“The key is Obama has to make it look good that the negotiations with Putin have paid off and that he has not been played for a fool.”
The Reuters report, “Obama mulls giving Moscow data on missile defense” had these disturbing revelations from testimony by Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy Dr. Bradley H. Roberts at hearings before the House Armed Services Committee:
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.
The administration is continuing negotiations begun under former President George W. Bush on a defense technical cooperation agreement with Moscow that could include limited classified data, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Brad Roberts told a House of Representatives’ Armed Services subcommittee.
He gave no details on the sort of data that might be shared under such an agreement.
Russia strongly opposes the U.S.-engineered bulwark being built in and around Europe against ballistic missiles that could be fired by countries like Iran.
We asked a missile defense analyst for his views on these revelations. He wrote:
Bush never gave any data to the Russians–when will we learn that when the Russians complain and whine, they want something and they want stuff that is valuable……so caving to them always will hurt US security. This is the issue. Obama desperately wants a summit with the Russians in Chicago in May following the Seoul summit. However, he has nothing to announce. Reset doesn’t seem to be working. There is no substance to this story unless it is a leak to see what might happen if the administration does pass such information to the Russians. Congress appears opposed, but POTUS wants to have a photo op with a communiqué and better video for the convention and campaign. The key is Obama has to make it look good that the negotiations with Putin have paid off and that he has not been played for a fool.