprising.
Our being embarrassed by Russia began a few months ago when the Putin government used the Edward Snowden affair as a way to achieve world power and attention.
As a Russian political analyst then said, What happens now doesnt matter because public opinion in Russia has already been shaped America is lying, dishonest and has double standard.
Unfortunately, this image has been further propagated as Obama failed yet again in showing Americas valor. Putin used Obama to make our country look foolish.
Putins op-ed, coming after President Obamas prime-time televised speech in which he called for a diplomatic pause allowed Putin to make the case that it is essential for the United States to not bypass the United Nations Security Council.
Amateur hour in the White House. Putin can protect Assad while simultaneously taking advantage of Americas freedom of the press to slam Obama. Didnt Obama just believe he punished Putin by refusing to meet with him? Dont know whether to cry or to laugh. Its a bad joke.
While John Boehner, the top Republican in the US House of Representatives rejected a request to meet a Russian delegation to discuss Syria, the media and White House fawn all over themselves to claim Obama is some brilliant strategist.
Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted Thursday: Three days ago there seemed no diplomatic way to hold Assad accountable. Threat of U.S. action finally brought Russia to the table.
If anyone believes that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale. Its a foolish absurd claim.
Accountable? Hardly. Assad gets a pass and he and Putin sit and laugh at Americas insignificance. America is not respected or feared.
In reality, Obamas vote was destined to fail. Putins proposal gave political cover, allowing him to back away from making a decision he was unable to make. Much as Putin showed Obama up and protected Snowden, here too Putin capitalized upon Obamas failure.
In Putin's opinion piece, he positioned America as the aggressor, the Russian president called us aggressors. He then described an alarming pattern of intervening in the internal conflicts of foreign countries. Absurd.
Putin won a huge diplomatic victory, and it is a terrible loss and embarrassment on the world stage for Brand America. Putin has proven himself to be a brilliant public relations tactician at the expense of our President and his friends in the media who routinely push this Presidents agenda regardless of the impact on the country. It is open season on America as Putin disrespects America because he views Obama as weak.
Sen. James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, said Putin was lecturing to the United States, and I could hear (Ronald) Reagan turning over in his grave as this was going on.
Proud Americans should be sick at what Obamas regime is doing to this once-great nation. Has there been a time ever before when America has been less well-respected worldwide from the man who said he was going to make us shine among nations?
Shame on President Obama for making this great republic appear weaker than ever before.
Ronn Torossian is a New York based Public Relations executive.