Putin Orders Obama Not to Defend America
posted at 8:52 pm on February 10, 2010 by Dafydd ab Hugh
Why do I have the awful premonition that Barack H. Obama is about to bow deeply from the waist again?
U.S. missile-defense plans are a threat to Russian national security and have slowed down progress on a new arms-control treaty with Washington, Russia’s top military officer said Tuesday.
Gen. Nikolai Makarov said that a revised U.S. plan to place missiles in Europe undermines Russia’s national defense, rejecting Obama administration promises that the plan is not directed at his country.
“We view it very negatively, because it could weaken our missile forces,” Gen. Makarov, the chief of the Russian military’s General Staff, said in televised remarks.
Translation: The Russkies agree with Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush that ballistic missile defense (BMD) works; and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is terrified that if we implement it, Russia will no longer have the ability to destroy America. From Vlad the Impeller’s point of view, that’s a very, very bad thing.
So the big question is — is it also a very, very bad thing from the Obamacle’s point of view?
Gen. Makarov’s comments are the strongest yet on the revamped U.S. missile effort and signal potential new obstacles to an agreement on a new nuclear arms reduction treaty to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty [START], which expired Dec. 5.
I’d much prefer to rely upon American BMD than Russian BS in a new START. How about you? How about the president?
But I’m getting nervous, recalling how quick and servile Obama was in cancelling the Bush BMD plan. All that Putin, a “former” KGB agent, needed to do was hint that the missile-defense plans were an “obstacle” to a new arms reduction treaty, and our American president hopped to obey. Obama didn’t even gain any concessions or promises; his appeasement was unilateral.
Experts have said the new plan is less threatening to Russia because it would not initially involve interceptors capable of shooting down Russia’s intercontinental ballistic missiles….
Russian officials at first reacted calmly to U.S. plans to deploy Patriot missile systems in Poland, but have grown increasingly critical in recent weeks.
Romania last week approved a proposal to place anti-ballistic missile interceptors in the country as part of the revamped American missile shield.
Asked Tuesday about the plans in Romania and Poland, Gen. Makarov called the U.S. missile-defense plans a threat.
“The development of missile defense is aimed against the Russian Federation,” he said.
Another translation: In this instance (and every instance from the Russian Federation), the term “Russian Federation” shall be understood to mean “reconstituted and reconquered Soviet Empire.” When Gen.
Zod Makarov says missile defense threatens the Russian Federation, he means BMD threatens Russia’s plan to reoccupy Poland, Romania, the Baltic States, and Eastern Germany.
Makarov, a sock puppet for Putin, demands that the BMD program be part of the START talks:
“The treaty on strategic offensive weapons we are currently working on must take into account the link between defensive and offensive strategic weapons,” Gen. Makarov said. “This link is very close; they are absolutely interdependent. It would be wrong not to take the missile defense into account.”
When Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, issued an identical ultimatum to Ronald Reagan in 1986 at the U.S.-Soviet summit in Reykjavík, Iceland, Reagan called Gorbachev’s bluff: He refused to sign a treaty that threw the Strategic Defense Initiative under the Gorby bus. I can’t remember the exact quotation, but Reagan said something to the effect that America must never be afraid to walk away from a bad deal.
Is Barack Obama prepared to walk away from an equally bad deal with Vladimir Putin? I worry that he is so desperate for a treaty that he’ll accept any treaty, even a bad one, rather than finish his term empty handed.
Cross-posted on Big Lizards…