Pew Global Poll Finds that Obama’s Effort to Isolate Russia Is Succeeding

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by Eric Zuesse

 

The latest Pew international poll finds that whereas U.S. and global sentiments toward Russia were rather moderate, not hostile, until after U.S. President Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012, the sentiments toward Russia both in the U.S. and in most countries are now generally sharply hostile. This is an achievement for President Obama, toward which he has worked tirelessly, both publicly and in private.

Pew’s new report, dated August 5th, covers 39 countries, and is headlined, “Russia, Putin Held in Low Regard around the World: Russia’s Image Trails U.S. across All Regions.” It finds that “Russia’s Image” is 30% “Favorable,” and 51% “Unfavorable,” across the 39 countries.

A previous Pew international poll, published on 3 September 2013, had not found the same thing to be the case. It was bannered, “Global Opinion of Russia Mixed: Negative Views Widespread in Mideast and Europe.” This poll found that “Russia’s Global Image” was 36% “Favorable,” and 39% “Unfavorable,” across the 38 countries that were polled. Russia’s image has gone down one-sixth (lost 6% of its previous 36%) in “Favorable” ratings, and increased 31% (by 51%/39%) in “Unfavorable” ratings.

During the interim between those two polls, President Obama’s Administration, as it began its second term in 2013, replaced its top State Department official who ran policymaking for Europe and Asia, with an aide to Hillary Clinton who comes from the leading “neo-conservative” family and who had previously been the top foreign policy advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, Victoria Nuland, whose husband Robert Kagan, had been a co-founder (along with Bill Kristol) of PNAC, the organization that, even before President George W. Bush was inaugurated, had led the voices calling for Sadam Hussein’s overthrow, and for other pro-Saudi, pro-Israeli, anti-Russian, U.S. foreign policies.

President Obama also replaced his first-term’s U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine by Geoffrey Pyatt, another “neo-conservative.” Pyatt was assigned to execute inside Ukraine the instructions that he receives from Ms. Nuland, who is based in Washington. Here is one of the key phone-conversations that leaked out, in which Ms. Nuland tells Mr. Pyatt whom to place at the head of the Ukrainian government when Ukraine’s democratically elected President, Viktor Yanukovych, will be overthrown, which overthrow happened 18 days later. That man, “Yats,” did become appointed to lead the “interim” government, and he is still in power there, though a figurehead President has been elected, by voters in the regions of Ukraine that had voted against Yanukovych. The turnout in that 25 May 2014 election (the first post-coup election) was almost nil in the pro-Yanukovych districts. It was actually nil in the area of Ukraine commonly called “Donbass,” where over 90% of the voters had voted for Yanukovych. They did not accept the Obama Administration’s coup. It was an extremely violent coup. President Obama subsequently supported an ethnic cleansing operation to get rid of the residents in the area of Ukraine that had voted 90%+ for Yanukovych; that is, in Donbass. This is necessary for Obama to do in order to establish stability for the anti-Russian government that Obama has installed in Ukraine, because, otherwise, there is no way that the natural resources in that part of Ukraine can be retained by Obama’s government if the voters who live there, stay there and vote in future Ukrainian elections. For American policy in Ukraine to succeed, those people must be gotten rid of. Many have fled to nearby Russia. This exodus actually helps Obama’s purpose, to get rid of them: they can’t vote in Ukraine. So: it, too, serves Obama’s objective.

The people in Donbass had hoped that, like with Crimea, the Russian government would accept their region as being part of Russia. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was mute on that request until mid-September of 2014, at which time he told the leaders there that they should instead remain as part of Ukraine, but with a form of independence there so that Ukraine wouldn’t be able to continue the ethnic cleansing to get rid of them (which Ukraine calls by the name of “Anti Terrorist Operation,” or ATO). In other words: Putin wants those people to be voting in Ukrainian elections, not in Russian ones. He doesn’t want them to be killed, but he also doesn’t want them to be in Russia. He wants as many of them as possible to stay alive, but inside Ukraine, whose government wants them to be dead or else gone. That’s the real issue between Obama and Putin: Obama wants those people to be dead or else in Russia, while Putin wants those people to be alive and voting in Ukrainian elections, not  in Russia ones (where their presence or not will make no difference to the government in power: immaterial).

