Ostensibly, our cave-in to the Russians is our unilateral move to gain their support against Iran to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Yeah, that will happen. We give in now and hope they'll do something they've refused to do for years. In fact they refused just last week. And now that we've moved to grant their wish, what incentive would they have to change their minds. Or, if they accept some sort of sanctions, does anyone really believe that they will stop working with Iran behind the scenes?
Of course, what would you expect from an administration that bowed to Chinese pressure and refused to meet with the Dalai Lama? Obama was willing to annoy China by starting up a trade war on the import of Chinese tires in order to throw something to his Union supporters, but he's not willing to meet with a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
UPDATE: Rich Lowry links to this story that explains how this was simply a unilateral decision taken by Obama with no guarantee of any reciprocal action from Russia.
Russia hinted that Obama's decision would not be met by any swift or generous concessions. The country's foreign ministry spokesman, Andrei Nesterenko, described the move as "obviously a positive sign for us" but made clear the decision had been a unilateral one taken by Washington alone. He suggested there had been no deals with Moscow on Iran or other issues. "That would disagree with our policy of resolution of any problems in relations with any countries, no matter how difficult or sensitive they may be."And the timing of the announcement has historic resonance.
But it made for unfortunate timing, as Thursday is the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland at the start of World War II, a date fraught with sensitivity for Poles who viewed the Bush missile defense system as a political security blanket against Russia. Poland and many other countries in the former Soviet sphere worry that Mr. Obama is less willing to stand up to Russia.(Link via Tom Maguire)