The two Russian leaders have a plan with which they have agreed the mutual exchange of roles: Dmitry Medvedev is younger by birth, in the spirit and is liked by Westeners, while Vladimir Putin knows how to take the reins of a nation that more than anything wants continuity, in general seeing change as a great unknown factor that is always best to avoid. 339 more words
After provoking a new Cold War with Moscow -- imposing economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, specifically Crimea -- the U.S. is retreating from Europe with the closure of 15 military bases. At a minimum, Obama's foreign policy is a mess of confusion and mixed messages. At a maximum, he's doing this by design. Remember his whispered words to then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Seoul, South Korea, March 26, 2012? Not realizing his words would be picked up by live microphones, Obama signaled to Medvedev that — wink, wink, nudge, nudge — he’ll be much freer to act as he pleases after he’s won reelection: “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility” to deal with missile defense by tearing down America’s missile shield. Then he asked for Russia’s patience — for more “space” and “time.” [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsFR8DbSRQE] See also "U.S. physicist Tom Fife: Obama was groomed to be President by Soviet Communists"