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OXON HILL, Md. — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday said the United States’ standing in the world has diminished under President Barack Obama and its next leader faces a tough task in rebuilding America’s might.

Huckabee told an annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists that “no one trusts us, no one listens to us, no one respects us, no one fears us.” Huckabee, who is weighing a presidential campaign in 2016, said the United States has reduced its military power and other nations have taken advantage of it.

Huckabee said that as a result, Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes only when he takes his shirt off in the Russian winter but not when Washington threatens him.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • FreeSpiritMan
    March 7, 2014 at 6:54 p.m.

    rback57 ..... You are welcome. But, my name calling as you put is pale compared to what was said a CPAC this year.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    March 7, 2014 at 6:59 p.m.

    rback57 .... here is your big chance, What did GW Bush say or do that was much more hawkish than what Obama has said or done up to this point?

  • FreeSpiritMan
    March 7, 2014 at 7:29 p.m.

    Please, some comments on this..........
    Please note that in August 2008, during President Bush's final months in office, a strikingly similar scenario played out when Russian forces invaded the former Soviet state of Georgia. At the time, the Bush White House sounded an awful lot like today's Obama White House. From Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino, now a Fox host:

    "The United States supports Georgia's territorial integrity. We call for an immediate ceasefire. We urge all parties Georgians, south Ossetians, Russians to deescalate the tensions and to avoid conflict. We are work on mediation efforts and to secure a ceasefire, and we are urging the parties to restart their dialogue."

    Yet unlike today, the Putin-led excursion in 2008 completely failed to spark the panicked rhetoric that's become Fox News' trademark since Russian troops crossed over into Ukraine last week. Notably absent from the 2008 Georgia coverage was relentless finger pointing and blaming the White House for the extreme actions of a foreign leader thousands of miles away. There was also none of the Putin cheerleading that we hear on Fox News today.

    In fact, some of the Fox commentators currently stoking the flames of "crisis" were rather non-judgmental when Russian tanks moved into Georgia. "I don't think the Russians are reckless," Charles Krauthammer announced on August 8, 2008, as Russian fleets advanced into the Black Sea and Russian jets launched raids targeting government buildings in Georgia. "What they are doing here is reasserting control of this province. And when it's done, which will probably happen in a couple days, the firing will crease."

    Three days later, Krauthammer insisted there was nothing for the United States to do as the crisis escalated: "Well, obviously it's beyond our control. The Russians are advancing. There is nothing that will stop them. We are not going to go to war over Georgia." Krauthammer's Fox colleague Jeff Birnbaum, agreed: "Because Georgia is not part of NATO, there's really no danger the United States or Europe will get in involved in what is really a civil war almost between--within this small part of Georgia."

    Fox News' message to America then? Just relax. There's nothing the U.S. can do about Russia invading its sovereign neighbor and it will all be over soon.

    Bill O'Reilly agreed with the laissez-faire analysis. "Even if President Bush wanted to help Georgia we simply don't have the ground forces to do it," said O'Reilly on August 11.
    "And confronting the Russians in the air would lead to major hostilities that the USA cannot afford right now."

  • 3rdWorldState
    March 7, 2014 at 8:33 p.m.

    The economic collapse was not because of Freddie and Fannie. I know your clan wants to believe that. Whether they should be in existence is another matter. And yes, banks gave loans to people that could not afford them, and yes people took out loans on home maybe they shouldn't have. But, the collapse came when, as you may remember, when banks started to bundle and selling these securities with very little underwriting. They also, and most importantly made bets on these securities and lost their asses. And when they did the bills had to be paid. Which had a cascading effect on the economy. People, industry, and other investing in these so called AAA rated investments turned out to be junk.p and they lost their asses. As people began to lose their jobs they were no longer able to pay for their homes. They didn't just take loans out and quit making payments.

  • cliffcarson
    March 7, 2014 at 8:33 p.m.

    As the Ukraine crisis heated up and people began to be killed, Yanukovych agreed to an European Union (EU) deal that the United States also agreed to. Don't forget that many of the protesters were members of a Neo-Nazi group, that worked with the Nazi's in World war II, and who supplied most of the gunmen that were killing the then Government troopers. And they were cheered on by high placed U S sponsors who were also seeking regime change. The election was scheduled for December of this year and the Yanukovych Government was to remain in power until the election results were in. As part of the deal Yanukovych had the police stand down and allowed the protesters to split control with the Government. But the neo-nazi group seized the opening to occupy the Government buildings and forced Yankovych and many of his Government officials to flee for their lives.
    The next step was to bring in Yatsenyuk, the choice of American Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt and his assistant Secretary Nuland. Some of you might recall a taped conversation that was played on the Nightly news, before the coup, where Nuland and Pyatt were discussing who should be put in as the new Prime Minister. You might recall Nuland telling Pyatt ,"Yats is the guy". He became the new Prime Minister . He also has served as head of the central bank; remember a call to the IMF by Yats, for funding? The IMF has a harsh austerity plan ready for the Ukraine. They and Corporate interests are in position to sack the economy and rake off Billions.
    So you may be able to see why Putin is so bowed up - he has been snookered by the West when they reneged on the deal that they, the West, had made with Yanukovych and Putin.
    If we are not careful we may let our Media fuel this into a nuclear war.

  • 3rdWorldState
    March 7, 2014 at 8:40 p.m.

    Republicans bought a:
    Ranger boat- Iraq
    A new Truck- Afghanistan
    A Harley - Medicare part D
    And then asked for a pay decrease from their employer. Twice.

    And since there is no market for these things. New president has to hold on to them and continue to make payments.
    And republicans turn around and say , "what did u do?!?!?"

    And then of course it was a recession, so extra money needed to be spent to get us through. Guess what this equals - big debt!
    Surely you guys can follow that.
    If I spell something wrong- get over it you elite Dou...

  • pdh
    March 7, 2014 at 11:42 p.m.

    To those that say that Clinton had a budget surplus when he left office, remember he had a Republican House and Senate.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    March 8, 2014 at 12:19 a.m.

    cliffcarson, Damn good homework.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    March 8, 2014 at 12:38 a.m.

    I am sorry Huckster, but, Rick Perry won the ranting honor at the CertifiedPricksAndConmen(CPAC) conference.

  • aimee
    March 8, 2014 at 2:27 a.m.

    We have a president who is intelligent enough to know that dumb bluster will get you nowhere... Republicans have yet to learn this lesson..!!!!