You have to look pretty hard to find any stories on President Obama’s exchange with Russian President Medvedev. The president first tried a little humor and then went into full –“nothing to see here, I am a transparent guy– mode with reporters, but the stunning exchange is just beginning to seep into the public’s consciousness, and with it all the implications of President Obama assuring our Russian adversary that after the election is over, he can be more “flexible.”
Despite the protective ring thrown up around him by an admiring MSM, this spectacular display of duplicity towards the American electorate will not fade. For the record, here is the entire exchange:
BO: “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space.”
DM: “Yeah, I understand,” Mr. Medvedev, responds. “I understand your message about space. Space for you …”
BO: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility,” the president adds.
DM: “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”
Reactions will continue to accumulate, but Governor Romney’s response to me yesterday should be the reaction of any serious commentator on American foreign policy who is not trying to cover for the president’s catastrophic bit of candor about how he will conceal his real agenda from American voters.
Read the whole exchange with Romney, but his reaction is exactly correct:
HH: Your reaction, Governor Romney?
MR: Well, it is revealing, it is alarming, it’s troubling, it suggests that the President has a very different agenda with the Russians than he’s willing to tell the American people. And for that reason alone, we ought to vote him out of office. This is a very disconcerting development.
HH: What do you think he has in mind, Governor, when he says I will be flexible? Is it missile defense? It is the number of our warheads? Is it Iran? What is he talking about?
MR: Well, he says missile defense, but we’re talking about one of those two issues, either missile defense or warheads. What he’s done on warheads, of course, with the new START Treaty, he took warheads down to 1,500 on strategic nuclear weapons. Of course, the Russians were already at 1,500. They didn’t have to have any reductions. We were at 2,200. So the only reduction in his missile defense treaty was a reduction at the U.S. level. And of course, he ignored the tactical nuclear weapons, which are of course the same nukes. They’re just on smaller rockets. He ignored that, where Russia has an advantage of five or ten to one over us. So this is a president who continues to try and appease and accommodate, and believes that the best interests of America are to bow to the interests of Russia. And it’s very, very troubling, and I mean, I’m very disturbed by this. I hope the American people understand that what we heard from the President is revealing about his character in terms of what he tells the American people, and revealing about his direction and sentiment with regards to Russian, which is after all our number one geopolitical foe. They don’t represent a military threat to us at the present, but they oppose us at every turn in the United Nations, and oppose us in every one of our efforts, whether in Iraq or Iran, North Korea. They’re on the other side. And for him to be cozying up with them with regards to missile defense is simply unacceptable.
HH: How do you expect this aside from the President will be understood in Poland and the Czech Republic, and Ukraine, and Georgia, and other front line states facing a newly-expansive Russia?
MR: Well, I think our friends around the world have been reevaluating their relationship with the United States, in part because of this president’s treatment of friends relative to the treatment of enemies. I’ve heard from more than one foreign leader that it seems to be preferable to be an American foe than an American friend to this president.
HH: Now Governor Romney, the press will of course attempt to dismiss this as not a big issue. Will this remain a front line issue? And do you think that the President has got to spell out with great detail what he has in mind here?
MR: You know, I don’t think he can recover from it, to tell you the truth. I mean, I think he will try and spin something. But I don’t know how you spin from an open mic, where you’re talking about having more flexibility after the election, which means quite clearly that you don’t want the American people to hear what you’re really planning on doing, and that you’re going to be able to do more when you no longer are accountable to the American people. You know, the mainstream media may try and put this to bed, but we’re going to keep it alive and awake. And we’re going to keep hammering him with it all the way through November.
Other reactions worth reading: Bill Kristol’s two takes on the controversy, here on the original stunner and here on the president’s botched and doubly deceptive explanation. Scott Johnson’s background at Powerline. Danielle Pletka at Enterprise Blog.
Only the slobbering Obamians within the MSM don’t seem to understand an enormous moment when it happens, so busy are they with their Etch-a-Sketch comments by a staffer and their zombie narrative about the GOP convention being brokered or some other nonsense.
How to explain to them? Analogies might work if any of them have basic history down.
Imagine Ike telling Molotov in ’55 that he was facing his last election next year and that he needed some space, and the Soviet foreign secretary assuring him he’d transmit the information to Uncle Joe.
Or JFK saying the same thing to Gromyko, he agreed to pass it on to Khrushchev.
Or Nixon saying to Zhou forty years ago during his trip to China “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” And Zhou replying, “I will transmit this to Chairman Mao.”
Russia is our adversary, and on nearly every issue they are working to destroy our position in our world and subjugate former allies. They are arming Iran, have invaded Georgia, and are blackmailing Europe. What doesn’t the president understand about Russia? Apparently everything.
And what does President Obama plan to do vis-a-vis Russia if he is re-elected? You go ahead and guess because the MSM won’t be speculating about what the president’s clap on the arm was meant to convey.
Between now and the election in November, Obama’s allies will do their best to minimize then airbrush this astonishing exchange from the public’s concerns, and the job of people concerned about America’s standing in the world and the defense of our allies to keep bringing the public back to the fact that the president has committed to deceiving them –to the president of Russia no less.