2012年4月3日火曜日

I will transmit this information

オバマとメドベージェフの会談があった。
 「今回(11月の米大統領選)が私の最後の選挙だ。選挙後はもっと柔軟に
なれる」――。
 オバマ米大統領がソウルで、メドベージェフ露大統領と交わした会談の
肉声が、そのまま報じられ、論議を呼んでいる。

オバマ
・彼(プーチン次期露大統領)が私に時間をくれることが重要だ。

メドベージェフ
・分かっている

ジョン・マケイン
・メドベージェフ大統領へのオバマ大統領の声明が混乱を招く
・オバマが欧州でMDに関して、露の要求に妥協するつもりだ。

ロムニー
・ミサイル問題でロシアに屈しようとしている

欧州に展開する米国のMD計画は、二転三転した。
最後に対露から対イランに変わり、名目だけと思っていたが、オバマや
マケインらが認めるように、対露と言うことが確定した。
オバマは、露大統領選挙で不正があったことが明らかなのに、批判を
翻して、電話会談で勝利祝った。

国際会議で、顔をあわせる回数も増え、なじむようになれば、互いの欲望
を満たすような取引が始まる。
結局、自国のためではなく、自分の欲望を満たすための取引となる。
外交とはそう言うものようだ。

報道バラエティ番組で、飯島勲は、「手嶋龍一はワシントン赴任中、
コンドリーザ・ライスの密使として小泉純一郎に伝言を伝えた」
と言っていた。
手嶋龍一は、米国のメッセンジャーか、諜報員なのだろうか。

米露 MD配備対立でも協調関係を演出
東欧MD 米ロが基本合意へ
チェコ 米MD受入れ
日本政府 MD構想撤退か
MD広報
MD東欧配備 米が中止
対イラン向MD配備合意
露 イスカンデル配備へ


Obama Medvedev open microphone slip


---オバマ氏の本音ライブ?露大統領に「時間くれ」---
2012年3月27日13時03分 読売新聞
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/world/news/20120327-OYT1T00600.htm

 【ソウル=白川義和】「今回(11月の米大統領選)が私の最後の選挙だ。選挙後はもっと柔軟になれる」――。
 オバマ米大統領がソウルで26日、メドベージェフ露大統領と交わした会談の肉声が、米ABCテレビでそのまま報じられ、論議を呼んでいる。
 会談の終了直前、入室が認められた一部米メディアの前で、両首脳は米国のミサイル防衛(MD)システムの欧州配備にロシアが反対している問題について議論を続け、同テレビのマイクに拾われた。オバマ氏は、解決のためには「彼(プーチン次期露大統領)が私に時間をくれることが重要だ」と強調。メドベージェフ大統領も「分かっている」と応じた。
 オバマ発言に対し、大統領選の共和党有力候補、ロムニー前マサチューセッツ州知事は早速、「ミサイル問題でロシアに屈しようとしている」と批判を始めた。


---「選挙が終われば柔軟に」、米ロ首脳の非公式会話がマイクに筒抜け---
2012.03.27 Tue posted at: 09:31 JST
http://www.cnn.co.jp/world/30006040.html

 ソウル(CNN) オバマ米大統領とロシアのメドベージェフ大統領が欧州のミサイル防衛計画について非公式に交わした会話がマイクに拾われ、オバマ大統領が選挙を理由に時間的猶予を求めた内容が筒抜けになった。
 両首脳は26日、韓国・ソウルで開かれている核安全保障サミットを前に、1時間半にわたって公式会談を行った。会談の終了間際に写真撮影のため報道陣が入室した際に、スイッチの入っていたマイクが会話の一部を拾った。
 この中でオバマ大統領は「これは私の最後の選挙になる。選挙の後はもっと柔軟になれる」と話して理解を求め、メドベージェフ大統領は「分かった。この情報をウラジミール(プーチン次期大統領)に伝える」と応じていた。
 米国が欧州に配備を進めるミサイル防衛をめぐっては、イランからの攻撃を想定したものであってロシアに対して使うことはないと強調する米国と北大西洋条約機構(NATO)に対し、ロシア側は同国の主権が侵害されるとして反発している。
 ベン・ローズ国家安全保障担当補佐官はこの問題について、政治が絡むと解決策を見出すのは難しいと打ち明け、「2012年は両国で選挙の年となり、打開策を打ち出せる年ではない。そこでオバマ大統領とメドベージェフ大統領は、相互理解に向けた作業を専門家に指示し、ミサイル防衛協力に関する対話継続は先送りする猶予を持たせることが最善だとの認識で一致した」と話している。
 オバマ米大統領とロシアのメドベージェフ大統領が欧州のミサイル防衛計画について非公式に交わした会話がマイクに拾われ、オバマ大統領が選挙を理由に時間的猶予を求めた内容が筒抜けになった。


