Steve Hayes: Obama Admin’s Response to Russia ‘So Unserious on So Many Different Levels’
A “Special Report” panel discussed the Obama administration’s response to Russia’s aggression overseas.
Vice President Joe Biden said Russia’s aggression will be met with force if it expands into the Baltic states. But President Barack Obama said, “We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine. What we are going to do is mobilize all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we’ve got a strong international coalition that sends a clear message, which is that Ukraine should decide their destiny.”
Steve Hayes, of the Weekly Standard, said the way the Obama administration is handling this is “so unserious on so many different levels.” He said this is a huge crisis and that “the White House better get its act together and start treating it like a crisis.”
Biden also said the president will want to use the NATO summit in South Wales to generate ideas and talk about the situation. Bret Baier pointed out that the summit is in September, six months from now.
Mara Liasson, of NPR, said that doesn’t make any sense to her, saying this can’t wait until September.
“I think Steve is absolutely right,” Charles Krauthammer said. “[Obama] is completely unserious about the gravity of the situation. He says, 'Our role is to use our diplomatic resources so we’ve got a strong international coalition that sends a clear message.' United States is not Western Union, United States is the guarantor of the western alliance. He doesn’t seem to understand that.”
Krauthammer said the chairman of the joint chiefs must be sent to Kiev to discuss with authorities the urgent delivery of weapons in case the Russians advance into Ukraine. Obama must also immediately announce the renewal of the missile defense agreement between Poland and the Czech Republic, Krauthammer said.
Watch the full panel discussion above.