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04/20/2014 02:27 pm ET | Updated Apr 21, 2014

David Brooks Actually Talked About Obama's 'Manhood Problem In The Middle East'

New York Times columnist David Brooks decided to go there on Sunday's "Meet the Press."

Brooks suggested that President Barack Obama has a "manhood problem" when it comes to his foreign policy in the Middle East. Brooks made the comment during a roundtable discussion about Russia president Vladimir Putin's aggression toward Ukraine. NBC News' Chuck Todd said that Obama's response to the situation is critical as other countries are watching the situation closely.

"Basically since Yalta we've had an assumption that borders are basically going to be borders, and once that comes into question, if in Ukraine or in Crimea or anywhere else, then all over the world ... all bets are off," Brooks replied.

He continued, "And let's face it, Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a -- I'll say it crudely -- but a manhood problem in the Middle East. Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad or somebody like Putin? I think a lot of the rap is unfair, but certainly in the Middle East there is an assumption that he's not tough enough."

Watch his comments in the clip above.

(h/t Think Progress)

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