Missives

Obama's Secret Russia Letter

A big scoop from The New York Times: In a (now not-so) secret letter to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev sent three weeks ago, President Obama offered to halt plans to build the Bush-approved missile-defense system in Eastern Europe, provided that Moscow help stop Iran from developing long-range weapons. One senior administration official said, “It’s almost saying to them, put up or shut up…It says the threat has to go away.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will discuss missile defense with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Friday.