FDR turned to his military adviser, Gen. Edwin “Pa” Watson. The tired Chief Executive, sweating through a sultry Washington summer in those days before air conditioning, simply said: “‘Pa,’ this requires action.” Those four words inaugurated the biggest, the most expensive secret military project in American history. And it was compromised from the start by Communist agents reporting to Moscow.
Six years later, in 1945, President Harry Truman walked across the room at the Potsdam summit conference in defeated Germany. Truman had agreed with Prime Minister Winston Churchill the night before that Stalin had to be informed of the existence of the new super weapon. So Truman duly told Stalin that the United States had just successfully tested an atomic bomb.
Stalin kept a “poker face.” Of course, the Communist boss already knew all about it. He puffed on his pipe and told President Truman he hoped we would make good use of it. He was already making good use of the Top Secret intelligence his spies had delivered to him.
President Obama learned of the pending arrest of the Russian spies weeks before his now famous “Hamburger Summit” with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. The two leaders went to a local joint named Ray’s Hell Burger. Smiling for the cameras, Mr. Obama joked with the man who is supposedly the top Russian leader. All the while, President Obama knew this man was spying on the nation he had sworn to defend.
Medvedev, of course, is nothing but the instrument of Vladimir Putin, the real power in Russia. Putin is officially only the premier, but in reality, he runs the show. The Russians invented the Potemkin Village. In legend, Prince Potemkin fooled the Empress Catherine with a bunch of false front buildings--like the ones you might find in an old Hollywood Western.
While President Obama was enjoying himself at Ray’s Hell Burger, Vladimir Putin continued to raise hell of a different kind. He was undoubtedly happy that the Americans were naively willing to “catch and release” his spies, giving them all free tickets home.This was hardly a slap on the wrist.
Putin, no doubt, was enjoying the fact that ten years of hard work by our FBI was casually thrown away by an embattled administration increasingly desperate for happy headlines. Somewhere below, old “Uncle Joe” Stalin is puffing away at his pipe.