John McCain attacks Obama for 'incredible misreading of Vladimir Putin'

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He's not exactly saying “I told you so,” but Sen. John McCain, who lost to then-Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 election, is blasting the president for misreading Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression and for generally “leading from behind” on the world stage.

In a fundraising letter put out by the Republican National Committee, the Republican said, “What we're seeing across the world, particularly with the situation with Russia, is the ultimate result of Obama's reckless and feckless foreign policy. From the beginning, when he refused to criticize the Iranian government, all the way through his incredible misreading of Vladimir Putin, the tyrant hell-bent on restoring the Soviet empire, Obama has led from behind.”

What’s more, he hit the president’s plan to greatly decrease the size of the military, claiming it is opening the door for others to threaten America.

“A secure world relies on a strong America. And a strong America relies on a robust military. Yet, sadly under President Obama, America's military strength has been weakened and our country's leadership in the world has been questioned. As a result, the world's most dangerous players are flexing their muscles. Extremists are gaining ground. And these conflicts are becoming more dangerous by the day for our allies — and for us,” wrote McCain.

The letter is a pitch for money to help the GOP win control of the Senate where Obama’s policies could be changed or stopped by a Republican majority. It is also an expansion of the attack McCain made on Obama’s foreign policy over the weekend.

From the RNC:

A secure world relies on a strong America. And a strong America relies on a robust military.

Yet, sadly under President Obama, America's military strength has been weakened and our country's leadership in the world has been questioned.

As a result, the world's most dangerous players are flexing their muscles. Extremists are gaining ground. And these conflicts are becoming more dangerous by the day for our allies—and for us.

My friend, what we're seeing across the world, particularly with the situation with Russia, is the ultimate result of Obama's reckless and feckless foreign policy.

From the beginning, when he refused to criticize the Iranian government, all the way through his incredible misreading of Vladimir Putin, the tyrant hell-bent on restoring the Soviet empire, Obama has led from behind.

If you want to see where Obama and the Democrats' priorities lie, look at how much they've slashed the defense budget yet found ways to pay for every item on their liberal wish list—the pinnacle being ObamaCare.

What kind of message are we sending when we slash defense funds and shrink the size of our military?

On national defense and international security, Democrats just don't "get it."

That is why we must take back the Senate to put a check on Obama's feckless foreign policy in the final two years of his presidency.

We must return to our best traditions of American leadership—for the sake of the cause of freedom, for the sake of the brave Americans who are willing to give their life for this cause, for the sake of our nation's peace and prosperity.

We must be committed to peace through strength to protect our national security in this dangerous world.

And we must support those facing brutal tyranny by their oppressors and our enemies.

That's why we must elect more Republicans to the Senate who will fight for freedom and will promote peace throughout the world.

Contribute $14 to the GOP today to help us take back the Senate in 2014.

Thank you,

Senator John McCain

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.