Obama's visit to Russia been, 'one of the most embarrassing moments in American
diplomatic history'? That's the message of this sarcastic article by KianMokhtari of the Islamic
Republic's conservative, state-controlled Kayhan
The sole outcome of the U.S.
President Barack Obama’s two-day visit to Russia has been an agreement to keep
The trip, hyped by the
Western press as an attempt to rebuild strained ties and convince Russia that U.S.
missile shield plans in Poland and the Czech Republic aren't really to monitor
Russian military activities and movements, ended with a symbolic preliminary
agreement to cut their nuclear warheads to 1,500.
Meanwhile, most Russians tuned
into a football match rerun on the main state channel, while Obama’s charm
offensive was relegated to second division on another - lesser- television
Was this just a coincidence? We
In any language, allocating prime
airtime to a controversial football match rather than the President of the
United States could only mean one thing.
Undaunted and most likely
unaware of this small Russian hint at their current priorities, Obama said, “I
believe that on the fundamental issues that will shape this century, Americans
and Russians share common interests that form a basis for cooperation.”
There was the U.S. President
banging on about urging nations with missile potential, to refrain from steps
that could lead to their proliferation, while Putin probably kicked back, tuned
into a football match and shouted something like, "no way was that a foul;
that referee would make a better farmer!"
In Russia, the sports channel
and the channel carrying Obama’s speech are both part of the central state TV company.
President Barack Hussein
Obama - poor soul - was breaking into a sweat using every opportunity to
reshape U.S. relations with an evidently skeptical Russia, while Russian TV
coverage clearly showed that the Kremlin has no time for political waffling
from the English-speaking world.
Obama declared, "Let me
be clear: America wants a strong, peaceful and prosperous Russia.”
Now if that's not a noble
goal, we have no idea what is!
Very politely, Russia has
been hinting to the English-speaking world that the days in which they imposed
mastery have ebbed since the world went multi-polar, with former President Bush
neck-deep in the slime of his own creating in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Talk to any bond dealer in
the world and ask whether they're prepared to buy the U.S. treasuries and notes
at face value.
The days of paper dollars are
quickly ending, because the U.S. currency is nothing but pretty bills propped
up by nuclear weapons and brute force. Nothing about its currency is attractive
because it's backed only by debt. And any debt is bad debt; there are no good and
bad debts any longer.
Credit sucks, but someone has
forgotten to tell Obama; so he keeps talking as though someone in the world is
foolish enough to listen to a so-called superpower with nearly €8 trillion in immediate
debt that the U.S. cannot repay without amassing even more.
Debt can't be a logical
reserve for any currency - just ask any bank manager.
Little wonder Obama’s visit
wasn't widely televised in Russia. It was carried live on 24-hour news channel Vesti, but none of the main, more widely watched
Russian TV channels like First Channel, Rossiya,
or NTV. And it was broadcast with translation only
on Vesti's sister radio station, but not on
the other main state broadcasters, Radio Rossiya
or Radio Mayak.
Barack Hussein Obama’s visit
to Russia will go down as perhaps one of the most embarrassing moments in American
Obama’s “genius” secretary of
state, Hillary Clinton, is obviously not up to the job of maintaining her president’s
dignity during sensitive moments like this. Throughout the international
community, there is a general consensus for a move away from the West and English-speaking
world in particular, which seems to have been lost on Brown, Merkel, Sarkozy
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