Congressman to Obama: You’d better not be trading away our missile defense, champ; Update: A hint on Obama’s “flexibility” from Putin? Update: McCain calls Obama “a real Etch-a-Sketch leader”

posted at 11:35 am on March 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It remains to be seen how the media will cover the explosive revelation from ABC’s Jake Tapper that Barack Obama asked Russian president Dmitri Medvedev to get Vladimir Putin to give him some “space” on missile defense so that he could be more “flexible” with the Russians in a second term.  So far, the tepid coverage from National Journal and the Washington Post suggests that the media doesn’t consider a request to another nation to pipe down so an American President can win a second term and deliver more favorable policy to a potential antagonist more than a “gaffe.”  They seem to be taking their cue from the White House, which attempted a little misdirection:

A senior administration official told ABC: “[T]his is not the kind of year in which we’re going to resolve (an) incredibly complicated issue like this.”

Except Obama wasn’t caught telling Medvedev that he needed more space because missile defense was “incredibly complicated.”  He told Medvedev that he needed more space on the issue — in other words, to have it downplayed as a national-security dispute with Russia — in order to win a second term, so that he could have “more flexibility” to deal with the Russians.  Very obviously, Obama gave a strong hint that he could be more favorable to the Russian position, which completely opposes the deployment of a Western missile shield in Europe, when Obama doesn’t have to worry about being more accountable to the voters.

That’s not fooling Rep. Michael Turner, who chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which has direct oversight on missile-defense issues.  Turner sent a letter to the White House this morning, demanding answers from Obama on whether he’s planning on defying Congress and trading away missile defense:

Dear Mr. President,

I request your urgent explanation of your comments to President Medvedev in Seoul this morning.

During the New START treaty ratification process, you made specific promises that Russian concerns about missile defense will not be allowed to affect U.S. missile defense deployment plans.  You further committed that the United States will make both qualitative and quantitative improvements in its missile defenses.  You have already walked away from detailed promises to modernize the U.S. nuclear deterrent; are you now planning to walk away from your promises regarding U.S. missile defense as well?

As you know, in the FY12 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress enacted, and you signed into law, a provision constraining your ability to share classified U.S. missile defense information with the Russian Federation.  Congress took this step because it was clear based on official testimony and Administration comments in the press that classified information about U.S. missile defenses, including hit-to-kill technology and velocity at burnout information, may be on the table as negotiating leverage for your reset with Russia.  Despite signing the FY12 defense authorization legislation into law, you then issued a signing statement signaling that you may treat that provision protecting U.S. missile defense information as non-binding.  This morning’s comments, on top of that action, suggests that you and your administration have plans for U.S. missile defenses that you believe will not stand up to electoral scrutiny.

Congress has made exquisitely clear to your Administration and to other nations that it will block all attempts to weaken U.S. missile defenses.  As the Chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, which authorizes U.S. missile defense and nuclear weapons policy, I want to make perfectly clear that my colleagues and I will not allow any attempts to trade missile defense of the United States to Russia or any other country.

Sincerely,

Michael R. Turner

Chairman, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

House Armed Services Committee

Shouldn’t the media be asking these same questions?

Update: I’ve added a link to Turner’s letter, and will interview him today on The Ed Morrissey Show.  Also, the Russian news site Ria Novosti had an interview with Vladimir Putin from earlier this month in which we might get a glimpse of the “flexibility” Obama was promising Medvedev:

Washington’s talks with Moscow on European missile defense failed because U.S. negotiators were unwilling to put their oral proposals to Moscow on paper, Russian prime minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin has said.

“They made some proposals to us which we virtually agreed to and asked them to get them down on paper,” Putin said during an interview with editors-in-chief of six foreign newspapers in his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow.

“They made a proposal to us just during the talks, they told us: we would offer you this, this and that. We did not expect this, but I said: we agree. Please put it down on paper,” Putin said.

“We were waiting for their answer for two months. We did not get it, and then our American partners withdrew their own proposals, saying: no, it’s impossible,” he added.