During the coup, Obama’s hired people in Ukraine massacred busloads of Crimeans who had travelled to the capital in Kiev to protest the coup there while it was occurring. As a result of that massacre, Crimeans in Crimea sought and obtained from the Russian government (and this was prior to the start of the ethnic cleansing program in Donbass) the protection by Russia’s soldiers, many of whom were already stationed at Russia’s naval base in Crimea, which had been located there since 1783. The Russian government complied with that request from Crimeans, and held a referendum in Crimea to allow the people there to decide whether Crimea should remain as part of Ukraine, which it had been only since 1954, or instead to become again part of Russia, as it had been for centuries before 1954. The U.S. Government had sponsored Gallup polls to be taken in Crimea both before the coup and after, in order to determine whether there would be any way that such a referendum might be challenged by the United States, but the results both times showed overwhelming, in some cases near-100%, support of Crimeans for rejoining Russia, and for their no longer being part of Ukraine.

Obama, of course, has opposed both the people in Donbass and the people in Crimea, and has condemned Russia’s protection of Crimea and Russia’s military and other assistance (including extensive shipments of food, water, and medicines) to the people of Donbass. (The Ukrainian government has protested those shipments.) He has done everything that he can to turn global sentiment against Russia for responding to the coup that the U.S. had carried out next door to Russia, in Ukraine.

Here are some instances in which President Obama, during his second term, has expressed his intention to isolate Russia (and he always gives as the reason for isolating Russia the relationship between Ukraine and Russia):

17 Mar. 2014: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/17/president-obama-announces-new-ukraine-related-santions

“We’ll continue to make clear to Russia that further provocations will achieve nothing except to further isolate Russia and diminish its place in the world.”

17 Mar. 2014: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/17/statement-president-ukraine

“to isolate Russia for its actions”

20 Mar. 2014: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/20/statement-president-ukraine

“Russia must know that further escalation will only isolate it further”

29 Jul. 2014: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/29/president-obama-russia-once-again-isolating-itself-international-community

“Russia Is Once Again Isolating Itself from the International Community”

11 Sep. 2014: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/11/statement-president-new-sanctions-related-russia

“These measures will increase Russia’s political isolation”

20 Jan. 2015: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/20/remarks-president-state-union-address-january-20-2015

“it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated with its economy in tatters. That’s how America leads.”

25 Jan. 2015: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/25/statements-president-obama-and-prime-minister-modi-republic-india

“… what’s at stake in Ukraine. And what we have done is to consistently isolate Russia on this issue and to raise the costs that Russia confronts.”

June 8, 2015: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/08/remarks-president-obama-press-conference-after-g7-summit

“This is now the second year in a row that the G7 has met without Russia — another example of Russia’s isolation.”

As regards the background of the February 2014 Ukrainian coup, it preceded Obama’s second term. It was long in planning. Steve Weissman at Reader Supported News did one superb article on that. And Brandon Turbeville at his site did another. Moreover, according to Ms. Nuland speaking in December 2013, just two months before the coup, “We’ve invested over five billion dollars” to prepare for it.

So: what Pew’s polls are showing is that, concerning international opinion, America’s President has been very successful at persuading the world that Russia is, as Obama stated in his National Security Strategy 2015 (which referred to Russia in 17 of its 18 usages of the various forms of the word “aggressor”), evil.

