Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, with whom our President Obama chowed down at Ray’s Hell Burger recently, told a news conference last May that “cooperation on atomic energy [between Russia and Syria] could get a second wind.”
Syria is widely viewed as a client state of Iran, whose own nuclear ambitions have the world—even the normally impotent UN—so alarmed.
Syria is a state-sponsor of terrorism.
But here is Gen. Jones conferring almost daily with Sergei Phikhodko, calling him in his Kremlin office.
During World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited Josef Stalin in the Kremlin. Stalin was rude, even abusive. He told Churchill that if the British fought the Germans harder, they wouldn’t be so afraid of them.
Churchill was outraged. He went back to the British Embassy at night, where he dictated a cable to London, telling his Deputy Prime Minister everything that had happened. Churchill’s private secretary, Patrick Kinna, later recalled a British Embassy official telling Churchill: “Prime Minister: I must warn you that everything you say is being recorded by the Soviets. Everything. Even here in the Embassy.”
Instead of being quiet or more circumspect, Churchill raised his voice, telling London that if Stalin’s abuse continued, he would be forced to break off negotiations and head back home. The uneasy alliance between the Communists and the West would be in jeopardy.
The next day, Stalin was quiet, polite, almost cooperative.
Everything that Gen. Jones says to Prikhodko is being recorded. Everything. And everything he says is being checked by Russian Premier Vladimir Putin, the grim gray eminence in the Kremlin, against what his spies in the U.S. are telling him.
Gen. Jones, the Post informs us, is a light sleeper. Reading how closely he is working with his “opposite number”—as he calls Prikhodko—is enough to cause all of us to lose sleep.