03 Mar 2009

Obama Preemptively Surrenders to Moscow

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In a move that makes former president Jimmy Carter look manly, Barack Hussein Obama has launched a secret diplomatic initiative aimed a trading European security for a little Russian help with his Iranian problems.

In return for a bit of restraint on Russia’s part in selling rifles to the Indians, the United States would concede the vital Russian strategic interest of being able to conduct its diplomatic relations with Europe at the point of an array of nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles aimed at Europe’s principal population centers.

The Russian News and Information Agency Novosti could scarcely conceal the note of triumph in its news dispatch.

Washington has told Moscow that Russian help in resolving Iran’s nuclear program would make its missile shield plans for Europe unnecessary, a Russian daily said on Monday, citing White House sources.

U.S. President Barack Obama made the proposal on Iran in a letter to his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, Kommersant said, referring to unidentified U.S. officials.

Iran’s controversial nuclear program was cited by the U.S. as one of the reasons behind its plans to deploy a missile base in Poland and radar in the Czech Republic. The missile shield has been strongly opposed by Russia, which views it as a threat to its national security. The dispute has strained relations between the former Cold War rivals, already tense over a host of other differences.

The leaders have exchanged letters and had a telephone conversation since Obama was sworn into office in January, Kommersant said. The first high-level Russia-U.S. meeting will take place later this week, when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Geneva.

Moscow has not yet responded to the proposal by Obama, the paper said, adding that a decision was unlikely to be made during Lavrov and Clinton’s meeting.

Maybe it’s not enough, Barack H.. Why don’t you try offering to give them back Alaska, too?

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Kay B. Day

Obama is often compared to JFK (a very highly overrated prez if ever there was one).

Anyway, I’d suggest BO and associates do what JFK did: deal with Moscow back channel, lose the debate and then present it as a victory.

I enjoy reading your columns–best, Kay



Janus Daniels

The news media have distorted the news for ratings, as they usually do. Why report a crowd of 60,000 when you can report a crowd of millions? Why report dull, thrifty, promised, and predicted, policy decisions, when you can hype Armageddon?
The Obama administration has framed its national missile defense strategy with the caveat that continued support will be contingent on pragmatic and cost-effective technological advances and will “not divert resources from other national security priorities until we are positive the technology will protect the American public.” Missile defense experts interpret these statements to suggest the pace of development will slow (CQ), since the technologies have repeatedly failed in field tests…
… After considerable negotiations and with significant opposition from domestic publics, both the Czech Republic and Poland agreed in principle to host the systems…
They seem ulikely to regret this respite. The proposed interceptor missiles in Poland, and radar system in the Czech Republic, turns them both into targets.
I’m not aware of any citizens of either country writing anything favorable about the installations, except for the profiteers positioned to make boondoggle billions by robbing taxpayers. Our nation suffers from similar parasites. The Soviet Union had no independent capitalist corporations for decades, so their tax paid profiteers may have even more practice than ours do.



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