by Ed Farnan – Just like the Rorschach psychological test that takes a snapshot into the real personality and character of the testee, an open mic offers the same glimpse into the person who inadvertently speaks off script into an open microphone.
The latest “hot mic” slip shows again, it’s all about the politics. You can firmly place bets that any strategic moves made by the White house up until Novembers elections will be made for the best interests of the candidate, and not the country.
According to ABC News in SEOUL, South Korea – At the tail end of his 90 minute meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev Monday, President Obama said that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with controversial issues such as missile defense, but incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to give him “space.”
Here is the exact exchange according to ABC News:
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.”
It makes you wonder what sort of “December surprises” will be in store for America if President Obama gets re-elected in November. Instantly a lame duck President, for 4 years if elected, for 2 months if defeated, immune from pressure to stay on center, he will be free to pursue many of the goals he has had to temporarily give up due to re-election pressures.
As far as concessions to Russia, he has already given them more than they could ever dream. President Obama presided over our final manned space flight in the Space Shuttle and now we pay the Russians whatever they decide to charge to send our Astronauts to the Space Station.
Just how many more “concessions” are we going to make to the Russians, before they play nice with us? We already stopped deployment of our missile shield in 2009 in part of Europe for a vague promise that the Russians would put pressure on the Iranians to stop development of their nuclear weapons quest. How is that working out for the world?
Syrian President Assad is slaughtering his own citizens in the streets of his country with the help of Russia. The Russians have sent in Special Forces, armaments and technology, brazenly without fear of repercussions from the USA. Meanwhile Syria’s neighbor, Israel, is being forced to restrain itself by the Obama administration.
Of course you hear not a peep of protest from the Russians now that oil is steadily hovering around the 107.00 per barrel mark, a crippling price for the world economy. The Russians are reaping windfalls of dollars from their oil industry, while President Obama and his windmill/solar panel administration put roadblocks on our energy industry. It makes you wonder how many more Solyndra-like fiasco’s are in store for us in an Obama 2nd term?
Would there ever be a budget under a 2nd term President Obama? Our nation has not even had a budget for the last three years of his term; it is unprecedented for our country not to have a budget. Also unprecedented is our nations credit downgrade and a spiraling, out of control 16 trillion and growing national debt.
What sort of Supreme Court Justices would a 2nd term president Obama appoint to the nation’s highest court? Justices Kagan and Sotomayer offer a glimpse into what a 1st term President Obama would select. Unfettered by re-election pressures, who would he choose?
In the meantime, social issues such as free birth control pills, Viagra for men, an unfortunate shooting of a young black man in Florida, a trumped up “war on women,” gay marriage and religious “freedom” take center stage, just where the politicians want us to be focused.
Ed Farnan is a syndicated columnist appearing in many publications such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York Daily News and USA Today. He is a frequent contributor to Irish Central. Ed can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org