President Obama has stated, according to the AP,
“”I think that it’s important that even as we move forward with President Medvedev that Putin understand that the old Cold War approaches to U.S.-Russian relations is outdated. …Putin has one foot in the old ways of doing business and one foot in the new.”
I would like to point out the obvious fact that Vladimir Putin is former KGB. (To misqutoe the US Marine saying, “Once KGB, Always KGB.) Not only is this good on the resume for being a James Bond villian, this explains his outlook on how to interact with the U.S.
To be honest, I don’t see the reason Putin should change anything in dealing with the United States, or more specifically, Barack Obama. When you look up Useful Idiot in the dictionary, it now says “see Barack Obama.”
Putin has worked to weaken our foothold in Eastern Europe. He’s said on many occasions that our missile shield stations in that part of the world would be targeted, and don’t think he didn’t have a hand in kicking us out of Manas Air Base.
Putin will have to try about half as hard to weaken us now, seeing as how Obama supports dictatorships around the globe that will more often than not follow Russia’s lead on a variety of issues.
The truth is our President is going to have to learn from the Cold War, OUR SIDE of it, how to deal with Putin, and Medvedev. Sadly, his mentors want the same thing Putin, Chaves, and the American Left do, a weak United States with a crippled military and diminished influence in the world.