Disturbing News From Russia Confirms Failure of Reset

Disturbing news Wednesday received less attention than warranted due to the Vice Presidential debate. Russia announced that it is backing out of a 20-year deal with the United States to dismantle WMDs in areas controlled by the former Soviet Union.

In his Prague Address, Obama described nuclear weapons as dangerous relics of the Cold War and called for a world free of nuclear weapons. He pledged commitment to new START, test ban and non-proliferation treaties and vowed to seek a new treaty that would end the production of fissile materials intended for use in nuclear weapons. While pointing to the threat an Iran with nuclear weapons would constitute, he took a generous stand for Iran’s so-called nuclear “rights.”

Some conservatives seemed to forget that Ronald Reagan negotiated the first START treaty, and did so with passionate commitment, when they criticized Obama’s efforts at nuclear reductions. But others expressed more specific concerns regarding inadequate verification and why we would offer lopsided concessions at time when Russia needed an arms control agreement much more than we – and at a time when Russia was turning darkly away from Glasnost, harassing and intimidating fledgling democracies in Eastern Europe and actively supporting Syria and Iran. The new START treaty required greater U.S. reductions than Russian and gave real advantages to Russia.

Another move drew more widespread concern, even among some liberal commentators. In a preemptive and completely unnecessary announcement that could only be joy to the ears of weapons proliferators and terror sponsors, Obama issued a nuclear doctrine that Defense Secretary Robert Gates admitted “includes significant changes to the US defense posture.” He explained, “The new part of this is saying that we would not use nuclear weapons against a non-nuclear state that attacked us with chemical and biological weapons.” (CBS)

As I say in my upcoming book: Russia watched like the cat that swallowed the canary as the cards unfolded to its advantage. The President and Secretary of State of the United States had not only chosen to ignore its invasion of Georgia, its intensified bullying of Ukraine and Chechnya, its continuing aid and arms sales to the world’s worst regimes, its threats of military retaliation against the Poles and Czechs for standing with the U.S. on missile defense and its refusal to join in pressuring Iran; Obama and Clinton also offered to deconstruct missile defense, promised to “listen” to Russian ideas about security and decided to “delay” a push for Georgia and Ukraine to join NATO. 

 We’re all in a bad situation now, and we’ll be in an even worse one, once (if) Obama has the “flexibility” he told Medvedev he’d have “after the election.”

  1. liberal jim

    You mentioned Clinton and Obama but forgot about the tingle W got when he gazed longingly into Putin’s eyes.   No one since Reagan has done a creditable job.

  2. Mel Foil

    Russia is using their economic power (energy resources) and arms manufacturing the same way they used their military power thirty years ago–for intimidation–and the economic collapse of Western Europe is making it easier. Being unfriendly to Russia (or their Middle East friends) could make your energy a lot more expensive.

  3. Mel Foil
    liberal jim: You mentioned Clinton and Obama but forgot about the tingle W got when he gazed longingly into Putin’s eyes.   No one since Reagan has done a creditable job.

    Only one party is talking the language that Russia doesn’t like–American energy independence and no cuts in the military.

  4. liberal jim

    Mel Foil: The GOP has been talking and talking and talking about energy independence for 3 decades and now after voting for military cuts are talking about not cutting.  I guess as long as people like you keep listening they will keep talking.   BTW Romney was a big booster of restricting CO2 emissions in the past.  If he gets elected don’t be surprised to see a kinder, gentler Romney emerge.  That is what is needed another compassionate conservative.  Strange that W could go around insinuating most conservatives are not compassionate and people like you were thrilled.  Guess what he and liberals were able to convince 60 -70% of the country. 

  5. Mel Foil
    liberal jim: Mel Foil: The GOP has been talking and talking and talking about energy independence for 3 decades and now after voting for military cuts are talking about not cutting.  I guess as long as people like you keep listening they will keep talking.   BTW Romney was a big booster of restricting CO2 emissions in the past.  If he gets elected don’t be surprised to see a kinder, gentler Romney emerge.  That is what is needed another compassionate conservative.  Strange that W could go around insinuating most conservatives are not compassionate and people like you were thrilled.  Guess what he and liberals were able to convince 60 -70% of the country.

    Losing ones job and paying $4.50 for gas doth wonderfully clarify the priorities in life. And fighting American energy production is not winning friends anymore. The federal government taxes too much, interferes with innovation and growth too much, and is too corrupt. Why is it corrupt? It’s too big. When a billion dollars becomes pocket change, then all the best pickpockets show up.

  6. WI Con

    Yet another point for Romney to clobber Obama with in the foreign policy debate. I hope he really pushes Obama for an answer on what exactly did we get in return for giving up the missle defense and nuclear reduction treaty with Russia.

    That ‘reset’ button looks more like a ‘self destruct’ button every day.

  7. Chris Campion

    I would guess that Putin wants to make sure he’s still got enough big sticks to scare away any exciting and eager swimmers in the nuclear pool (hello, Iran!) even if he’s supported, directly or indirectly, their ability to manufacture these weapons.

