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Flashback to the October 2012 Presidential Debate where President Obama mocked Mitt Romney about his concern over Russia’s “geo-political” threat.

“You said Russia. Not Al Qaida. You said Russia,” Obama said. “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because…the cold war’s been over for 20 years.”
Romney didn't flinch, and pushed back:

“Russia, I indicated, is a geopolitical foe…and I said in the same paragraph I said and Iran is the greatest national security threat we face. Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again. I have clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin…”
Turns out that Governor Romney was right on both accounts, and President Obama has some egg on his face.

Yet it wasn't just during that 2012 debate that President Obama looked small. Take the recent events in Ukraine and Russia, for example.

Tod Robertson of the Dallas Morning News wrote this weekend that,

"Putin may very well calculate that President Barack Obama is weak, in the vein of Jimmy Carter in 1978-79, and that the U.S. president does not back up his threatening language with real action. Obama’s threat to punish Syria for its chemical weapons use is a prime example."
"In the vein of Jimmy Carter" is a powerful but apt phrase. In the late 1970's, Americans felt that Jimmy Carter was a weak President. Inept. Diminished. America suffered from what Carter himself admitted was a "crisis of confidence."

At home, President Obama has already broken Carter's 1978 record for the worst rate of participation in the job market by American workers in modern times. On the world stage he has, time and again, hesitated to lead. The Obama administration's handling of Syria has been an embarrassment. Ukraine is in the midst of a civil war as a new Russian bear lurks.

Putin has given shelter to Edward Snowden, and has helped Iran protect their nuclear ambitions.

Is it any wonder that more than half of Americans, 53 percent, believe President Obama is not respected by other world leaders and sixty-one percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the position of the United States in the world today?

Arkansas Congressman Tom Cotton, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor for his senate seat, slammed President Obama for his “trembling inaction” to Russian aggression and criticized American officials who have reportedly shied from calling the Russian incursion into the Crimea an invasion, referring to it instead as an “uncontested arrival.”

The 1980's are now calling and asking if we want to borrow their leader – there seems to be a massive void.

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Bill Murphy | March 03, 2014 |
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