Putin Playing Chess, Obama Playing Marbles: Rep. Mike Rogers on U.S.-Russian Diplomacy

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been emboldened by the Obama administration’s diplomatic strategy of containment, which has given room to Putin’s push for geopolitical dominance.

Rep. Mike Rogers (Image source: Fox News via YouTube)
Rep. Mike Rogers (Image source: Fox News via YouTube)

“I think Putin is playing chess and I think we’re playing marbles,” the House Intelligence Committee Chairman told Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace. “And I don’t think it’s even close.”

“So if you look at the nuclear negotiations, we got our fanny handed to us. They took tactical nukes out of the equation. Huge mistake, especially for our allies in the Baltics. When you move down the list in Syria, the Russians got everything that they believe they needed in Syria.”

Rogers added: “And so they’ve been running circles around us, and I really think it’s the naive position on the National Security Council and the president’s advisers that if we just keep giving things to Russia, they’ll finally wake up and say, ‘Boy, the United States isn’t all that bad.’ That is completely missing the motivations of why Russia does what Russia does.”

Here’s the Fox News clip via YouTube:

(H/T: Mediaite)