Obama stars in new spy thriller (plus, Medvedev hearts Obama)

| September 5 2012
Christopher Cook

(bumped, originally posted 04/02/12)

 

I like American Crossroads’ tagline: “You only run twice.” (There are also some very amusing comments in the YouTube thread.)

 

Last week, I expressed concern that the hot mic incident isn’t just disturbing because of what Obama said, but also because of what Medvedev said in response:

The subtitles in the video also include an part of Medvedev’s response that Hewitt’s transcript leaves out:

“I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir, and I stand with you.

Though less discussed, this aspect deserves note. If Obama has developed a cozy relationship with a strategic peer competitor, it stands to reason that the heads-of-state of that nation would be more likely to reciprocate warm feelings and a close relationship . . . or at least pretend to. Either way, Medvedev’s very obvious, “I’m on your side, buddy” statement is not a positive indicator for America. For Obama, perhaps, but not for America.

Sure enough, Medvedev is making it clear that Obama’s first term has already been a golden age in U.S.-Russia relations:

Throughout the 2008 campaign Barack Obama promised that if elected he would ‘restore our standing’ in the world. I’m not sure all of our allies feel the same way, but as far as Russia is concerned: mission accomplished.

My colleague Barack Obama and I have once again had a constructive discussion of the various issues on the international agenda and on bilateral cooperation between the Russian Federation and the United States.

I said that although there are varying assessments of the reset in relations that has been much spoken about over these last three years, I think that we have accomplished very useful work over this time. These have perhaps been the best three years in relations between our two countries over the last decade.

This is an excerpt from prepared remarks delivered by outgoing Russian president Dmitry Medvedev at the close of the nuclear security summit in South Korea at the beginning of this week. So in a way it’s old news – in Russia – where the highlighted statement by Medvedev was splashed across numerous headlines. But curiously, there was nary a mention of it in the U.S. media. You’d think this sort of lavish praise for President Obama would be considered newsworthy, if for no other reason that the statement was also an implicit criticism of the Bush Administration. Was our media too busy covering (up) Obama’s ‘hot mic’ gaffe to mention this? Because if anything the president’s gaffe makes this statement by Medvedev even more newsworthy. Since it clearly suggests that the Russian government would relish the prospect of even more ‘flexibility’ under a second Obama term. If three years were so great, why not eight?

Strategic peer competitors, rivals, and enemy nations all share one thing in common: They wish to gain advantages over the United States. They thing they hate most is a United States that is not a pushover; one that is strong and resolute. The thing that makes them happiest is when the United States is weak, wishy-washy, and/or kowtows to their desires. So yes, they’re gonna love it when they have the latter, not so much when they have the former. Mission Accomplished, Mr. President.

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