What was it Obama told Medvedev? (when he thought no one could hear him) I think it was “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” Yea, that was it.
“Russia’s recent tests of ballistic missiles are clear signs Moscow is making good on announced threats to prepare preemptive strikes on U.S. missile defenses, a senior House Republican disclosed this week.
Rep. Michael Turner (R., Ohio) stated in a June 12 letter to senior Obama administration officials that he is also concerned Russia appears to be taking steps to abandon a 1980s treaty banning intermediate-range missiles.
Additionally, Russian missile developments “are clear evidence by Russia of plans for its withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty,” he said.
“The May missile test was “the third new ICBM announced since the ratification of the New START treaty,” he said.
“The pattern of activities that are now being reported would completely eviscerate the INF Treaty’s impact on Russia while the U.S. continues to comply with the Treaty’s ‘zero option,’” he said.
Eviscerate? Not in the wonderful world of the Obama administration.
In this game of baseball, three strikes doesn’t mean you’re out, it only means we continue reductions and “honor” the treaty, which apparently Russia is not. (and probably never intended to) Maybe that is what Obama meant about “flexibility”, that he agrees to accept whatever they want to do, despite the treaty. Obviously, in their eyes this treaty was only meant to restrict us not them.
But really now, is “more flexibility” the prescription to deal with Russia? I get it, they are doing this because we need to be more flexible. (as if he hasn’t already been) And their flagrant violations of the ballyhooed treaty go on, without a word or mention from officials in Washington. Crickets.
Oh but the closer it gets to election, expect him to tout the Start Treaty as one of his signature successes…right along with his successful green energy and jobs, and right by his lack of a real energy plan, which he likes to call an “all-of-the-above approach”
But Obama appears comfortable with an anything-goes policy from Russia with disdain. You just know what is needed is “flexibility” from US.