Obama to Medvedev and Putin: Let's Get Me Re-elected, Then I Can Cave Some More on Missile Defense
Of course, Obama has already shown himself eager to bow to Russian concerns over missile defense, abandoning plans to station elements of a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. In fact, it's hard to see what further concessions Obama could make to the Russians with regard to missile defence, short of putting that whole 1962 misunderstanding to one side and letting them stick a few tactical nukes in Cuba.
And we know what Obama got in return for that particular aspect of his much-vaunted "reset" policy: continued Russian hindrance of international action to thwart Iran's nuclear program, Russian belligerence over the Nato intervention in Libya, and, most recently, Russian obstruction of moves by Western nations to stop the bloodbath in Syria.
The White House and the MSM can spin this all they want ("this is not the kind of year in which we’re going to resolve incredibly complicated issue like this") but it's a dramatic reminder of Obama's inclination (and that of Democrats, and the liberal-left in general) to appease nations hostile to the United States, and of the president's utter inability to demonstrate moral authority when dealing with the nastiest characters on the world stage.
Let's hope the RNC is already working on turning Obama's plea to Putin into an election ad, and that whether it's Romney or Santorum facing Obama they bring this up at every opportunity. I'll even offer my services as speechwriter, free of charge, to the Republican candidate:
"I will not ask the leaders of regimes whose interests often conflict with ours to give me 'space' and 'flexibility' so that I can pursue national security policies which they find acceptable. I will do whatever is in the interests of the United States, whether those regimes like it or not."
It would be good to hear the Republican candidate call out regimes such as Russia for their corruption, hostility to the West and support for mass-murderers in stronger language than the above, but I fear that if they did so the MSM would paint such language as "extreme" and "unhelpful," so they might need to tone-down the rhetoric during the election campaign. Before the US can properly confront the Putins of this world, it needs to get the Obamas out of the way.
*Between this and the Obama-Sarkozy belittling of Benjamin Netanyahu, expect the president's advisers to keep a sharp eye out for rogue microphones between now and November.