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Bud McFarlane to Obama: Put Pressure On Putin to Pull Troops

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 06:17 PM

President Obama should demand that Vladimir Putin withdraw his marauding troops from Ukraine in a show of good will to the world, Robert "Bud" McFarlane, former national security advisor to President Reagan, told Newsmax TV.

Asked what Obama should say to the Russian president, McFarlane said on "The Steve Malzberg Show":

"Pull back your forces to demonstrate that you have no aggressive intent and call on the partisans inside Ukraine that you're supporting to cease fire right away."

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His advice came a day after Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a press conference to show unity amid their differing views on whether to further arm Ukrainian fighters against Russian-backed separatists.

For now, the United States plans to hold off on providing arms and will rely on the negotiations with Putin that are being pursued by Merkel.

"We continue to encourage a diplomatic resolution to this issue," Obama told reporters.

"And as diplomatic efforts continue this week, we are in absolute agreement that the 21st century cannot stand idle — have us stand idle and simply allow the borders of Europe to be redrawn at the barrel of a gun."

How Russia's aggression is handled may determine whether a new Cold War is created, with the potential separation of the United States from Germany and other NATO allies.
Obama and Putin were said to have spoken by phone on Tuesday afternoon.

McFarlane, architect of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), said that so far, the U.S. has put on "a pretty sorry performance" since Russia invaded Crimea last year.

"However, it's clear it's going to be a long-term process to overcome essentially 20 years of allowing NATO to decline and any sense of a deterrent to Russian aggression," he said."That decline of NATO has resulted in this invasion of a sovereign friend in Ukraine."

He said the U.S. must also explore why the Ukraine is so vulnerable.

"There are a lot of reasons, but one of them is they rely on Russian gas and the Russians can turn it off. However, Ukraine has a huge amount of gas that ought to be developed," he said.

"We could relieve that strategic vulnerability by organizing a public/private partnership to begin to develop coal-bed methane, a natural gas.

"In Ukraine, we ought to begin doing all of these things, but thus far, there's been no will really on the part of the U.S. either there or in Syria or against ISIS to do what is required to deter outright aggression."

McFarlane said it is in America's interest to work with allies to avoid aggression all over the world, "because when you allow that to happen, the aggressor will keep doing it."

McFarlane was not impressed by remarks by Obama and National Security Advisor Susan Rice that climate may could pose a larger threat to the Americans than terrorism does.

"Unfortunately, that just demonstrates the poverty of intellectual vision and understanding of geopolitics in setting priorities about where to put our investments, money, diplomacy and so forth," he said.

"It isn't to say you totally ignore all environmental concerns … But you can put it in balance and in proportion to what are more proximate threats to clear vital interests of the U.S., including deterring aggression by Russia or any other great power that threatens stability.

"That's clearly happening all around the globe right now and we just simply got to awaken the importance of American leadership if we are to maintain any hope of stability and a framework for peace in the world."

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