Skip to comments.President Lambastes “Cold War Mentality”
Posted on 08/10/2013 5:58:04 AM PDT by John Semmens
In an appearance on the Tonight Show, President Barack Obama criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for what he labeled a cold war mentality. At issue was Putin's grant of asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden and his refusal to allow the US to extradite him.
The whole idea of the 'reset button' was that our two governments would cooperate with each other, Obama lamented. Now, instead of doing what we ask the Russians have suddenly developed scruples against spying on citizens. They invented spying on citizens. They're such hypocrites.
The fact that the US has granted asylum to many defectors from Russia didn't seem to faze the President. It wasn't me who granted asylum to those turncoats, Obama said. If returning some of them is a condition for our getting Snowden back let Mr. Putin give me a list of who he wants and we'll see if we can make a deal.
For now, Obama has decided to retaliate by canceling a planned meeting with Putin next month. Sit-down time with me is a rare and highly-prized opportunity, the President bragged. Well, Putin's off the list until he changes his behavior.
While praising the President for this courageous stand Senators John McCain (R-Ariz) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) urged him to go further. In a statement signed by both Senators, Russia's refusal to return Snowden was called a violation of human rights. The United States is the land of the free. Russia's failure to return Mr. Snowden to this land of the free demonstrates that it chooses Soviet-style confrontation over cooperation. This confrontation must have serious consequences for the aggressor.
Though the joint statement declined to name a specific consequence, a source familiar with the Senators' off-the-record remarks suggested that drone strikes or armed intervention in Russia's dispute with Georgia are possibilities.
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What a doofus.
Sit-down time with me is a rare and highly-prized opportunity,
Nero did not die.