He explained that those “proposals” included guarantees that the U.S.-NATO European missile shield would not be directed against Russia. For example, Russian specialists would be allowed to carry out round-the-clock monitoring of the anti-missile components, and their radars systems would be cemented so that they were directed exactly at Iran and “were technically unable to turn towards Russia.”

“This would not change the situation dramatically, but we said: ok, it’s already something, we agree. Put it down on paper. But they refused,” Putin said.

How would we “cement” radars or offer Russia observer status on naval platforms, which is the direction Obama took in canceling the installations in Poland and the Czech Republic?  Curious.  We’ll ask Rep. Turner about this as well.

Update II: John McCain invokes the image du jour from last week’s political battles and applies it to Obama:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ripped President Obama as “a real ‘Etch a Sketch’ leader for suggesting he could switch his policy on missile defense after the election.

In the midst of an often tense discussion between the US and Russia over plans for a US-led NATO European missile defense system, Obama was heard asking Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for more time on the subject and promising he will have “more flexibility” following the election in November. The comments came across a live mic the two leaders did not appear to realize was on.

“Pres Obama tells Medvedev he’ll be more “flexible” on missile defense – that’s a real “Etch A Sketch” leader!— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 26, 2012,” McCain tweeted on Monday.

So far, no one’s bringing up the reset button, but I’ll put the over-under on that one at … 3 pm today.


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The Poles and Czechs are are getting out the KY jelly and bending over. At least it won’t come as a surprise this time.

GarandFan on March 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

freakin’ stupid McCain… dumb dumb dumb…

gatorboy on March 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

How would we “cement” radars or offer Russia observer status on naval platforms, which is the direction Obama took in canceling the installations in Poland and the Czech Republic? Curious. We’ll ask Rep. Turner about this as well.

This is exactly the problem. Obama screwed over Poland and the Czech Republic because he needed to appear conciliatory toward the Russian Federation. Now that screw-over (or, rather, screw-up) has come back to haunt him. What European nation, having seen what Obama did to the Poles and Czechs, is going to agree to host his radars?

And how does one cement a naval platform so that it cannot turn toward Russia?

Mr. Obama has been hoist on his own petard.

unclesmrgol on March 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Ed, Obama has a lead in a new poll, so shouldn’t you be explaining how the poll is biasedly biased by biasedly sampling biased Democrats as well as Republicans?

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/03/26/obama_holds_double-digit_lead_nationally.html

cjw79 on March 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Simple, actually-this new “poll” samples 12% more Democrats than Republicans.

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Between this and these comments of his…

President Obama called nuclear disarmament as “a moral obligation,” as he suggested that the United States is leading by example to bring about “a world without nuclear weapons.”

…to hell with this man. This is getting scary and dangerous for a sitting president to be saying stuff like this. I’m not usually with the whole “IMPEACH!!” crowd, as that’s opening a whole can of worms, but if he follows through with this, that right there would be reason enough. These naive, utopian liberals are going to get a lot of people killed.

specialkayel on March 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Maybe we should ask Bin Laden how he feels about Obama’s foreign policy…

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

bin Ladin: My brother Hussein is doing well.

unclesmrgol on March 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

After Boris Hussein’s re-election it’s going to be hard on the kids having mandatory courses in Russian, Spanish and Islamic studies (the advanced courses taught in Arabic, of course).

Annar on March 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM

The WaPo closed comments on their coverage of the story. That’s usually what the NYTimes does when conservatives dominate them. It is indicative that they understand just how bad this “gaffe” is and are circling the wagons.

TheLastBrainLeft on March 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM

He record of winning elections is also atrocious

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Tell us again how O’bama “won” his early elections in Chicago…

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Fact still remains that Obama has proved to be more successful than Bush on foreign policy and the polls prove it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Fact: Foreign policy success is measured in actual daily events, not in polls. By that metric most of BHO’s foreign policy successes have come from the continuation of Bush policies, and his muck-ups have come from BHO’s own self-inflicted naive mistakes.

