WATCH: President Obama still does not believe Russia is a geopolitical threat

During the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney identified Russia as the biggest “geopolitical foe” to the United States, and President Obama, members of his administration, and the media maligned him for his “Cold War-era” foreign policy. Fast forward 18 months or so, and it looks like the Republican presidential nominee might have had the right idea…. But President Obama still doesn’t think so.

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During a joint press conference with Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands yesterday, ABC News’ Jon Karl asked President Obama about the possibility U.S. influence and his personal influence on the world stage is declining. Furthermore, Karl asked the President if Romney was right when he characterized Russia as a geopolitical threat.

Karl lays out his question in the clip below:

Here the President addresses Romney’s past comments:

“He’s just saying they are a regional power that doesn’t have any threat to the west, and they’re doing it from weakness… Think about it,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “I know this sounds like hyperbole, but anybody who knows anything about history, anything about the global dynamics… we’re at the brink of World War III… I hope everything becomes stable here. But this literally could be the brink of World War III. What the hell is he talking about?”

Despite President Obama’s best attempt to sounds confident, no one is buying his assertion that Russia is nothing more than a regional power. While the purpose of such a remark is to make it seem as though Russia is acting from a position of weakness, it is clear that is not the case. Additionally, Russia’s nuclear arsenal is quite impressive, meaning there is a very real chance Russia could orchestrate President Obama’s worst fear of nuclear bomb stricking Manhattan.

“It’s this idea they’re not acting out of a position of strength. When the Soviet Union had all their nuclear weapons, many of them were in Ukraine. When it broke up, those weapons went back to Russia. So Russia has them. Ukraine doesn’t,” Stu concluded. “And what do you mean a position of strength? They have all the strength. There’s nothing anyone in the world can do to stop them. That’s a position of strength.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • Anonymous

    This is a game changer on account of our NATO membership. We are about to be in a lose lose situation. This is the danger of either presuming to be or elected to be the world police. Even if it doesn’t result in WWIII there will be a power shift in Europe.

    • Melvin Stein

      With the ability of foreign states to rain devastation with the push of a button, what is the risk in our age of NOT having a world policeman? Is it easier to sit like a frog in a pan of water on the stove and ignore the rising temperature until it boils and then wonder what to do, or respond early while the threat is low? It’s not a question of evading risk and discomfort on the international stage but determining when and how to respond in order to contain or reduce a threat at the least cost. We learned that point as a result of WWII blowing up after the Great War (aka War to end all Wars, & WWI). We successfully fought the Cold War with that lesson fresh in our minds. How stupid (or cowardly) do we have to be to ignore the lessons of recent history!?

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t say we should abrogate our responsibility to do what is right. We should damn well know specifically what it is though. Under this administration we tend to start a talking and shoving match when dealing with our adversaries. Remember the red line in the sand? I’m well aware of the boiling frog analogy as it was one used quite frequently when I was a member of the John Birch Society thirty years ago. Guess what, we’ve been in the pot of water now for about five or six decades and most of the frogs are cooked. I didn’t say to do nothing, I’m just saying it’s not going to be pretty. The last part is just my opinion and I really don’t know what’s going to happen but this is the inherent problem with trying to establish a New World Order. When the so called Soviet demise happened in 1990 many saw this revival of Russian nationalism as a possibility even then. We shouldn’t have cheered and proclaimed communism dead until it was. We often do this and I think it is akin to turning up the heat under the simmering frogs.

      • BlueMN

        “We successfully fought the Cold War” by not getting into a hot war that would destroy us all.

  • landofaahs

    Only a fellow communist dictator wannabe would not see Putin as a threat to his neighbors.

    • jen

      Sorry you are dead wrong. Putin is far better than any other gop/dem politician. Putin is not a threat. Only the repub/dem are a threat. Putin is doing what any country should be doing – protecting itself against Americans by reducing any dependence/trade with the dollar as numerous countries are doing, building military alliances/bases with other countries to counter America.

  • Deckard426

    The only thing keeping Putin from annexing all of Ukraine is his fear of Obama voting ‘present’ on any NATO action to oppose him.

    • jen

      Please, Ukraine was with Russia until your beloved party masters along with their partner Dems broke it apart with Soros money.
      You thug – you cry out when anyone says no to your vast military empire to control everything including only allowing yourself to print whatever money you want without ever earning it.
      If Putin is a thug, then you are the first and bigger thug.

      • Deckard426

        Putin will be pleased to hear that.

      • Bill Hartman

        It is true that Ukraine used to be with Russia. But it was not entirely voluntary, so it is not a valid reason for annexation. In general, the location of borders in the past is not a certain reason for them to be reestablished now.

