During a speech that took place with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, Barack Obama said that incoming President Vladimir Putin needed to give him “space” until “after my election I have more flexibility.”
The exchange between the two was picked up by microphones as reporters were let into the room for the two leaders remarks.
What follows is what was said:
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: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.
President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.
When asked to explain what Barack Obama meant by what he said, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes said, “there is a lot of rhetoric around this issue – there always is – in both countries.”
On top of this a senior administration official said: “this is a political year in which the Russians just had an election, we’re about to have a presidential and congressional elections — this is not the kind of year in which we’re going to resolve incredibly complicated issue like this. So there’s an advantage to pulling back and letting the technical experts work on this as the president has been saying.”
Well that is all fine and dandy. We see just how concerned politicians are with themselves and their re-election versus actually doing their job. Of course I know there will be some who think that when Barack Obama says this will be his last election that he will somehow seek to do away with elections if he wins. He may attempt to do that. In fact, he may rig this election. I certainly wouldn’t put it past him.
However, I am concerned about the fact that we want to talk about missile reduction and a missile defense shield with an enemy like Russia. Make no mistake about it, Russia is not on our side. What we should have been doing all along is following the plan of Ronald Reagan and that was to basically make any missile attack obsolete and that was Reagan’s vision for what came to be termed “Star Wars”. It was to say to our enemies, “If you get a nuclear warhead and fire it at us, we’ll simply destroy it.”
As a close friend of mine said, “If you don’t make your product obsolete, your competition will”. Reagan sought to do that. He sought to make nuclear weapons obsolete as a threat by creating a strategic defense.
Barack Obama though wants to deplete America of her nuclear defenses without providing anything close to Reagan’s vision. I’ll guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected in November, then we are in for a very serious decline in our nation. There will be absolutely nothing for the man to lose and he won’t just be taking out our national defense, but he’ll be coming for our guns as well. Mark my words.