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Obama’s "Reset" with Russia: A Long Retreat
Posted By Helle Dale On October 17, 2012 @ 1:30 pm In Security | Comments Disabled
Forty-one dedicated and professional reporters with deep knowledge ofRussia—and in particular its human rights record—have been given their marching papers by theU.S.government.
Allegedly, this is because Russian media law is changing on November 10 to restrict AM broadcasting. But those who follow the Obama Administration’s Russiapolicy will see a familiar pattern. As the Russian government and media get more aggressive and more anti-American , theU.S. meekly retreats.
While the new Russian media law certainly does make the work of broadcasting more challenging, it is also a fact that Radio Liberty’s mission—to broadcast the truth and promote democracy—fits ill with President Obama’s accommodationistRussiapolicy.
The “reset” policy was of course launched by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with the presentation of a large red button to Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov during her first year in office. This silly gimmick proved prophetic of the ineptitude of the policy it symbolizes.
Under the “reset,” American national interests and those of its friends and allies have endured one setback vis-à-visRussiaafter another:
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty director Steven Korn  attempted to defend the firings in an op-ed in yesterday’s Moscow Times. “This is not a calamity,” he wrote, which certainly is not the view of the fired journalists. “On the contrary, we see this as an opportunity to improve and strengthen Radio Svoboda and to accelerate our plans to move to digital platforms.” This simply does not pass the smell test, especially as the entire digital team of theMoscow office was among those fired.
U.S.national interests abroad, including our security interests, continue to be compromised by the Obama Administration, andRussiais but one example. The worst part is that it is being done intentionally.
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URLs in this post:
 Radio Liberty: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/10/15/u-s-fires-its-own-broadcasters-in-russia/
 “reset.”: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/08/reset-regret-russian-global-strategy-undermines-us-interests
 aggressive and more anti-American: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/06/challenging-america-how-russia-china-and-other-countries-use-public-diplomacy-to-compete-with-the-us
 ballistic missile defense system: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&rlz=1R2ADSA_enUS500&sclient=psy-ab&q=missile+defense+poland+czech+heritage+foundation+obama+&oq=missile+defense+poland+czech+heritage+foundation+obama+&gs_l=serp.12...33704.34891.2.364220.127.116.11.0.0.0.1375.1375.7-1.1.0.les%3B..0.
 New START: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/09/an-alternative-to-new-start
 Georgia and Ukraine: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/01/the-failure-of-the-russia-reset-next-steps-for-the-united-states-and-europe
 caught by an open microphone: http://www.heritage.org/research/lecture/2012/07/open-microphone-whats-behind-president-obamas-missile-defense-comments
 Radio Liberty: http://www.usaid.gov/where-we-work/europe-and-eurasia/russia
 Steven Korn: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/new-radio-liberty-to-carry-out-its-old-mission/469810.html#ixzz29U1au1PH
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