Friday, July 7, 2017

Obama, Trump and Putin

During his trip to Poland President Donald Trump agreed to sell advanced missile defense systems to that Eastern European nation.

Reuters reports:

Wednesday night, the U.S. agreed to sell Patriot missile defense systems to Poland in a memorandum, Poland’s Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said.

“A memorandum was signed tonight that the U.S. government has agreed to sell Poland Patriot missiles in the most modern configuration,” Macierewicz said in a news conference broadcast on public television Thursday morning.

“I am glad that I can pass on this information on the day of President’s Trump visit to Warsaw,” Macierewicz added.

Now, compare and contrast the Obama approach to Vladimir Putin. In a March 26, 2012 report Reuters described an open-miked encounter between Obama and Russian President Medvedev:

President Barack Obama was caught on camera on Monday assuring outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have "more flexibility" to deal with contentious issues like missile defense after the U.S. presidential election.

Obama, during talks in Seoul, urged Moscow to give him "space" until after the November ballot, and Medvedev said he would relay the message to incoming Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The unusually frank exchange came as Obama and Medvedev huddled together on the eve of a global nuclear security summit in the South Korean capital, unaware their words were being picked up by microphones as reporters were led into the room.

U.S. plans for an anti-missile shield have bedeviled relations between Washington and Moscow despite Obama's "reset" in ties between the former Cold War foes. Obama's Republican opponents have accused him of being too open to concessions to Russia on the issue.

It was not the first time that President Obama bent over for the Russians. He cancelled an order of defensive missiles two months after he entered the White House.

The Guardian reported at the time:

Barack Obama has abandoned the controversial Pentagon plan to build a missile defence system in Europe that had long soured relations with Russia.

In one of the sharpest breaks yet with the policies of the Bush administration, Obama said the new approach would offer "stronger, swifter and smarter" defence for the US and its allies. He said it would focus on the threat posed by Iran's short- and medium-range missiles, rather than its intercontinental nuclear capabilities.

Obama announced the reversal officially at a news conference today. "This new approach will provide capabilities sooner, build on proven systems to offer greater defences to the threat of attack than the 2007 European missile defence programme," he said.

He phoned the leaders of Poland and the Czech Republic last night to tell them he had dropped plans to site missile interceptors and a radar station in their respective countries. Russia had furiously opposed the project, claiming it targeted Moscow's nuclear arsenal.

Naturally, the American media and its satraps on late night comedy shows said nothing about Obama’s unilateral surrender to Moscow. Yet, they are at the ready to denounce Trump for projecting weakness toward Russia. This, even before the heralded first meeting takes place.

By their lights Trump can do no right and Obama could do no wrong. And they expect people to take them seriously.


Sam L. said...

I ran across a portmanteau word recently: enemedia. Strikes me as appropriate and 'fit for purpose'.

trigger warning said...

And it can be taken two ways...

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

And never has a more self-important, unqualified and obnoxious group of people declared themselves defenders of the Republic. I

Sam L. said...

IAC, and they've been so WRONG!