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Monday, March 12, 2012

Yup, that reset on Russia was a big success: just ask Obama and Putin

Both Obama and Putin agree on one thing. Obama's trumpeted "reset" between the United States and Russia has been successful.
When President Obama congratulated Vladimir Putin today for winning the Russian presidential election, the two leaders discussed how the "reset" between the United States and Russia has been "succcesful" -- but did not, apparently, discuss the rampant election fraud reported to have compromised the Russian presidential race.

"President Obama and President-Elect Putin agreed that the successful reset in relations should be built upon during the coming years," the White House Press Office announced in a readout of the call. "President Obama and President-Elect Putin agreed to continue discussions on areas where the United States and Russia have differed, including Syria and missile defense." The heads of state "agreed to continue their efforts to find common ground and remove obstacles to better relations."
What isn't clear is what the U.S. has gotten out of the reset. It's clear what Russia got. Obama backed out of agreements to put missile defense systems in Poland Russia is able to expand its arsenal of nuclear weapons while the U.S. will reduce it. Russia hasn't done anything that we've asked for regarding Syria or Iran. And Obama and the State Department didn't say anything to criticize Putin for alleged election fraud in Putin's recent victory.

Yup, that sure is a success. It's a typical Obama approach to foreign policy: lots of rhetoric to indicate that he's doing something wonderful, but no accomplishments and the other side gets all the benefits.

3 comments:

Wayne said...

This pretty much what happended during the Carter administration. Carter gave the Russians everything they wanted to come to the negotiating table, and they said there's nothing more to negotiate about

yugun said...

You are forgetting Osama Bin Laden, Libya, Strategic arms reduction with Russia, Ending two wars

tfhr said...

yugun,

Libya is a mess. So is Egypt. So is Yemen and so is Syria but what infuriates me is that Obama did nothing to help the people of Iran when they rose up in the streets in protest against a corrupt regime that stole the election. Obama didn't want to get involved and said as much but he could have used his much vaunted diplomatic and leadership skills to rally world opinion to support the Iranians seeking reform in their government. Obama bailed. He didn't lift a finger and was very up front about it. What a fool.

By the way, he is also failing in his efforts to isolate Iran with sanctions. The Chinese, Indians, and guess who, the Russians, are walking all over him.

You didn't read about the arms reduction plan did you? We've gained nothing while the Russians have modernized and we've given away a missile defense system that will be needed to counter an Iran aided in its ascent as a nuclear power by the Russians themselves.

Two wars, you say? It's one war against a common enemy, yugun, and that is radical, violent Islamism. We may fight against various factions in various locations and you may see some of the same non-state actors in different theaters or regions but this war has been in progress since at least 1979. If you just joined us in 2001, welcome to the war. I'm glad you're finally paying attention. By the way, give me a call when the fighting stops in either of the two places you seem to think have seen the end of war.

Osama bin Laden is dead and I'm happy for that. Now it's on to the next level of leadership or his replacements. We've just heard the DNI report that AQI is on the upswing in Iraq. It is on the march and very aggressive in Yemen and seems to be more active in Syria too. This is a long war and it won't end in time for this election or many more to come. Get used to it.