The Obama administration has responded to Vladimir Putin’s landslide re-election as president of Russia by doubling down on appeasement. America may never live down the shame, and it will keep on paying through the nose at the gas pump for this folly. What the Obama administration has done over the course of just a few days is truly disturbing.
First, after watching one of the most corrupt elections in Russian history, during which every major pro-freedom candidate was systematically excluded from the ballot, Obama congratulated Putin on his victory and Obama’s ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, defended the vote.
Next, Obama unilaterally offered to turn over U.S. military secrets to Russia in order to convince Putin to help Europe protect itself from an Iranian missile strike. It will be remembered that Obama had already unilaterally canceled George Bush’s plan to protect Europe because the Russians found it offensive.