“the Cold War’s been over for 20 years”
During the 2012 campaign, Obama mocked Mitt Romney’s statement that Russia was our greatest geopolitical threat.
In classic Obama style, he played a linguistic slight of hand, failing to distinguish “geopolitical” threat from other threats.
Obama’s canned sound bite zinger of the debate was “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years” (h/t John Ekdahl, Jr.):
Romney did respond with the distinction about geopolitical threats, but such nuance was not sound-bite worthy unlike Obama’s dig.
In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama on Wednesday canceled his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The decision reflected both U.S. anger over Russia’s harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow’s stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights.
Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there. Instead of visiting Putin in Moscow, the president will add a stop in Sweden to his early September travel itinerary.
As to the non-geopolitical threats from al Qaeda, we know how Obama fumbled that one as well.