Obama Hands Victory to Russia, Iran
Barack Obama’s on-the-job leadership training isn’t going so well. And now the more seasoned, wily Russian leadership of Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin are going to make us all pay for Obama’s inexperience and naïveté.
As he has done with other sworn enemies of democracy and human rights, Obama has reached out to the Russian autocrats with an offer of cooperation on European missile defense in exchange for reciprocal Russian help containing Iranian nukes.
Obama has set the starting point for negotiations at the center, the point where a fair resolution would be found. But anyone familiar with Russian negotiating tactics knows that the starting point is never the finishing point, and that the Russians will settle for nothing less than one-sided concessions in their favor. By starting in the middle, Obama has guaranteed that no fair outcome may result. Either the entire exercise will lead to acrimonious failure, or the U.S. will capitulate on missile defense in Eastern Europe in exchange for nothing substantive on the issue of Iranian nuclear development. Either way, it’s a major foreign policy defeat for this administration, the country, and humanity.
And that’s just going in.
What will happen a couple years down the road when Tehran has its nukes, Moscow is more firmly allied with the Islamic Republic, and Israel feels rightly threatened, and so launches strikes in Iran? Is the Obama administration ready to confront the real potential for war against Iran and Russia? Is this novice-in-chief prepared to stand up to a theocracy and a dictatorship with military force? And if he is, what of our allies in Eastern Europe who have made their beds next to ours? What will Obama do as Russian rockets destroy Warsaw and Kiev?
Thanks to this president’s weakness dealing with our enemies, and his total lack of loyalty to our friends, humanity now stands closer to world war than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Most of us just don’t know it yet.