I thought these Chicago community organizers were tough. It seems that KGB strongmen are even tougher.
The main reason for President Barack Obama's decision was "Russia's uncompromising position on the issue," said the clearly pleased Russian foreign policy expert Mikhail Margelov, chairman of the foreign policy committee of the Federation Council of Russia, the country's upper legislative chamber. And Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Duma's foreign relations committee, said he sees evidence that today's American government has a better understanding of the Russians' concerns.
I guess Poland and the Chech Republic know exactly who their so-called "friends" stand on their defense. Now the Russians have a free hand when it comes to their sphere of influence. If they want to annex the Ukraine or attack Georgia again the Russians now know that Obama will do nothing to stop them.
The problem is that backing down will gain us nothing since Russia probably won't do anything to reign in Iran's nuclear ambitions. They know that Obama is a lightweight on the world stage and can can act with impunity if they want to. It would be nice to see Obama not turn into another Jimmy Carter but we might be headed that way whether we like it or not.