On the heels of Russian President Medvedev’s denunciation of Republican Mitt Romney’s assertion that Russia is our “No. 1 geopolitical foe,” Pravda magazine has joined the fray: “[Romney is] a prize, good-for-nothing, ignoramus.”
And that’s the mild part.
The first paragraph of the magazine’s anti-Romney piece is much more tenacious: “Electing Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States of America would be like appointing a serial pedophile as a kindergarten teacher, a rapist as a janitor at a girls’ dormitory or a psychopath with a fixation on knives as a kitchen hand.”
The Pravda column also responded directly to Romney’s statement by saying it was, “fine for grade school playgrounds.” Then adding: “And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where this upstart nonentity Mitt Romney belongs, certainly not to the intricate and complex wheels and cogs of world policy and nowhere near a red button. Imagine this guy as President!”
Ironically, what the Russians are missing is that the 51% of Americans who “totally disapprove” of how Barack Obama is doing his job believe he’s the one who’s been placed in a role for which he is wholly unqualified. His groveling appeasement tendencies toward the Taliban and his weak foreign policy stances with Afghanistan, combined with his seeming-eagerness to side against our troops every time something goes haywire in the Middle East, only bolster the opinion that Obama is in over his head.
Of course, Obama’s ineptitude plays into Russia’s hands, and the Russians know that. Thus their ultimate complaint about Romney’s words is that they come at a time when “Russia and the USA are finding that they have far more in common than differences, exactly when they see that they are much more friends than foes, when they see that there is so much to be gained through collaboration.”
The only problem with this is that I’m not sure it’s true. And I’m not sure the majority of Americans believe denying Eastern Europe a missile defense shield is the kind of collaboration that leads to a secure future either.
But that’s what Russia wants, and that’s what they think Obama is willing to withhold from Eastern Europe. So they’re all giddy about it.
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