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How Flexible is Vladimir Putin?

Specious Rule Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 1:19 PM
Just the thought of a big red button that says anything in Russian is an embarrassing one. I could see this in a third grade classroom or Michael on The Office pulling something like that but a meeting of govt diplomats? What kind of lame brain gimmick was that? Ughhh

Last May, the world was treated to an unprecedented spectacle. President Obama was meeting in Seoul, South Korea, with leaders of the G-8 (G-10? G-20?) He was caught on a live mic talking with then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. Mr. Obama wanted no disturbances in foreign policy to roil the waters. He wanted smooth sailing to re-election in November.

President Obama: "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it's important for him to give me space."
President Medvedev: "Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…"
President Obama:...