I realize foreign policy and relationships are not top of mind these days. I mean why would they be, but the world moves on even as Congress moves backwards.
So yesterday the Russian Ambassador to NATO meets with Kyle and Kirk. His comment to the Russian press after the meeting:
Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s ambassador to NATO, met with Kyl and Kirk yesterday in Washington — but they probably won’t be meeting again anytime soon. After the meeting, Rogozin let loose on the senators…”Today in the Senate, I met with Senators Jon Kyl and Mark Kirk. The meeting is very useful because it shows that the alternative to Barack Obama is a collapse of all the programs of cooperation with Russia,” he said. “Today, I had the impression that I was transported in a time machine back several decades, and in front of me sat two monsters of the Cold War, who looked at me not through pupils, but targeting sights.
Rogozin also added:
Rogozin also warned that Russia cannot afford to deepen its ties with the United States given the GOP’s current position, because doing so would put its security at risk if the Republicans came back to power.
Now Rogozin has a tendency to speak his mind and sometimes to his own detriment. However, Kirk rather than letting Rogozin comment roll of his back with a shrug and saying something statesman like fires back this:
“You could say that we’re just not that into him,” Kirk said. “In a potential missile combat scenario between NATO and Iran, Russia is thoroughly irrelevant. So Russian concerns about what we do and not do about the Iranian threat are interesting but largely irrelevant.”
So lets see a nation with whom we are trying to have a better relationship, granted it comes in fits and starts, is now irrelevant. A nation that still has a pretty heft stockpile of nuclear weapons is now irrelevant.
Well this should sit well with the Russian’s government and the Russian people.
Could Senator Kirk be any more of a clueless dolt.