If I saw this story on World Net Daily, Free Republic or some such place, I would just assume it was the product of some right wing fever dream. Oh come on -- The President of the United States says to the President of Russia, whose office he is about to hand over to a former KGB thug (whose little bitch he is), on whose hands the blood of who knows how many journalists and human rights activists is still wet -- says, in effect, yeah, I want to weaken our defenses, but you really have to give me some time to do so -- the crucial thing is to wait until after the elections. Well, I just wouldn't believe it. I would honestly not think even our current young President was capable of this. If Obama were the president of a public corporation and he was referring to his shareholders rather than to the people of the United States, is there any plaintiff's attorney who could not just tear him apart for disloyalty? No, forget that. He would be forced to resign; the shareholders would just have him out.
Who exactly is the President supposed to be representing when he speaks to the Russians? I thought, well, us. To speak as he evidently did (is anyone claiming Obama did not really say the words attributed to him? That they are somehow out of context?) suggests not so much, or rather just, weakness, as a profound failure to understand where he is and whom he is dealing with, a man way, way out of his depth, and whose heart is not even in the right place, not remotely. Let's be clear -- Putin is a mass killer, a tyrant and demagogue with nothing like a normal human conscience, one of the last products of one of the most vile and feared (and rightly so) secret police machines in the history of the world, who has at his disposal a nuclear arsenal more than adequate for destroying life on earth, a man who longs for the days of the great Soviet empire, and who has no love for us, or freedom, or anything evidently besides his own power and grotesque ego. A deeply evil, profoundly dangerous man. So Obama proposes to run a game with him against the American people, as if he and Obama both know better what is good for America and its security than what the American people would themselves, in sacred spaces of our voting booths assembled, countenance? Just Putin-and-Obama's little secret? As if the terrible Republicans and various bitter clingers are less to be trusted than the ruthless Czar of a decaying empire? I mean, WTF? What does this say about our President's view of our, you know, the American, form of government? Perfect it ain't, but surely it deserves more respect than this, to be held in mutual disregard before a bloody tyrant's errand boy? What, like they can both agree what ridiculous bothers elections are, just one tyrant who holds the ruled in contempt to another? This is honestly just horrible. Not funny, just really alarming and upsetting. Who is this guy? What have we done? For all that I think Obama has been a disastrous President, I would simply never have suspected he was capable of expressing this sort of sentiment about us to our at best near-enemies. Not in a legal sense, but in a moral sense, isn't it sort of, well, a betrayal? A word I hesitate to use, because it's one much loved by nut cases, but it seems disturbingly appropriate, and if overstated, only by a distressingly small margin. That his words seem to come from his lips so casually suggests to me merely that the President lacks moral depth. I feel like we've elected an atheist as Pope.
Unless this turns out to be some sort of confusion, that there is some (I can't imagine what) unrevealed context that explains his words, then one really must conclude he is unfit for his office. Someone who evidently takes this attitude toward democracy and his office has no business being where he is. How could one possibly think, given this, that he is fit for our trust, we whom he seems to hold in such contempt? Still, I don't underestimate his supporters ability to brush it aside. "Whatever" covers a lot of ground.