In an unusual twist of an old axiom, you might say that the President has decided the best defense is a strong offense offense. The latest developments in an unfolding story came about this week after a Wikileaks leak followed on the heels of Mr. Obama's embarrassing off-mic conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
First, some background.
Over the past year or so, Mr. Obama has taken steps to implement his military strategy in a way that critics say is little more than appeasement of US adversaries. In February of 2011, the Telegraph reported that leaked Wikileaks documents showed that "the US secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain's nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty."
In January of this year, to the chagrin of many in Congress, the President signaled to that deliberative body that he was prepared to share U.S. missile defense secrets with Russia. Fear that Russia would subsequently share those secrets with China did not deter the President. In fact, he openly stated that he would not be bound by certain spending restrictions that were imposed by Congress with the intent of preventing this very kind exposure.
Then just a month ago, the administration doubled-down with the announcement that they are considering a unilateral 80% cut in the number of USA's deployed nuclear weapons, from more that 1500 to 300. Skeptics say he did this so he can say there is at least one promise that he has made good on (in an April, 2010 Prague speech Obama pledged to reduce the stockpile).
This week, the One was overheard (on an open microphone) telling President Dmitry Medvedev that the Russians need to be patient, and that his real intentions for European missile defense cannot be revealed until after the fall election.
Hmmmm. Just what could those intentions be? Thanks to the latest Wikileaks leak, the real story can now be revealed.
Mr. Obama's plan is to deploy the full European defense system, with every bit as many missiles as even the most ardent defense hawks have advocated for. He will even up the ante, by demanding that the system contains 50% more kilo-tons of nuclear warhead killing power than originally proposed.
One might think that the President's hush-hush message to Medvedev was necessary to protect the President from the vitriol of his party's far-left tofu-eating base. Better guess again.
The Wikileaks leak informs us that Commander in Chief's intended November surprise will not simply be that he will deploy a very robust European nuclear missile system. No. His announcement will be that all of the new missiles will be aimed at conservative red-states in the US, and that the Ruskies will be given the launch codes!