Try again.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on March 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM

obama seems like the type who likes to wheel and deal. throw out off-the-cuff ideas without really thinking them through and without talking to those more knowledable about the issue.

can you imagine what putin must be thinking of this guy now after having gone through that with him?? he’s gotta be thinking this guy is a lightweight and all talk, which puts the u.s. in a dangerous situation…

jetch on March 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Maybe we should ask Bin Laden how he feels about Obama’s foreign policy…

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

except for the fact that he was in a different country, bin laden is hardly “foreign policy”. and i believe the hard work was done by the men and women who were hunting him (since bush was in office) and seal team 6 that killed him. all obama had to do was say “Yes”, and he couldn’t even do that effectively, took him a week!

jetch on March 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Just switched over to msdnc, they are making it out as a nothingburger, natch

This is the gop making a big deal out of nothing

Infuriating

cmsinaz on March 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Haha. And the upper-crust of the GOP (like George Will) think it’s okay if Barack wins as long as the GOP takes the Senate.

*Yes, I know Will said he didn’t say that, but he did*.

SouthernGent on March 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

The WaPo closed comments on their coverage of the story. That’s usually what the NYTimes does when conservatives dominate them. It is indicative that they understand just how bad this “gaffe” is and are circling the wagons.

TheLastBrainLeft on March 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM

This morning the Post had a poll on Obamacare where if you voted “No” (it’s not constitutional), they thanked you for your “Yes” vote.

But hey, the MSM is not biased at all. They wouldn’t dream of carrying their hero Baraka’s water (but he’s just so darn dreamy, have you noticed?). Nothing to see here folks, just move along.

AZCoyote on March 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

The Poles and Czechs are are getting out the KY jelly and bending over. At least it won’t come as a surprise this time.

GarandFan on March 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

But the U.S. has found its very own Neville Chamberlain and Vidkun Quisling in a single package.

Annar on March 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Putin has chunks of guys like Obama in his stool. Obama should’nt be allowed anywhere near a negotiation w/Putin.

JAM on March 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Failed community organizer in far far over his head against seasoned Tatar warriors from the Eurasian Steppe. Unfortunately for us, there is no Mercy Rule in geopolitics. Obama never looks more like a 98-pound weakling than when he’s dealing with the Russian Bear. In this open-mic episode, he sounds like the victim begging the bully to steal his lunch money.

curved space on March 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I’m a leftist. Elect me to find out what I stand for!

MNHawk on March 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Don’t worry, he already gave away the secret British serial numbers for their ballistic missiles to get his treaty with the Russians. I’m sure our missile defense is safe with Obama… *gulp*

scotash on March 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM

“Put it down on paper. But they refused,” Putin said.

Everyone… from Putin to Netanyahu to Boehner… who tries to negotiate with Øbama needs to keep one thing foremost in mind: BHO is a prolific and shameless liar.

petefrt on March 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I went to CNN’s and ABC’s website to see if they anything on this story.

Nothing. Absolutely silent.

Didn’t even bother with NBC

WisRich on March 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

ABC covered it, but it is in fine print, no, actually only a video.

timberline on March 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Ed, when you interview Turner, ask him where he learned to write English:

I request your urgent explanation

Terrible phrasing.

Drew Lowell on March 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I’m a leftist. Elect me to find out what I stand for!

MNHawk on March 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM

lmfao!

Tim_CA on March 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Whatever.

Have you seen Sarah Palin’s new haircut? OMG…hideous. And the shoes she was wearing today, laughable, they didn’t even match her dress.

Bishop on March 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Notice how the oaf can hardly say “terrirists”.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Ed, Obama has a lead in a new poll, so shouldn’t you be explaining how the poll is biasedly biased by biasedly sampling biased Democrats as well as Republicans?

cjw79 on March 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

this is some of the most elementary grade snark I’ve ever seen. Ed’s not exactly unassailable – you can do better.

DHChron on March 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Good lord McCain is an idiot. You’ve endorsed the Etch-a-Sketcher you imbecile. This just like his stupid teaparty/hobbits quip; he still doesn’t know the hobbits are the good guys not the villains.

