From Free Beacon
During eight years of Barack Obama’s weakness towards Russia, the country invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea, propped up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and interfered in the 2016 election.
At the beginning of his administration, Obama and his administration were eager to “reset” the United State’s relationship with Russia. The reset began with the infamous photo of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presenting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with a red “reset” button in 2009. One of Obama’s first foreign policy decisions was to scrap missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic, which prompted celebration in Moscow.
In addition to scrapping missile defense, Obama announced in 2010 a historic Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) treaty with Russia. The agreement was supposed to reduce the number of nuclear weapons held by the United States and Russia by a third. Over the course of the Obama administration, the Washington Free Beacon reported numerous violations of the START treaty by Russia as early as 2012.
……During the 2012 election, Obama mocked his opponent, Republican candidate Mitt Romney, for his comments about Russia being the “number one geopolitical foe” of the United States.
“Gov. Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that al-Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaida. You said Russia … the 1980s, they’re now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” Obama said in the third presidential debate.
Democrats and some in the media joined in on Obama’s mocking of Romney’s Russia comments.
From 2014 to 2016, Russia appeared to prove Romney’s comments right. In 2014, Russia-backed separatists invaded Ukraine and Russian President Vladamir Putin annexed the Crimean peninsula. Russia has defended Assad in Syria and even deployed members of its military to the region. Russian forces attacked U.S.-backed rebels and the Kremlin has provided cover for the Syrian government use of chemical weapons.
The Obama administration and Democrats bragged from 2014 to 2016 about removing chemical weapons from Syria with the help of the Russian government, until it was determined the Syrian regime again used chemical weapons on its own citizens.
Obama continued to dismiss the threat Russia posed and called the country a “regional power.” Meanwhile, top military officials testified before Congress, stating Russia was the number one threat to the United States.
October 2012: President Obama mocks Governor Romney in a presidential debate for saying Russia is our number one geopolitical foe; Democrats, Liberal Media join in. (video via @FreeBeacon) pic.twitter.com/D1d8lPMmJo
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 16, 2018
In 2008, Russia started its march backward to the old Soviet expansionism by invading Georgia.
March 2009: Obama and Hillary Clinton hit the ‘reset button’ on relations with Russia.
September 2009: Obama capitulated to Russia by cancelling the European Missile Defense Shield promised by the Bush Administration.
February 2014: Russia annexes Crimea; Obama does nothing to stop them.
March 2014: Putin plowed into Ukraine. Obama did nothing.
August 2013: Russia-backed Syria crosses Obama’s “red line” with a chemical weapon attack on its own citizens; Obama fails to respond.
March 2012: Obama promises Russia flexibility on missile defense in return for “space” during his final election.
Putin lectured and mocked Obama on a regular basis.
The same liberal media that mocked Mitt Romney for saying that Russia is still a geopolitical foe and Sarah Palin for warning that Putin would invade Ukraine, and has been silent about the predictions that came true.
For the entire eight years Obama was in the White House, the sycophant media heralded his imaginary diplomatic prowess. Now that a real president is engaging in true diplomacy with a nuclear superpower, they all condemn the effort. Unsurprising hypocrisy. https://t.co/BTXkUgYyDo
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 16, 2018
They were right.