FMR. VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY: I think you've got to look beyond just that most immediate crisis. Obviously, we've got to deal with that. But there has developed over the years of the Obama administration, I think, a sense on the part of others that we have a weak government.
We saw, for example, at the mere request from Putin, President Obama withdrew the plans for a missile defense program based in Poland and the Czech Republic. He's demonstrated repeatedly, I think, that he, in fact, can be pushed around, if you will, by a -- by the Putins. And I don't think by -- Mr. Putin has any hesitation at all, from the standpoint of the American president, of changing his course of action.
I think he's taken advantage of this opportunity when he thinks we have a weak president to try to restore some of the old Soviet Union.