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Obama Plagiarizes 'Red Lines' from Bush Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Fri, May 9, 2014, 12:36 AM

President Barack Obama not only loves to blame Bush for all the ills of this world, he likes to plagiarize Bush one-liners too. Obama has earned notoriety for talking about putting a "Red Line" on Syria. However, a U.S. State Department Cable dated Feb. 1, 2008, disclosed that the Bush White House first used the phrase "red lines" in a headline: "Nyet Means Nyet: Russia's Nato Enlargement Redlines."

According to Liberty Post, "Ukraine and Georgia's NATO aspirations not only touch a raw nerve in Russia, they engender serious concerns about the consequences for stability in the region. Not only does Russia perceive encirclement, and efforts to undermine Russia's influence in the region, but it also fears unpredictable and uncontrolled consequences which would seriously affect Russian security interests. Experts tell us that Russia is particularly worried that the strong divisions in Ukraine over NATO membership, with much of the ethnic-Russian community against membership, could lead to a major split, involving violence or at worst, civil war. In that eventuality, Russia would have to decide whether to intervene; a decision Russia does not want to have to face.

Nonetheless, some could say that the concept of "Red Lines" could originate from the Soviet era of Russian history. When Stalin ruled the USSR, he flaunted red as a communist propaganda color.

As reported by the Liberty Post, "Dmitriy Trenin, Deputy Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, expressed concern that Ukraine was, in the long-term, the most potentially destabilizing factor in U.S.-Russian relations, given the level of emotion and neuralgia triggered by its quest for NATO membership. The letter requesting MAP consideration had come as a "bad surprise" to Russian officials, who calculated that Ukraine's NATO aspirations were safely on the backburner. With its public letter, the issue had been "sharpened." Because membership remained divisive in Ukrainian domestic politics, it created an opening for Russian intervention. Trenin expressed concern that elements within the Russian establishment would be encouraged to meddle, stimulating U.S. overt encouragement of opposing political forces, and leaving the U.S. and Russia in a classic confrontational posture. The irony, Trenin professed, was that Ukraine's membership would defang NATO, but neither the Russian public nor elite opinion was ready for that argument. Ukraine's gradual shift towards the West was one thing, its preemptive status as a de jure U.S. military ally another. Trenin cautioned strongly against letting an internal Ukrainian fight for power, where MAP was merely a lever in domestic politics, further complicate U.S.-Russian relations now."

When Obama was talking about his 'Red Lines' was he thinking about Bush or Stalin at that time?

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