Bill O’Reilly used his “Talking Points” segment last night to show how the Obama administration’s attempts to “reset” America’s relationship with Russia is dangerously naive. President Obama betrayed our allies in Eastern Europe by abandoning the missile defense shield planned for installation in Poland and the Czech Republic, in the hope of garnering good will in Russia. He and Hillary Clinton nearly swooned when Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said a few days later that Russia could possibly consider sanctions against Iran sometime in the future. Wow — some real hard bargaining there!
Vladimir Putin — Russia’s former spymaster and current prime minister who is still really in charge — subsequently shot down even that teaser:
We believe that we should treat this issue with caution, and there is no need to scare the Iranians.
Of course what Putin really meant was that there was no need to interrupt Russia’s highly profitable arms dealings with Iran, or its efforts to form a natural gas cartel with Iran that could strangle Europe.
While Putin was in China when he made these remarks, Hillary Clinton was visiting Moscow. She received a similar message from Russia’s foreign minister regarding Russia’s present opposition to sanctions. Yet, with her head in the sand, she chose to ignore the reality of Russia’s intentions and remarked how much she appreciated Russia’s spirit of cooperation :
I feel very good about the so-called reset. We did not ask for anything today. We reviewed the situation and where it stood, which I think was the appropriate timing for what this process entails.
If that weren’t enough, Hillary apparently promised her hosts full access to inspect our nuclear facilities as part of an agreement in principle on a new strategic arms treaty. Supposedly, the Russians will be as forthcoming about their own facilities. Anyone who believes that also believes in the Tooth Fairy.
In keeping with Obama’s commitment to lead the way towards a nuclear-free world, the Russians would be permitted to visit nuclear sites in the United States to count missiles and warheads. As Hillary explained:
We want to ensure that every question that the Russian military or Russian government asks is answered.
In other words, we have already made concrete concessions, and are planning to make more, with nothing of any real value to show for them in return. So far the re-set button means that we are being set down a very dangerous path, while Russia and Iran are laughing all the way to the bank.