Those are words uttered at the first Presidential Debate from 2008 by John McCain about Obama’s suggested reaction to Russian troops invading Georgia.
Parsing words was candidate Obama’s forte, as it is President Obama’s forte — and Achilles heel.
You’ll recall, faithful readers, that President Obama scoffed at Mitt Romney’s answer four years later that Russia is our number one geopolitical foe — an answer that has proven true beyond any rational doubt.
Even Obama’s dovish friends are upset. The Atlantic (a not-exactly-conservative publication) ran a headline way back last year decrying, Mitt Romney Was Right: Russia Is Our Biggest Geopolitical Foe.
As the entire world watches Russia stand up for Russia in a way we could only wish our American president would stand up for America, we point you back to this C-span featured video redux of Obama’s non-stance on Russia.
How foretelling the past is of one’s future actions. Enjoy this replay.
We certainly know we can take President Obama’s word on one pledge — that he would have “more flexibility” to bend to Kremlin doctrine after his election. But on selling the western world down river, how much flexibility does this President expect?
John McCain may not have made the very best President, but his steel resolve on issues of America-first geopolitics and security certainly wins him some respect in a week full of 6-year-too-late “I-told-you-so’s”.