Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Russia and US take first step in pressing the reset button! Very Significant!
In a great gesture of unity Russia has begun to open its airspace to US aircraft to reinforce our forces in Afghanistan. It was not critical to the mission but it is certainly monumental. Imagine? Russia allowing US planes to over fly Russia is unbelievable to me being a baby boomer and having grown up with the cold war. Russia's help in Afghanistan is critical to our success in Afghanistan. Not just Chechnya but tackling the Islamist extremists Russia knows is critical to them too. Every country must realize sooner or later they too are on the menu.
Russia is key along with China in getting North Korea to behave like a responsible Nation td to get them back to the bargaining table. Russia as you know is pivotal in Iran's nuclear future. Despite Khamenei's ruthless oppressive clampdown or should I say "because of" for Iran. Having said that I heard that a member of Moussavi campaign died yesterday while being tortured by the Khamenei regime. I just want to say Khamenei's days of being the final word in Iran are over.
I have to wonder how they are going to lie their way out of that one? How are they going to blame that on Britain? Iran's civil war will not be avoided as many Ayatollah's are now openly speaking against Khamenei's open blatant iron fisted oppression against the truth seekers, the citizens, and the children of the revolution. Whatever happens with Iran's leadership, Khamenei and Ahmadinejad or Rafsanjani and Moussavi Russia's nuclear and military role in Iran has been key to Iran and it will remain that way.
Towards the end of pressing the reset button on US Russian relations the first visit to Russia has been inspiring to say the least. Yesterday was fruitful! The first day started with Obama attending the solemn ceremony for Russia's tomb for their unknown soldiers from WW2 where he laid a wreath on the tomb. That in itself was a remarkable poignant moment in pressing the restart button for a new relationship with Russia.
President Obama was the commencement speaker at Russia's new college of economics. That is amazing in itself! Russian people like everyone else around the world love Obama and his promise of hope and change. As you may know Russia is having its own economic crisis. The students like all Russian's want help concerning their economic situation, better relations with the US after Bush purposely destroyed them, and hope and change for the world at large in the 21st century. Obama gave us all that yesterday and the students felt it today!
I watched Obama speak and he stressed pressing the reset button and asked for Russia's help on the missile defense system Bush used to instigate Russia to war. I remember Putin offering Russian help with the MDS as a way of alleviating Russian fears that it was aimed at Russia and of course Bush refused and tensions ratcheted up. This is phenomenal. Russia has requests too! Obama must discontinue the Bush policy of trying to get ex USSR Nations to try to join NATO>. Of course we can not in my mind turn them down but the desire has to come from them not us as a way to make Russia feel threatened.
President Obama and President Medvedev's nuclear negotiators signed a new nuclear agreement yesterday cutting stockpiles by a third. With both Nation's able to destroy the planet 2,000 times over that is largely ceremonial but to me it shows a desire to show the world they care. They signed the agreement allowing the US to use Russia's airspace to secure the Muslim Nation of Afghanistan. I am psyched! This is a world away from where Bush had us and the entire world headed Obama proposed a Global Nuclear summit next year, Great!
I was very pleased when Medvedev said the US Russian relationship does not correspond to its principle. I am psyched! He said there had been reasonable compromise but there will be advancements in in military and economic interests to benefit both countries. Wow Medvedev really sounds genuine and unlike Bush who saw Putin's soul I am a very good judge of character.
He too wants peace and unity between the US and Russia to move the world peacefully into the 21st century. Did I say I was psyched? Nostradamus gave us two roads to travel into the future one to peace unity and prosperity and one to world war death and destruction. Bush had us on the latter and Obama now has us on the right road. They even discussed a mutual agreement to work together on the missile defense system. I hope it is not a wasted emotion but I am euphoric! Today Obama had a meeting for breakfast with Putin who many like me think if the real leader of Russia including me. Watching his face as he speaks will say more than his words. Once again we wait watch and listen! I did not see much on the meeting but one quick look at Putin left me very concerned. Obama also met with Gorbachev and I wish I could have seen that. Oh well we have hope!