Ambassador to Russia and Obama appointee Michael McFaul makes it rather clear:
The United States will push forward with plans for a missile defense shield, including installations in Europe, which have aroused the Kremlin's ire, but McFaul said he was an optimist that physics would prevail over what he characterized as blustery rhetoric.
"I think the actual conversation about this, not the public posturing … has been more pragmatic, has been more in line with reality," he said, adding that the planned system was not designed to counter Russia's missile capability.
Well, that's curious. If the missile defense shield wasn't designed to counter Russia's missile capability...then, what's it for? And, this must be what Ambassador McFaul calls "pragmatic actual conversation." This is from March of this year:Also, Obama would like to have a "serious conversation" with President Vladimir Putin about a further round of reductions in nuclear weapons to build on the New START treaty, signed in 2010, McFaul said, describing the existing treaty as "modest."
So, in summary. It's after the election, and President Obama now has more flexibility to give away our defense secrets and compromise our allies in the process while pretending an amicable relationship with Russia. Not necessarily the best poker player, is he?(Reuters) - The Obama administration disclosed on Tuesday that it is considering sharing some classified U.S. data as part of an effort to allay Russian concerns about a controversial antimissile shield.