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Congressman to Obama: You’d better not be trading away our missile defense, champ
Hotair ^ | 03/26/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 03/26/2012 9:29:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

It remains to be seen how the media will cover the explosive revelation from ABC's Jake Tapper that Barack Obama asked Russian president Dmitri Medvedev to get Vladimir Putin to give him some "space" on missile defense so that he could be more "flexible" with the Russians in a second term. So far, the tepid coverage from National Journal and the Washington Post suggests that the media doesn't consider a request to another nation to pipe down so an American President can win a second term and deliver more favorable policy to a potential antagonist more than a "gaffe". They seem to be taking their cue from the White House, which attempted a little misdirection:

A senior administration official told ABC: "[T]his is not the kind of year in which we’re going to resolve (an) incredibly complicated issue like this."

Except Obama wasn’t caught telling Medvedev that he needed more space because missile defense was “incredibly complicated.” He told Medvedev that he needed more space on the issue — in other words, to have it downplayed as a national-security dispute with Russia — in order to win a second term, so that he could have “more flexibility” to deal with the Russians. Very obviously, Obama gave a strong hint that he could be more favorable to the Russian position, which completely opposes the deployment of a Western missile shield in Europe, when Obama doesn’t have to worry about being more accountable to the voters.

That’s not fooling Rep. Michael Turner, who chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which has direct oversight on missile-defense issues. Turner sent a letter to the White House this morning, demanding answers from Obama on whether he’s planning on defying Congress and trading away missile defense:

Dear Mr. President,

I request your urgent explanation of your comments to President Medvedev in Seoul this morning.

During the New START treaty ratification process, you made specific promises that Russian concerns about missile defense will not be allowed to affect U.S. missile defense deployment plans. You further committed that the United States will make both qualitative and quantitative improvements in its missile defenses. You have already walked away from detailed promises to modernize the U.S. nuclear deterrent; are you now planning to walk away from your promises regarding U.S. missile defense as well?

As you know, in the FY12 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress enacted, and you signed into law, a provision constraining your ability to share classified U.S. missile defense information with the Russian Federation. Congress took this step because it was clear based on official testimony and Administration comments in the press that classified information about U.S. missile defenses, including hit-to-kill technology and velocity at burnout information, may be on the table as negotiating leverage for your reset with Russia. Despite signing the FY12 defense authorization legislation into law, you then issued a signing statement signaling that you may treat that provision protecting U.S. missile defense information as non-binding. This morning’s comments, on top of that action, suggests that you and your administration have plans for U.S. missile defenses that you believe will not stand up to electoral scrutiny.

Congress has made exquisitely clear to your Administration and to other nations that it will block all attempts to weaken U.S. missile defenses. As the Chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, which authorizes U.S. missile defense and nuclear weapons policy, I want to make perfectly clear that my colleagues and I will not allow any attempts to trade missile defense of the United States to Russia or any other country.


Michael R. Turner

Chairman, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

House Armed Services Committee

Shouldn’t the media be asking these same questions?

Update: I’ve added a link to Turner’s letter, and will interview him today on The Ed Morrissey Show. Also, the Russian news site Ria Novosti had an interview with Vladimir Putin from earlier this month in which we might get a glimpse of the “flexibility” Obama was promising Medvedev:

Washington’s talks with Moscow on European missile defense failed because U.S. negotiators were unwilling to put their oral proposals to Moscow on paper, Russian prime minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin has said.

“They made some proposals to us which we virtually agreed to and asked them to get them down on paper,” Putin said during an interview with editors-in-chief of six foreign newspapers in his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow.

“They made a proposal to us just during the talks, they told us: we would offer you this, this and that. We did not expect this, but I said: we agree. Please put it down on paper,” Putin said.

“We were waiting for their answer for two months. We did not get it, and then our American partners withdrew their own proposals, saying: no, it’s impossible,” he added.

He explained that those “proposals” included guarantees that the U.S.-NATO European missile shield would not be directed against Russia. For example, Russian specialists would be allowed to carry out round-the-clock monitoring of the anti-missile components, and their radars systems would be cemented so that they were directed exactly at Iran and “were technically unable to turn towards Russia.”

“This would not change the situation dramatically, but we said: ok, it’s already something, we agree. Put it down on paper. But they refused,” Putin said.

