It Didn’t Even Take One Day For the Russians to Test America
As the news of our election settles around the world, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev offered the following:
About five minutes into his 90-minute State of the Nation Address, his first since assuming office in May, President Medvedev laid blame for the Georgian conflict in August on the administration of U.S. President George Bush, whose policies he characterized as arrogant, intolerant of criticism, and unilateral.
Mr. Medvedev says the recent conflict was used as a pretext to bring NATO warships into the Black Sea and to accelerate imposition of a U.S. missile-defense system in Europe. He warned that system would not go unanswered.
The Kremlin leader says Russia will neutralize U.S. missiles, if necessary, by deployment of the Iskander anti-missile system in the Kaliningrad region, which borders Poland and Lithuania. He says the Russian navy and electronic jamming would also be used against any U.S. missiles in Central Europe.
Is this the first test of Barack Obama by the international community? How will he respond? Since Barack Obama does not take the oath of office until January 20, 2009, is this the final test of President George W. Bush? How will President Bush respond? How will Barack Obama’s response and President Bush’s response differ? All interesting questions that time will answer.
For a glimpse at Barack Obama’s answer, here is what he said before he was elected President:
If you wonder if this statement was made during the primaries when he showed his more liberal side, you might want to review Barack Obama’s post election website http://www.change.gov. Under the homeland security section, he reiterates his statements in this video of achieving a nuclear free world. Here’s an excerpt from his site:
Barack Obama will show the world that America believes in its existing commitment under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to work to ultimately eliminate all nuclear weapons. Barack Obama fully supports reaffirming this goal, as called for by George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, William Perry, and Sam Nunn, and the specific steps they propose to move us in that direction. He has made clear that America will not disarm unilaterally.
Unbelievable, when I first wrote this post there was a very lengthy page on Barack Obama’s website http://www.change.gov that was devoted to his position on nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament. Now, less than a week later, his entire change.gov website has been scrubbed and most of the content has been removed. I guess I should have copied the whole page in my quote above as it is now non-existent on his website. Luckily, you can still view the YouTube video regarding his thoughts on nuclear disarmament. You can also still find his positions on nuclear at his original website under Prevent Nuclear Terrorism.
Maybe Russian President Dmitri Medvedev had read Mr. Obama’s website before it was scrubbed and came to his own conclusions regarding Obama’s stance on nuclear weapons. Regardless, Medvedev’s statements right after the election could not have been a good sign for our President-elect’s nuclear free world stance.