Kirsten Powers hit back at Republicans who are blaming weakness by President Obama for the Russian invasion of Ukraine's Crimea region. Martha MacCallum highlighted a statement from the weekend by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in which he said "everybody's eyes roll" when Obama tries to threaten Putin or other "thugs" around the world.
Powers disputed that this conflict "has anything to do with the United States," and compared this to the 2008 invasion of Georgia by Russian forces.
"If he's suggesting that it happened because President Obama is seen as being weak, that would mean that Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 under Bush because they saw Bush as being weak. And I don't remember him saying that that was caused by George Bush," said Powers.
Martha asked whether past statements by Sarah Palin in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012 are now proving to be accurate. Both warned about Russia as a growing strategic threat to the U.S.
Powers argued that there's almost nothing the U.S. can do to stop Putin from trying to reclaim Ukraine, denying that this conflict is a reflection on what Putin thinks about Obama.
Katie Pavlich disagreed, noting that the Georgia invasion happened in Aug. 2008 when Bush was on his way out and Obama on the way in. She argues that Putin sees a "power vacuum" that he has wanted to step into for a long time.
"He's seeing his opening now as President Obama pulls back the military and isn't doing much to prevent things like this from happening. Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin were absolutely right," said Pavlich.
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