Five lessons about the real etch-a-sketch candidate

Mika V. Stetsovski

Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obam

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  • The Bibi-hating, Iran-failing, American-decline embracing #Obama is not the real #Obama. The real #Obama is much worse.

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  • Obama is totally cool with the farce of Russian democracy, something Medvedev will also likely “tell Vladimir.”

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  • “#Obama will say anything and work with anyone to further his reelection.” @dpletka

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Drudge is leading with Obama’s revealing open mike chat with outgoing Russian President Medvedev. Here’s the whole convo, courtesy of abcnews:

President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.

President Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…

President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.

President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.

Taking the president’s last statement at face value, it’s little more than an admission of naked truth. After his re-election, he will have more flexibility. That’s why many Americans don’t want to see him re-elected. Many enough? Who knows.

But the Obama whisper—like his previous open mike chat with French President Sarkozy letting on that he can’t stand Israeli PM Netanyahu—tells us more. Here are five lessons about the real etch-a-sketch president:

1.    The Bibi-hating, Iran-failing, American-decline embracing Obama is not the real Obama. The real Obama is much worse.

2.    Still, this Obama has no problem in allowing the same Russians who stole their latest election to think that he too lies to the American people in order to get reelected.

3.    He has no intention of keeping his missile defense deal with Congress.

4.    He is totally cool with the farce of Russian democracy, something Medvedev will also likely “tell Vladimir.”

5.    He will say anything and work with anyone to further his reelection.

Danielle Pletka is the Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at AEI.

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  • As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relation senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

    Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011) and “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan” (AEI Press, 2012). Her most recent study, “America vs. Iran: The competition for the future of the Middle East,” was published in January 2014.


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