---Joe Lieberman, John McCain Ask President Obama To Explain Medvedev Open Mic Comments---
Posted: 03/28/2012 1:49 pm Updated: 03/28/2012 3:52 pm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/28/joe-lieberman-john-mccain_n_1385675.html

WASHINGTON -- Hawkish independent Sen. Joe Lieberman added his voice on Wednesday to criticism of President Barack Obama's open mic gaffe promising Russian President Dmitry Medvedev "more flexibility" on missile defense after the election.

"I thought that President Obama's statement to President Medvedev was disconcerting," said Lieberman of Connecticut at a news conference with Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.).

"We built that missile defense system to protect our allies and us, particularly from Iran, from an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying a weapon of mass destruction," Lieberman said.

"I don't know what the president meant when he said he'd be more flexible," Lieberman said of Obama's open mike remark on Monday. "The president really ought to reassure all of us that he's going to stick with the program that we're on now because that program is, in my opinion, is critically important to the security of the American people for years and years to come."

On Tuesday after joking "first of all, are the mics on?" Obama said that he was not making any promises beyond pointing out that elections at home and in Russia made substantive, difficult talks unlikely until after the political campaigns are wrapped up.

"Arms control is extraordinarily complex, very technical," Obama told reporters. "Frankly, the current environment is not conducive to those kinds of thoughtful consultations. I think the stories you guys have been writing over the last 24 hours is probably pretty good evidence of that. I think we'll do better in 2013."

But McCain, who is serving as a surrogate for GOP White House front-runner Mitt Romney, said it was clear Obama was caving in to Russia and suggested that his comments on Monday were reason to fear a second Obama term.

"He tries to laugh that off, but obviously when you say to the adversary that I'm going to be quote more flexible ... we know what that means," McCain said. "It means he's willing to compromise to Russian demands concerning missile defense in Europe."

The president is playing fast and loose with national security in my view, McCain added. "This should be a lesson to all of us who were worried about a second Obama term as president of the United States."

A spokesman for Obama's campaign did not address McCain's comments directly but pointed to a memo released on Tuesday casting Romney as a foreign policy lightweight. "While Gov. Romney has no shortage of bellicose rhetoric on foreign policy, he has not followed his tough talk with detailed plans to enhance America’s security or strengthen our alliances," the Obama memo stated. "When Gov. Romney wasn’t literally running from reporters’ questions on foreign policy, he has been all over the map on the key foreign policy issues of our time."

Hoeven, however, insisted that the issue was Obama's unguarded comment and that Republicans would insist that the president clarify it further.

"I think that he needs to explain to the American people," Hoeven said. "I think that's a question that needs to continue to be asked of the president. 'What exactly did you mean by that statement to Medvedev?' This is something the American people need to know."

McCain cast further suspicion on Obama's motives by suggesting the president does not back the European missile defense system, although the administration has been carrying forward with the project.

"Some years ago then Sen. Obama said that he didn't believe in missile defense, so that adds to the skepticism about what he meant," McCain said.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who had declined to criticize the president for the open mic comments while the commander-in-chief was still abroad, on Wednesday piled on, sending a letter demanding explanations for why Obama would make assurances to Russia, which he described as aiding U.S. enemies.

"It is troubling that you would suggest to Russian leaders that their reckless ambition would be rewarded with greater 'flexibility' on our missile defense program after the upcoming election," Boehner wrote. "That has significant implications for the security of our homeland, sends a terrible signal to our allies around the world, and calls into question the effectiveness of your 'reset' policy with the Russian government."

"Your message also implies you understand such concessions would not be supported by the American people or the Congress," he wrote.

This story has been updated to add details of House Speaker John Boehner's letter.