The allegations that Obama does not know what he is doing in foreign affairs are false. And, moreover, his effort here is a bipartisan one: this ia an American achievement, not merely a personal victory for Obama. It’s an excellent example of the way the U.S. government functions, not merely of the way Mr. Obama does.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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21 Responses to “Pew Global Poll Finds that Obama’s Effort to Isolate Russia Is Succeeding”

  1. kingel says:

    Really ? ?
    The following article was published 3rd August 2015 !…………………….
    http://www.thesaker.is/treason-of-the-century-84-of-ukrainians-would-trust-putin-to-run-their-country/ ………

    i.e. 84% of Ukrainians would be happy to have Putin in charge !

  2. Aldous says:

    The said poll is almost certainly part of the black propaganda matrix by the West to demonise Putin.
    A single sheet of used toilet paper has more purpose and value than such worthless polls – though I am not denying their propaganda war value as regards the sheeple.

    Delmer, Sefton (1904-1979), former British [Jewish] Chief of “Black propaganda”: “Atrocity propaganda is how we won the war… And we’re only really beginning with it now! We will continue this atrocity propaganda, we will escalate it until nobody will accept even a good word from the Germans, until all the sympathy they may still have abroad will have been destroyed and they themselves will be so confused that they will no longer know what they are doing. Once that has been achieved, once they begin to run down their own country and their own people, not reluctantly but with eagerness to please the victors, only then will our victory be complete. It will never be final. Re-education needs careful tending, like an English lawn. Even one moment of negligence, and the weeds crop up again – those indestructible weeds of historical truth.”
    (Said after the German surrender, in 1945, in a conversation with the German professor of international law, Dr. Friedrich Grimm.)

    http://www.wintersonnenwende.com/scriptorium/english/archives/quotations/quotations01.html

    • ian says:

      Indeed. Here is a letter from or glorious leader Winnie to newspaper editors. Quote from “Hellstorm”

      We cannot reform the Bolsheviks but we can do our best to save them—and
      ourselves—from the consequences of their acts. The disclosures of the past quarter
      of a century will render mere denials unconvincing. The only alternative to
      denial is to distract public attention from the whole subject. Experience has
      shown that the best distraction is atrocity propaganda directed against the enemy.
      Unfortunately the public is no longer so susceptible as in the days of the “Corpse
      Factory,” the “Mutilated Belgian Babies” and the “Crucified Canadians” [ofWorld
      War One].Your cooperation is therefore earnestly sought to distract public atten
      tion from the doings of the Red Army by your wholehearted support of various
      charges against the Germans . . . which have been and will be put into circulation
      by the Ministry.6 Winston Churchill

  3. Lynn says:

    And proven true. How they can or could manipulate. Wearing thin now though. We have an all new media of truth at our fingertips that they didn’t see coming. Oh those pesky weeds are slowly waking up.

  4. freebornman says:

    This is getting to the level of high comedy. Russia doesn’t need anyone to like them. The sanctions are only hurting the sanctioners, they seem to be stimulating the Russian economy at the expense of the EU. The khazars satisfied their 1000 year blood grudge under the soviet, 60-100 million white/slavic Christians done to death, and thought they could abandon the USSR to the oligarchs. But they didn’t spot the fly in the ointment that is Putin. The attempts to demonize the man in the western press are truly comic, anyone see the story in the daily fail recently about the siberian tiger he helped to release into the wild, that crossed the border into China and killed and ate someones pet dog? I think it also killed a cute fluffy baby deer, Y’KNOW, JUST LIKE BAMBI, on it’s way. Obviously, Vlad had coached the tiger on the best way to attack and undermine the western leadership, through their demonstrable love of cuddling cute fluffy small animals. Inbetween bombing the crap out of most of the middle east, and not minding the zionists slaughtering palestinians in their thousands like fish in a barrel, that is.
    kingel above recommends a truly excellent site re all things Russian, there is much important history there.
    Aldous, as usual, adds a choice gem to the sum of knowledge we look for here. Tragedy and hope. Keep it coming, y’all, some great stuff on here lately.

  5. Nollidge says:

    I have one quibble with this post.Obama is no more to the REAL U.S. government than the hotel doorkeeper is to a hotel.The Jewish neo-cons give him his orders,write his speeches,& have no doubt told him to look out for grassy knolls in Dallas if he disobeys.
    Quite simply,America is a Jewish-occupied country.

