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Obama Offered Deal to Russia in Secret Letter
New York Times ^ | March 2, 2009 | PETER BAKER

Posted on 03/02/2009 7:57:54 PM PST by publius1

WASHINGTON — President Obama sent a secret letter to Russia’s president last month suggesting that he would back off deploying a new missile defense system in Eastern Europe if Moscow would help stop Iran from developing long-range weapons, American officials said Monday.

The letter to President Dmitri A. Medvedev was hand-delivered in Moscow by top administration officials three weeks ago. It said the United States would not need to proceed with the interceptor system, which has been vehemently opposed by Russia since it was proposed by the Bush administration, if Iran halted any efforts to build nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles.

The officials who described the contents of the message requested anonymity because it has not been made public. While they said it did not offer a direct quid pro quo, the letter was intended to give Moscow incentive to join the United States in a common front against Iran. Russia’s military, diplomatic and commercial ties to Tehran give it some influence there, but it has often resisted Washington’s hard line against Iran.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Russia
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhoiran; bhorussia; missiledeshield; poland
Sorry -- I don't get it. This is smart because.... it's a good thing to reduce our ability to defend ourselves?
1 posted on 03/02/2009 7:57:54 PM PST by publius1
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To: publius1

But, we won’t need to defend ourselves if Iran doesn’t have long-range missiles, right? I mean, that’s the only threat that exists, right? And if our good and trusted friends in Russia keep their end of the deal (as they always have done) we’ll be stronger than before, in our weakness.


2 posted on 03/02/2009 8:00:35 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: publius1

It is brilliant if you are a marxist putting the final nail in the coffin of the evil west.


3 posted on 03/02/2009 8:00:56 PM PST by Anti-Kenyan
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To: publius1
it's a good thing to reduce our ability to defend ourselves?

....remember now, the brain of the organization, Plugs Biden said we have to trust them.....change

4 posted on 03/02/2009 8:01:42 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: publius1
Somehow, this strikes me as old news. I know I've read on FR about the missiles in Poland being used by Hussein with the Rooskies. Maybe the letter thing is new. I don't trust the Slimes that there is one.

yitbos

5 posted on 03/02/2009 8:02:59 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: publius1; All
'Kumbaya!' has now replaced 'Ooo-Rah!' as America's war cry. Or peace cry. Or................aw, fuggit. I think I'm gonna cry.


6 posted on 03/02/2009 8:03:34 PM PST by Viking2002 (The Occupation has begun. God help America.)
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To: publius1

In the spirit of global bipartisanship, Obama offered Putin Eastern Europe in exchange for asking Iran to be nice. What a bargain! /s


7 posted on 03/02/2009 8:04:13 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
In the spirit of global bipartisanship, Obama offered Putin Eastern Europe in exchange for asking Iran to be nice.

Bingo!
8 posted on 03/02/2009 8:06:56 PM PST by Pantera
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To: LibFreeOrDie

If he walks out of the white house waving a piece of paper saying we are friends with Russia.. start heading for the bunkers.


9 posted on 03/02/2009 8:07:39 PM PST by newnhdad (The longest of journeys begins with one step.)
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To: newnhdad

Stalin Hitler pact redux


10 posted on 03/02/2009 8:08:39 PM PST by spokeshave (Palin-Santelli '12)
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To: publius1
"U.S. may moderate shield plan if Russia helps on Iran"
Reuters ^ | Feb. 13, 2009 | Ross Colvin

Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 10:45:24 AM by Free ThinkerNY

yitbos

11 posted on 03/02/2009 8:08:46 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: publius1; lizol

ping...


12 posted on 03/02/2009 8:08:46 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: publius1
More unspeakable folly from the Kenyan Clown.

And that's not to mention that this will also threaten our relationships that we have spent so much developing in central and east Europe.

13 posted on 03/02/2009 8:08:48 PM PST by snowsislander (NRA -- join today! 1-877-NRA-2000)
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To: publius1
WTF? The Slimes leaking a Democretin secret memo? It must be disinformation.
14 posted on 03/02/2009 8:11:59 PM PST by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: publius1
President Obama sent a secret letter to Russia’s president last month...

The Obama regime has just released a number of previously-secret internal Bush administration memoranda, while making all sorts of phony noises about how government should be open and transparent.

In the spirit of openness, then, why shouldn't the Obama regime release the full text of this secret letter?

15 posted on 03/02/2009 8:15:49 PM PST by Zeppo (Save the cheerleader, save the world...)
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To: publius1
All we are saying..... Is give another fellow commie a chance.....
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16 posted on 03/02/2009 8:19:33 PM PST by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: publius1

And he would believe whatever the Russians told him...right? Oh geeze this really is amateur hour!


