The news of President Obama's open mic conversation with Dmitry Medvedev spread quickly on the Internet. Here's the key exchange between the two leaders:
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.As zerohedge reported Monday night: "it was only a matter of time before the more conservative republican elements went beyond the simply rhetorical and asked some pointed questions, such as this from Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces..." Turner has sent the following letter to the President calling him to account:
Conservatives are obviously outraged by what appears to be President Obama tipping his hand to Medvedev and the Russian Federation; however, it is important to remember that it's left-leaning Republicans in the US Senate, like Indiana's Dick Lugar (R-IN), that often compromise America's strategic position in the world through reckless foreign policy.
Trevor Loudon of the New Zeal blog recently recounted how Dick Lugar did exactly that with the New START treaty:
Leftist journalist and member of the infamous JournoList, Spencer Ackerman wrote in The Washington Independent:
In the spirit of self-criticism, something that I see my New START coverage has taken for granted is the support of Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), the leading arms-control baron on the Republican side in the Senate…
Obama crafts backroom deals that undermine America's foreign policy while relying on his favorite Republican Senator to whip the votes he needs to cross the two-thirds threshold required to pass a treaty out of the Senate. Dick Lugar's appalling record of weakening America's nuclear deterrent is one reason that hawk Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum endorsed Lugar's GOP primary opponent, Richard Mourdock.Lugar is firmly behind the Obama administration’s new treaty to reduce the U.S.-Russian nuclear stockpile and the deployed systems that can deliver those deadly payloads. So if you assume every Democratic senator will vote for the treaty when it comes up for ratification, Lugar’s vote brings the count to 60. The question is whether Lugar’s vote can bring along seven other Republicans.In the end, Lugar convinced more than enough Republicans to vote for a treaty that was enthusiastically backed by the Democrats, Russians, Socialist International and the Communist Party USA.
As I recounted this past January, Dick Lugar is a Wilsonian internationalist funded by George Soros; however, I was surprised to learn that Lugar's leftist roots dig even deeper than a thousand dollar donation from Soros. The New Zeal blog post linked above recounts Lugar's ties a Marxist led "peace" PAC, the Council for a Livable World. Trevor Loudon describes CLW:
Founded in 1962 by Manhattan Project nuclear scientist, leftist and reported Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, and led by long time Socialist Party USA/Democratic Socialists of America affiliate Jerome Grossman and more lately senior Democrat Congressman turned D.S.A. member David Bonior. Council for a Livable World is the US’ leading pro-disarmament lobby group/PAC.
The CLW has funded hundreds of US Senators and Congressmen in its history, almost all Democrats. In recent years, Lugar has been the only Republican to receive C.L.W. largess.The Council for a Livable World has a strategy for financing candidates with the intent of subverting those candidates once they've held office for several years:
C.L.W.’s long time CEO, Jerome Grossman, claims that by funding Senators at the beginning of their careers, the C.L.W. was able to influence them later when needed.
Loudon closes with this rhetorical question:Now Council for a Livable World is playing the money game… We try to find obscure people who would make good Senators or Representatives and early on try to give them the initial funding. Now we can’t compete with the big money. We only raise a million and a half each election cycle. But that’s a million and a half that has no cost to them. Because we get in early, and because it’s tied to issues, seems to have some kind of an effect. Then if we elect somebody they’re eternally grateful. Then we go and we are able to get a hearing.
Given C.L.W.’s far left and even pro-Moscow connections, should the GOP even consider running an ally of the anti-American far left, like “Dangerous Dick’ Lugar?The alternative to Dick Lugar is a strong America. For that reason, it's time for Richard Mourdock.
Update: Thanks to Smitty at the OtherMcCain for the link!