I know it’s popular on the right (and even among some liberals) to say that Obama’s weakness, as evidenced by his failure to follow through on Syria, emboldened Putin but I don’t buy it.
Recall that in 2008 Vladimir Putin undertook a similar operation in the South Ossetia region of Georgia. Was George W. Bush viewed as weak and vacillating by Putin? Had Bush appeared to the world as week and unwilling to use military force in a crisis?
If Bush’s decisive, unilateral, cowboy persona didn’t lead Putin to lay low, why should we assume that launching a few cruise missiles (remember “just muscular enough not to get mocked”?), would have been a decisive factor in Putin’s Ukraine calculations?
No, it wouldn’t. But was Bush really viewed by anybody other than the Progressive Socialist Media (and the progressive socialists who read them) as a “decisive, unilateral cowboy persona?”
Actually, even they didn’t view him that way, it just made for easy talking points to prop up their jug-eared messiah and his Progressive Socialist Party, but we digress.
Remember the 18 month “rush” to war in Iraq? Remember the vacillating, indecisive back-and-forth waging of the Long War after the occupation of Iraq? Remember “you’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists” (until five minutes later when it turned out that he really didn’t mean it at all)?
Nobody with an IQ above room temperature, NOBODY saw Bush as a strong, decisive leader by 2008. Unless they were smoking some seriously good weed.
And certainly not Putin.
That being said, the point that Odumbass doesn’t completely own America’s new image as a weak horse is absolutely correct. He just kicked our Respect Index down by a couple of orders of magnitude.
But it was already pretty low.