Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation, was in Washington to visit with President Obama as they prepared to attend the G8/G20 summit in Toronto. The meeting was reported as though two new best friends forever were born. It was embarrassing that the focus of the press stories centered on the field trip to a burger joint instead of any real issues - oh, the two shared an order of french fries. Really? The types of cheese and other dressings of the burgers were described in detail.
Much was made by the spinners - paid White House staff - that Russia likes us, they really, really do. The irony was that they were all too obtuse to realize why the stronger affection is upon us. The Obama administration was too cowardly to chastise Russia for invading Georgia, too tunnel-visioned to retain the missile defense program as they threw east Europe under the bus in favor of a Russia on the march, and more than willing to disclose the number of nuclear weapons in our arsenal - a number heretofore not disclosed. Why wouldn't Russia really, really like us?
Then, today brings a story announced by the Justice Department that ten people have been arrested as alleged spies for Russia. Oops.
These ten alleged spies are reported to have been arrested Sunday. Interesting. Eight of these spies are reported to allegedly have been long term, deep cover agents. Is it just a coincidence that the G8 finished up Sunday night and the announcement was made on Monday afternoon?
The other two alleged spies were said to participate in a Russian intelligence program in the U.S. Perhaps we will learn what that means later.
So, how is that silly, inaccurately labeled RESET button working out now? The Russians are laughing at us, as is much of the world. It is Keystone Kops time in Washington lead by a campaigner in chief, not a leader. All the symbolic photo ops cannot show what is not there - mature, reasoned leadership.