FOX News military analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters appeared on the network this morning to give his reaction to Russia's airstrike on Syria. Peters said Obama is out of touch "with the reality of history" and is still clinging to 20th century platitudes while Putin is changing the world.
"In almost seven years this president has not learned that words don't stop bullets," Peters said. "He is fundamentally out of touch with human reality, with the reality of history, with the reality of warfare and Vladimir Putin, ruthless and vicious and ugly though he is, has his pulse on the -- he is the one that is on side of history now, not us. We're clinging to 20th century platitudes and Putin is changing the world, changing the world as we do nothing."
LT. COL. RALPH PETERS: Make no mistake, Putin thinks Obama is so weak. Putin would not be reluctant to shoot down a U.S. drone as a warning and possibly even bringing down a U.S. manned aircraft knowing that President Obama would not respond militarily. Putin would say, 'Oh, it's all an accident. It's all a misunderstanding. We need to deconflict. You need to go out of the airspace.' Putin is on a roll... This guy is good and we have a pixie dust president who still thinks he can say something three times and make it come true...
Putin is master of propaganda, he's brilliant at turning a situation on its head. He is going into Syria to rescue the world, save the world from ISIS. And, oh, by the way, remember under international law, Vladimir Putin, despicable though he is, has a better case for being there than we do because the Assad government is last Syrian government seated at United Nations. It invited Putin in. We weren't invited in. Putin is working all this stuff. And it is important, despite all the nonsense from the White House and the "Baghdad Bob" behavior on part of Josh Earnest.
Putin's goals are absolutely transparent. First he wants to support Assad. That is his tactical goal. Second, he intends to do as much mischief as possible while Obama's still in office and unable to act or unwilling to act. So he presents the next potentially stronger U.S. president with a fait accompli on the ground. With a situation that is irreversible.
And third and long term, he is building an alliance in the Middle East with Iran, Iraq, and Syria, to keep us out. He is betting on the Shia Muslims against the Sunnis. He is erecting a wall of Shia-dominated states, that are anti-U.S., pro-Russian. We're still looking attain any bits and pieces. Oh, Syria, oh, Iraq. It is all one big mess. Thank you, Mr. President.
It was always about Obama putting more faith in Medvedev and Vladimir Putin than he put in the American people. Think about it, he was telling the Russians, I've got to deceive the American people through the election but then I will be able to cooperate with you more fully.
I mean, Bill [Hemmer], what is troubling to me, among many things, what is deeply troubling, listening to the U.N. speech on Monday and everything Obama and the administration has said since.
In almost seven years this president has not learned that words don't stop bullets. He is fundamentally out of touch with human reality, with the reality of history, with the reality of warfare and Vladimir Putin, ruthless and vicious and ugly though he is, has his pulse on the -- he is the one that is on side of history now, not us. We're clinging to 20th century platitudes and Putin is changing the world, changing the world as we do nothing.