    • ferryt says:

      Yes and they’re not even subtle:

      http://web.archive.org/web/20141029142603/http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.623356

      Nov.2, Update:

      Haaretz has now edited their article altering the translated part of Netanyahu’s speech that previous read  “grassy knolls” and replaced it with “well-kept lawns”.

      Source: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/10/netanyahus-respond-chickenshit

      Lol. I had a nice BBQ at the weekend. On a grassy knoll.

      There is so much info on Obama it boggles the mind. I put him up there with Blair in terms of professional bare faced lies delivered in a sincere manner. They must have a ton of blackmail material on him. Or
      he’s a full ‘asset’.

      Oh and in the UK we have many many (too many!) MPs who are ‘Friends of Israel’.

      What a sorry mess this is.

      Cameron, ‘my values are Jewish values’. Is he speaking in riddles again? A la ‘we”re all in this together’.

      Cameron’s quotes are ever more so taking the appearance of sick ‘in jokes’. Their arrogance knows no bounds. Silly goy what what.

      • GNJ says:

        Cameron also said “Britain is a Christian country” so quoting him as saying “my values are Jewish values” means absolutely nothing, ferryt. Politicians will say anything to get elected depending on which audience they’re speaking too. Capiche?

      • ferryt says:

        Are you trolling me now?

        And no I don’t capiche.

        Go away.

      • Nollidge says:

        No,he’s most likely the illegitimate son of Frank Marshall Davis – google him – black communist & FBI incormer of the 1940’s in Hawaii.Davis had another son by a white woman & that son is almost the spitting image of Obama.Davis had strong connections to Chicago which must have helped Obama get his start there rather than in any other American city.Davis was ordered to Hawaii by the U.S. communist party,which is most likely where he met & screwed Obama’s mother.
        There are/were a lot of sites dedicated to uncovering Obama’s true ancestry .Start with the name I gave you & go on from there.

  6. kingel says:

    http://www.tapnewswire.com/2013/08/is-blair-yet-another-illegitimate-rothschild/
    Obviously, the khazar zionists aka FAKE JEWS have no right of LAWFUL abode in the UK, in spite of their FAKE anglicised names !
    Edward I issued the ‘Edict of Expulsion’ in 1290. The jews had ignored the 1275 ‘Statute of Jewry’ issued to curtail their extortionate USURY. So, in 1290 Edward I issued the Edict banning jews from England, forever. The Edict still stands, it has never been revoked. All jews admitted to Britain by the traitorous Cromwell, were illegal aliens. The “Lawful” status of jews in the UK at the present time is apparently ILLEGAL ALIEN !
    As one cannot have illegal aliens imposing Statutes etc on an Indigenous population, it therefore follows imho, that everything coming out of “westminster & UK Courts” is B/S ?
    The Jurisdictional status of the British Isles in respect of Indigenous British Sovereigns is Molmutine Law/ Common law, dating back to around 400 BC.
    The ‘Cestui Que Vie’ Act of 1666 was an UNLAWFUL…..OVERLAY/attempted suppression…of the Common Law.
    It was instituted to UNLAWFULLY steal everything of value in the British Isles.
    http://www.self-realisation.com/video/the-fraud-of-english-history-and-the-rise-of-uct/
    1302 Papal Bull Unum Sanctum.
    This was a “Grand Gesture” on the part of “his heinous in Rome” in which he
    declared he was in control of OUR SOULS…he was apparently under the impression that he already had ownership of The Land and, The Sea !
    In 1400s & 1500s Papal Bulls were issued that led “his heinous” to believe the…… GLOBAL TRUST…..administered by the VATICAN, was strengthened !
    IMHO, these Papal Bulls had “a whiff of” intellectual deficit and, psychological imbalance ?
    The point being the BRITISH ISLES WAS/IS OWNED by INDIGENOUS BRITISH SOVEREIGNS, in accordance with….. UNALIENABLE…. Sovereign Rights. So, any “grand declaration” by an entity, “his heinous”, who did not even possess a right of abode in the UK was just B/S !
    The D-ope declaring Britain for… ..”Himself and his DOG Lucy-Fur”…. would be a bit like me declaring ownership of that rather nice car, parked on my neighbours driveway, for myself and, my cat, Tiddles !
    ONE CANNOT DECLARE OWNERSHIP OF OTHER PEOPLES….STUFF !

