President Barack Obama should immediately respond to an editorial written by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Thursday's New York Times
, said Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr., adding, "Josef Stalin is smiling from the grave."
"The president needs to go directly to the American people today to rebuff this," Johnson said Thursday. "Will President Obama be the voice of America, or will we skulk away in the same fashion we've been skulking away on this situation in Syria?"
In the editorial, Putin called out the U.S. as an aggressor interfering with the politics of other countries, and warned, "A strike (against Syria) would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism."
Obama has threatened to launch a military strike against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons against its citizens. Johnson was referencing Russia's brutal 20th century communist dictator Joseph Stalin, considered to be one of the most murderous dictators in history.
"Putin has the nerve to go to the New York Times this morning to try and break off the American left, and embarrass the president in New York City in the liberal newspaper of record," Johnson told "Fox and Friends."
"The KGB disinformation campaign has become big-time against President Obama and the United States of America and its people," he added.
Johnson's displeasure did not end with the editorial, but also included the New York Times comments about it.
"The New York Times has the nerve to call a plea for caution. What it is, it's a plea for American instability throughout the world," Johnson said.
Indignation to Putin's article was shared by other commentators and guests on "Fox & Friends" Thursday.
"It is in your face, America; in your face, Barack Obama. Take this as an affront, as he (Putin) gives us a lesson as being a part of the world community," host Brian Kilmeade said.
"I'm not surprised that Vladimir chose the New York Times to transmit his information to the American people. And it is galling for this strong man to be wagging his finger at America about peace and international law," said conservative columnist Michelle Malkin.
Host Heather Nauert called the editorial a "real finger in the eye of the Obama administration, and the president as well."
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