Peters on Russia, Iran Aggression: 'Worried We'll See American Blood Spilled'
Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) said on America's Newsroom that he's becoming increasingly worried that we will see U.S. troops harmed as a result of aggressive actions by Russian or Iranian forces.
The Fox News strategic analyst was reacting to new video showing two Russian fighter jets buzzing a U.S. warship in the Baltic Sea in what was described as a "simulated attack."
The Su-24 jets were unarmed, but the incident occurred during NATO exercises involving Poland.
Peters said Vladimir Putin is sending a message to eastern European NATO members that the Americans "won't even defend themselves [and] are not gonna defend you."
He added that Putin watched as U.S. sailors surrendered to Iranian forces earlier this year and were humiliated.
"[Putin] looks at Obam's weakness and thinks, 'My God, if Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, drew a pistol and shot [John] Kerry between the eyes, Obama would say, Oh gee, we need to discuss this misunderstanding,'" Peters argued.
Peters concluded by saying his main concern is that actions by Iran or Russia will soon result in harm to U.S. service members.
"I'm very, very worried that in the closing months of Obama's presidency we're gonna see American blood. Because Putin is gonna keep pushing, the Iranians are gonna keep pushing, confident that President Obama will not let our troops defend themselves. We'll be very fortunate if we get to inauguration day without a much uglier incident," said Peters.
Watch his full analysis above.