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Russia Kicks More Dirt in Kerry's Face


The story of the amateur-seeming American spy caught by Russian agents in Moscow continues to bewilder the media today. Why, for example, was the American “spy,” identified as Ryan C. Fogle, outfitted with a map, compass, two ill-fitting wigs, dark sunglasses, and an old-model Nokia phone? These are decidedly un-21st-century spy tools.

Nevertheless the incident, for all its uncertainties and absurdities, is most definitely a setback for Washington. Over the past few weeks Russia and the United States have shown a remarkable willingness to cooperate on security issues. When the Americans asked the Russians for help in tracking the activities of the Boston bombers, the Russians agreed. And when John Kerry arrived in Moscow about a week ago, he and Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, appeared almost chummy as they announced that their two countries have “common interests” in Syria and would set up a joint conference to resolve the civil war.

It has been all downhill from there. Days later, Russia promised to honor an arms contract with the Assad regime in Syria and ship it powerful anti-aircraft weapons over the objections of both the US and Israel. Now Moscow goes and arrests an American “spy.” Whether he actually was an employee of the CIA remains to be determined, but the Russians certainly made the most of the incident by posting videos of his arrest and questioning.

Washington should be cautious when striking deals with Moscow. It isn’t America’s chief geopolitical foe, as Mitt Romney once said, but it certainly can’t be called a friend.

[John Kerry image courtesy of Shutterstock]

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  • Corlyss Drinkard

    No worries. Neither Obama nor Kerry will notice.

  • wigwag

    Just one more example of John Kerry staking his claim to be the worst Secretary of State in American history. It’s mind boggling how he has made so many mistakes in such a short period of time. Bashers of George W. Bush have every reason in the world to conclude that he did a poor job as President. The one good thing that can be said about Bush is that he was surely a better President than the idiot who currently serves as Secretary of State would have been.

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