A couple of weeks ago, our Commander-in-Chief decided that the United States would not continue with the previous administration’s plan to place mid-range ballistic defense systems in Poland and Czech Republic. This pull back on previous international defense commitments is part of a greater unilateral $1.4 billion draw down in US ballistic missile defense spending. Apparently, the Obama administration believes that by knowingly making the United States and its allies less safe, Russia will capitulate to our desire for them to support additional severe sanctions on Iran. It seems that, in Obama’s mind, elimination of a defensive capability will somehow compel the developer of an offensive capability to reverse course. In essence this is like saying, “By leaving my door unlocked, I am going to compel you not to rob my house.” By any stretch of the imagination, this is a risky if not logically flawed approach. So, in a vain attempt to seek some comfort by better understanding Obama’s plan, I set out on an Internet-based expedition for answers. What I found, however, punched me right between my optic nerves:
After looking at the above pictures the pain behind my eyes only seemed to intensify. Surely our President would not make such a risky decision on our safety without a sound plan. So with renewed zeal I dug even further trying to find some type of consolation – and found these:
Having now successfully propelled myself into an inverted flaming existential tailspin I panicked. Surely Putin is being political and all these pictures are just for show! Surely the smiles were fake and these rooms were full of animus and enmity. Then I found the most troubling picture of all:
Does this look like two men who want to “sanction” each other? What exactly is Mahmoud doing to our buddy here? Is Putin enjoying it? Can we count on the corrupt, power mad (and clearly sometimes vulnerable) Putin to do the right thing by the US? I cannot say for sure, but I now firmly believe that a handshake (and whatever is happening above) is truly worth a thousand words.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I found one other picture that I am sure succinctly sums up Putin’s feelings about Obama’s plan: