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Ted Cruz: Obama’s Weakness is What Makes Putin Strong
Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently said that President Obama’s perceived weakness on the world stage has enabled Vladimir Putin to flex his strength.
We have already reported how Obama’s foreign policy is based on “fantasy”. Former Ambassador to the UN John Bolton has even gone so far as to say Obama is intentionally weakening America with his foreign policy.
It is obvious that Obama does not take Putin seriously as a threat or rival, as he mocked Mitt Romney for his comments about Russia during a Presidential debate in 2012.
Obama even recently skipped a National Security briefing about the situation in Crimea and growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
So it comes as no surprise that the always outspoken Sen. Cruz would call out Obama on his weak foreign policy. According to the Washington Examiner:
“Putin fears no retribution” from the United States, said the Texas Republican in an interview shown Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
“You better believe Putin sees in Benghazi [Libya], four Americans are murdered and nothing happens, there’s no retribution,” he said. “You better believe that Putin sees that in Syria, Obama draws a red line and ignores the red line.”
Cruz said that Obama should have stood up and been more vocal in support of the Ukrainian protests, saying:
“When the United States doesn’t speak for freedom, tyrants notice,”
Ted Cruz said believes that the US should pursue strong economic sanctions against Russia in response to their actions in Crimea. However, he did not call for the US to get directly involved militarily.
He also criticized Sen. Rand Paul’s comments about having a respectful relationship with Russia, saying “he and I are good friends” but, “I don’t agree with him on foreign policy.”
As Cruz said, “There are a host of things we can do” in response to Russian aggression in Ukraine. The US can take a completely non-interventionist approach and more or less cede Crimea and the Ukraine to Russia. Conversely, the US could also get involved militarily, placing naval forces in the Black Sea or taking part in NATO operations against Russia.
But neither of those options are very good, nor do they have broad support. The best approach is probably somewhere in between, perhaps even allowing Russia to have Crimea, which has historical ties to them, but preventing them from meddling further in the Ukraine’s affairs with economic and political sanctions. Of course, Obama’s foreign policy is far too muddled and incoherent for us to be able to carve out a reasonable, principled plan for peace.
Nobody wants to see WWIII break out. Unfortunately, the growing crisis in Crimea and Ukraine, with Russia expanding their sphere of influence and flexing their military strength, has the potential to embroil the greater region and possibly the world in a nasty conflict. It is a shame that Obama’s weak foreign policy has set the stage to allow this to happen.
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