With Russian President Vladimir Putin embarrassing President Barack Obama by skipping the G-8 meeting today at Camp David, I couldn't help but think back on the infamous open microphone exchange between Obama and then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev earlier this spring. Reporters overheard Obama asking for "space" on missile defense until after the election and Medvedev cheerfully responding, "I will transmit this information to Vladimir."
Perhaps something got lost in translation, but more likely Putin understood the message perfectly. Obama remains as naive on foreign policy today as then-Senator Hillary Clinton described him during the 2008 Democratic primary. Over at Forbes, I have a new column about a disturbing pattern behind Obama's foreign policy comments. "Words that idealistic observers generously interpreted as gaffes have turned out to be the basis for a self-proclaimed realist foreign policy."