Russia continues to show respect and appreciation for the White House, this time by breaking protocol and outing the CIA’s Moscow station chief. The Guardian has the story:
Speaking to Russia’s Interfax news agency, the FSB spokesman said his agency had complained to the CIA station chief as far back as October 2011 “that if they [the Americans] continue their provocative recruitment efforts regarding employees of the Russian secret services, the FSB will take ‘mirror’ actions against CIA agents”. In that statement, the spokesman included the station chief’s name.
No comment from the US embassy on this matter.But what’s this? “US condemns Russia for sending new missiles to Syria” blared an FT headline today. Maybe, just maybe the Obama administration had finally decided to push back against Russia a little?
“It is at the very least an unfortunate decision which will embolden the regime and prolong the suffering,” [General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff] said.
Okay, maybe not. This is not exactly the language of strength. These words suggest more of a gentle, chiding tone—less anger than eye-rolling exasperation. We’ll see how this Syria conference goes, if it ever happens. But the administration is doing itself no favors by being so conciliatory to the Russians in the run-up. To say the least.[Photo of John Kerry courtesy of Getty Images]