Obama Still Insisting Romney was Wrong about Russia

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Never give up. Except to Russia, Syria, Iran, North Korea, China and everyone else. But keep fighting Republicans until the bitter end.

Obama told European reporters today that Russia’s invasion of Crimea was not out of strength but out of weakness.

“With respect to Mr. Romney’s assertion that Russia is our number one geopolitical foe, the truth of the matter is that, um, America’s got a whole lot of challenges. Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors not out of strength but out of weakness.”

I realize that the strength-weakness thing is a talking point that somebody at CAP developed, but nobody buys the idea that Putin is weak for conquering other countries while Obama is strongly for being unable to stand up to him.

Russia is a regional power, but it still has many of the basic tools of a world power, nuclear weapons, vast territory, international alliances and an ambition to displace the United States.

Russia’s alliances with so-called rogue states and the Latin American left aren’t quite the equal of the old Cold War era, but they do help make Russia a geopolitical foe.

Obama insists on denying the obvious. Russia is no longer the subject of snide Palin jokes. The people making those jokes have been proven wrong, but they’re still pretending that nothing is wrong.

  • Andrew

    To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Geopolitics death have been greatly exaggerated by Democrats.

  • Veracious_one

    Russia showed the Nazis just how weak it was….

    • alericKong

      I agree with the premise, but they won with a lot of US made equipment and also by unnecessarily killing a lot of their own people.

      It’s likely they all would have starved to death if FDR wasn’t dying at Yalta and didn’t have communists in his cabinet.

  • Berceuse

    Obama also insisted today that Russia was a mere “regional power.” Typical progressive: Reality must conform to ideology.

  • Josh Randall

    Romney should have unloaded on that lying turd right in his face at the debates. Putin is making the Dear Leader look like the wimp we all know he really is.

    • JDinSTL

      Romney listened far too closely to Karl Rove

  • Josh Randall

    Romney should have unloaded on that lying turd right in his face at the debates. Putin is making the Dear Leader look like the wimp we all know he really is.

  • edlancey

    Strength is the new weakness.

    Weakness is the new strength.

    That’s been a lefty trope for a long time now.

    Taking over Crimea was actually a cry for help by Vlad, who has been so traumatised by being brought up in the Soviet Union that he has lashed out against Ukraine instead of dealing with his anger issues and understanding that they are the product of his unresolved homosexuality. Or something.