Buckshot Bill on March 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

McCain belongs in that SNL commercial – Oops! I crapped my pants

DHChron on March 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Sadly, it’s not just liberals who can be blinded by stupid, knee-jerk, irrational hatred.

A glance at the comments here that mention my senator reveals that.

I know McCain is wrong–less than the conservative ideal–sometimes.

But McCain is in our side the vast majority of the time.

Those of us in AZ know that he’s on the front lines in opposing the President’s agenda.

He came up with a great line that will hurt Obama & will keep him from using the phrase against Romney.

Good for you, J-Mac.

itsnotaboutme on March 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

He didn’t “come up” with anything. That was a mittens campaign strategist…McCain is too senile to function

DHChron on March 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

cjw79 on March 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

this is some of the most elementary grade snark I’ve ever seen. Ed’s not exactly unassailable – you can do better.

DHChron on March 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Not to worry, I set her straight at the 12:36 PM mark.

BTW the poll linked to has 661 pages of crosstabs in the pdf. Never seen that many in a poll before.

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Maybe we should ask Bin Laden how he feels about Obama’s foreign policy…

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I don’t see how approving an order to hunt down a mass murderer and giving the ok to shoot him in the face and dump him in the ocean (if, in fact, that’s what happened to his body) is an example of foreign policy. It’s more of a thumbs up to an operation that a lot of other people spent years putting together, and started the mission long before Mr. President came to office. He just took the credit for them being able to pull it off. I wouldn’t call that great foreign policy or even leadership for that matter.responsibility pulling off. Ask the Israelis or the Syrians or the Afghans or the Egyptians or Libyans or Iranians what they feel about Mr. President’s “foreign policy”.

scalleywag on March 26, 2012 at 1:31 PM

“Etch-a-Sketch”?

More like the Silly Putty president.

NoDonkey on March 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Slinky?

onlineanalyst on March 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

good lord! who is answering all those questions?

I did a beer survey with 50 questions once…I was ready to throttle the guy. Made five bucks though.

DHChron on March 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Don’t worry, he already gave away the secret British serial numbers for their ballistic missiles to get his treaty with the Russians. I’m sure our missile defense is safe with Obama… *gulp*

scotash on March 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Isn’t it nice having a President who would not be able to qualify for any type of Security Clearance? It makes me feel so confident and secure knowing our classified information is available to him.

talkingpoints on March 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

scalleywag on March 26, 2012 at 1:31 PM

it definitely wasn’t great policy taking that ridiculous victory lap…I seem to remember Dwayne “the rock” Johnson knew about the operation before Obama announced it in full Heisman stance.

DHChron on March 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

blah blah blah.

Another day another manufactured scandal.
Fact still remains that Obama has proved to be more successful than Bush on foreign policy and the polls prove it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM

crr6 – is that you? You know it doesn’t count til we think up a cool name for it…

affenhauer on March 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

lib4life thinks polls “prove” things…’nuff said

DHChron on March 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

The Manchurian Candidate…er, President caught by the hot mic again. Never has any other president played so loose and free with our national defense. Putin, Medvedev, the Chicoms and Iranians must go through massive quantities of Depends while peeing there pants in uncontrolled laughter at Obama’s sheer naivety or outright complicity.

bartonbulletin on March 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I went to CNN’s and ABC’s website to see if they anything on this story.

Nothing. Absolutely silent.

Didn’t even bother with NBC

WisRich on March 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

The story is now at ABC (under politics) and at CNN. Surprisingly, it’s even at MSNBC, although they do include the expected WH spin. I read the comments at all three sights, and they were mixed. More than half the people are alarmed at the same things most here at Hot Air are, and the rest think that these remarks show that Owebama is the greatest diplomat ever to walk on water.

susietwo on March 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

“Pres Obama tells Medvedev he’ll be more “flexible” on missile defense – that’s a real “Etch A Sketch” leader!— John McCain

McCain is borrowing the “Etch-a-sketch” term to describe Obama. Is it possible he thinks he’s helping Romney?

