"One of the thing that unsettles the Russians is that, from their perspective, we have the worst type of leader — one that is perceived as weak, but still might panic so that he would overreact in a crisis," said Mr. Waller. "You have the Russian strategic bomber force entering U.S. and NATO airspace and we don't do anything. That's an extremely dangerous move from the Russian side. You have to show resoluteness the same way JFK showed resoluteness in Cuba. Obama is not driving a hard bargain on anything, and the Russians thrive on hard bargaining. From a Russian mentality, there is weak American leadership ... When you're psychologically surrendering, you set yourself up to be bullied even more."
The Russians are worried President Obama's weakness on foreign policy may make him more susceptible to overreacting in a crisis – something that makes Moscow nervous and therefore want to build arms and act as a bully, said Prof. J. Michael Waller, a senior fellow for information operations at the Center for Security Policy.