Russia Show Down

Oct 02 2015

The Russian bombings in Syria this week and how flatfooted they caught Obama Administration makes me recall an exchange during a 2012 Presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.  President Obama, chiding Romney for considering Russia a threat, said: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because…the cold war’s been over for 20 years.”

Romney responded: "Russia, I indicated, is a geopolitical foe … and Iran is the greatest national security threat we face. Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again. I have clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin…” 

This week President Obama was forced to take off his “rose-colored glasses”  when he met with President Putin.  The meeting was described as "tense" and "frosty." The two leaders discussed their differences over Syria and the government of Bashar al-Assad and reports are that they agreed that closer cooperation was needed. 

The next morning, as President Obama slept, a Russian General came to our embassy in Baghdad to "request" ” the removal of American planes from Syrian airspace, and shortly thereafter, Russia began a bombing campaign in Syria in support of the Assad Regime.  It is clear that Russia has outmaneuvered the Obama Administration once again. 

Electing experienced, principled leaders is hugely important to our nation.  Let’s keep this in mind as we narrow down the field for who will serve as our next Commander in Chief. 

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