Since the beginning of the Crimean crisis the right has been unabashedly fawning over Russian President Vladimir Putin and the end of the admiration seems to be nowhere in sight. The latest example came Friday on Fox News’ Happening Now from host Jenna Lee who gushed about how Putin is able to make his people “openly weep” while noting that President Obama has never moved anyone to tears.
Her guest was Daniel Henninger, Deputy Editorial Page Editor of the Wall Street Journal who wrote in his weekly column Thursday that, “sometime in the first Obama term, opinion polls began to report that the American people were experiencing what media shorthand came to call “fatigue” with the affairs of the world. The U.S. should “mind its own business.” The America-is-fatigued polling fit with Mr. Obama’s stated goal to lead from behind.”
“Vladimir Putin,” he goes on, “is teaching the West and especially the United States that fatigue is not an option.”
After listening to Henninger explain that it really doesn’t matter if the American people are feeling this “fatigue syndrome” because it is up to the leadership to make the decisions as to what should be done about Putin and his brazen annexation of Crimea, Lee weighed in.
“It’s interesting to see the contrast in leadership,” she said, “Vladimir Putin with a speech this week talking about Russian nationalism and humiliation, he had people openly weeping in the crowd and I don’t remember a time that any of us have been moved to weep based on a speech about America.”
“Vladimir Putin is an autocrat,” Henninger explained, “and friends of mine who have been in Moscow for the past, say two years tell me you cannot understand the amount of propaganda, anti-U.S. propaganda, that is being fed to the Russian people on Russian television, nothing like it, it’s unprecedented, they didn’t even do this sort of thing back during the cold war.”
At the end of the interview Henninger hit on what it is about Putin that has the right behaving like a bunch of teen age girls at the stage door after a concert by their latest heartthrob. This is an issue that detracts the President from domestic issues such as promoting sign-ups for Obamacare and preparing for the mid-term elections this fall, to them it is like Christmas every day with Santa bringing them everything on their wish list. For that they will even cheer on a foreign dictator.
Watch the conversation in the video below.