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Senator’s Talent & Coleman: Administration Has Russia “Naïveté”

October 13th, 2009 by mopns · No Comments

Former senators Jim Talent and Norm Coleman have written a scathing editorial in the Minneapolis Star Tribune that criticizes the adminstration’s recent decision to sell out Poland and the Czech Republic to the Russians:

We are two Republicans who believe politics must end at the water’s edge. For example: Despite misgivings, we support the administration in the war in Afghanistan. But with the best will in the world, we cannot understand how the president could have abandoned the missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic, particularly since he seems to have gotten nothing in return

The decision also suggests to us, and will suggest to the world, that the Obama administration suffers from a fundamental naïveté when it comes to Russia. The Russians are notoriously tough bargainers. Even assuming it made sense to put the missile sites on the bargaining table, what did we get for such a huge concession? Read more…

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