The Road To Armageddon

Wednesday, June 2, 2010
By Paul Martin

Herbert London
June 2, 2010

The road map to Armageddon has been established. Recently the Obama administration gave Moscow two concessions that in my judgment could have alarming influence on the course of current history: lifting sanctions against the Russian military complex and agreeing not to ban the sale of advanced anti-aircraft batteries to Iran.

Presumably these concessions were given as “carrots” after Russia agreed to a package of United Nations’ sanctions against Iran. While the U.N. resolution bans weapons sales to Tehran, it would not prohibit Moscow from completing the sale of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, a contract that was suspended due to pressure from the U.S. and Israel, but not cancelled. This sophisticated defensive system complicates any military option against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

These concessions are the latest moves by the administration to bolster U.S.-Russian relations and might be considered an adjunct to the Start agreement on nuclear delivery systems. However, administration spokesmen said this understanding was not a quid pro quo for Russian acceptance of sanctions, a denial that seems inconsistent with the timing of the decision.

Most significantly, the concessions are “premature and unwarranted” according to David Kramer, a former State Department official. A Russian transfer of the anti-missile system is far more significant by any standard than the resolution of sanctions. John Bolton, former acting Ambassador to the United Nations, argued that the Russians got the upper hand. They sensed desperation on the Obama team and “extracted all that the traffic would bear.”

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