Monday, September 20, 2010

The Fruits of Reset

I thought that cancellation by the Obama administration of the Bush-era ballistic missile system defenses in Eastern Europe was supposed to unlock Russian cooperation on a host of issues of importance to us.

If so, this isn't one of them:

Russia is to defy Israel and the United States by supplying Syria with advanced anti-ship missiles despite fears that they could fall into the hands of Hizbollah, the Iranian-backed group based in southern Lebanon.

Yeah, we're being too touchy, right?

Let's sell the Georgians some Harpoon anti-ship missiles and see how the Russians like that.

Given that we mis-labeled that famous "reset" button, I suppose we shouldn't assume that the Russians understand what the button symbolized as we do.