This piece was co-authored by Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison
As a candidate in 2008, Sen. Barack Obama acknowledged that Ronald Reagan was a “transformative” president in a way that Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton were not. The Clintons—then pushing Hillary’s rival candidacy—were red-faced in rage.
Mr. Obama’s statement was fully understood by his ultra-liberal base, however. They wanted a man to win the White House who would not engage in “triangulation,” but strangulation. They wanted to bury all of Reagan’s achievements. They wanted a president right off the set of Hollywood’s West Wing They wanted a progressive champion who could change the country, pushing it as far in their direction as they believe Ronald Reagan did in the opposite direction.
They’re getting their wish. President Reagan sought “Peace through Strength.” He rebuilt the U.S. military. He did not mind that he didn’t meet with any Soviet dictator in his first term. Reagan even joked about the quick succession deaths of Leonid Brezhnev (1982), Yuri Andropov (1984) and Konstantin Chernenko (1985). The 74-year old Reagan was hale and hearty, bouncing back even from a bullet near his heart. Still, he could say: “How can I meet with them when they keep dying on me?”
President Obama raced to embrace sometime Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, arguing that he was huddling with the leader, even as he dissed the real power in the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin. That’s like hugging the monkey and thumbing your nose at the organ grinder.
Mr. Obama’s first term National Security Adviser, was retired Gen. Jim Jones. The Washington Post reported, breathlessly, how close the relationship between Gen. Jones and Russian foreign policy specialist Sergei Prikhodko was.
Before he can sleep, Jones also needs to talk to Kremlin foreign policy adviser Sergei Prikhodko, to help negotiate a tougher stance on Iran's nuclear program. The Situation Room officer who handles secure calls for the West Wing is trying to locate Prikhodko, who's traveling in Kiev.
Gen. Jones spoke to Prikhodko almost daily, the Post noted approvingly. All this chumminess was going to help the U.S. get more cooperation from the Russians. Russia was going to help us, of course, with a “tougher stance” toward Iran’s nuclear program. That story by the Post ran on July 4, 2010. Three years later, Gen. Jones is long gone and the Iranian centrifuges are spinning dangerously toward a nuclear weapon.