Post-summit analysis: a couple of links

Obama is not the messiah.  Or a dupe for the Kremlin.  (My column on the Moscow trip.)

Cheney (not that Cheney) slams Obama for supposedly too pro-Russian in his comments on the Cold War’s end in his speech at a Moscow university.  Here’s why I think she’s wrong (article on’s The Plank).


Filed under Barack Obama, Russia, Russian-American relations

4 responses to “Post-summit analysis: a couple of links

  1. I hope you plan to write soon about the killing of journalist Natalia Estemirova. I think that Obama’s complimentary words about Putin while in Moscow may have signaled to the Kremlin that it could proceed with liquidating her just like it did Politkovskaya following George Bush’s “looked into his eyes” remark.

  2. Jonas

    I definitely don’t think President Obama is the Second Coming like some people in this country, but you have to admit that he’s created some sound policies. Only time will tell, I guess.

  3. Gosh Jonah, you disappointed me. I clicked your link hoping to find an example of a successful Obama foreign policy initiative, and what do I find? Credit cards! Even if I were willing to concede that Obama’s domestic policy is a huge success (I’m not) I don’t think I have to sacrifice the impolosion of American foreign policy, especially its defense of American values abroad, to that success. Obama’s performance in Moscow was shockingly weak. To quote noted Russia expert David Satter on Obama’s comments about the Putin crackdown on democracy: “It was very mild criticism. It was the gentlest of hints, and there is no reason for that. There was no mention of specific cases. If you’re not going to mention specific cases, you create the impression that you’re not mentioning them because you don’t have the will to mention them. If you don’t have the will to mention them, you may not have the will to stand up to them in other respects. Even in his discussions with the opposition, [Obama] was rather measured and didn’t mention specific cases. Once you restrict yourself to generalities, you greatly reduce the impact of what you’re saying. So I think he was too conciliatory.”

    In the immediate aftermath we’ve seen several attacks on high-profile human rights activists and not a word about them from Obama (come to think of it, none from Cathy either). What Biden said in Georgia was far better, but that only creates questions about who is running the show. Obama ran on values he is not standing up for now that he’s president.

  4. Al in SoCal

    Uh – the United States in general has not made human rights a priority in years.

    It doesn’t make much sense in going after Obama in his very first visit to Russia during his first 6 months in office. Obama said he would change the way we did things, and instead of putting us in an antagonistic mode a la Bush by pushing NATO and our missile shield down their throats, to something a little more subtle.

    As for human rights, let’s think about China, Sudan, Pakistan, Iran, N. Korea, etc – how much progress have you seen on those fronts? What I have seen is all those countries using our internationally UN-recognized war in Iraq as justification for all of those countries blatantly disregard human rights, women’s rights, free press, religion, etc.

    How about giving Obama a chance to back off the Bush strategy – making some kind of amends and restoring OUR moral authority before dictating someone else’s?

    >>In the immediate aftermath we’ve seen several attacks on high-profile human rights activists and not a word about them from Obama (come to think of it, none from Cathy either).

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