'Blame Russia' goes nuclear. Now Obama is claiming Moscow kept him from delivering on his nuke-free world promise
Well just before leaving he decided to blame Moscow for that claiming he wanted more but the Russians just wouldn't budge:
"I was prepared to go further, I told President Putin I was prepared to go further. They have been unwilling to negotiate," Obama said, blaming Putin for "escalating anti-American rhetoric" and resuming what he called a Cold War-like "adversarial spirit."
Putin's spokesman has dismissed these claims:
"The Russian side always favored a proportional and fair process of nuclear disarmament," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call. "It can't be disproportional."
Indeed given Obama's well-documented political timidity and lack of interest in concrete action especially in staring down the Congress and the military-industrial complex his new-found excuses sound empty.
In fact as you will recall Obama's vaunted "Prague speech" laid out the doctrine of a "nuclear-free world" for some unspecified distant time in the future. For the immediate future however it amounted to an escalation in nuclear brinkmanship as Obama announced from the Prague podium that US would proceed full steam ahead with laying down the anti-missile shield in Europe, ostensibly against Iran:
So let me be clear: Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat, not just to the United States, but to Iran's neighbors and our allies.
The Czech Republic and Poland have been courageous in agreeing to host a defense against these missiles.
As long as the threat from Iran persists, we will go forward with a missile defense system that is cost-effective and proven.
If the Iranian threat is eliminated, we will have a stronger basis for security, and the driving force for missile defense construction in Europe will be removed.
Iran in fact never had a nuclear weapons program which the International Atomic Energy Agency continued to verify. In 2015 Tehran as per the US-Iranian nuke deal agreed to subject itself to even more comprehensive inspections which again found nothing and which make it even more unlikely it can have a secret nuclear weapons program. The US missile shield in Europe continues to be built up.