Shortly after Putin's "diplomatic triumph," which might have been expected given Syria's puppet status with Russia, ABC News Online reported that Putin plans to meet Friday with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani to renew Russia's offer of S-300 air defense missiles to Iran. Putin knows how to stir the pot to America's detriment.
Iran, with or without its proxy war in Syria and its arming of Hezbollah, remains the major threat in the region. President Obama, who once said he would consider negotiating with Iran because America had become too "arrogant," shows that, too, was a meaningless policy proposal. You can't negotiate with evil. Evil must be defeated.
By assuming the role of a bad character on the world stage, Russia is a threat to peace.
During last year's presidential campaign, Mitt Romney said Russia is "our number one geopolitical foe; they fight for every cause for the world's worst actors."
Who sounds more presidential: a tentative Barack Obama, who speaks loudly and too often, but carries a small stick, or Mitt Romney, who clearly understood that for threats to be diminished or deterred a president must have credibility?
It certainly isn't our president.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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