U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer says the United States must check Russian military aggression in the Middle East.
Fischer says the United States shouldn’t be sitting back, waiting for a Russian general to give it one-hour notice that bombs are about to fall in Syria. She says that action confirms testimony she heard on the Armed Services Committee that Russia only understands strength.
“Because when they view you as being weak they will take advantage of it,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call. “And that’s what we’ve seen happen I believe the last three or four years with the Russians.”
Fischer points to the red line President Barack Obama drew in the sand against Syria, yet never enforced. She notes Russia moved on Crimea and made threats to Ukraine and other Baltic States without suffering any consequences.
Russian military strikes around Syria began a day after President Barack Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We’re watching Russia on the move and we’re watching a Russia that is capable of moving quickly,” according to Fischer.
Fischer says the U.S. must re-assure its allies it can move quickly to stabilize areas of the world.
As for Russian claims that the airstrikes are targeting the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL), Fischer asserts those claims have been debunked.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]