As tired and boring as the Eleanor Clift retort is, it makes more sense than do the comments by Obama and Kerry. Obama and Kerry are trying to rationalize their inabilities and placate the Marxist/Progressives. Even Obama and Kerry cannot believe that Putin cares about international law or how a person is supposed to act in the 21st century based on the Obama and Kerry perceptions.
Clift is also correct in her apparent assumption that at this point in time, the United States and the west are impotent. The essence of the problem is not the happenings of the immediate situation. The position of total impotence was not a result of the activities of the last month or two. The situation of the United States being placed in the position of having no influence what so ever is a result of the Marxist/Progressive policies of Obama and the regime even before the first inauguration of Obama, the head of the Marxist/Progressives.
Obama, as a result of his Marxist philosophy, put the United States in this position. During his first campaign, he started his tour of Europe by apologizing for the strength of the United States. He promised he would rectify this imbalance. He showed his intent was sincere and how weak he really is by bowing to foreign leaders. While in office, he has continued his apologetic and bowing program. Obama has implemented a new military strategy as well, by announcing to enemies military strategies so the enemy can prepare. Obama has shown the world the United States will not only abandon friends, but will help drive them from power. Obama has time after time made threats he was not willing to enforce. Apparently he believes he is perceived as strong when he makes these threats. In fact it has shown his weakness, lack of leadership and lack of character. Included in these threats, Obama has drawn meaningless red lines. He has promised strong enforcement of prohibiting rogue governments from pursing nuclear capabilities while negotiating with them in secret.
Putin certainly has noticed these actions. Putin has also noticed the lying and deceit that is inherent in Obama and consequently defines his total administration. Even a bully understands lack of character; making excuses and not taking responsibility are characteristics of a person who has no resolve or principles. Putin certainly paid attention as Obama strongly denounced the IRS for targeting the opposition. Putin understands this was just bluster and of course was proven correct as Obama has unilaterally declared not a smidgen of corruption despite people having taken the protection afforded them by the constitution they were destroying.
Putin saw the excuses, lying and then shifting of responsibilities by Obama when his regime refused to provide protection for and then help to people in his employ when they were under attack in Benghazi. An ambassador was attacked and killed along with other Americans, and Obama made excuses and lied about the reason and the actions taken. As egregious was this so called leader missing in action during the height of the crisis and then refuses to disclose his whereabouts. All these lies and deceit were to protect him politically. Obviously, there was and is no care or concern for those who died or their families much less the damage done to the United States.
Yes, Eleanor Clift is correct. What could anybody do now? Elvis has left the building. The previous actions of a Marxist/Progressive regime, who believes the United States is a bad influence on the world stage and must be weakened so the Marxist/Progressive society advocated domestically, can also come about internationally as Marx stated, is what has brought the United States to this precarious position. What Eleanor Clift will not look at objectively is why we are here. She, along with so many of the rest of the press and the American public, has been too busy making excuses and placating the inadequacies of this regime. That is to say inadequacies if you believe the United States was a positive influence and believe in individual and economic freedom. If on the other hand, you believe in or sympathize with the Marxist/Progressive philosophy; that philosophy that the United States is an evil imperialist state as does Obama and the regime, then you would agree with Obama that weakening the United States militarily and economically is a positive influence in the world. This makes people like Putin very pleased.