Adversaries of the United States, including China, North Korea, and Iran, are watching the inaction of President Barack Obama over the Russian influx of troops into the Ukraine, retired Gen. Jack Keane said Monday.
"Our adversaries are watching this. This is the beginning of something here. China is watching. Iran is watching. And North Korea is watching, as well," Keane, a retired four-star Army general, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
Keane called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "bear in the woods," and maintained the United States had to "deal with him now." He said there are many things the United States could do to "poke this guy in the eye and make him understand what's really happening to him."
"We have the capability to deal with him, even short of military operations," Keane said. "We should stop wringing our hands and saying, 'Well, this is too hard. There's not much we can do.'"
The Russian parliament Saturday granted Putin permission to use military force to defend Russian citizens in Ukraine. Putin purportedly deployed thousands of Russian troops to the region, following the recent Ukrainian uprising that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych.
Keane called for the United States to "take some action" against Russia to prevent Putin from "going into Eastern Ukraine."
"The fact of the matter is, we've got to force him to pull his troops out of there," Keane said.
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