The Russian president mentioned no such agreements on Syria or Iran. Nor are any such agreements likely. Putin knows, if our president does not, that civil war is already underway in Syria. The Russians are well aware that the only hope for retaining their Mediterranean naval base at Tartus, Syria, is to keep Bashar Assad in power -- no matter how much Syrian blood is shed. While the American and Russian presidents were pretending to make nice in Mexico, two Russian Navy amphibious assault ships with a battalion of naval infantry -- Russian Marines -- were en route to Tartus. Putin knew that -- he ordered the deployment before leaving Moscow for Mexico. If Obama didn't know that, he should have.
And then there is the trivial matter of what Russia and the United States agree on regarding Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. Obama continues to spin the naive fiction that diplomacy and sanctions will somehow convince Tehran to abandon their quest to build atomic bombs. Putin did not even mention the issue.
By the time Putin was standing beside Obama in Los Cabos, the Russian president had to know that diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons were dead. By early Monday morning in Mexico, representatives of the "six powers" -- China, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and the U.S. -- meeting with the Iranians in Moscow were informing their various foreign ministries that Tehran would not agree to any demands on ceasing uranium enrichment.
The Moscow "talks" with Iran formally ended on Tuesday, when the Iranians walked out. But the O-team had already granted waivers from the next round of sanctions against purchasers of Iranian oil. We're now told we should place our hope for a change in Tehran's nuclear aspirations on technical talks to be held next month in Istanbul, Turkey.
Rather than dissemble about nonexistent U.S.-Russian agreements on Syria or Iranian nukes, Vladimir Putin chose not to even mention them. Either Obama didn't know about Russian troops on the way to Syria and the collapse of the Moscow talks with Iran or he lied. No matter which, it's unacceptable.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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