At a time rogue states such at Iran and North Korea are developing nuclear weapons and missiles to deliver them we need to be developing a missile defense systems and not compromising them away to the Russians. He was telling the Russians to just be patient. After he is no longer accountable to the American people he can divert the funds from missile defense to those domestic programs he cares about for his Democrat party constituencies such as public employee unions.
In the midst of an often tense discussion between the US and Russia over plans for a US-led NATO European missile defense system, Obama was heard asking Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for more time on the subject and promising he will have “more flexibility” following the election in November. The comments came across a live mic the two leaders did not appear to realize was on.
Well obviously this presents a problem that is going to have to be discussed with the U.S. Congress if the president is in effect saying that he would like to make a deal to limit the U.S. defenses now but he would be accountable to the American public if they became aware of it before his reelection bidBill Kristol:
If one needed a reminder of why President Obama must be defeated in November, he provided it today in Seoul, where the end of his private conversation with Russian president Dmitri Medvedev was picked up by microphones as reporters were let into the room:
President Obama: "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space."
President Medvedev: "Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…"
President Obama: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."
President Medvedev: "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir."
"More flexibility." That means more accommodation to Vladimir Putin's Russia. It also means, I dare say, greater hostility to Israel, and, in general, a second term foreign policy more in line with Obama's original instincts (e.g., the Cairo speech), once he's free of the domestic political constraints that have brought him, to some degree, toward the center.