It's yet another accommodation to advance his cherished Russia "reset" policy.
Why? Hasn't reset been failure enough?
Let's do the accounting. In addition to canceling the Polish/Czech missile defense system, Obama gave the Russians accession to the World Trade Organization, a START treaty that they need and we don't (their weapons are obsolete and deteriorating rapidly) and a scandalously blind eye to their violations of human rights and dismantling of democracy.
Obama even gave Putin a congratulatory call for winning his phony election.
Russia consistently watered down or obstructed sanctions on Iran, completed Iran's nuclear reactor at Bushehr, provides to this day Bashar al-Assad with huge arms shipments used to massacre his own people (while rebuilding the Soviet-era naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus), conducted a virulently anti-American presidential campaign on behalf of Putin, pressured Eastern Europe and threatened Georgia.
On which of "all these issues"— Syria, Iran, Eastern Europe, Georgia, human rights — is Obama ready to offer Putin yet more flexibility as soon as he gets past his last election?
Where else will he show U.S. adversaries more flexibility?
Yet more aid to North Korea?
More weakening of tough Senate sanctions against Iran?
Can you imagine the kind of pressure a re-elected Obama will put on Israel, the kind of anxiety he will induce from Georgia to the Persian Gulf, the nervousness among our most loyal East European friends who, having already once been left out on a limb by Obama, are now wondering what new flexibility Obama will show Putin — the man who famously proclaimed that the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the 20th century was Russia's loss of its Soviet empire.
They don't know. We don't know. We didn't even know this was coming — until the mike was left open.
Only Putin was to know.
"I will transmit this information to Vladimir," Medvedev assured Obama.
Added Medvedev: "I stand with you."
A nice endorsement from Putin's puppet, enough to chill friends and allies, democrats and dissidents, all over the world.
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