        The people of the Crimea speak Russian and have voted for the recent changes. But much of the Ukraine does not speak Russian and have recently acted against Russian influence. So annexing the Crimea is appropriate but not the entire Ukraine. You can’t blame the Ukrainians for having some negative feelings, given millions who died at the hands of Stalin.

        I think we can agree on a few things. Obama’s handling of the situation has been absurd. Rather than standing on reasonable principle, he is indeed acting like a thug. America used to act from principle. This is no longer true. As an American, I am proud that after winning WWII and being the most powerful nation on Earth, we largely withdrew. But today, we muscle into every conflict, seemingly just to prove our power.

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      • Anonymous

        The Ukraine is part of the “fertile triangle” – Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine are huge agricultural producers..something the rest of Russia desperately needs. Yes, we DO say “no” to stripping our military down to pre-WWII levels. Any moron knows that the strongest offense is a strong defense. Obama could end up getting us all killed…including you and the rest of your low-information Dem crowd.

  • Connor

    They said the same thing about Hitler back then and look at what happen then? See left this is why Glenn talks about Hitler a lot because people like Obama seems to not learn from history.

    • Guest

      Who knows, maybe they have an inside bet on who can screw things up the fastest. My money is on our homeboy!

  • Joe Lineman

    Obozo is not only a disgrace, but an embarrassment to the whole country.

  • Anonymous

    Based on Obama’s comments at the debate, I honestly don’t think he knew what “geopolitical threat” even meant. Based on his response yesterday, I don’t think he has a clue even now.

    • jen

      haha – you idoit, you think you are so funny. unfortunately, Obama is far more intelligent than you are. But you are good enough to be a slave to his allies in republican party.

      • ralph

        Ok people. Let’s set some ground rules. You should be required to know how to spell idiot before you can use the word in an attack on someone. I also declare that all Obama voters are exempt from this requirement. Way to unfair to hold them to this.

      • Anonymous

        Beyond your spelling, Jen, there is another fundamental problem with your argument. I am not allied with the Republican Party. I vehemently dislike (going on despise) any and ALL political parties.

  • Anonymous

    Obama doesn’t want to call Putin a geopolitical threat. That would be infringing in his territory and special area of expertise. Who knows, maybe they have an inside bet on who can screw things up the fastest. My money is on our homeboy!

  • Anonymous

    Obama doesn’t care about anything. He’s got that same “do nothing” attitude so prevalent in today’s give me society. He doesn’t need to work. He knows he can be lazy and he doesn’t care about a weak America because he doesn’t know, in his own mind, what it is like to be strong. He has the same laid-back attitude that you don’t have to work for a living. The poorest excuse for a president ever.

  • Melvin Stein

    If Russia’s position is one of weakness, why is it no one can do anything about their actions? We have conceded the Crimean peninsula. How weak has the US bcome under this feckless, bloviater in chief!? I’m sure PM Rutte was thinking how glad he is that The Netherlands do not share a border with Russia if he has to count on the US to stand beside him.

  • Joseph Eckert

    This putz is going to cause WWIII. What fantasy world is this total moron living in? God help us all.

    • BlueMN

      I doubt Beck could cause WWIII. Nobody listens to him outside of a few extremists anyway.

  • Deckard426

    Not until Putin starts annexing Hawaiian golf courses will Obama get concerned.

  • Anonymous

    Obama just put a nuclear target on Manhattan. Saying he’s concerned about a nuclear bomb going off in downtown NYC is the dumbest thing any president could say. This man is utterly unfit to be president.

  • Anonymous

    A Democrat will NEVER admit they were wrong.

  • Herb Shallcross

    When Germany began annexing territory in Europe they were only a regional power, and actually were dealing from a position of weakness, They knew they couldn’t actually support their early audacious moves militarily and would have had to slink home with their tails between their legs if France had called their bluff.

    It soon became too late for that.

  • Anonymous

    You ‘almost’ have to feel sorry for Oblamo. He makes the Wrong decision, Every time, says the Wrong thing, Every time, gets his A$$ handed to him by Putin, Every time, is Wrong on foreign policy, Every time. What a Loser, Every time!!! Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
    Apparently, community organizers are not fit for the role as a World leader.

  • CrapsDealer

    Why are we watching Spanish commercials on a Conservative website?

  • Sam Oiocha

    Here we find an opportunity to sow the seeds of liberty across the fruited plain:

  • Sea Rock

    … why would Russia be a threat when Obama has surrender the US to Putin? …

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