In February 1945, three world leaders -- FDR, Stalin and Churchill -- gathered in Yalta, in Crimea, to discuss the fate of post-war Europe. At that conference, FDR signed away half of Germany, all of Poland, enslavement of the German population to the Soviet Union. While the conference suggested that liberated countries would be granted free elections, no enforcement mechanism was put in place, so the Soviets effectively annexed every piece of land they occupied.
FDR insisted he had not been duped. "Poor Neville Chamberlain believed he could trust Hitler," FDR said days after the conference. "He was wrong. But I don't think I'm wrong about Stalin." FDR was wrong about Stalin, of course. But he had reason to be wrong -- he had been misinformed by his own supposed allies. Soviet agent Alger Hiss worked as part of the American delegation at Yalta; communist superspy Kim Philby and the rest of the so-called "Cambridge Five" funneled papers from the British and the Americans regarding their positions on Poland.
So it's fair to let FDR off the hook, at least minimally, for Yalta.
Not so with President Obama. He is busily Yalta-ing the United States and her allies knowing full well that the free world will suffer for it.
Take, for example, President Obama's recent nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. Obama championed it in order to set an example for the rest of the world: "With this agreement, the United States and Russia … send a clear signal that we intend to lead," he said. "By upholding our own commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, we strengthen our global efforts to stop the spread of these weapons, and to ensure that other nations meet their own responsibilities." How will we ensure that other nations meet their own responsibilities? He does not say (shades of Yalta).
What's worse, though, is the fact that Russia gained more than the United States did in this treaty deal -- the United States effectively revoked her right to create any sort of missile defense shield for Europe. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, front man for Vladimir Putin, told George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that if the U.S. pursued missile defense, Russia would pull out of the treaty forthwith. You can bet that President Obama will shelve missile defense as soon as possible based on the Russians' baseless objections.