Ex-CIA official: Obama credibility at stake in Ukraine-Russia conflict

Former CIA official Mike Morell on Monday suggested President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe bully who pulls the levers of Trump's mind never learns US-China space cooperation is up in the air more than ever GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level MORE has a lot to lose with his handling of the crisis in Ukraine.

In an interview on “CBS This Morning,” Morell was asked if Obama’s credibility was at stake.

“I think so,” said Morell, who works as a contributor to the network. He resigned from the CIA last June, where he served as deputy director since 2010. 

Morrell said the Obama administration’s moves so far haven’t been strong enough in response to Russian President Vladmir Putin’s decision to invade Crimea last week. 


“So the things that we’ve done already are pretty weak, and Putin will see them as weak. Military action is not an option, for obvious reasons. The only real option is economic sanctions,” he said.

Putin has a “strong desire to undermine the United States,” said Morell, adding that Putin’s refusal to back down after Obama’s warnings essentially gives the U.S. “a black eye.”

“The only thing that Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBiden, Putin to talk next week amid military buildup in Ukraine US intelligence says Russia planning Ukraine offensive involving 175K troops: reports Overnight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine MORE understands is tough, and there has to be a tough response for Putin to pay attention."

Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Ukraine for meetings with officials there on Tuesday. On Sunday, the G-7 nation, the U.S., Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Italy, condemned Russia’s moves that violate Ukraine’s sovereignty. 

They also announced they have suspended their participation in preparation for the G-8 summit that was scheduled to take place in Sochi, Russia, in June.