Can he really be that politically tone deaf?

Let me consult my Magic 8-Ball…..

tom on March 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

you have nothing to fear from an Obama presidency“—-JOHN MCCAIN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf6YKOkfFsE

PappyD61 on March 26, 2012 at 1:57 PM

blah blah blah.

Another day another manufactured scandal.
Fact still remains that Obama has proved to be more successful than Bush on foreign policy and the polls prove it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Nonsense. Gallup says 50% of America think Obama’s presidency is a failure.

Chuck Schick on March 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Who here believes that Congress will do anything to stop Obama? They will send letters, make a statement and then shrivel up in a corner somewhere and let him do whatever he wants. Maybe they’ll send Paul Ryan out again to talk about his budget that will never get passed.

lea on March 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

“Pres Obama tells Medvedev he’ll be more “flexible” on missile defense – that’s a real “Etch A Sketch” leader!— John McCain

McCain is borrowing the “Etch-a-sketch” term to describe Obama. Is it possible he thinks he’s helping Romney?

Can he really be that politically tone deaf?

Let me consult my Magic 8-Ball…..

tom on March 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

All signs point to yes.

I knew it.

tom on March 26, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Yes, I believe Ojerkmo’s mommy and daddy met in a Russian Studies class.
It all makes sense now/

askwhatif on March 26, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Fact still remains that Obama has proved to be more successful than Bush on foreign policy and the polls prove it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Yes, certainly Medvedev and Putin are reading the UselessAToday poll comparisons on missile defense while instead, their reporters are more focused on signing up for recall election petitions in Wisconsin and sucking each other’s d*cks in Madison hotel rooms rather than getting involved in reporting serious news.

The only worthwhile endeavor any of the lefties papers are good for is fireplace kindling.

You. Are. Flipping. Sad.

DevilsPrinciple on March 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Talked with an early 20′s person the other day.
He stated, “You can talk to me until you’re blue in the face, but I’m still voting for Obama.”
When asked why, he said, “Because I’m sick of all the rich people getting all the money.”
I could not believe he actually said that. This is what their generation really believes.
.
.
.
First stage of brainwashing complete, Herr Obuttmunch.
- Obot Lacky

askwhatif on March 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM

can you imagine what putin must be thinking of this guy now after having gone through that with him??

Putin is laughing his a** off, just for the fact that 52% of America’s population are IDIOTS.
If Putin agreed on-the-spot, and told him to write it down on paper, he knew two things:
.
1. This guy is an idiot for giving us a deal like that, so I better make him write it down on paper and have him sign it.
.
or
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2. This is too good to be true, and I know this guy’s a liar, so I better make him write it down on paper and have him sign it.

askwhatif on March 26, 2012 at 2:22 PM

abc had this story under blogs and political

cbs online had it as a small click on story on the side of the web page

beside drudge, glenn reynolds, and hot air this is what I have seen so far on this damning incident of secrets unleashed!

losarkos on March 26, 2012 at 2:31 PM

dthorny on March 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Das ist ein big fargin’ deal!

El Salsero on March 26, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Says the 39 year old virgin troll.

http://www.besocial.com/profile/view/keninct

angryed on March 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM

..most of the time your investigative talents sting; sometimes — as in this instance — they are a razor sharp orgy of delight!

Nice “outing” there, Ed!

The War Planner on March 26, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Have you seen Sarah Palin’s new haircut? OMG…hideous. And the shoes she was wearing today, laughable, they didn’t even match her dress.

Bishop on March 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

..link?

The War Planner on March 26, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Romneys record proves to me he is someone who has ZERO core. He doesn’t stand for anything. There has not being a single defining issue in American politics where Willard hasn’t taken both sides at one point in his pathetic failed political career.

He record of winning elections is also atrocious

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Look – I don’t necessarily disagree with you about Romney, his core and flip-flopping (although Obama is right up there with him on taking both side of an issue). But I would still rather have someone of moderate intelligence who doesn’t have a core belief in idiocy (i.e., liberalism) than Obama any day of the week.

