Cheney: ‘No Question’ Putin Thinks Obama Is Weak


dick-cheneyFormer Vice President Dick Cheney said there is “no question” that Russian President Vladimir Putin believes President Barack Obama is weak, and that the United States should not take military options off the table in its response to Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.

“I worry when we begin to address the crisis, the first thing we do is take options off the table,” Cheney said on CBS’ “Face The Nation” Sunday. “There are military options that don’t involve putting groups on the ground in Crimea.”

Among them: military training “for the Ukrainians themselves,” Cheney said.

Cheney then criticized what he called President Barack Obama’s reflexive urge to say “no military,” and the administration’s “indecisiveness” in Syria – which has allowed Putin to run “roughshod” over the region.

“There’s no question Putin believes [Obama] is weak,” Cheney said. “We have created an image around the world, not just to the Russians, of weakness and indecisiveness. The Syrian situation is a classic. We got all ready to do something, a lot of the allies signed on, at the last minute Obama backed off.”

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  1. Mr. Cheney is correct to say that Russia is emboldened. Mr. Obama and his pacifist policies might not have blood loss today, but the blood loss tomorrow from unresolved issues will be higher with more restriction. Obama is on a high kick to be more “moderate”, however he really has limited his reserve of higher decision. I would be very careful in the next few years to hope for better American Diplomacy. Mr. Cheney is not exactly the way for the future, but when there is an issue- sometimes there is a voice of listed dispute.