President Obama’s Administration is scrambling to contain Russia’s annexation of Crimea as a once-and-done event. The Administration that re-set the two countries’ relations and offered missile defense flexibility after Obama’s “last election” is now promising the White House press corps that the Russia that sent military personnel into the Ukraine is not the Russia we deal with on Iran.
“Senior Administration officials” (code words for “anonymous political operatives spinning reporters”) told the New York Times that despite Putin’s insurgence, Russia is still working just swimmingly with the Obama Administration on Iran’s nuclear issue. They pinky swear.
Days later, low and behold, Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post had the very same assessment from National Security Advisor Susan Rice. In a YouTube video Susan Rice said, “We haven’t seen any evidence to the contrary,” when asked if Moscow will remain cooperative. I am sure what she actually meant was…other than annexing Crimea, shutting down the free media, ignoring the international community’s demands and vetoing a UN resolution.
DeYoung’s Washington Post story, which appeared on the front page and above the fold, was titled “Nuclear accord unhurt by the crisis: Iran, Syria efforts also on track despite Crimea”. The New York Times headline said, “West Sees Unity on Iran Despite Crisis in Ukraine”.
I love how the main stream media already knows that the mess has already been contained. That Obama team cleaned up the chaos in four days, ya’ll.
What’s most interesting about the Washington media types falling for the White House spin is that the idea that Syria and Iran are on a successful path is laughable. Doesn’t “on track” imply that the issues are being handled and we are in a good place? Syria is a mess. Assad has made America look incredibly weak, even the Saudis are furious with Obama’s weakness and the killings inside Syria continue. It’s offensive that any reporter thinks Syria is on track. It’s completely off track. And what is on track about Iran? The Islamic regime hasn’t actually done anything yet.
The political reporter types don’t have the capacity or the patience to cover complicated foreign policy stories. And any reporter blindly taking what this Administration says on Russia, especially Russia, should be ignored.