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World tension continues to ease

Earlier today we chronicled one of the many reasons Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize.

News wires are even now buzzing with more evidence to buttress that argument:

Russia in a new review of its policy on use of nuclear weapons will reserve the right to undertake a pre-emptive strike if it feels its security is endangered, a senior Kremlin official told a Russian newspaper.

Russian and U.S. negotiators are in talks to find agreement on a new bilateral pact cutting stocks of strategic nuclear weapons. Both sides are working to a December deadline for a new treaty to replace the landmark Cold War-era START pact.

While Moscow and Washington have made progress in strategic nuclear arms talks, Russia's security may come under threat from regional conflicts and local wars, Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Kremlin's powerful Security Council, said in an interview with Izvestia newspaper to be published on Wednesday.

Russia was revising its military doctrine to include new terms of use of its nuclear forces, he said, adding that President Dmitry Medvedev, who chairs the Security Council, would be presented with the new doctrine by the end of the year.

"Conditions of using nuclear weapons to repel an aggression with the use of conventional weapons not only in a large-scale but also in a regional and even local war have been revised," he said, without naming these conditions.

"Moreover, different variants are considered to allow the use of nuclear weapons depending on a certain situation and intentions of a would-be enemy. In conditions critical for national security one should not also exclude a preventive nuclear strike on the aggressor."

Couple that relaxing communique with the following piece and you should be completely tension free:

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says talking about sanctions against Iran could ruin negotiations with Tehran regarding its nuclear program.

Putin said the threat of sanctions is unneeded at this point because it could scare the Iranians.

He told reporters in China on Wednesday that it's necessary to continue talks and search for a compromise. He said further measures should only be discussed if Iran fails to heed international demands in talks with global powers about its nuclear activities.

Obama foreign policy... like Paxil on steroids... just ask the Nobel Peace Prize committee.

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Would someone fax Putin a c... (Below threshold)

Would someone fax Putin a copy of Obama's Nobel Peace Prize citation? With Obama in charge, there's nothing to fear and no need for nuclear weapons.

Obama the Magnificent may h... (Below threshold)

Obama the Magnificent may have eased world-wide tensions, but he has brought those of us in the U.S closer to civil war than at any time since the 19th century. Maybe that is what those euro-weenies decided was a favorable situation.

Funny that this topic came ... (Below threshold)

Funny that this topic came up a little while after I read a related entry at Power_line. Some excerpts...

"How does the political class in countries adverse to the U.S. see Obama?

If my Russian sources are reliable, the answer is that Obama is viewed there mostly with amusement. Some of the amusement stems from his trip to Russia this summer. My sources were amused by the flotilla of Air Force jets that brought him and his entourage to Moscow. They were also taken with (but not necessarily impressed by) the fact that Obama and his crew took over the Ritz Carlton hotel, where rooms start at around $1,200 per night and the presidential suite goes for $13,000."

"The Marriott had been good enough for Presidents Clinton and Bush. Rooms there -- described as similar to Marriott rooms in the U.S. -- can be had for around $350. I was also told (but have not been able to confirm) that Bush himself stayed at the Ambassador's residence, rather than in a hotel as Obama did."

"What really has turned Russian heads, according to my sources, is Obama's eagerness to give things away."

"It probably never occurred to the Russians that a U.S. president would come to power hoping to "reset" relations with Russia on some basis other than the hard bargain and the "trust but verify" mentality. Yet this is precisely what has fallen into the Kremlin's lap. From what I've heard, the Russian elites can neither believe their good fortune nor hide their amusement."

"What really has turned ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"What really has turned Russian heads, according to my sources, is Obama's eagerness to give things away."

Well when you've never actually earned anything for yourself then it's hard to see value in the things you have.

I just got this quip from a... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I just got this quip from a friend. Heh.

I wish everyone would stop with the "comparing Obama to Hitler" stuff.

After all, Adolph did get the Olympics to come to Berlin in 1938.

