Mr Obama’s mix of cool insouciance and biting sarcasm plays much better with the latte-sipping crowd than it does with former KGB operatives, where his style and rhetoric suggests weakness, softness, and a lack of commitment and moral clarity.
Today, it looks like he’s allowing Russia to push America around, and dictate the terms of our being pushed around.
One can only imagine that this might impact the 2016 presidential race. My theory is that it helps Donald Trump. He’s perceived as a “winner” who could stand up to Mr Putin.
It’s reasonable to conclude that what we need is a Mr Putin of our own. They’ve got a strongman – maybe we need a strongman? Mr Trump might be a sonofabitch, Americans might conclude, but he’s our sonofabitch!