Rich Galen

Iran is trundling along in creating a nuclear weapon -- if they haven't already bought one from North Korea -- in spite of the French and Germans and … Obama wagging their economic fingers at the Iranian leadership and pretending that they can influence internal activities there.

Egypt and Syria we know all about.

Current Secretary of State John Kerry clumsily claimed that the military in Egypt was not in control of the country. Of the seven billion people on the planet Earth, only Kerry believes that to be true.

The left-leaning said it this way:

With blood of Islamists on the street, Kerry praised the [Egyptian] army for "restoring democracy."

Twenty-something U.S. embassies and consulates are closed around the Middle East and North Africa even though Obama has sent those drones back into Yemen to knock off, according to USA Today, "a total of 12 suspected al-Qaeda militants."

But back to Russia.

Vladimir Putin is a former senior KGB officer and knows a little about dealing with the West.

What does a "29-year-old hacker" mean to Putin? He obviously knows way too much about the National Security Agency, so Snowden might be the best American asset since the Walker family went down.

But even more than that, with the stroke of a pen Putin put Russia at a level with the United States in the eyes of the rest of the world.

No more acting like Oliver Twist and asking for more gruel from the West.

Putin has Snowden, and Obama is left holding his breath until he turns red, white, and blue.

That's puttin' Putin in his place.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at