Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Editorial Space

I guess this is Putin providing "space" to Obama:

"Electing Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States of America would be like appointing a serial paedophile as a kindergarten teacher, a rapist as a janitor at a girls' dormitory or a psychopath with a fixation on knives as a kitchen hand. His comments on Russia are a puerile attempt at making the grand stage and boy, did he blow it..."

Pravda goes on to question American democracy and say that Romney is just an "adolescent" school boy[.]

You can't say Putin isn't living up to his side of the bargain. Although had they asked President Obama, they's have told them that for the dull Romney, having Pravda of all papers attacking him is pretty much a gift.

Still, Moscow is clearly trying to help the president who asked them for help. Shameful. Just shameful.

I will say that if President Obama plans to do something about overthrowing the Iranian regime, it would excuse any intent to gut our Europe-based missile defenses. If he plans to set back the Iranian nuclear plans, it would excuse any intent to purchase Russian cooperation by delaying our Europe-based missile defenses to the point that it still goes online before the Iranian threat develops.

But I suspect our president just wants to retreat. Whatever President Obama thinks he can get from Russia, we will lose from our disheartened allies.

I forget, is this the "smart" part of our diplomacy or the "nuanced" part?

UPDATE: If any of our allies are wondering if President Obama plans to bargain away their interests after re-election, do recall that most of you clamored for the nuance and European sophistication of candidate Obama over the cowboy Bush. Oh, and remember that loyalty is a cowboy trait. Enjoy.

UPDATE: Exactly:

Can you imagine the kind of pressure a reelected Obama will put on Israel, the kind of anxiety he will induce from Georgia to the Persian Gulf, the nervousness among our most loyal eastern European friends who, having already once been left out on a limb by Obama, are now wondering what new flexibility Obama will show Putin — the man who famously proclaimed that the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century was Russia’s loss of its Soviet empire.