  7. beLIEve says:

    http://www.tapnewswire.com/2013/08/is-blair-yet-another-illegitimate-rothschild/
    Obviously, the khazar zionists aka FAKE jEWS have no right of LAWFUL abode in the UK, in spite of their FAKE anglicised names !
    Edward I issued the ‘Edict of Expulsion’ in 1290. The jews had ignored the 1275 ‘Statute of Jewry’ issued to curtail their extortionate USURY. So, in 1290 Edward I issued the Edict banning jews from England, forever. The Edict still stands, it has never been revoked. All jews admitted to Britain by the traitorous Cromwell, were illegal aliens. The “Lawful” status of jews in the UK at the present time is apparently ILLEGAL ALIEN !
    As one cannot have illegal aliens imposing Statutes etc on an Indigenous population, it therefore follows imho, that everything coming out of “westminster & UK courts” is B/S ?
    The Jurisdictional Status of the British Isles in respect of Indigenous British Sovereigns is Molmutine Law/ Common Law, dating back to around 400 BC.
    The ‘Cestui Que Vie’ Act of 1666 was an…. UNLAWFUL…..OVERLAY/attempted suppression…of the Common Law.
    It was instituted to UNLAWFULLY steal everything of value in the British Isles.
    http://www.self-realisation.com/video/the-fraud-of-english-history-and-the-rise-of-uct/
    ‘The Falsification of History’…book…John Hamer.
    1302 Papal Bull Unum Sanctum.
    This was a “Grand Gesture” on the part of “his heinous in Rome” in which he
    declared he was in control of OUR SOULS…he was apparently under the impression that he already had ownership of The Land and, The Sea !
    In 1400s & 1500s Papal Bulls were issued that led “his heinous” to believe the…… GLOBAL TRUST…..administered by the VATICAN, was strengthened !
    IMHO, these Papal Bulls carried “a whiff of” intellectual deficit and, psychological imbalance !
    The point being the BRITISH ISLES WAS/IS OWNED by INDIGENOUS BRITISH SOVEREIGNS, in accordance with….. UNALIENABLE…. Sovereign Rights. So, any “grand declaration” by an entity, “his heinous”, who did not even possess a “right of abode” in the UK, was just B/S !
    The “D-ope” declaring Britain for… ..”Himself and his DOG Lucy-Fur”…. would be a bit like me declaring ownership of the rather nice car, parked on my neighbours driveway, for myself and, my cat, Tiddles !
    ONE CANNOT DECLARE OWNERSHIP OF OTHER PEOPLES….STUFF !

  8. Nollidge says:

    ìncormer’ should be INFORMER.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a much bigger box to write in.It would make it so much easier to spot these mistakes.We’re not all champion typists.Some of us came to typing after a lifetime of heavy manual work.We have to watch the keyboard as we type,so we don’t always catch the mistakes even when we look up to see what we’ve typed.
    So,how about a bigger box,Tap?.

  9. Nike says:

    Nollidge

    More about the 1st family

    “Michelle” is rumoured to be “Michael”, a transgender; the two daughters adopted

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et38_Ufv-Jw

    Obama refered to his wife as “Michael and I” in a speech

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cgk732vfGQ

  10. GNJ says:

    The Putin regime is Russia is extremely homophobic and transphobic. By contrast, President Obama has made great strides in advancing LGBT equality in the USA. Whatever you think of his other policies that alone has to be admired. It was extremely brave of him to stand up to the right-wing US republican Christian evangelist homophobic, transphobic and sexist bigots. That will be his legacy. It was also been a major step forward to see an African-American elected as President of the USA. He is a much stronger man than Putin, because all Putin does is give in to a minority of bigots in the Russian Orthodox Church who hate LGBT people and feminists. Putin is actually a very weak man – he’s merely a puppet of others.

