Obama's Great Torpor, Cont'd

There is a strangely retrograde quality to Barack Obama's speech at Moscow's New Economic School. Charles Krauthammer detects "a Kissingerian air" at the signing ceremony on the arms reduction agreement signing ceremony in Moscow.

Although Obama acknowledges the end of the Cold War in his Moscow speech, he is thrilled to revive Cold War arms control. He can't wait to renege on George Bush's commitment to provide missile defense to Europe. He projects "a strong and vibrant Russia" in the future and encourages Russia to "take its rightful place as a great power."