Do You Approve or Disapprove of President Barack Obama’s Handling of the Ukraine/Russia Crisis? [POLL]
Democrats and Republicans have been debating President Obama's foreign policy the past few weeks. On Sunday, discussion on Russia and Ukraine dominated TV talk shows. Even Mitt Romney got involved in the discussion. According to FOX News, Romney called President Obama naive.
He accused Obama of being naïve about Putin’s world views and “lacking the judgment” and foresight to perhaps have stopped the Russian president from taking over Ukraine’s Crimea region before he even ordered troops across the border.
"There's no question but that the president's naiveté with regards to Russia, and his faulty judgment about Russia's intentions and objectives, has led to a number of foreign policy challenges that we face," Romney, also a former Massachusetts governor, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
He also suggested that Obama having allowed Syrian President Bashar Assad to continue to use chemical weapons despite setting a “red line” on the matter empowered Putin, his close ally.
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate, swiftly defended Obama.
He first took issue with Romney’s suggestion that Putin would have been discouraged had the United States first shown military force somewhere else in the world.
“I disagree, and so does history,” Durbin told CBS. “In the midst of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Putin invaded the Republic of Georgia. … He is a bully, and we've got to call him for what he is.”
He also said the idea that sanctions are going to stop a former colonel in the KGB is naïve.
“What the president has done is first, try to negotiate, try to stop the intrigue and the referendum in Crimea. It didn't work,” added Durbin, who also hailed the diplomatic efforts of Secretary of State John Kerry and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
How do you think President Obama has handled the situation? Let us know in today's KFYO Poll of the Day.