Truer words were never spoken: if reelected, Obama will have more “flexibility” after November, as he promised Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Voters, tuck his promise into your memory bank, and get yourself to the polls in November. Obama is in Seoul, South Korea for a two day summit on nuclear security. The discussion was on missile defense – less of it, with a focus on preventing terrorists from obtaining weapons of mass destruction. In the meantime, Syria has them. Obama has done nothing. He chided America as the only country ever, to use a nuclear weapon.
Obama appeared to be asking Medvedev to relay this point to Vladimir Putin, who recently won election to return to the Russian presidency.
“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense … this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space,” Obama said.
Medvedev told the president he understood the “message about space. Space for you …”
After Obama noted he’d have more flexibility in the future, Medvedev told him: “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”
U.S.-backed plans for a missile defense shield in Europe have been a sensitive subject in Russia, and one that Putin exploited during his presidential campaign.
There’s a definite message there, as Obama knew his mic was hot. This wasn’t a backroom chat.
“I’m confident that, working together, we can continue to make progress and reduce our nuclear stockpiles,” Mr. Obama said at Hankuk University at the start of a two-day summit on nuclear security with more than 50 world leaders…
“The United States has a unique responsibility to act—indeed, a moral obligation,” Mr. Obama said. “I say this as president of the only nation ever to use nuclear weapons.”
South Korea is facing North Korea’s Kim UN-Il Jung, trying to fall into his brutal father’s footsteps and planning some provocation, with the launch of a rocket in mid-April. South Korea says they will deploy three Aegis warships to intercept the launch.
This from the Washington Times is interesting:
The setting for Mr. Obama’s speech was similar to venues that he favors back home — s university crowd dominated by adoring students. The audience interrupted Mr. Obama frequently with applause.