And I agree, Romney is not a great politician or candidate. I think he is going to have a very hard time beating Obama b/c of it, among other issues. But, that doesn’t make Obama a good or even competent president. So, not sure what you think you are arguing here.

Monkeytoe on March 26, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Says the 39 year old virgin troll.

http://www.besocial.com/profile/view/keninct

angryed on March 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM

“My Story – still searching, are you the one?”

Nah, too easy.

Chuck Schick on March 26, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Isn’t it a few years late for the ever-sweet and pleasant McCain to be “attacking” Obama?

I don’t even remember him attacking Obama, even when Obama made a direct hit on McCain’s own state of Arizona….

Don L on March 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Maybe we should ask Bin Laden how he feels about Obama’s foreign policy…

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

And he’d say…

I wish Obama wouldn’t have kept in place every single policy that Bush adopted regarding the War on Terror.

Spliff Menendez on March 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I thought McCain told us we had nothing to fear from an Obama presidency.

joey24007 on March 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Have you seen Sarah Palin’s new haircut? OMG…hideous. And the shoes she was wearing today, laughable, they didn’t even match her dress.

Bishop on March 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Have you seen your therapist? You have severe obsession issues.

Spliff Menendez on March 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

McCain is borrowing the “Etch-a-sketch” term to describe Obama. Is it possible he thinks he’s helping Romney?

Can he really be that politically tone deaf?

Let me consult my Magic 8-Ball…..

tom on March 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Since McCain couldn’t be bothered to attack Obama when he was actually running against him, I don’t know why he feels it’s a good idea to do it now. Especially using a term invented by the Romney campaign to describe…Romney.

Spliff Menendez on March 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Wow just F’n wow…OBAMA IS NOT TO F’N BE TRUSTED!!!

On another note, is the “pointing direction” the big negotiation/flexibility? I doubt it! If you were coming to my country to have access to your enemy, I would tell you don’t f’n point at me either no?! Russia doesn’t trust the US either you know? Look at what we did to Mubarack…who should trust the this President anymore??

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on March 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

If McCain had been only 10% as bold in 2008.

But, I guess when you hire idiots like Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace, you aren’t planning to win.

bw222 on March 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

So far, the tepid coverage from National Journal and the Washington Post suggests that the media doesn’t consider a request to another nation to pipe down so an American President can win a second term and deliver more favorable policy to a potential antagonist more than a “gaffe.”

And people are smacking Santorum around for taking one to the woodshed.

Like or dislike Santorum, we should all be behind him with respect to his dressing down of the NY Slimes reporter.

Have people forgotten Andrew Breitbart and his message already?

kim roy on March 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

The URLs “Socialists.com” and “Communists.com” redirect to Obama campaign website. And this is as surprising as Obama selling out the US defense shield to the Russians?

chickasaw42 on March 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Says the 39 year old virgin troll.

http://www.besocial.com/profile/view/keninct

angryed on March 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM

..most of the time your investigative talents sting; sometimes — as in this instance — they are a razor sharp orgy of delight!

Nice “outing” there, Ed!

The War Planner on March 26, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I don’t usually approve of such “outings,” but this gave me a good laugh. Wow. How embarrassing.

Rational Thought on March 26, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Fact still remains that Obama has proved to be more successful than Bush on foreign policy and the polls prove it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Success on foreign policy is determined by the polls? That’s a moronic statement, even by your standards. On second thought ….

bw222 on March 26, 2012 at 4:33 PM

What happened to that oath you took, twice in the same day, to protect this country, Scooter?

kingsjester on March 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

So what does Mittens have to say about all this? What does one of the most non-military male families I’ve ever encountered have to say?

Pragmatic on March 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

What happened to that oath you took, twice in the same day, to protect this country, Scooter?

kingsjester on March 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

It doesn’t count when you take it with your hand placed on Mao’s Little Red Book.

