“Testing” of Obama Has Already Begun

Russia, China and the tangled web of a very troubled economy have already conspired to begin the “testing” of president Elect Barack Obama.

During the campaign for the White House, Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden said, “Mark my words.  It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev began the process of testing America’s new President Elect Obama yesterday during his State of the Nation address.

Medvedev did not welcome or congratulate Barack Obama on his election and entry on to the world stage as the elected leader of the United States.  Instead, Medvedev launched a verbal assault on U.S. foreign policy and announced that he would order the deployment of short-range missiles to Kaliningrad, facing Poland and the joint U.S.-Polish missile defense site.

He said Russian missiles would “neutralize” the planned U.S. missile-defense system.

“From what we have seen in recent years — the creation of a missile defense system, the encirclement of Russia with military bases, the relentless expansion of NATO — we have gotten the clear impression that they are testing our strength,” Medvedev said.

President Dmitry Medvedev announced plans Wednesday to deploy ... 
President Dmitry Medvedev announced plans Wednesday to deploy missiles on the EU’s doorstep in a warning shot to US president-elect Barack Obama and Washington’s allies in central Europe.(AFP/Alexander Nemenov)

He signaled Moscow would not give in to Western calls to pull troops from Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, or rescind its recognition of their independence following the August war.

“We will not retreat in the Caucasus,” he said, winning one of many rounds of applause during the televised 85-minute address.

“There’s no question that this is designed as a test for the Obama administration,” said Kimberly Marten, a professor of political science who specializes in Russian foreign policy at Columbia University’s Barnard College in New York.

The BBC said of Medvedev, “He could have made the speech on any day in November.  Instead he chose 5 November, the day after the US presidential election.”

“It’s posturing,” she said. “Kaliningrad is already so heavily militarized — there are tactical nuclear weapons from the Russian side there — so these missiles wouldn’t actually have any particular major impact on the defense balance in the region.”

China also scheduled a major military event this week: the huge China airshow.

A model of ARJ21 jet is seen on the opening day of China Airshow ... 
A model of ARJ21 jet is seen on the opening day of China Airshow 2008 in Zhuhai, south China’s Guangdong province, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. China’s biggest commercial aircraft maker landed its first foreign order Tuesday when General Electric Co. announced its plane-leasing arm would purchase at least five of the company’s new regional jets. The order for the 70-seat ARJ21 jets made by Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China includes an option to purchase as many as 20 more, said GE spokesman Geoff Li.(AP Photo/EyePress)

Add to these major foreign policy challenges Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and North Korea.

And don’t forget the economy and a host of domestic promises Mr. Obama made about taxes, healthcare and other agenda items.

The testing of the President-Elect is underway….

Best Analysis of Obama’s Economic Challenges, From The BBC and Peter Morici, Univ of Maryland

Testing of Obama Begins
By Linda Chavez, November 10, 2008


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