Not to worry, though. President Obama found that an opportune time to sign a one-sided arms control treaty Russia had wanted. Trust, don’t verify.
The Obama administration decided to stiff-arm the Poles, the Czechs, the Hungarians in order to make nice to Vladimir Putin. So President Obama ditched anti-missile defense the Eastern European NATO partners had been relying on.
The idea was to get Russian cooperation on matters like restraining Iran’s lunge for nuclear weapons. Like helping out on Syria.
Don’t hold your breath. The Russians have been working hard to pull the teeth of any sanctions on Iran, helping the mullahs evade sanctions.
Finally, we have Hillary’s swan song: The outgoing Secretary of State sternly warns the Kremlin (and China, for good measure) they will “pay a price” for failing to back the Obama administration’s plans for Syria, whatever they may be.
Exactly what price will they pay, Madame Secretary? The past four years have abundantly shown Moscow and Beijing that this administration’s words are empty.
Long gone are the days when the KGB took President Reagan’s measure:
“With Reagan,” the spymasters told their Kremlin superiors, “words are deeds.” With Obama, deeds are words.
If you doubt that, consider Mr. Obama’s first Executive Order. Number it Executive Order Zero. With cameras clicking and boom microphones straining to record his every syllable in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama decreed:
GUANTÁNAMO BAY WILL CLOSE IN ONE YEAR
So let it be written. So let it be done. Whatever.
We do not want a new Cold War with Russia. Gov. Romney erred gravely in publicly calling Russia “our Number One Strategic Enemy.” President Reagan never said such a thing publicly.
Instead, he urged Americans not to blind themselves to the machinations of an “evil empire.” Reagan let Pravda howl—thus letting them admit he must have meant them. But he took care to be the great friend of the Russian people. Reagan stood for their freedom. He championed their religious liberty.
The Obama administration has returned to the invertebrate policies of the Carter administration with respect to Russia. We can expect nothing but failure from such flexibility.