Welcome to the job Mr. Obama, so much for a learning curve.
One thing you have to give to Medvedev, he sure knows how to say hello, and in typical Cold War fashion, those hellos involve ballistic missiles. For those who don’t recall, these are the ten Interceptor missiles agreed to set up back in August.
To me, it’s an interesting move, but not really unique for Russia. It’s like poker; you’re on the table, and the new kid sits down, so you raise him right off the bat, just to see how he reacts. It’s happened before. Given all the little perks and incentives the Bush administration has offered Russia to ease Big Red’s tensions about the new missile installations, like complete transparency of the operation, so they would know if we pointed a warhead at the Kremlin, it’s hard to think that they’re actually intimidated by ten little rockets stationed near Warsaw. Instead, I think, they’re more interested in testing our new executive’s mettle.
So Mr. President-Elect, I’m going to do you a favor. I may lack legislative experience, but if there’s one thing I know it’s poker. Learn well, padawan.