Apparently, the Smartest President Evah! still doesn’t understand that those little sidebar conversations are often picked up by microphones, leading to this exchange with current Russian President Dmitri Medvedev Monday in Seoul, meant to be transmitted back to incoming President Putin
(ABC News) 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.
Exactly what kind of policy does Obama need the “space” for? Jake Tapper includes a couple of weaselly responses for the Obama administration as to what Obama meant, but, I think we can all figure out that Obama needs to win re-election in order to give the kitchen sink away to the Russians regarding missile defense, particularly in Eastern Europe, which is primarily aimed at stopping Iranian missiles. Remember, Obama threw Poland under his big, stake encrusted bus back in 2009, regarding missile defense.
As Powerline points out
The man has big plans for us — the kind of plans he won’t be sharing with the American people. Not yet.
The only reason not share with the American people is that we will really, really not like the plans.
This, to quote our Vice President, is “a big f*****g deal.” What solution does Obama envision that would pay off for Putin so much that the Russians would agree to the “space” necessary by keeping quiet about US plans for its deployment? The only possible answer would be the dismantling of even the smaller missile-defense system to which Obama committed in 2009. And it looks as though Obama has already tipped his hand to the Russians — against whom this particular defense system would be mainly ineffective anyway — in exchange for political assistance to influence the election.
Oh, great. Now we have the President telling the Russians that he can do more of what they want on missile defense once he gets reelected and doesn’t have to worry about American voters disapproving of what he wants to do.
Isn’t wonderful how Obama is looking out for the best interests of the Russian people first?