President Obama’s Moment of Truth (FrontPageMagazine.com) by Ben Shapiro 04/04/12)
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What does it mean when the President of the United States tells the
leader of a foreign nation that he has more “flexibility” to
negotiate away U.S. Interests after he’s reelected?
It means the country is in serious trouble.
Last week, President Obama spoke with Dmitry Medvedev at an event in
South Korea. What he didn’t realize is that his microphone was still
on when he decided to get candid with the Russian president. “On all
these issues, but particularly missile defense,” he said, “this can
be solved, but it’s important for him [Putin] to give me space ….
This is my last election. After my election, I have more
flexibility.” Medvedev nodded and replied, “Yeah, I understand. I
understand your message about space. Space for you … I understand. I
will transmit this information to Vladimir.” And then he said, “I
stand with you.”
So, what’s the problem? The mainstream media certainly didn’t seem to
see one. They thought that this was just Obama being “too honest” –
obviously, he will have more flexibility after winning re-election.
But there’s more to it than that. This is the President of the United
States telling a country that is effectively an enemy – Russia has
variously backed Syria, Iran, China, and Venezuela in their anti-
American plays – that we will hand them what they want should they
take off the pressure for a few months. As usual, Obama has it wrong.
The job of the President of the United States is not to treat the
people of the United States as an inconvenient obstacle to handing
anti-American regimes what they want. The job of the President is to
represent the people of the United States and their interests. Obama
didn’t just reject that job, he took action directly in opposition to
But there’s even more to it than that. This is Obama’s entire re-
Obama faces two particularly thorny issues with regard to his re-
election effort. The first is oil prices, which have skyrocketed
recently. The second is Iran.
When it comes to oil prices, Republicans have jumped on the president
with both feet, blaming him for higher pump bills. That’s led Obama
to do what he does best: blame others. This week, he blamed the big
oil companies for rising gas prices, and suggested that their tax
breaks be repealed (a proposal immediately rejected by the Democratic
There is one group, however, he did not blame: OPEC. OPEC controls an
enormous percentage of the world oil supply; they can ease prices
simply by ratcheting up production. Notice, however, that Obama
hasn’t called on them to do so. Why? Because he’s waiting for
Republicans to continue pushing on gas prices, making it their
central campaign issue – and then he’s going to go to his newfound
friends for help. He’ll go to the Russians, who “stand with him”;
he’ll go to OPEC and tell them that he needs production boosted, and
that in return, he’ll be more “flexible” on Israel after his re-
election. Voila! Gas price problem solved, just in time for the
voters to give him the credit.
Then there’s the second major threat to Obama’s re-election: Iran. If
Israel attacks Iran, Obama will be stuck between a rock and a hard
place. He’ll have to appease his Israel-supporting base, particularly
in states like Florida and Ohio. At the same time, however, he’ll
have to appease his anti-Israel far-left base, which wants to see him
stick it to the Jewish State.
Obama’s only option is to delay. Thankfully, the Russians are here to
help. It is the Russians who have been supplying materials to the
Iranians to build their nuclear facilities. They wield tremendous
power with the mullahs. And it is the Russians who have been holding
up the show with regard to UN sanctions.
All Obama has to do is ask the Russians to make public pronouncements
about stopping Iran from going nuclear; all he has to do is get them
to sign on to one sternly-worded UN resolution against Iran. If he
does, he can then make the case to the American public that he’s
tough on Iran and that Israel must therefore hold off on a pre-
When President Obama said he needed “space” from Russia so that he
could do their bidding as a lame duck president, there was another
side to the deal: he needs their help to be re-election.
This is not how American elections are supposed to work – with
presidents intriguing with corrupt and authoritarian world leaders
who debase their own sham electoral systems to help rig our own
votes. Obama has taken Chicago politics international. (Copyright ©
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