What Does Medvedev Know That Has Him Campaigning For Obama In 2012 And The DNC Doing His Press Work?
President Dmitry Medvedev: "I Would Recommend All U.S. Presidential Candidates ... Do Two Things. First, When Phrasing Their Position One Needs To Use One's Head, One's Good Reason, Which Would Not Do Harm To A Presidential Candidate." (Alexei Anishchuk, "Medvedev Says Romney's Anti-Russia Comment Smacks Of Hollywood," Reuters, 3/27/12)
The Democrat National Committee Promptly Circulated The Russian President's Comments In Defense Of Obama. "@jmartpolitico: DNC blasting out Medvedev pushback! #comradewoodhouse http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/218387-medvedev-rips-romney-tells-him-to-use-his-head-when-talking-foreign-policy " (Jonathan Martin Twitter Feed, 3/27/12)
BUT THE DEMOCRATS' NEWEST SURROGATE BRINGS SOME BAGGAGE (DNC, PLEASE SEND TALKERS!)
"Russia Says It Will Keep Selling Weapons To Syria." (The Associated Press, 3/13/12)
"U.S. And Russia Clash Over Syria, As Children Are Reported Killed In Homs." (The Wall Street Journal, 3/12/12)
"Russia's Stake In Syria And Iran." (The Wall Street Journal, 3/19/12)
"U.S., Britain Urge China, Russia To Denounce Syria's Assad." (USA Today, 3/15/12)
"Putin: Syrian Strife Feeds On Missteps By The West." (The Washington Post, 3/3/12)
"Medvedev Calls Missile Defense A Threat To Russia." ( The Washington Post , 3/24/12)
"Russia: President Urges Military To Defeat U.S. Missile Shield." (The New York Times, 3/21/12)
"Russia To Keep Blocking UN Sanctions On Syria." (The Associated Press, 1/125/12)
Washington Post : "Return Of Vladimir Putin To The Russian Presidency Ought To Have Caused The Obama Administration To Reshape Its Policy Toward The Kremlin" But "Obama Has Decided To Bet On Deal-Making With Mr. Putin Rather Than On Democratic Change In Russia." "The return of Vladimir Putin to the Russian presidency ought to have caused the Obama administration to reshape its policy toward the Kremlin. Putin based his election campaign in large part on anti-Americanism; he has increasingly pursued policies contrary to vital U.S. interests, such as his military support for the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad and his threats against NATO's European missile-defense system. Most important, Mr. Putin's decade-old autocratic regime is looking shaky. Hundreds of thousands of Russians have turned out to demonstrate against fraud in the presidential and parliamentary elections, and to demand political reform. ... Remarkably, however, President Obama has responded to Mr. Putin's return to the presidency by strongly affirming his commitment to partnering with the strongman. His meant-to-be-confidential assurance to outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday, that 'after my election I have more flexibility' to solve 'all these issues, but particularly missile defense,' was only the latest sign that Mr. Obama has decided to bet on deal-making with Mr. Putin rather than on democratic change in Russia." (Editorial, "President Obama's Bad Bet On Vladimir Putin," The Washington Post , 3/28/12)
AND THE QUESTION REMAINS, WHAT DOES THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT KNOW ABOUT OBAMA'S AGENDA THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T?
"In A Private Conversation About The Planned U.S.-Led NATO Missile Defense System In Europe, President Obama Asked Outgoing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev For Space On The Issue." (Brianna Keilar, "Open Mic Catches Obama Asking Russian President For Space On Missile Defense,"CNN Politics , 3/26/12)
President Obama To Russian President Medvedev: "After My Election I Have More Flexibility."
Obama's Message To Russia On Missile Defense: "Let Me Get Reelected First...Then I'll Have A Better Chance Of Making Something Happen." "In their joint statement to reporters here, President Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev spoke carefully about continuing discussions on the sensitive issues of European missile defense. But in an unscripted moment picked up by camera crews, the American president was more blunt: Let me get reelected first, he said, then I'll have a better chance of making something happen." (David Nakamura And Debbi Wilgoren, "Obama Tells Medvedev Solution On Missile Defense Is Unlikely Before Elections," The Washington Post , 3/26/12)