How would we “cement” radars or offer Russia observer status on naval platforms, which is the direction Obama took in canceling the installations in Poland and the Czech Republic? Curious. We’ll ask Rep. Turner about this as well.

Update II: John McCain invokes the image du jour from last week’s political battles and applies it to Obama:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ripped President Obama as “a real ‘Etch a Sketch’ leader for suggesting he could switch his policy on missile defense after the election.

In the midst of an often tense discussion between the US and Russia over plans for a US-led NATO European missile defense system, Obama was heard asking Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for more time on the subject and promising he will have “more flexibility” following the election in November. The comments came across a live mic the two leaders did not appear to realize was on.

“Pres Obama tells Medvedev he’ll be more “flexible” on missile defense – that’s a real “Etch A Sketch” leader!— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 26, 2012,” McCain tweeted on Monday.

So far, no one’s bringing up the reset button, but I’ll put the over-under on that one at … 3 pm today.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
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1 posted on 03/26/2012 9:29:46 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

And in other news... and redirect to Obama campaign website

Read more:

2 posted on 03/26/2012 9:33:08 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: SeekAndFind

"you sees chilrens,when you has a PUPPET SUMMIT and the other puppet master knows where your from and who's pullin your strings...why it puts you at a distinct disadvantage, you understand chilrens?"

3 posted on 03/26/2012 9:36:24 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama’s statement and its context appeared to me to constitute conspiracy to commit treason.

4 posted on 03/26/2012 9:38:05 AM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, like our yellow-belly Boner-lead congress would do anything about it.

Bunch of wimpies.

5 posted on 03/26/2012 9:39:51 AM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Hotlanta Mike and redirect to Obama campaign website

Well, at least they were being honest.

6 posted on 03/26/2012 9:41:31 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: SeekAndFind

One thing I’ll say about Obama is he is consistent. He tells you ahead of the he’s going to stick it you.

When he said it was non-binding he meant he wasn’t bound by it by decree.

Dismiss these kind of things at your own risk.

7 posted on 03/26/2012 9:48:48 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SeekAndFind


Will wonders never cease?

SOMEONE in Congress has ACTUALLY figured out that this cretin is ALSO a traitor hell bent on DESTROYING this country.


8 posted on 03/26/2012 9:54:02 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (I really want Obozo to have another term -- in Leavenworth! 25 to life sounds about right.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The headline writer misspelled “chump”...

9 posted on 03/26/2012 9:54:07 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1161 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: SeekAndFind
"Congressman to Obama: You’d better not be trading away our missile defense, champ chump."
10 posted on 03/26/2012 9:56:05 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The a$$ kissing Obama will give Vladimir Putin anything he wants.

11 posted on 03/26/2012 10:02:17 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: SeekAndFind
If there were real Republicans in Congress instead of butt licking RINOs ,impeachment proceedings would be under way against the Kenyan communist impostor.
12 posted on 03/26/2012 10:08:29 AM PDT by texican01
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To: Dick Bachert

If I could be assured that the POTUS would be convicted of treason and sentenced to death (preferably hanged; second choice being a firing squad), I'd vote for Barry over Willard in a heartbeat.

13 posted on 03/26/2012 10:09:23 AM PDT by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: RatRipper

“Obama’s statement and its context appeared to me to constitute conspiracy to commit treason”

Just one commie talking to another.

14 posted on 03/26/2012 10:16:39 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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15 posted on 03/26/2012 10:25:46 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind
Makes ya wonder...




.... who's pulling his strings...

16 posted on 03/26/2012 10:26:05 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Champ. More like chump.

17 posted on 03/26/2012 10:26:18 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not sure Congress would do anything about it

18 posted on 03/26/2012 10:31:21 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: null and void

“The headline writer misspelled “chump”...”


19 posted on 03/26/2012 10:32:19 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Stop feeding the beast; spend money only with those who support traditional American values.)
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To: Wings-n-Wind

G.E.O.R.G.E. S.O.R.O.S.

20 posted on 03/26/2012 10:58:48 AM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85)
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21 posted on 03/26/2012 12:28:12 PM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: tina07
among others....

I s'pect....

22 posted on 03/26/2012 1:35:21 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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