Then, President Obama went ahead with his “Hamburger Summit” with Medvedev in Northern Virginia in June, 2010. Again, the besotted U.S. media gushed about how historic this meeting was. Mr. Obama went ahead with his meal of cheeseburgers and fries even though the FBI was on the eve of nabbing ten Russian spies busily burrowing into America’s few remaining secrets. Those Russian spies were given a first class ticket back to Moscow. They didn’t even have to endure a TSA pat-down. Press accounts say the two leaders shared the French fries, but actually, Medvedev ate Mr. Obama’s lunch that time. The President was said to be unhappy about the “timing” if the spies’ capture. But not about the spying?
Of course, Russian spies don’t have to work as hard these days as in the past. That’s because President Obama blurted out “5,113”. That’s the number of nuclear warheads in the U.S. arsenal, he leaked. He still has not provided a rationale for so needlessly exposing to a host of potential enemies such important classified information.
For advice on dealing with Russians, President Obama could always turn to his Vice President, Joe Biden. Biden spent nearly forty years in the Senate. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Biden went to Moscow in 1979, teamed with Indiana’s GOP Sen. Dick Lugar. In the Kremlin, this dynamic duo managed to convince Communist boss Leonid Brezhnev and KGB head Yuri Andropov that the U.S. didn’t care very much about human rights. What we really wanted was arms control.
As a result, the U.S. had to wait another decade before a stronger President, Ronald Reagan, could achieve genuine arms reduction. And thousands of dissidents in the USSR—Jews and Christians—were thrown into the Gulag.
We know that President Obama has contempt for Winston Churchill. He pitched the bust of Churchill out of the Oval Office into the snow in his first weeks in office. But Churchill knew how to deal with the Russians:
"I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest."
This administration is writing its own chapter in the book of Russian-American relations.
It understands neither Russian national interests, or our own. When that chapter is complete, it will reveal a lamentable story of missteps and misjudgments. And of the United States under Barack Obama’s leadership throwing away its historic victory in the Cold War. The chapter title could well read: “More Flaccidity.”