good sense prevailing that the situation was saved from goingto all out war. This Summit of Obama and Medvedev wouldcertainly instill confidence in the region and help returnnormalcy restored.However only signing of this agreement does not guaranteesuccess of this resolution. In 2002 also Bush and Putin hadsinged such agreement which was sacrificed at the altar of mistrust and clash of interests. This Summit was different fromthat of George Bush and Putin in the sense that it meantbusiness only and lacked jokes and personality clash. Obamaand Medvedev were straight forward and meeting ran for 5hours only. Obama oratory skill is widely acknowledgedespecially after his Cairo speech. He is not hector in his speech,a departure for Bush’s style.Obama choose to meet Putin also, because like many others,Obama too share the view that it is Putin who runs the country,a gesture though seems apparently related to courtesy andetiquettes, blended with hardcore diplomacy and reality.Obama ecstatically said that this pact would lead them to holda ‘Global Summit on Nuclear Arms reduction’ next year.Apart from international media hype on this Pact, both leadersfailed to reach to an agreement on
‘Missile Defense System’
of Eastern Europe. They remained at loggerheads on this, anissue on which USA has been rigorously pursuing and Russiapersistently opposing.
Obama’s hidden Agenda
- This summit was not given thekind of coverage in State (Russia) controlled media, whichgenerally such meetings get. TV channel one, the statecontrolled electronic media, did not show Obama’s visit inheadlines. It is naïve to believe that the channel might haveskipped it. This may be a calculated and calibrated telecast.Russia deliberately wanted to keep this visit at low pitch.Obama’s visit, according to Russia, might be aimed at killingtwo birds with one single stone. Obama knows it well thatAmerican success in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Israel andPalestine largely depends on Russia’s stand on these issues.Bygone are days when US had the ability to dictate terms. Nowthere is ‘no room on the chess board’ and US can no longer‘play with the pawns’ as Paul Bracken has put it in his book ‘Firein the East’. Obama has to undo Bush’s legacy which wascharacterized by
‘with us or against us’
. America can no