These 4 nations to be in new ‘Russian Empire’?
Putin imitating Hitler-style conquest, faces few obstacles from ‘weakened’ U.S.
Mar. 18, 2014
The lack of any significant deterrent to Russia’s annexation of Crimea makes more territorial grabs far more likely and is made possible by repeated demonstrations of U.S. weakness throughout the Obama administration.
Meanwhile at least four countries remain vulnerable to Russian aggression and annexation.
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Crimea as part of Russia despite most Western nations declaring Sunday’s referendum illegitimate. In announcing the annexation of Crimea, Putin also declared Russia has no more territorial ambitions, a statement that experts say should send chills down our spines.
“When you hear someone who has just gobbled up a piece of real estate say they’re not going to do it again, the first thing you better look at is where they’re likely to go next,” said Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney, who served as assistant secretary of defense for international security policy in the Reagan administration.
“As with Adolf Hitler, who promised after he gobbled up the Sudetenland that he would not take all of Czechoslovakia and did and then proceeded to move rapaciously through the rest of Europe, my feeling is we’re likely to see a similar kind of agenda playing out with Vladimir Putin,” Gaffney said.