Hillary Clinton is in Russia seeking to reap the benefit of the “reset” (or “overcharge”) of American relations with Russia achieved by the selling out of our Eastern European allies. Obama’s supplication will surely pay off now that the time has come for Russia to show its support for sanctions against Iran, right? “[N]ow both my elbow and our relationships are reset and we’re moving forward, which I greatly welcome,” Secretary Clinton announced.
Martin Peretz condenses the news accounts concerning the Clinton trip. Applying the reality principle to the proceedings, Peretz notes with some asperity: “Obama hasn’t reset the American relationship with Russia. He was taken for a ride. Maybe his vanity won’t let him admit it. But, believe me, the Russians know they have taken him (and us) for a big ride, indeed.”
During the campaign, Peretz was an important supporter of Obama, misreading him substantially. Jack Kelly devoted a good column to Peretz’s misguided assurances on Obama’s positions related to Israel. Peretz was fooled, but he is not a fool. The same cannot be said of Obama.
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