It was caught on tape — sometimes History helps you out that way. Obama said that a number of issues could be “solved,” “particularly missile defense.” But “it’s important for him to give me space.”
“Yeah, I understand,” said his No. 2, Medvedev. “I understand your message about space.” Obama continued, “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” Then — this was the really sick part, in my estimation — he patted Medvedev’s arm knowingly and reassuringly. Medvedev said, “I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”
All understood then.
I thought Obama was being hubristic and naive: I didn’t think he would be reelected. But he knew the American people better than I did. Apparently, they just can’t get enough of The One.
Four more years! Forward!
Anyway, I mention the incident with Medvedev in Part IV of our “SDI at 30” series today. I also quote what I think may be the strangest line in any news report I have read all year. It came from the Associated Press, last month.
The AP outlined Obama’s current missile-defense plan: Our interceptors “would be upgraded gradually over four phases, culminating early next decade with those intended to protect both Europe and the United States.” Russia “initially welcomed the plan, but now strongly opposes it, especially the interceptors in the final stage.”
Now here comes my favorite line: “Russia fears those interceptors could catch its intercontinental missiles launched at the U.S.”
I have many things to say about this, but you can do your own commentary, I know . . .