  11. Nike says:

    Premature sexualisation of children (grooming them for paedophiles) – Transgenderism – Transhumanism – efforts at legalizing sex with children, paedophilia, incest etc
    all part of the NWO agenda, highly destructive

    “It was extremely brave of him [Obama] to stand up to the right-wing US republican Christian evangelist homophobic, transphobic and sexist bigots. That will be his legacy” (says GNJ)

    What kind of legacy will that be…

    More about the 1st family
    “Michelle” is rumoured to be “Michael”, a transgender; the two daughters adopted

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et38_Ufv-Jw

    Obama refered to his wife as “Michael and I” in a speech

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cgk732vfGQ

    • ferryt says:

      Yes this premature sexualisation of children is disgusting. I chatted to a young (early 20s) primary school teacher a few years back. She objected to the sexual material she was asked to teach to children. And she was reprimanded for it. She didn’t comply. Good for her.

      I read somewhere about children aged five being taught how to put a condom on. Can’t remember if it was here but I wouldn’t be surprised.

      It really is disgusting.

      Does the NWO want sexual relations with everything and anything? What gives?

    • Jennifer says:

      Nike, my reply to you at 6:22 pm is still being held in moderation. But your comments are extremely interesting.

    • I need to add here, the tapblog cloning article a few weeks ago. The alciun flutterby website, recommended by fulford, which im sure has an agenda. It links to the Lucis trust the UN luciferian set up for gods sake.
      A lot about that alciun flutterby makes me suspicious, and its said theyre secret services who write it. They might be good factions perhaps
      But I don’t think so, I sense a thread running through it a big thread, disinfo, im not sure totally what but its all too easy if you get my meaning.
      However, the big trick of course, lots of interesting stuff too which of course will be true
      My point here is the Hilary clone article. Obama , with dignitaries posing for photos at the WH. 150 or more photos, maybe 300. Obamas facial expression is eerily freakishly identical throughout. Its said this is a sign of a clone.
      Yes this is a brave new world im suggesting and I don’t like it
      My point is any normal I say ‘normal’, but normal chat about politics, Obama, paedophiles whatever. Things could be operating on a whole weird other level
      Its said Kissinger and Jimmy carter are 7th generation clones. I don’t think I believe that. But they say they get killed if they don’t toe the line then a new clone comes in, and a whole brains memories can be holgraphically copied like a hard drive. I don’t like this topic at all. But if were to have any hope if smashing down this horrible matrix then at least an honest unafraid unflinching willingness to stare what might be the truth directly in the face and confront it is needed. otherwise we are lost

  12. Jennifer says:

    I don’t believe Obama made a slip – the ellision of the ‘mi’ sound is very different from the ‘me’ sound, so unless ‘Michael’ was a Freudian slip (and it was scripted, so it wasn’t), it was intentional. And it was spoken in front of all those military top brass who didn’t shake their heads or look puzzled, or embarrassed – they know how queer the system is. (See Tap articles on Kay Griggs and homosexuals in the military).
    That homosexualality is now supposedly equivalent to normal sexuality (heterosexuality), they now want to promote abherant transgender models into the mainstream, to completely demolish any idea of what a normal woman or man is. Hence they ‘drag’ in their mouthy underlings, Joan Rivers, and the sad remnants of an Olympian to cross-dress and degrade himself to promote their perversion. See http://www.Jimstone.is and read that said man Bruce Jenner is still intact as a male and therefore not a female. Only posing as a female. How very strange?
    What they don’t get is that normal people don’t buy this shit – at least not for long. It’s a zero sum game.

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