Russian Rulers “Encouraged” by the New Tone
I’m sure they are:
President Obama said yesterday that he had told Russia that reducing Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon would in turn lessen the need for a U.S.-planned missile-defense system in Eastern Europe that Moscow has opposed. But Obama said he sought no “quid pro quo” with Moscow.
Obama also said it was time for the United States to “reset or reboot” its relationship with Russia, a nod to the increasingly tense relations of recent years. …
Medvedev reaffirmed strong opposition to the Bush administration’s plan to deploy a battery of missile interceptors in Poland and a related radar in the Czech Republic. He said the move would hurt security in Europe.
Medvedev said Russia was encouraged by the Obama administration’s readiness to discuss Moscow’s complaints.
“Our American partners are ready to discuss this problem, and that’s already positive,” he said. “Several months ago we were hearing different signals: ‘The decision has been made, there is nothing to discuss, we will do what we have decided to do.’ Now I hope the situation is different.”
Yes, now only one side is going to be saying that discussion is futile on such matters as the nuclear armament of Middle Eastern theocracies.
I hope liberals will be paying attention over the next few years and decades. They’re about to see their policies tested for better or worse. I predict worse.
Charles Krauthammer is even more critical.