U.S. Rep. Louis Gohmert had some tough words Wednesday for the escalating crisis over Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula, saying President Obama’s background is simply unsuited to dealing with the hard reality of a dictator on a tear.
“What you’re seeing … is what you get when a community organizer takes on a KGB agent,” Gohmert told Brian Killmeade on Fox & Friends. “It doesn’t go well.”
Gohmert, a Texas Republican who spent time in Ukraine as an exchange student when the country was still part of the Soviet Union, warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s takeover of the Crimea is only the beginning of more trouble down the line from the former KGB operative.
“Putin wants all of Ukraine,” Gohmert said. “Crimea was a place to start … He’d love to have the Baltic states, he’d like to move on ‘the stans,’ like Kazakhstan. He would like to move on eastern Poland.”
A United States that limits its reactions to announcing sanctions against only seven top Russian officials isn’t really trying to stop Putin.
Financial steps, such as getting Russia kicked out of the International Monetary Fund, would be using a real weapon, Gohmert said. Reinstating the missile defense system in Poland that Obama canceled as one of his administration’s first foreign policy decisions is also key, he said. Helping countries defend themselves means less need for American blood to defend them in the long run.
“You empower the enemy of your enemy to take on your enemy,” Gohmert said. “We ought to immediately reinstate the missile system of defense, when this president screwed over our ally so badly. Put it back in there.”
Check out the interview here.
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