Speaking at the nuclear security summit today, President Obama loudly mocked Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, insisting it was proof that Russia is a weak regional power rapidly falling into obscurity.
Obama went on to insist that Russia’s military posed no real threat to anyone beyond its immediate neighbors, and certainly didn’t amount to a national security issue for the US.
“I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan,” insisted Obama. He went on to suggest that Russia wouldn’t dare move farther than Crimea.
Obama argued Russia has had “enormous influence” over Ukraine’s operation for decades, and the loss of control of Ukraine (in violent protests) led them to desperation in trying to militarily retain Crimea. His argument seems to be the fact that pro-US protesters managed to seize power so easily in Ukraine in the first place, ousting the elected government and touting its replacement regime as “democratic” without any election, proved that Russia is too weak to stop such moves even along their own border.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Israeli Tanks Attack Syrian Army Post Over Errant Mortar Fire - October 19th, 2017
- Syrian Kurds Holding Foreign ISIS Leaders - October 19th, 2017
- ISIS Seizes Villages South of Kirkuk as Iraq Focuses on Kurds - October 19th, 2017
- Pentagon Opens Niger Ambush Probe, Seeking Details on What Happened - October 19th, 2017
- State Dept Contradicts Trump on Cuba 'Attack' Accusation - October 19th, 2017