I understand politics. I know Republicans are positioning for the mid-term elections, as well they should. I personally hope they take control of the Senate and expand their majority in the House.
I also realize Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and even Governor Mitt Romney are positioning themselves for a possible run for the Presidency in 2016. I respect all these men and believe any one of them is capable of becoming a good President.
But I was deeply distressed by Senator Cruz comments today that I felt attacked President Obama in a personal and very derogatory manner. I find this upsetting.
Cruz said, in summary, that Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russians were "Openly Laughing at President Obama" and he went on to imply that President Obama's weakness was a valid cause for the Russians to belittle the President. Here is a link to the story: http://washingtonexaminer.com/ted-cruz-the-russians-are-openly-laughing-at-obama/article/2546343
I hope, when and if Senator Cruz becomes President he is given substantially more support than he has shown President Obama today.
I would have respected Senator Cruz much more if he had instead warned President Putin that America stood strongly behind President Obama and that Putin was making a tragic mistake to think for even a moment that America was weak or lacked the determination to stand by our principles, our allies and our President.
Had Cruz given that tough speech he would, quite literally, be a shoo-in for President in 2016. America does love a strong leader who places principle above politics. Playing petty politics in the face of Vladimir Putin is a mistake Senator Cruz and others should not make.