Mitt Romney’s open-mic “47 percent” incident has been widely disseminated and commented on by the mainstream media. It has seemed almost a feeding frenzy at times. In contrast, the media has a selective attention deficit disorder in covering Barack Obama’s March 27 open-mic conversation with Russian President Medvedev. Then he asked Medvedev to tell incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin that “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.”
Flexibility with what? Well, flexibility to weaken the missile defense system for Europe and the United States. It might seem strange for Obama to do this since we have effectively acquiesced to Iran and North Korea possessing nuclear weapons. One would think that an effective missile deterrence would be even more of an imperative. But no, in a second term, the president would negotiate away part of our nuclear defense to the former lieutenant colonel of the KGB and now the autocratic ruler of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
What do we get in exchange besides photo opportunities for the administration? Nothing. Russia has helped Iran and North Korea in their quest for nuclear arms. They have flamed the massacre in Syria. They are good friends with Hugo Chavez. This may be in their interest. It is not in ours.
But what should one expect of an administration that cannot protect its sovereign territory or its personnel overseas? For months, it ignored repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. After the Sept. 11 rampage that killed Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans, Secretary of State Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Rice began anew the great U.S. multicultural apology tour by blaming an unknown Internet video for inciting the violence. Perhaps they’re already rehearsing their apologies for the upcoming film “Zero Dark Thirty” about Osama’s demise.
Finally, the administration admitted “the incident” was a well-coordinated terrorist attack. Then Obama called the murders “bumps in the road.” Perhaps. Bumps in the road of a foreign policy that is a disaster in the making.