A shocking moment of candor and weakness

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by George Landrith

One of my frequent criticisms of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy has been that he projects weakness. Weakness is provocative. It encourages our adversaries. It emboldens our enemies.

While in Asia at an international summit meeting, Obama whispered to outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it’s important for [incoming Russian President Putin] to give me space. This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” This takes the idea of projecting weakness to a whole new level.

“After my election, I have more flexibility,” whispered Obama. More flexibility? If that is a legitimate political position, why whisper it? If Obama believed the American people agreed with his position of greater flexibility on national security issues, why not openly state it in public?

The answer is simple. Obama knows his views on national security are not popular with the American public. He knows that most Americans would see that as selling out our national security to get some help with a potentially tough reelection. So Obama hoped to privately and secretly express his desire for a bargain with incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin — Putin would give Obama space for his reelection and Obama would give Putin what he wants in arms deals and missile defense. Medvedev promised, “I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”

No president should ever be telling foreign leaders that he needs them to cooperate in his reelection efforts and that in return, he’ll be more flexible in meeting their demands after the election. The president has a duty and a responsibility to protect and defend America. That doesn’t permit him to use our national security interests as a bargaining chip in gaining some temporary political “space” from foreign leaders during election season.

Obama’s ominous words were disloyal to America’s interests and to the American people. Obama is actually saying, I need Putin to not make waves for me during the next several months when the election is going on and in return after the election, I will be more flexible in giving in to Putin’s demands. That is a shocking statement and it demonstrates that Obama is entirely unfit to be president and completely ill-suited to be the commander-in-chief.

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George Landrith is the president of Frontiers of Freedom, a public policy think tank devoted to promoting a strong national defense, free markets, individual liberty, and constitutionally limited government. Mr. Landrith is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was Business Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Politics. In 1994 and 1996, Mr. Landrith was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District. You can follow George on Twitter @GLandrith.