- He sent Hillary Clinton with a “reset” button to Russia to assure them that they would not deal with the russian government with nearly as firm a hand as previous administrations. Unfortunately, they misspelled “reset” and the gesture made them look puling and incompetent.
- He broke an agreement with our allies in Poland and the Czech Republic to build a missile defense system in both countries. Russia doesn’t want such a system because, well, they have large missiles that such a system could render ineffective. The Poles and Czechs — and let me note again that these are our actual allies — were stunned and angered by the decision, which the administration sprang on them with little to no warning.
- He confused Georgia with Russia in a meeting with the Georgian President. You might say the Georgians are a bit sensitive about their identity considering they had been invaded by Russia just four years ago.
And now this: in what the President believed was a private moment with Russian President Medvedev, he all but told the Russians that if he is re-elected, he will give the Russians a good deal on the missile shield, regardless of the will of the American people. Here is the exchange.
President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.
President Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…
President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.
President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.
Lest you think my reaction a knee-jerk reflection of my desire to see Barack Obama retire from the White House in 2013, take a moment to consider what he said. Why would he have more flexibility after the election than before it? The various spokesweasels for the administration say that the President only meant that working out a complicated arrangement would take time and that the President would be better able to work out an arrangement after the “technical experts” worked on the matter quietly. But why should this take more time, considering it’s been an issue between the United States and Russia since the President has been in office. Has he not had the “technical experts” at work on the issue until now? If so, that is a damning statement of incompetence.
It is far more likely that the President meant exactly what it appears he meant. He can’t do what he wants most to do, capitulate on a missile shield in which he’s never believed and make peace with the brutal Putin government, so long as he knows that doing so will surely cost him a second term in office. Barack Obama knows full well that the American electorate would punish him in November if he gave away the farm to Putin and Medvedev before then, so he’s playing for time.
This is bad news, not just for us here in the United States, but for any of our allies in Europe. It is clear, and has been for a while, that Barack Obama considers Russia the real diplomatic prize. We can speculate about why he thinks that way (for my money, he’s beholden to the old-school Soviet Union-loving useful idiots who served as his political and career mentors and role models for his entire life) but the reason isn’t terribly important. It is evident by his actions that no ally we have is as important to him as the allies he wants, including Russia. That is why he alienated Poland and the Czech Republican. That is why he sticks his thumb in Israel’s eye at nearly every opportunity. That is why he’s been distancing himself from England. None of them matter. They are the Old Way that must be swept aside in favor of Fundamental Transformation.
When you consider the obsequious manner in which our President has courted a nation that has never shown anything more than the slightest inclination toward friendship with us, it’s hard to come to the conclusion that his statement today had an innocent explanation. It is far, far more likely that Barack Obama intended Vladimir Putin to know that as soon as he doesn’t have to care what we Americans think about what he does, he’ll do whatever he wants. And that, folks, ought to give you every reason you need to vote him out of office in November.
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