---Obama caught on mic telling Medvedev to give US 'space' on nuclear issue---
Ewen MacAskill in Washington
guardian.co.uk, Monday 26 March 2012 19.33 BST
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/26/obama-medvedev-space-nuclear?INTCMP=SRCH

Mitt Romney describes as 'troubling' comments made to Russian PM that were picked up by microphone at summit in Seoul

Republican leaders have jumped on Barack Obama after the president made unguarded comments to Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev, appealing to him to allow Obama space on the contentious European missile defence issue - and claiming he could be more flexible after the November general election.

Obama's comments were caught on a microphone during what the two leaders believed was a private conversation during a nuclear summit in South Korea.

Within minutes, rightwing blogs in America were full of accusations that Obama's comments offered fresh evidence of weakness, of kowtowing again to foreign governments. Others claimed his comments provided a glimpse of what Obama planned if he wins the general election: a much more radical second term.

Mitt Romney, almost certain to be Obama's Republican opponent in the general election, quickly sought to exploit the gaffe, describing it as "an alarming and troubling development".

In an earlier statement, Romney said: "President Obama signalled that he's going to cave to Russia on missile defence, but the American people have a right to know where else he plans to be 'flexible' in a second term."

In the comments caught by the mic, Obama urged Medvedev to tell incoming Russian president Vladimir Putin to give him time: "On all these issues, but particularly missile defence, this, this can be solved - but it's important for him to give me space."

Medvedev replied: "Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you."

Obama then elaborated: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."

Medvedev responded: "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir."

It is the second time in six months that Obama has been caught unawares on microphone. In November, he was caught with the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, criticising the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.

The White House, responding to reporters about the exchanges with Medvedev, acknowleged the reality that progress on the missile issue - which Russia claims is aimed at itself but which the US contends is to protect Europe from Iran - is unlikely in an election year.

Ben Rhodes, the White House deputy national security adviser, said: "Since 2012 is an election year in both countries, with an election and leadership transition in Russia and an election in the United States, it is clearly not a year in which we are going to achieve a breakthrough."

Romney, in a tweet, proposed a game in which people could predict other issues on which Obama might be flexible in a second term. "Fill in the blank. @BarackObama: I'll have more flexibility to _______ after the election. #ObamaFlexibility."

Such a strategy could be risky for Romney, with memories still fresh of last week's 'Etch a Sketch' gaffe by his campaign spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom. Fehrnstrom said Romney's campaign was like an Etch A Sketch, which was interpreted by many as Romney being ready to adopt different policies in the White House race from those he espouses in the Republican race.

The Republican chairman of the House armed services committee, Mike Turner, issued a statement asking the White House to clarify the president's remarks to Medvedev.

"Congress has made exquisitely clear to your administration and to other nations that it will block all attempts to weaken US missile defences," Turner said.

Conservative pundit Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post, wrote: "It's remarkable, actually, that Obama could be any more flexible with Russia after the election than he's already been under the 'reset' that is indistinguishable from appeasement."


---オバマ氏、プーチン氏と電話会談 大統領選勝利祝う---
2012年3月10日10時48分
http://www.asahi.com/international/update/0310/TKY201203100140.html

 オバマ米大統領は9日、ロシアのプーチン首相に電話し、ロシア大統領選での勝利を祝福した。両首脳は、メドベージェフ政権下で始まった米ロ関係の「リセット」を今後も進めることで一致。一方で、シリアへの対応など、対立する問題についても議論を続けることを確認した。
 ホワイトハウスが発表した。オバマ氏は過去3年間の米ロ関係の改善で、米ロの新たな核軍縮条約やロシアの世界貿易機関加盟などの成果が生まれたことを強調。今後数年間もこうした関係を築いていくことや、貿易や投資の分野で協力を進めることを確認した。
 一方、武力弾圧が続くシリアへの対応や、米国が欧州で進めるミサイル防衛網の構築など、米ロが対立する分野では、協議を通じて妥協点を探る方針を確認した。オバマ氏は、5月に米国で開かれる主要国首脳会議(G8サミット)の際に、プーチン氏に会うことを楽しみにしていると伝えたという。
 米政府は、ロシア大統領選で数多くの選挙違反が指摘されたことを受け、開票の直後はプーチン氏への祝福を避けていた。ただ、アフガニスタンの安定化やイランの核問題への対応といった重要課題で、ロシアとの協力は不可欠なため、プーチン氏の勝利を早期に認めたとみられる。(ワシントン=望月洋嗣)

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