Getting to say "I told you so" provides no comfort.
Obama Should Have Listened to Romney on Russia
Remember this moment, when Obama promised the Russians "flexibility" after the 2012 election?
Charles Krauthammer discusses Obama and "The 'Flexibility' Doctrine."
"On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him [Vladimir Putin] to give me space. . . . This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility."
— Barack Obama to Dmitry Medvedev, open mike, March 26
You don’t often hear an American president secretly (he thinks) assuring foreign leaders that concessions are coming their way, but they must wait because he’s seeking reelection and he dares not tell his own people.
Not at all, spun a White House aide in major gaffe-control mode. The president was merely explaining that arms control is too complicated to be dealt with in a year in which both Russia and the United States hold presidential elections.
Obama's secret whispers to Medvedev are really amazing.
What could be more revealing and truly chilling?
...On which of “all these issues” — Syria, Iran, Eastern Europe, Georgia, human rights — is Obama ready to offer Putin yet more flexibility as soon as he gets past his last election? Where else will he show U.S. adversaries more flexibility? Yet more aid to North Korea? More weakening of tough Senate sanctions against Iran?Now we know exactly what Obama intended.
Can you imagine the kind of pressure a reelected Obama will put on Israel, the kind of anxiety he will induce from Georgia to the Persian Gulf, the nervousness among our most loyal East European friends who, having been left out on a limb by Obama once before, are now wondering what new flexibility Obama will show Putin — the man who famously proclaimed that the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century was Russia’s loss of its Soviet empire?
They don’t know. We don’t know. We didn’t even know this was coming — until the mike was left open. Only Putin was to know. “I will transmit this information to Vladimir,” Medvedev assured Obama.
Added Medvedev: “I stand with you.” A nice endorsement from Putin’s puppet, enough to chill friends and allies, democrats and dissidents, all over the world.
Russia can invade sovereign territory, claim it, and redraw the map with impunity.
Putin didn't pull this stuff while George W. Bush was president. Why is he doing this with Obama as president?
BECAUSE HE CAN.
That should be Russia's motto - Yes we can!
This is a disaster.
Obama as the president scares the hell out of me.