As Homer Said It Best
The Greenroom: Barack the Magic Statesman
Now that he has, for all practical purposes, taken off the table any military action against Iran — which all now agree is indeed developing nuclear weapons, along with long- and medium-range ballistic missiles to deliver them anywhere in the world — Russia is finally coming around to the sort of broad, sweeping sanctions that could produce a meaningful change in Iran’s behavior:
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned major powers on Wednesday against intimidating Iran and said talk of sanctions against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear programme was “premature“.
Getting nothing for letting down Czechoslovakia and Puland, and giving up missile defense for Europe. Very smartpantywaist. Two words:
In Another News
O Putin, Putin. Wherefore art thou, Putin?
It turns out Obama’s choice of Hillary Rodham Clinton Rodham as secretary of state, a.k.a. the Mouth of Obama, was absolutely inspired; she has turned out to be a gem, a diamond. (A diamond who throws the occasional lamp; but you can’t expect the superintelligent and supercompetent to abide by rules of decorum written for We the little people.) Her tough, no-nonsense negotiating skills and pleasant, sunny demeanor have blessed the One We Have Been Longing For, leading to a Russia that now listens to America and shows tremendous respect for our needs and desires (and for our top government officials):
Putin, who many diplomats, analysts, and Russian citizens believe is still Russia’s paramount leader despite stepping down as president last year, was speaking after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Moscow for two days of talks….
Clinton failed to secure any specific assurances from Russia on Iran during her visit, leaving her open to criticism at home that she had not received anything from Moscow after earlier U.S. concessions on missile defence….
Clinton said she would have liked to have seen Putin but that their agendas did not coincide. Putin left for a trip to the Russian Far East and China before her arrival in Moscow.
Putin: Hillary’s coming over? I’m outta here. Beam me up!
Smart Diplomacy, Part II: EPIC. FAIL.