President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it's important for him [Putin] 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.
- Obama's Open Microphone Gaffe, Seoul, South Korea, March 26, 2012
Surely you remember President Obama's open microphone gaffe in Seoul, when he asked for "space" from Putin in exchange for "flexibility" after the presidential election in November.
How has Putin responded to this overture from Obama? There has been no cooperation from Russia in reining in Iran's nuclear weapons development program, and today we are told by The Sunday Times that "five Russian landing ships carrying hundreds of marines and military vehicles are gathering in the eastern Mediterranean in a show of force said by one Russian diplomat to be aimed at deterring western intervention in Syria’s civil war" (http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/world_news/Middle_East/article1188841.ece).
Yet more evidence of Obama's wildly successful, doormat foreign policy . . .