17 posted on 03/02/2009 8:20:01 PM PST by brytlea (Proud descendent of Andrew Kent, Alamo Defender)
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To: Viking2002

When vikings start to cry I really get worried!


18 posted on 03/02/2009 8:20:54 PM PST by brytlea (Proud descendent of Andrew Kent, Alamo Defender)
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To: publius1

Treason! Basically telling Poland to kiss his ass. Un-f’n real.


19 posted on 03/02/2009 8:21:08 PM PST by Tuxedo (Reboot)
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To: publius1

Secret would be secret.. this was leaked on purpose.


20 posted on 03/02/2009 8:21:50 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: publius1
What a dumb-*ss.

First off, Iran has put far too much effort (resources) into their missile program to be dissuaded now. Second, their "leadership" has far too much political capital at home invested in it to give it up and appear weak to the masses. Finally, Obama is niave in the extreme to think we're the only focus of Iran's aggression.

Does Iran want to threaten the US with missiles? Certainly. Why else would they bother going to the expense of developing missiles of sufficient range to hit us? But they also want and need short and medium range missiles to threaten their neighbors and other countries they'd like to influence. Therefore, to Iran, a missile defense system in Eastern Europe is only part of the equation. Yes they'd like it to go away, yes they'd still like to be able to threaten us, but there are other people on their list too. In short, they are not going to trade away their missile program for so many targets over just one.

However, this won't stop Russia from taking advantage of Obama. They'll sell him a bill of goods, make a back-channel deal with Iran to not only help them (to our detriment), but also make a hard currency profit at it too. Going to the Russians to act as a proxy to stop Iran's missile program is even dumber than trying to appoint a tax cheat to head up the Treasury Dept. What's next, spring someone from Gitmo and put them in charge of Homeland Security?

21 posted on 03/02/2009 8:22:17 PM PST by CodeMasterPhilzar (I'll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom. You can keep the "change.")
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To: brytlea

“...to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States ...”


22 posted on 03/02/2009 8:22:20 PM PST by johnnycap
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To: publius1

Amazing.

Ask the people (Russians) responsible for the Iranian nuclear snowball getting started to help stop it.


23 posted on 03/02/2009 8:24:00 PM PST by headstamp 2 ("Government is a disease masquerading as it's own cure")
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To: publius1

It’s much easier to felate your superiors when there’s nothing in your way.

Emperor bammy is just getting his kneepads out for putin.


24 posted on 03/02/2009 8:25:49 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
In the spirit of global bipartisanship, Obama offered Putin Eastern Europe in exchange for asking Iran to be nice.

Is this sort of like Neville Chamberlain selling out Czechoslovakia to Hitler for "peace in our time"???

25 posted on 03/02/2009 8:27:26 PM PST by parisa
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“officials who described the contents of the message requested anonymity”

ah c’mon and stand up Chuck- or Boris- or whoever you are. We really appreciate your leaking the contents of secret hand delivered letters. It keeps hillary clinton in touch with bamsters real foreign policy.


26 posted on 03/02/2009 8:28:21 PM PST by silverleaf (Freedom's just another word for "nothing left to lose")
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To: publius1

"OMG, this guy is really out of his league."

27 posted on 03/02/2009 8:32:53 PM PST by SIDENET (I am just a monkey man, I'm glad you are a monkey woman, too.)
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To: publius1

Obama is stupid if he thinks that Putin will look at this as anything other than weakness.


28 posted on 03/02/2009 8:33:55 PM PST by A. Morgan (Every night I pray that Rezko and Blago roll over on Obama!)
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To: publius1

BHO to Putin, “We wont stop you from taking Eastern Europe, just tell Iran to chill until we pull out of Iraq.”


29 posted on 03/02/2009 8:34:40 PM PST by douginthearmy (Julio is the face of the new Amerika. Time to start over.)
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To: publius1

Why sell out the missile defense? Why do we need Russia’s help in this? I mean Iran is a small country that is no threat to us. Obammy said so himself.


30 posted on 03/02/2009 9:20:20 PM PST by Zack Attack
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To: A. Morgan
Obama is stupid if he thinks that Putin will look at this as anything other than weakness.

(Edited for brevity.)

31 posted on 03/02/2009 9:23:02 PM PST by Campion
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To: publius1
Here is a picture of the letter...


32 posted on 03/02/2009 9:50:07 PM PST by kik5150
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