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Gen. Vallely: Obama a 'Lightweight' on World Stage

By    |   Thursday, 13 November 2014 01:32 PM

The United States has a very "lightweight president" going up against professionals in China and Russia, retired Gen. Paul Vallely told "America's Forum's" Thursday, and the climate agreement between President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, doesn't make the two countries friends.

The Chinese leadership will just "shake their heads and shake hands and say this is just wonderful," Vallely, who now chairs Stand Up America, told the Newsmax TV program.

Meanwhile, "they continue to build one of the strongest military forces in the world, especially their expansion of the naval fleets and then the new aircraft they have, which is a copy of our aircraft."

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The Russian government and its leader, Vladimir Putin, also hold the United States and Obama in low regard, said Vallely.  He made his comments one day after news broke that Russia's long-range bombers will conduct regular patrol missions from the Arctic Ocean to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico,  a show of muscle reflecting tensions with the West over Ukraine.

"Both China and Russia see us as a very weak government right now, a declining government," said Vallely.

But the United States also takes missions offshore, he pointed out, as both sides play "a cat-and-mouse game" while gathering intelligence.

And while former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev has commented that the superpowers are entering a new Cold War, Vallely said the situation is more serious.

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"It's more than cold, it's lukewarm because it's getting serious," he said, "especially when you look at cyberterrorism going on out there today.

"You look at Putin supporting [Syrian leader Bashar al-] Assad, supporting Iran in a lot of ways. You have China, which gets a lot of oil from Iran. It's a big chess board out there and we're not serious players anymore, but the Russians and Chinese are. That's a danger and a threat to the national security of the U.S."

The United States also has a serious issue when it comes to border security, he said, particularly as Obama heads toward executive action to grant amnesty to as many as five million immigrants.

"Our airports are basically the borders as well," the retired general said. "The problems that are created by allowing this flow or executive order to approve this amnesty, a road to citizenship, totally is an effort by this administration to influence the political side of things. "

But the president, Vallely said, "doesn't look at reality, he looks through the lens of a political type of a spectrum and that's not good."

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