In the wake of President Barack Obama's abrupt decision to cave-in to the instragence of Vladimir Putin and shelve the Eastern European missile shield -thus abandoning the Czechs and Poles to the Kremlin's whims- a funny thing happened:
Once the White House announced they were axing the shield, Russia's government said PM Vladimir Putin would meet several U.S. executives today from firms including General Electric, Morgan Stanley, and TPG- one of the world's largest private equity firms
General Electric may be the company with the closest ties to the Obama administration (if not Goldman Sachs), and here we see the company benefiting from an sudden foreign policy change implemented by Barack Obama.
GE CEO Jeff Immelt sits on Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and GE owns MSNBC- you figure it out.
Like he used to do it back in Chicago with Tony Rezko- it's easy to cloak one's actions in some greater good like affordable housing or world peace... while steering deals and huge government money to your political supporters- Obama's got it down pat.
Winning the White House was like hitting the Lotto for this Chicago Machine huckster, once used to dealing with local slumlords like Tony- Obama's now moved-on to the big time of international deals with General Electric. The whole thing stinks like trash-truck juice... but it won't surprise anyone who's taken more than a glance at the Dear Leader's shady past and myriad criminal associations.
While Neville Chamberlain may have abandoned the Czechs in the niave hope of obtaining peace in our time- Obama's just doing it because he lacks moral and strategic clarity... and to steer a major political supporter a few billion bucks of business. This shameful opportunism is a disgrace that this country will regret- the Poles and Czechs gladly went to Iraq, you know.
Naturally, Putin was cock-a-hoop over a costless victory that keeps his nuclear arsenal relevent for the forseeable future... but this chum-in-the-water surely didn't appease the Kremlin. Predictably, it only left them hungering for more:
"I expect that after this correct and brave decision, others will follow, including the complete removal of all restrictions on the transfer of high technology to Russia and activity to widen the membership of the World Trade Organisation to (include) Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus," Putin said. (Reuters)
Hey Barack- he called you "brave" for doing what's in Russia's interests, and abandoning the cause of freedom... maybe if you let him snake Ukraine, you'll be a "hero" and Vlad will give you a medal- LOL
A reaction from our allies: Conservative Aussie blogger "MK" at Down-Under on the Right Side posts that Obama has indeed betrayed the cause of liberty... -here-
UPDATE 7:30 am EST: Polish PM Donald Tusk refused to take the call from Hillary Clinton notifying him of the missile defense system's cancellation -here-
► h/t Memeorandum