Kirsten Powers and Kate Obenshain were on “The O’Reilly Factor” tonight to discuss controversial comments made on CNN about Republicans cheering on Vladimir Putin.

“Crossfire” host Sally Kohn said, “Republicans are practically cheering for Vladimir Putin today … He’s given them a new excuse to bash President Obama.”

Powers said Putin would have invaded Russia regardless of who was president of the United States.

“Why wasn’t George Bush blamed for what happened in Georgia?” Powers asked, adding that she didn’t think Bush should have been blamed for Russia’s 2008 invasion of Georgia, but that if Obama is being blamed now, it should have been the same with Bush.

Obenshain countered that argument, telling Powers that Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham were critical of U.S. foreign policy during the Bush administration.

“I think what this is is an overall criticism – very legitimate one, by the way – of Barack Obama’s weak foreign policy,” Obenshain said.

Powers fired back that she’s sick of hearing from people who supported the Iraq War and claim to be experts on foreign policy.

“Why are Lindsey Graham and John McCain the experts? They have led us down these trails […] The Iraq War is going to go down in history as one of the stupidest things that this country has ever done, and they still have the nerve to go on television and lecture people,” she said. Powers then said that she doesn’t believe the president is weak.

O’Reilly asked Powers if she believes the world’s villains fear Obama.

“I don’t think they fear anybody, I think they’re crazy,” Powers answered.

Obenshain said that al Qaeda was on the run during Bush’s presidency and now they “are rampaging all over.”

Watch the heated exchange above.


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