More about the Obama-Medvedev open-mic moment

Posted by: Phineas on March 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Yesterday, while writing about the president’s inadvertent moment of transparency during his talks with Russian President Medvedev, in which Obama offered that he could be more flexible regarding missile defense after his reelection, I wondered the following:

Or maybe it’s the interests of others? This should make all those former possessions of the Soviet empire feel real secure.

Turns out we didn’t have to wait long to find out the truth in that. A headline in a major Polish tabloid read (translated)

“Were they trading Poland? Puzzling Obama talk with Medvedev about the missile shield.”

You can see the original at Buzzfeed, via Hot Air.

Poland has an unfortunate history of being the meat on the carving board whenever other great powers deal with Russia; Obama’s 2009 sellout over missile defense was only the most recent example. Now with Obama asking for “space” so he can be more flexible later, I don’t blame the Poles nor anyone else in Russia’s “near abroad” for being nervous. I’d be looking for a target on my back, too.

Meanwhile, with yesterday’s “nothing to see here, move along” statements apparently not convincing many people, Obama himself stepped before the cameras (this time knowing the mic was on) to insist he wasn’t hiding anything:

A defensive President Obama said Tuesday he wasn’t guilty of “hiding the ball” when an open microphone caught him pleading with the president of Russia to delay missile shield talks until after this year’s elections.

“The only way I get this stuff done is If I’m consulting with the Pentagon, with Congress, if I’ve got bipartisan support and frankly, the current environment is not conducive to those kinds of thoughtful consultations,” Mr. Obama told reporters at a nuclear security summit here. “This is not a matter of hiding the ball.”


“What I said yesterday … is something that I think everyone in this room understands,” the president said. “Arms control is extraordinarily complex, very technical, and the only way it gets done is if you can consult and build a strong understanding, both between countries and within countries.”

Shorter Obama: “Who are you going to believe? Me or your lying ears?”

Like I wrote yesterday, I understand political difficulties in an election year. But consulting Congress and the Pentagon isn’t what Obama was talking about in his tete-a-tete with Medvedev. He was specifically asking for “space” with the promise that he himself could be more flexible next year regarding Kremlin demands, when he would no longer be accountable to the voters. It wasn’t a simple “let’s wait until next year when US politics are calmer to talk about these things,” it was a plea for Russian help for Obama’s reelection effort. As Andrew Malcom of IBD put it, it was “backstage conniving.”

And lest anyone say this is just Right-wing panic over nothing, consider the president’s record with Russia: the embarrassing reset moment; the horrible deal in 2010 in the latest START treaty; the appeasement over missile defense in 2009 at the cost of betraying allies; and the flaccid reaction to Russian arms sales to Hugo Chavez, an avowed American enemy; the willingness to give up British nuclear secrets. I’m sure there are other moments of Smart Power that illustrate the same point: far from having a clear vision of America’s national interests, Obama is intellectually trapped in an outdated worldview that sees a dominant United States as part of the problem, not the best hope for a peaceful, prosperous world. His foreign policy is dangerous because it is dangerously naive.

That’s why critics don’t trust his whispered sidebar conversations with our traditional enemies: a leftist ideology married to alarming naivete is a recipe for disaster.

And that’s one big reason he has to go in November.

UPDATE: It figures. Democrats are just fine with Obama’s whispered words and approvingly cite President Medvedev (!) to bash Mitt Romney.  But they’ll scream bloody murder when we question their patriotism because of it.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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10 Responses to “More about the Obama-Medvedev open-mic moment”


  1. Carlos says:

    Bottom line is this: Obama would sell his wife and children if he thought it would advance what he perceives is his agenda.

    Fortunately for them, he hasn’t been pushed to that corner yet, but if he ever is, I wouldn’t count on him manning up if I were them.

  2. Sefton says:

    …it was a plea for Russian help for Obama’s reelection effort.

    I’m reminded of a similar plea to Russians, then the Soviets and KGB, by Obama’s once “friend and mentor” Ted Kennedy in an attempt to undermine Ronald Reagan.

    Charles Dunn, dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University, describes Kennedy’s actions as being in “clear violation of the U.S. Constitution and at the expense of presidential authority.”

    The secret overtures to the KGB during the Reagan years were particularly insidious, Dunn said, because Tunney and Kennedy were working to undermine what ultimately proved to be a very successful policy that brought an end to the Cold War.

    Sounds like Obama learned from his “mentor” well and plans on recruiting the Russians for Team Obama.

  3. Carlos says:

    Yes, that master from Massachusetts was ever-mindful of what was best for the country, wasn’t he, Sefton?

    He was so mindful, in fact, he was willing to kill just to stay in public office, become a traitor, just all kinds of good stuff. Why he even snookered one of the top Repubs and future presidential candidate into a bill further restricting our rights as citizens, a move that would have made his brothers proud. Finally.

    At least they weren’t traitors (as far as we know, but we won’t know for sure for another forty or fifty years, when their records are unsealed.)

  4. Seven says:

    Does anyone else get the feeling when obama said “after my election…” as if he knows he is going to win. Not in his confident and arrogant way, but in a “I cannot lose” because my friends at SCYTL (Mark Evans-spent 15 yrs @GoldmanSachs and Tim Bunting-vice chairman and spent 18yrs@GoldmanSachs). SCYTL is based out of Spain, which bought-out S.O.E.( an election management company-digital and internet voting) which is used in over 900 locations in 26 states. The UNITED STATES! A foreign company with ties to GoldmanSachs is counting the votes in our next election. Our votes do not matter folks, the election is already fixed, obama just told us.

  5. Drew the Infidel says:

    Being a Texas resident my new voter registration card has been delayed by the voter ID law controversy but you can bet you bottom dollar I have already been to the county offices to assure it is forthcoming. As the old saying has it, it is later than you think; Election Day is Nov. 6th.

  6. Brontefan says:

    Our anti-American president has done everything possible to destroy capitalism and any chance of a future American Dream. He has encouraged people to do nothing and receive welfare, food stamps, unemployment, etc. and encouraged radical groups like unions & OWS protesters to engage in more disruptive and divisive behavior while criticizing the Tea Party patriots and anyone who believes in the future of this country. This clip is most disturbing because of rumors about softening our southern border and maybe returning Alaska to the Russians. As an anti-colonial radical.. there is nothing I would be too surprised about with all the corruption and insane logic being done in DC. I guess my biggest question is about so many Americans who want this destruction of our country, constitution, and freedoms—for what? welfare checks? And this guy has done everything possible to destroy our economy. Doesn’t anyone see this? No wonder Fox News is on the higher priced cable packages…

  7. JJRedFAn says:

    Horrible to say so, but it seems like we have a short window of time remaining for each of us to open our eyes, see and understand the vicious plan unfolding, and decide what to do to oppose it.

    Remember the Reichstag Fire – the 1933 arson of the German legislature, just 4 weeks after Hitler was made Chancellor of all Germany. It doesn’t really matter whether the Nazi party itself may have secretly hired the arsonist they then executed. They used their control of the police, schools, youth groups, newspapers and radios to trumpet the fire as proof of vast Communist Plots, and imposed first The Reichstag Fire Act then The Enabling Act which together became the basis for Hitler’s dictatorship.

    Does that scenario sound familiar?

  8. Ken66 says:

    As a personal friend (USMC Lt. Col. retired) once said in writing to me “…the “former” Soviet Union.” That it is, Bob, that it is. And now we’re up against a slimy coward who’d sell out the entire country just to get himself(?) re-elected.