John Bolton

John Bolton

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Obama's "Reset" of Relations with Russia Makes Things WORSE!

Forget Putin's snub of Obama. The Russians are openly challenging the United States and threatening peace!

Years ago during the Cold War (which Reagan won despite Democrat objections)there specialists in Soviet Affairs called Kremlinologists. It was there job to examine every photo of Soviet leaders and look for hidden signals about any possible shift in Kremlin policy.

Today, you don't need to be a specialist in body language to see that things are not all smiles in the U.S. Russian relationship. Here's a photo from the G-20 meeting in Mexico on Monday showing Russian President Vladimir Putin with Obama.

Few smiles for U.S. Russian relationship in G20 meeting between Putin and Obama
CBS News has a report describing how "The two men barely looked at each other. You could just feel, sort of, the tension between them." Putin apparently lectured Obama on his support for failed Arab Spring transitions.

It wasn't supposed to be this way. Readers may recall that shortly after taking office in 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov a large plastic button that said "reset" in English along with what the oh-so-smart Obama Administration thought was the Russian translation. When Hillary Clinton presented the button to Lavrov he informed her that they got the translation wrong. The word in Russian on Hillary's button said "overcharge." And that's the way it's been with the Russians ever since. The U.S. gives up way too much and gets nothing in return!

Obama bent over backward to appease the Russians in the hopes they would help us deal with Iran's development of nukes. We tossed Polish and Czech allies under the bus on  hard fought missile defense agreements and in return, the Russians helped Iran build a nuclear reactor.

To Syria the Russians are sending attack helicopters which the Assad government will use to kill thousands more of it's people. Russians are also sending naval vessels to Syria as a show of support. Complaints by the U.S. fall on deaf ears. Meanwhile, the killing in Syria continues. Worse still, there is even a news report that Russia, China, Iran and Syria may be planning joint war games in the Middle East.

On top of all that Russian President Putin snubbed Obama and declined an invite to Camp David and the G-8 Summit in May.  .

Clearly the Russians have nothing but contempt for Obama who has proved once again that weakness and appeasement only invites aggression and makes cooperation more difficult if not impossible.

We're long overdue for a real "reset" with the Russians. And the best reset we can have  is President Romney. Let's return to a policy of peace through strength. It works!

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