March 18, 2010

Another Two Slaps in the Face for the White House

Last week Israel announced on the day of Vice President Biden's visit that they were moving forward with building settlements in Jerusalem. While Israel was right, the administration took it as a slap in the face. You've got to wonder what they think about these two slaps, courtesy of Russia.

On the date of Hillary Clinton's visit, Russia made the following announcement;

Vladimir Putin, Russia’s prime minister, promised on Thursday that Moscow would help Iran complete a civil nuclear power station by this summer, drawing criticism from Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state.

His remarks highlighted the continuing differences between the two powers over how to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Mrs Clinton was visiting Moscow on a trip partly designed to increase the pressure on Tehran by showing America’s unity with Russia.

That IS a slap in the face. But Russia wasn't done;

The Obama administration is poised to ban offshore oil drilling on the outer continental shelf until 2012 or beyond. Meanwhile, Russia is making a bold strategic leap to begin drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. While the United States attempts to shift gears to alternative fuels to battle the purported evils of carbon emissions, Russia will erect oil derricks off the Cuban coast.
That's a face palm moment if ever there was one. While the Obama administration should be embarrassed by that, it's actually Russia's palm landing in the face of the administration, not their own. The retreat on oil in the face of Russian boldness, by extension, is a slap in the face of America.

They've done it. The Obama administration has successfully marked the United States as a patsy for the rest of the world. How long until Iceland invades?

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