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The Wages Of Appeasement: Contempt From Russia And Iran
IBD Editorials ^ | December 15. 2011 | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

Posted on 12/15/2011 5:40:04 PM PST by Kaslin

'Ask Osama bin Laden ... whether I engage in appeasement."

Barack Obama, Dec. 8, 2011

Fair enough. Barack Obama didn't appease Osama bin Laden. He killed him. And for ordering the raid and taking the risk, Obama deserves credit for his decisiveness and political courage.

However, the bin Laden case was no policy test. No serious person of either party ever suggested negotiation or concession. Obama showed decisiveness, but forgoing a nonoption says nothing about the soundness of one's foreign policy. That comes into play when there are choices to be made.

And here the story is different. Take Obama's two major foreign-policy initiatives — toward Russia and Iran.

The administration came into office determined to warm relations with Russia. This "reset" was an antidote to the "dangerous drift" (Vice President Biden's phrase) of the Bush years.

In fact, Bush's coolness toward Russia was grounded in certain unpleasant realities: the Kremlin's systematic dismantling of democracy; its naked aggression against Georgia; its drive to re-establish a Russian sphere of influence; and its support, from Syria to Venezuela, of the world's more ostentatiously anti-American regimes.

Unmoored from such inconvenient realities, Obama went about his "reset." The signature decision was the abrupt cancellation of a Polish- and Czech-based U.S. missile defense system bitterly opposed by Moscow.

The cancellation deeply undercut two very pro-U.S. allies who had aligned themselves with Washington in the face of both Russian threats and popular unease. Obama not only left them twisting in the wind. He showed the world that the Central Europeans' hard-won independence was only partial and tentative. With American acquiescence, their ostensibly sovereign decisions were subject to a Russian veto.

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1 posted on 12/15/2011 5:40:10 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

charles drops the kraut hammer on obama.

btw did you know that his name translated fro german means “plant masher”?


2 posted on 12/15/2011 6:07:11 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: Kaslin

charles drops the kraut hammer on obama.

btw did you know that his name translated from german means “plant masher”?


3 posted on 12/15/2011 6:07:27 PM PST by beebuster2000
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