Caught in a conversation asking Medvedev to ask newly ‘elected’ Russian president Vladimir Putin to give him more “space” on the issue of missile defense, Obama assured the outgoing Russian President that as a lame duck, after the next election he’ll have “more flexibility.”
According to Carol E. Lee of the Wall Street Journal:
U.S. President Barack Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday that his re-election campaign has tied his hands in resolving differences with Russia over U.S. plans for a missile-defense system in Europe, and suggested an agreement would be more likely after November.
Jake Tapper, Senior White House correspondent for ABC News, reported that the exchange went like this:
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.”
In other words, Obama believes that if he is reelected the brakes will be off and he can sell American and European national security down the river by making our allies and ourselves more vulnerable than ever before to an attack from any nation with a missile and a bad attitude.
Obama needs “space?” Medvedev understands? What are “all these issues,” including flexibility on missile defense, that a man who’s supposed to be protecting America is seeking reassurance about?
The understanding that is needed here is not on the part of Medvedev but on the part of the American people. Every thinking person should seize upon that verbal transmission Barack Obama gave to messenger boy Medvedev to deliver to Vladimir Putin and use it as motivation to ensure that Mr. Flexibility/Barack Obama’s last election already took place.