Barack Obama, Traitor to American Values
In a blog post on October 13th, as translated by Paul Goble two days later, Anton Orekh of the Echo of Moscow radio station declared that U.S. President Barack Obama had given up on the notion of democracy and human rights in Russia and would treat the country as a hopeless case on that score, the same as the U.S. had done to the USSR during the Cold War.
This came on the heels of a sensational story reported by the Kommersant newspaper quoting Obama’s Russia advisor Michael McFaul as saying “that the US no longer intends to teach Russia about democracy, creating tension with Moscow, and intends to concentrate on practical work with non-governmental organisations.” Oleg Orlov of the Memorial NGO allegedly then confronted (Russian link) McFaul about the remarks, and he supposedly denied making them.
The impression made by all this rumor-mongering, which Obama himself has certainly not denied, is predictable.
Lyudmila Alekseyeva, the dean of Russian human rights activists who heads the Moscow Helsinki Group, said that “if America says: ‘we have democracy, and you can arrange things for yourselves as you like,’ then everything the democratic countries have achieved since 1975 [will go by the wayside.” Moreover, she continued, “if America and the rest of the world will silently watch while freedom of the press is suppressed [in Russia], while meetings and demonstrations are broken up, … while political parties are shackled and elections falsified, … then, in that case, [she said she thought] that the Nobel Peace Prize had been given to Barack Obama prematurely.”
It really makes no difference whether McFaul actually said what Kommersant reported, or whether that constitutes adminstration policy. What matters is that based on Obama’s conduct, such rumors are entirely credible. There is no tangible policy action to refute them. McFaul has not said anything significant since Obama took power to condemn Russian human rights atrocities, which have included numerous convictions by the European Court for Human Rights and a recent finding that Russia repeatedly violated international law when it invaded Georgia in 2008, and neither has Obama.
It’s perfectly clear now that the Obama adminstration consists of nothing but cowards and liars, and worst of all hypocrites. People who traded on claims in support of liberal values for elections purposes only to abandon them as soon as they received power.
This is an issue on which both Democrats and Republicans can agree Obama is a disastrous president. Liberals are now fleeing Obama’s ranks, seeing him for the traitor he is, and conservatives have been condemning his cowardice and duplicty for months now. Obama’s performance in Moscow was a disgrace, and it was entirely predictable that the ranks of liberal Kremlin opponents in Russia would shatter and panic based on the display of pathetic weakness they witnessed.
Barack Obama is this century’s Neville Chamberlain. Decades will be needed to recover from the damage he has already done to democratic values in Russia.