President Obama's unbounded faith in his ability to make nice and persuade current and former enemies to see reason appears to know no limits. Former CIA Director, R. James Woolsey and Ashbrook Scholar graduate, Rebeccah Heinrichs
give a fascinating accounting of the efforts of leaders in Congress to do what they can to "reset" Obama's naive attempts at a Russian "reset." It seems that the Obama administration is willing to veto the defense budget over a section in that bill which would prevent the President from sharing sensitive missile defense technology with the Russians.
Russian President Dimitry Medvedev has been successful in negotiations with the Obama administration at getting the preamble to the new START treaty to include language that equates offensive missile technology with defensive capabilities. As controversy swirled over that dubious equation, it was discovered that the Russians have also requested a great deal of information regarding U.S. missile defense
technology and operational authority as part of a separate missile defense agreement
they have been working on with the Obama administration. And the Obama administration gives no indication that they will not happily share it as part of an effort to smooth relations with the former Soviets. Congress is attempting to prevent the administration from willy-nilly divulging that sensitive information and, of course, from allowing it to get into the hands of Russian allies like the Iranians. Whatever may be said about the "resetting" of relations with Russia, it remain cozy with nations--like Iran--that pose an unquestionable threat to U.S. security.