The View From 1776
Friday, May 16, 2014
Obama’s Polish Pullback Encouraged Putin’s Ukraine Move
Read Richard Miniter’s assessment in Forbes Magazine:
As Russia devours Ukraine, President Obama’s decision to stall missile defenses for Poland looks more and more reckless.
Let’s go back to 2009, in the heady days when President Obama was sworn in and his advisers were eager to hit “the reset button” with Russia. The “reset button” was self-congratulation masquerading as a bold new idea. Just because the occupants of the White House had changed, didn’t mean Russia’s long-term interests had. The “reset button” mentality assumed that personalities, not interests, drive nations.
Still, Vladimir Putin was shrewd enough to spot a naïf at the poker table and upped the ante. Team Obama was happy to oblige and indefinitely delay the Bush Administration’s move to deploy ballistic-missile defenses to Poland and Czech republic.