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Obama’s National Security Team Meets on Escalating Ukraine Crisis — Guess Who Reportedly Doesn’t Show?

Posted by on Mar. 2, 2014 at 10:54 AM
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Obama’s National Security Team Meets on Escalating Ukraine Crisis — Guess Who Reportedly Doesn’t Show?

A White House official emailed some reporters to say that President Obama’s national security team met Saturday to discuss the escalating situation in Ukraine, but Obama reportedly didn’t attend, The Weekly Standard reported.

Time magazine’s Zeke Miller said Obama skipped the meeting:

Obama did not attend the meeting, but WH official says he has been briefed by Susan Rice and his national security team.
Obama Reportedly Skips National Security Team Meeting on Escalating Ukraine Situation
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But Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin did speak by telephone Saturday as the U.S. reviews Russia’s military moves in Ukraine, the Associated Press reported.

Here’s Miller’s breakdown of how the 90-minute phone call went:

Putin to Obama: "Russia retains the right to protect its interests and the Russian-speaking population of those areas."
Obama Reportedly Skips National Security Team Meeting on Escalating Ukraine Situation
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WH: President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity
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WH: The United States condemns Russia’s military intervention into Ukrainian territory.
Obama Reportedly Skips National Security Team Meeting on Escalating Ukraine Situation
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WH: The United States calls on Russia to de-escalate tensions by withdrawing its forces back to bases in Crimea
Obama Reportedly Skips National Security Team Meeting on Escalating Ukraine Situation
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WH: The United States will suspend upcoming participation in preparatory meetings for the G-8.
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WH: Russia’s continued violation of international law will lead to greater political and economic isolation.
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There also was a high-level meeting at the White House Saturday after Russia’s parliament gave Putin the military go-ahead to protect Russian interests in neighboring Ukraine, the AP said.

Participants in the meeting included Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, CIA Director John Brennan, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the AP said.

Matthew 6:24

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

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DSamuels
by Gold Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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It really doesn't surprise me, sadly.

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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Come on guys...the meeting occured on Saturday....BO had more relaxin' things to do.

DSamuels
by Gold Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 11:18 AM
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Golf or basketball? Or wait, maybe he was busy filling out his brackets for March Madness!

Quoting rocketracer:

Come on guys...the meeting occured on Saturday....BO had more relaxin' things to do.


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rocketracer
by Gold Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM
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Probaly March Madness brackets....

Quoting DSamuels:

Golf or basketball? Or wait, maybe he was busy filling out his brackets for March Madness!

Quoting rocketracer:

Come on guys...the meeting occured on Saturday....BO had more relaxin' things to do.


BaronSamedi
by Bronze Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

  This makes no sense.  No Ceo attends every meeting as they let lower level exec's hash it out.  Then will get breifed and the points.  There is no need to micro-manage.

denise3680
by Gold Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 1:57 PM

you guys are bitching because he did not attend a meeting where the people who needed to attend were there?  Anything to complain, I bet you guys are beating the drums of war also:/

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 3:41 PM
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He was just a Trojan Horse.

Not in charge of anything.

jobseeker
by Bronze Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 3:51 PM

I am SURE he was terribly busy

silver007
by Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM
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 when a hostile nuclear superpower ignores diplomacy and masses a miltary invasion across the border of a european nation with which the US has a de facto defense treaty..- I expect micro management 

color me "overly demanding"

Quoting BaronSamedi:

  This makes no sense.  No Ceo attends every meeting as they let lower level exec's hash it out.  Then will get breifed and the points.  There is no need to micro-manage.

 

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 5:49 PM
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So it was more important for Obama to play his 160th round of golf in office than to deal with a foreign policy crisis.?

That works out to golfing about once every 9 days. 

Only 20 press conferences during that same time - or one every 78 days - less than one every 11 weeks. Not sure how many national security briefings he's attended.

Those numbers seem to suggest that golf may be a higher priority for Obama than foreign relations.  

So between O and Putin, which one really is more like "the bored kid in the back of the classroom?"

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