Rational Thought on March 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

TRANSLATION – “Yeah, I’ll be totally in your pocket after this minor inconvenience of an election, COMRADE.”

nimrod on March 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Romneys record proves to me he is someone who has ZERO core. He doesn’t stand for anything. There has not being a single defining issue in American politics where Willard hasn’t taken both sides at one point in his pathetic failed political career.

He record of winning elections is also atrocious

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Where are Obama’s transcripts? The public deserves to see them. Bush and Gore released theirs – where the hell are Obama’s?

Ward Cleaver on March 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Have you seen your therapist? You have severe obsession issues.

Spliff Menendez on March 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Want some help with that hook in your mouth?

katy the mean old lady on March 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

The Audacity of Obama’s Intentions Revealed
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150639939378435

john.frank on March 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

If he is explicitely told not to share U.S. defense secrets with another nation and there is legislation prohibiting him from doing it, I suggest that he try and we impeach his skinny, jug earred a$$ for high crimes and misdemeanors. Remember the blow after Reagan went over congress to deal with the Contras and Iran? That was nothing compared to what would happen if the Clueless Wonder treats with the Russians in this fashion.

PorchDawg on March 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Let’s put the nation security issue of this treacherous statement aside and focus on a much more basic analysis of this statement:

Obama: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”

TRANSLATION: Once re-elected, I’m going to do such heinous things, that I could NEVER get elected.

Wake up independent voters, anyone will be better than this guy’s second term.

JeffVader on March 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

“you have nothing to fear from an Obama presidency“—-JOHN MCCAIN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf6YKOkfFsE

PappyD61 on March 26, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I will never forgive McCain for giving us Obama.

tencole on March 26, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

good lord! who is answering all those questions?

DHChron on March 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

12% more Democrats than Republicans, that’s who!

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I’ll second Monkeytoe@1205 transcript request (along with WardCleaver’s mention @1647.
I demand a full comparision:
Romney at BYU … Honors
Obowmao at Occidental? We know nothing.
Dear Liar at Columbia? Same.
President Present at Harvard? Oh yea, Editor of the Law Review but no publications what so ever. Doesn’t anyone in the LSM find this, at the very least INTERESTING?
Romney at Harvard? He took simultaneous graduate programs:
MBA (Honors) and a Doctorate of Juris Prudence (Honors).
Mitt’s cummulitave GPA is perhaps 1.5 to 1.8 points higher than Obowmao’s. But, we’ll never see anything of King Putt’s college transcipts because to do so would reveal that he is a complete and utter fraud.
But he is a FIRST … The first Affirmative Action President.

Missilengr on March 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

You have already walked away from detailed promises to modernize the U.S. nuclear deterrent; are you now planning to walk away from your promises regarding U.S. missile defense as well?
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DUH……Liberals/Progressives…..Reap what you have sowed,er
voted!!

Obama:
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“Fundamentally Transforming the United States of America” Long Version
on May 20, 2011
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Here is what Candidate Obama wanted for our country when he was running for President of the United States of America. He said that “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrefKCaV8m4

canopfor on March 26, 2012 at 5:17 PM

HAHAHAHAAHA! This is hilarious. I was like “Finally, McCain says something spot on and attacks Obama.” I look here and tons of people who are calling McCain all sorts of names and I’m at a loss. Then it dawns on me!!! Those people are Mittbots! HAHAHAHAHAHA McCain just brought to the forefront the one thing that’s hurting Mittens the most.

HAHAHAHA! This is too funny.

MrX on March 26, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Don’t forget that POLAND got done tossed under the Bus by Hopey,
and Georgia as well!!

HELLO!!!!!!

canopfor on March 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Obama’s hot mic “I’ll have more flexibility after the election” remark reminds me of his “I’ve got another 5 years left in my presidency” comment.

