By Bill Hoffmann for Newsmax
Former Congressman Allen West of Florida says Russian President Vladimir Putin used the ideology behind martial arts and his days as a spy to outmaneuver President Barack Obama on Syria.
“Putin is a judo master and if you understand what judo is, it’s to take the perceived strength and the weight of your opponent and counterbalance it and use it against them and that’s exactly what Putin did,” West told former Michigan Congressman Pete Hoeskstra, guest host of “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV
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“He was able to lay out all of his points, really attack what we feel have been our strength as the United States of America – our respect of international law, human rights and dignity, our use of military force only when we believe it was necessary, and our belief that we are an exceptional nation.
“Barack Obama said that we’re really not. He said every country feels that they’re exceptional. So he was pretty self-consistent.”
West, director of NextGeneration.TV, said Putin’s former position as senior official head of the KGB also helped in his argument that the U.S. should not use military force against the Assad regime.
“They know how to get inside your head and get inside your decision cycle and that’s exactly what he has been able to do,” he said.
West said Putin’s editorial in The New York Times, in which he argued against U.S. military action, made him look “like the adult in the classroom . . . like the global diplomat.”
Putin is also setting the stage to be a major wheeler-dealer in the Middle East, West believes.
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