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  • If the S-300 Sale is Allowed, Obama's Russian "Reset" Policy Has Failed

    An assistant shows the block with a red button marked "reset" in English and "overload" in Russian that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting on March 6, 2009 in Geneva.

    According to The New York Times, the Obama administration has agreed that Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles will be allowed for sale to Iran under the UN Security sanctions proposal. This loophole will be allowed under the “defense weapons sales” which Moscow demanded as a concession in exchange for its support for sanctions.

    The S-300 is a long range anti-aircraft missile system capable of engaging and shooting down multiple enemy aircraft. Russia announced the sale in 2007, but refrained from delivering it due to the US and Israeli pressure. If Iran deploys S-300, the military option of neutralizing its nuclear weapons program by an aerial campaign may become much more difficult. In addition to that key concession, Russian-language papers are even reporting that all of the 2008 sanctions imposed on the Russian Rosoboronexport arms merchants have been lifted as well.

    If these reports are true it raises serious questions about the wisdom and effectiveness of the Russia “reset” policy, pursued by the Administration since its announcement in early 2009.

    The “reset” policy has resulted in abandonment of the George W. Bush-era missile defense deployment in Poland and the Czech Republic; announcement — under the Nuclear Posture Review – that the U.S. will not produce new nuclear weapons; verbal promises not to deploy a strategic missile defense system; toning down of rhetoric on individual rights in Russia; and a see-no-evil attitude towards the Russian agenda in the former Soviet Union, known as the “near-abroad”.

    The Obama administration toned down its rhetoric about Russian sale of the French assault ship Mistral which may threaten Russia’s neighbors in the Black and Baltic seas, and ignored continuing occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are parts of Georgia. It ignored Russian-Ukrainian agreement to extend the lease of the Black Sea Fleet naval base in Sevastopol until 2042, and said nothing about Russia’s interference in Kyrgyzstan, which led to the fall of the Bakiyev regime.

    Equally important is the Administration’s pursuit of the New START arms control treaty, under which the US will cut its deployed nuclear warheads and launchers by 30 percent and dilute the inspection mechanism.

    In the meantime the Kremlin “reached out” to terrorism-sponsoring states, such as Syria and Venezuela. Recent visits by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to Caracas and President Dmitry Medvedev to Damascus culminated in announced sales of nuclear reactors and sophisticated weaponry, including missiles — a highly destabilizing step. The Obama Administration, in the meantime, refused sales of defensive weapons to the US friend Georgia, and refused to invite President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to the Washington non-proliferation summit.

    If all these policies were aimed to achieve an effective sanctions package against Iran with Russian support, then the “resent” policy failed. The sanctions, as advertised, will not be able to stop the Iranian race to gain nukes.

    The reported US capitulation on S-300 is the latest in the long list of unilateral concessions to Russia, which endanger US friends and negatively affect US national security.

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    7 Responses to If the S-300 Sale is Allowed, Obama's Russian "Reset" Policy Has Failed

    1. Logan, Miami says:

      WHAT OPTIONS DOES THAT LEAVE ISREAL WITH? I SOMETIMES THINK THAT IF PUTIN GOT THE SOVIET UNION BACK IN ORDER, WE WOULD ASK TO JOIN.

    2. Lucky says:

      Weapons for self-defense is a weapon that protects your home. Everyone has the right to protect his life and his home.

    3. Pingback: Official Russia | Missiles and Loopholes

    4. Senctero, Russia says:

      “Reset” Policy Oo??? And what about new missile base at the Poland? How coud that be the part of your's "Reset"??

    5. Georgi, Switzerland says:

      Ariel Cohen is an Idiot! Who the fck is usa to ask it's permission? Nobody. Everyone hates you guys! Your government is a bunch of loosers. As I know from Switzerland, all banks have agreed to avoid a collapse of the us-economy. I think this is a mistake.

    6. Dennis Social Circle says:

      The current so called leader of this country is intent on seeing America become a third world country, subject to the "rule" of the UN, and all those that are our enemies.

    7. Michael L Morgan, D says:

      Dear Ed., As per the "Russian Reset Policy", were I the Israelis, i would have already taken out the breeder reactors, centrifuges, and missile silos & sites, and not made hay about it, like they did in Syria…and we don't need to make any noise about it, either! I mean, I suppose a token expression would be apropo, once someone notices that Achmadinajab(I refuse to spell it, as it would be s sign of respect…he led the assault on our Embasy in 1979, and the Marines who lived through that are still sick over being forbidden to defend themselves and their co-workers.) is in a permanent state of apoplexy and incoherence, and to what to attribute it! Keep up the good work. I forget who said so, but "A lie is seven times around the world, while truth is tying his shoelaces". Yet only those who study Truth can recognize it !

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