Steve Deace
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In the geo-political game of “Survivor” the former KGB agent pretending to be president has out-witted, out-lasted, and out-played the former community organizer pretending to be president.

As a result, the end-game of President Obama’s latest foreign policy folly is to allow the world’s most sophisticated gangster, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, to go legit and perhaps bring his nation mired in a thugocracy since the fall of the Soviet Union back to global relevancy.

The Left has complained for more than a decade that it wasn’t fair for the United States to be the world’s lone superpower. Apparently they decided to finally do something about it.

It is Putin, every bit as morally flawed as Obama, who has finally been able to do what John McCain, Mitt Romney, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, and the “leadership” of the so-called opposition have either been unable or unwilling to do throughout two presidential campaigns and years of the worst recovery in American history—make Obama cry uncle.

It is Putin who has capitalized on the American people’s lack of trust for Obama’s leadership, not the Republican Party. If it were up to the leadership of the Republican Party, we’d still be plotting how to salvage Obama’s credibility by getting involved in a Syrian civil war between an Arab thugocracy and Jihadists. But the American people would have none of it, so now not even the Democrats are fully on board with Obama’s attempt to drag us into World War Syria.

It is Putin – who recently cast aside the bride of his youth for a trophy wife – that is perceived to be fighting back against those peddling moral depravity as the new normal, even refusing to permit homosexual propaganda in his schools. But does anybody really believe a dictator that presides over a nation of 700,000 divorces per year, has 30% more abortions than live births, and consumes $25 billion worth of pornography every year really cares about family values?

It is Putin who is assisting Iran, likely the leading terrorist state in the world, with its nuclear weapons program while promising to be Syria’s chemical weapons babysitter.

Let’s see…peace through strength, respecting the will of the people, traditional moral values…where have I heard all this before?

Putin has co-opted the American Exceptionalism playbook the Obama Regime’s army of progressives detests and has successfully turned it against us. And it’s all made possible by the disdain our ruling class elites in both major political parties have for the values, virtues, and traditions that made this the greatest country on Earth.

Putin has co-opted the very talking points we used to diminish the former Soviet Union he once served into a hot mess run by mobsters—with Putin himself serving as its dysfunctional Don Corleone. And he’s using the talking points that once made us the greatest nation on Earth, which our ruling class no longer believes, to reassert Russia’s dominance in the world again. He’s even channeling Thomas Jefferson in The New York Times: “We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

Using your opponent’s strengths against him is a classic chess move, and Putin is playing chess while our elites that support the Muslim Brotherhood and our “unbelievably small” attack strategy aren’t even playing checkers. They’re playing Sorry, which is exactly what they are.

Putin is no hero. He’s an opportunist. At best he can be an untrustworthy temporary ally when there’s mutual self-interest. Make no mistake, raising his global prestige and influence is a bad idea. But that’s nothing new for an administration well-versed in leading from behind. When it’s all said and done, the sum total of the Obama era will be a stronger China, a stronger Muslim Brotherhood, now a stronger Russia, and a weaker United States.

But what do you expect from a president who touts the “holy Qur’an” in his first major foreign policy speech, believes the federal government has the power to make you do things that violate your moral conscience, uses the military to crack down on the worldview that founded the country, and counts the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda among his allies.

When Putin is the man on the white horse riding in to save the day, it’s probably time to start looking for the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.

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Steve Deace

Steve Deace's nationally-syndicated radio show airs coast-to-coast each weeknight from 9-Midnight eastern, including many of the Salem Radio Network's top conservative talk stations in markets like New York City, Houston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Minneapolis. His radio program has been featured in major media such as Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, The Weekly Standard, and National Review among others. In 2013 he wrote the second-most shared column of the year for USA Today, defending "Duck Dynasty" and traditional American values. In addition to being a contributor for Town Hall.com, Deace is also a columnist for The Washington Times. He is also the author of the new book Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again, which includes a foreword by David Limbaugh and is endorsed by a who's who of conservative leaders. You can follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.