Saturday, July 25, 2009

VP Biden on Russia

The Wall Street Journal requires you to register to access material, so giving you a link will not do you much good, I wouldn't think.  I am skipping that move and just giving you the article title, reporter and the lede.  Then a short comment.
JULY 25, 2009
"Biden Says Weakened Russia Will Bend to U.S."
By PETER SPIEGEL

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview that Russia's economy is "withering," and suggested the trend will force the country to make accommodations to the West on a wide range of national-security issues, including loosening its grip on former Soviet republics and shrinking its vast nuclear arsenal.
Can you imagine Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's reaction to this?

Can you imagine Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's reaction?

This is what the Kennedy School of Government is for.  This is what some think tank at Johns Hopkins is for.

I am betting this is even more undiplomatic than the Secretary of State's comment, while in Asia, no less, about the DPRK being like unruly children.

I am hoping this is just the result of a sirocco passing over DC and having a temporary adverse impact on personalities.

Regards -- Cliff

  Is that actually a double negative?  Opinions are welcome.

1 comment:

kad barma said...

Joe's a train wreck, an embarrassment, and a truly terrifying choice for the "heartbeat away" job. Even Dan Quayle on his best worst day couldn't keep up with this guy for being politically tone deaf and clueless. (And, by virtue of that, a menace to all the rest of us).