Krauthammer: Our Standing In The World Is Lower Than When Obama Came Into Office


CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think the drop is well-earned. You look anywhere in the world, Russia, China, Ukraine, the Middle East, Syria, anywhere, and our standing is lower than it was when he came into office. And I do think that the conduct of this administration, vis-a-vis the Russians, which has been sort of abject in the five years, contributed to that.

However, starting now, looking ahead and leaving all that aside, the United States has essentially no cards to play in Ukraine, so I wouldn't blame the president for not having sort of forced or made Putin reconsider the occupation. We do not have a lot of leverage. The Europeans have no stomach for real sanctions and without the Europeans who have the real interaction economically with Russia, our trade is minimal to about half of the net worth of Bill Gates.

Unless the Europeans are joining in our sanctions, it will have a minimal effect. All that we can do, I think, is to reassure the NATO nations who are on the border of Ukraine -- Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania -- that we are not going to allow an intrusion into NATO. And I think what the president ought to be doing now is reassuring them by scheduling military joint maneuvers with them and with the Baltic States, saying, 'I can't do a lot on Ukraine, but I will protect NATO.'

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