Yep, we sure have been reap... (Below threshold)

Yep, we sure have been reaping HUGE BENEFITS from all that "Smart Diplomacy". Wonder who Barry will invite to piss on him next? The Iranians or the North Koreans? Maybe someone REALLY BIG! Like Cuba?

Well, that didn't take long... (Below threshold)

Well, that didn't take long, now did it.

Putin has decided NOT to help us slow down the Iranian quest for nuclear weapons! What a surprise. The White House will spin this as a "diplomatic tour de force" soon.

...and Putin has put preemptive nuclear strikes if anything "threatens" them, SMACK DAB in the middle of the table. Since historically the Russians ALWAYS feel threatened, this is not going to turn out well for their neighbors.

In fact, I suspect this would include the Russians feeling "threatened" by Israeli jets bombing nuke sites in Iran.

Luckily, Obama's "Peace" Prize means we will have "Peace in our time"

Advocates of a given policy... (Below threshold)

Advocates of a given policy usually argue that problems are proof that more of the same policy is needed and they deny that the problems are proof that the policy is flawed.

Thus, Obama will likely respond to all of this by doubling down on his attempts to 'reset' relations with Russia... and not by questioning whether his approach was the cause of these problems.

Gee I wonder if Putin was r... (Below threshold)
Nancy's Nazi:

Gee I wonder if Putin was referring to Israel.

*Breaking News*Oba... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

*Breaking News*

Obama to send additional 45,000 troops to Afghanistan.

Putin is probably shipping ... (Below threshold)

Putin is probably shipping missiles to Cuba as we speak.

Maybe it's time to send Hil... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Maybe it's time to send Hillary! to Russia with another 'reset' button. It didn't seem to work last time.

Fox news is reporting: ... (Below threshold)

Fox news is reporting:

"Russia and the United States have tentatively agreed to a weapons inspection program that would allow Russians to visit nuclear sites in America to count missiles and warheads."

"Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said publicly Tuesday that the two nations have made "considerable" progress toward reaching agreement on a new strategic arms treaty."

"Clinton said the U.S. would be as transparent as possible."

Hard to believe but they're not only bankrupting us, they're disarming us also.

Easing...Yes just like they... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Easing...Yes just like they did after Sept 30, 1938.

Then as now a great national leader was giving his enemies whatever they wanted so a peaceful accommodation could be made. I anticipate the same end result. Though I'd wager 50M dead will be on the low end this time.

"...agreed to a weapons ins... (Below threshold)

"...agreed to a weapons inspection program that would allow Russians to visit nuclear sites in America to count missiles and warheads."

Wow, another 'One-Way Street'. They sure is smart.

J.B. declares,"After all, A... (Below threshold)

J.B. declares,"After all, Adolph did get the Olympics to come to Berlin in 1938."

You're only off by two years, J.B. Think for a moment -- Is 1938 divisible by four?
If you need help in answering, ask your teacher.

Highlander, kinda like Hiro... (Below threshold)
Nancy's Nazi:

Highlander, kinda like Hirohito signing the conditions of surrender on the deck of the Missouri. Except he was the President of the United States for chrisake.

Geesh, what does it say whe... (Below threshold)

Geesh, what does it say when the obama sycophants turn against him?

"What has Obama done to deserve this prize? The jury put store on his hope for a nuclear arms-free world, forgetting his role in perpetuating his battalions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his decision to install new military bases in Colombia, "For the first time, we are witnessing an award with the nominee having done nothing to deserve it: rewarding someone for a wish that is very far from becoming reality." -- Hugo Chavez.

"Obama to send addition... (Below threshold)

"Obama to send additional 45,000 troops to Afghanistan."

*Breaking News*

Adrian Browne is still a mental midget.

"Russia and the United Stat... (Below threshold)
John S:

"Russia and the United States have tentatively agreed to a weapons inspection program that would allow Russians to visit nuclear sites in America to count missiles and warheads."

That will make it easier for them to target their preemptive strike on the U.S. I hear there's going to be a remake of "Red Dawn," except this time it will be a reality show.






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