Ken Blackwell

Nothing could stand in the way of the Obama administration’s fast track for the START Treaty with Russia, ratified by the lame ducks of the 111thCongress. Vice President Joe Biden was their point man in hurrying this treaty through last December. Biden has a long history of trusting the Russians. He went to Moscow in 1979, when Barack Obama was just old enough to vote.

Biden told the KGB in 1979 that we were most interested in arms control. Human rights was a matter of lesser interest. As a result, we got no arms control agreement that could be ratified—even by a Democratic Senate. And thousands more Russians were thrown into the GuLAG.

Biden’s Russian expertise: Trust, don’t verify.

The Wall Street Journal reports, in a front page story, that American astronaut Dan Burbank is “hitching a ride to the International Space Station.” Thanks to Mr. Obama’s re-ordering of priorities for NASA, we no longer have the capacity to send up astronauts ourselves. Instead, we can trust the Russians to take us for a ride.

President Obama recently met with outgoing President Medvedev in Honolulu. They conferred on ways to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. Forget for the moment that Dmitri Medvedev faithfully plays the monkey to Vladimir Putin’s organ grinder, what possible common interest could we have with Russia in framing a policy on Iran?

Reuters reports the two men discussed Syria during their meeting. Does our president know that Russia has been a backer of Syria for decades? And that Syria is a virtual client state of Iran?

Can we trust the Russians? Should “Trust, Don’t Verify” be our new policy toward Moscow? I can agree with this much of Astronaut Dan Burbank’s merriment: You can always trust the Russians to take Americans for a ride.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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