by Bob Quasius (Also posted at Cafe Con Leche Republicans)
At a meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, Obama apparently thought the microphone was off, but instead the microphone picked up the entire conversation:
President Obama: “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.”
President Medvedev: “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…”
President Obama: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”
President Medvedev: “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”
If you thought Obama has had a radical agenda during his first term, wait until his second term when he doesn’t have to worry about reelection!
As for Russia, Russia strongly objected to anti-missile defense systems planned for Poland and the Czech Republic, and Obama appeased Russia by cancelling the program while obtaining nothing in return, except politically “Space for you…” as Medvedev describes.
Obama was so determined to appease Russia that he publicly humiliated the presidents of Poland and the Czech Republic by publicly announcing the cancellation of a program already approved by their governments without a “heads up” to these two leaders, who surely felt Obama ‘threw them under the bus’ (which he did). The two presidents learned of the cancellation from news programs, not through diplomatic channels, thanks to the incompetence of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Would these presidents and other world leaders every trust Obama again? Not hardly! Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski later said:
Our mistake was that by accepting the American offer of a shield we failed to take into account the political risk associated with a change of president. We paid a high political price. We do not want to make the same mistake again. We must have a missile system as an element of our defences.
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