    The Middle East is the long end of a lever that ends up impacting the US in a big way.  It’s to Russian advantage to make sure our interests in that region are always at some high level of security concern.  It must be quite interesting to watch the West self-immolate these days, from Putin’s point of view.  We’ve been setting fire to our economies for decades with entitlements, and if the current president is back for 4 more years, it will get even worse, faster. 

  8. Vance Richards

    But, but, but . . . we had a big red button! Are you saying that wasn’t enough?

  9. The King Prawn

    Not to be conspiratorial, but the last time the Russians visited my workplace for a START inspection they were actively fishing for security information. They weren’t looking for the type of info a nation would want to bomb a place; rather, they were looking for the type a nation would pass on to terrorists to aid them in stealing or damaging the rival’s weapons. Why wouldn’t they cooperate with terrorists if the end result was our embarrassment and possibly a demonstration that our hard power is just as effective as the soft?

  10. Percival

    I shudder to think how much more flexible Obama could be in a second term – he’s Gumby now, for crying out loud.

    Does anyone know what, exactly, Obama was promising to be more flexible about?

  11. Dave Roy
    Percival: I shudder to think how much more flexible Obama could be in a second term – he’s Gumby now, for crying out loud.

    Does anyone know what, exactly, Obama was promising to be more flexible about? · 1 minute ago

    Apparently the specific topic they were talking about was missile defense, though I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a lot more included in that “flexibility”.

  12. Anne R. Pierce
    C
    Kowaliczko Tom: Yet another point for Romney to clobber Obama with in the foreign policy debate. I hope he really pushes Obama for an answer on what exactly did we get in return for giving up the missle defense and nuclear reduction treaty with Russia.

    That ‘reset’ button looks more like a ‘self destruct’ button every day. · 2 hours ago

    Agree! Always thought the simple, startling truth about current policy is all the Romney campaign needs – no sophisticated “talking points” necessary.

  13. Anne R. Pierce
    C
    The King Prawn: Not to be conspiratorial, but the last time the Russians visited my workplace for a START inspection they were actively fishing for security information. They weren’t looking for the type of info a nation would want to bomb a place; rather, they were looking for the type a nation would pass on to terrorists to aid them in stealing or damaging the rival’s weapons. Why wouldn’t they cooperate with terrorists if the end result was our embarrassment and possibly a demonstration that our hard power is just as effective as the soft? · 2 hours ago

    Interesting.

  14. SagioGeoCicero
    Anne and The King Prawn: As President Harry S. Truman sagely observed,  ”There’s nothing new in the world except the history you do not know..” President Putin, as Tribune of the Siloviki, knows his KGB and GRU history very well. In particular, the extraordinary Stalin-Mikoyan industrial espionage gambit which acquired British jet engine technology needed to jump-start the construction of the MIG-15 jet fighter as a result of Artem Mikoyan’s visit to Rolls-Royce in 1946. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG-15
    Anne R. Pierce

    The King Prawn: Not to be conspiratorial, but the last time the Russians visited my workplace for a START inspection they were actively fishing for security information. They weren’t looking for the type of info a nation would want to bomb a place; rather, they were looking for the type a nation would pass on to terrorists to aid them in stealing or damaging the rival’s weapons. Why wouldn’t they cooperate with terrorists if the end result was our embarrassment and possibly a demonstration that our hard power is just as effective as the soft? · 2 hours ago

    Interesting. · 1 hour ago

  15. Richard Fulmer

    I simply do not understand all this angst over Russia and nuclear weapons when the fate of Big Bird hangs in the balance.

  16. FirstAmendment

    Obama talking “reset” is always cause for alarm. Reagan did it just right. Why can’t we learn? Carter was inept. Obama is dangerous. Let’s hope for US regime change on November 6th!

  17. Anne R. Pierce
    C
    Richard Fulmer: I simply do not understand all this angst over Russia and nuclear weapons when the fate of Big Bird hangs in the balance. · 8 minutes ago

    Edited 6 minutes ago

    Ha!

  18. Red Feline
    Kowaliczko Tom: Yet another point for Romney to clobber Obama with in the foreign policy debate. I hope he really pushes Obama for an answer on what exactly did we get in return for giving up the missle defense and nuclear reduction treaty with Russia.

    That ‘reset’ button looks more like a ‘self destruct’ button every day. · 4 hours ago

    Obama’s foreign policy has been such a travesty of what sound foreign policy out to look like. It has been based on ideology and idealism, instead of the good of the States. If Romney does as good a job with this as he did with the economy in the first debate, he will push those polls even further in his favour. 

    Florida is sporting Romney/Ryan signs, no Obama. Just back, before the Ryan/Biden debate, and that is what I saw. Also, signs on businesses stating that they were built by the owners and employees. Also a huge hoarding stating, “Mr. President, America was built by God and Americans, not government and Socialism.” 

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