President Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit on Nov. 11, 2014, in Beijing. (Photo by: Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service)
Jamie McIntyre, Washington Examiner: Obama's U.S. a pushover for foreign powers, critics say
The U.S. military is getting an unwelcome reputation: a pushover.
An escalating series of confrontations on the seas and in the skies around the world is creating the perception that the U.S. is the child who's bullied in school because he doesn't fight back.
Whether it's Iran playing chicken with U.S. patrol boats in the Persian Gulf, Russia buzzing U.S. ships in the Black Sea, or China demanding American ships adhere to phony claims of sovereignty over the air and water of the South China Sea, the narrative seems to follow an all-too-familiar script.
The Pentagon denounces the provocations as "unprofessional," issues a stern warning, and then there are no consequences.
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WNU Editor: Perception is everything .... and the perception is that President Obama will do nothing from now to when he leaves office. Will there be a different environment when the next President takes over .... yes .... but only after the new President (whether it is Trump or Clinton) is tested by one or two major powers.