On Sunday, fugitive leaker of classified U.S. documents Edward Snowden fled Hong Kong for Moscow. So much for President Obama’s plans to earn the cooperation of hostile nations by smiling at them and respecting their world views.
In 2009, President Obama gave a speech in Moscow in which he “reset” our relationship with Russia and explained his strategic view of international affairs. “There is the 20th-century view that the United States and Russia are destined to be antagonists, and that a strong Russia or a strong America can only assert themselves in opposition to one another,” he said. “And there is a 19th-century view that we are destined to vie for spheres of influence, and that great powers must forge competing blocs to balance one another.” Those old views must give way to his modern one: “
In 2009, a great power does not show strength by dominating or demonizing other countries.”
Vladimir Putin is still laughing at that, and now he’s doing it with Edward Snowden at his side.
Obama never accepted that China, Russia, Iran and North Korea were malefactors. He thought they antagonized us because we antagonized them first. They have taken advantage of this stupendous naivete since Day 1. Now China has exported our most-wanted leaker to Russia. Obama says through a spokesman this will “damage” our relationship with China. Like they care. The President just got rolled, again, by foreign leaders who understand the Machiavellian nature of international relations. We have four more years of these humiliations to endure.