Sounds like he has 110% confidence he’ll have a second term regardless of what the majority of the electorate think of his policies. Could this have anything to do with it?According to Argonne National Laboratory- RUN BY THE U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY, almost every electronic voting machine in the U.S. can be hacked & the vote tallies changed WITHOUT A TRACE. Their computer science and security experts on their Vulnerability Assessment Team say, all it takes is about $10.50 and an 8th grade science education to do so
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See the above link for more info & a list with links to the many publications reporting these findings over the last six months since Argonne broke the story. Curiously, other than 1 Fox News article from last September, I haven’t seen any more coverage of this important story… Not even here at HotAir **holds breath**
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One more thing… records show George Soros bought stock in Diebold after the 2004 election… MOVE ALONG PEOPLE… NOTHING TO SEE HERE.

Here is a partial list from their site:

•US Lab Says Electronic Voting Machines Easy to Hack — Roger Johnston and Jon Warner interviewed by Voice of America – watch the video and/or read the transcript of the interview (Oct. 18, 2011)
•Roger Johnston interviewed at The Mike Malloy Show — Roger Johnston radio interview by Mike Malloy – featured on The BRAD BLOG (Oct. 5, 2011)
•Brad on KPFK: Interview with Argonne Lab’s Roger Johnston on His $26 Remote ‘Man-in-the-Middle’ Diebold E-Vote Hack — Roger Johnston radio interview by Brad Friedman (Sep. 28, 2011)
•National Security Lab Hacks Diebold Touch-Screen Voting Machine by Remote Control With $26 in Computer Parts — The BRAD BLOG (Sep. 27, 2011)
•Researchers Hack Voting Machine for $26 — securitynewsdaily.com (Sep. 28, 2011)
•Electronic Voting Machines Highly Vulnerable to Man-in-the-Middle Remote Attacks — Softpedia (Sep. 28, 2011)
•Argonne researchers ‘hack’ Diebold e-voting system — by Jaikumar Vijayan, ComputerWorld (Sep. 28, 2011)
•It only takes $26 to hack a voting machine — by Matt Liebowitz, Security on MSNBC.com (Sep. 28, 2011)
•Diebold e-voting hack allows remote tampering $11 microprocessor-in-middle attack is ‘significant’ — by Dan Goodin, The Register (Sep. 28, 2011)

NightmareOnKStreet on March 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM

freakin’ stupid McCain… dumb dumb dumb…

gatorboy on March 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Thanks for Obama.

V7_Sport on March 26, 2012 at 5:30 PM

How about posting the greatest smackdown of Obama from the Greatest Living Conservative Governor Sarah Palin.
http://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah-palin/the-audacity-of-obamas-intentions-revealed/10150639939378435

CoolChange80 on March 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

blah blah blah.

Another day another manufactured scandal.
Fact still remains that Obama has proved to be more successful than Bush on foreign policy and the polls prove it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM

HAhahahahahahahaha!

Get a dictionary. I don’t think you know the meaning of “manufactured” not “successful.”

jazzuscounty on March 26, 2012 at 5:39 PM

nor

Mental note, slow down when you are po’ed.

jazzuscounty on March 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM

CoolChange80 on March 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Thanks for the link. Good for her for her quick response.

“…Now consider the state of our national defense under a President who whispers to a foreign power that he needs even “more flexibility” to weaken us further.”

- Sarah Palin

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NightmareOnKStreet on March 26, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Obama’s the girl wearing the free condom in this clip.

Key West Reader on March 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM

How much more will it take for Congress to impeach and convict this traitorous, treasonous, and(insert the remaining appropriate derogatory and disparaging language that accurately describes Obama’s abhorrent character here) president? And while Congress is at it, they might want to include his complicit administration as well. WHAT IN BEELZEBUB’S DOMAIN ARE THEY WAITING FOR?

Woody

woodcdi on March 26, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Another day another manufactured scandal.
Fact still remains that Obama has proved to be more successful than Bush on foreign policy and the polls prove it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Nice to add a face to the posts!

/Lay off the eye liner dude.

Key West Reader on March 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM

“Etch-a-Sketchy” would be a more appropriate term to apply to this poor excuse for a president.
I can’t help but think that he is really nothing more than Nancy Pelosi in drag.

mediamime on March 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM

His whole present-duncy has been sketchy. At best.

Key West Reader on March 26, 2012 at 6:34 PM

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