Russia just granted asylum to somebody the U.S. government wants to charge with espionage, and according to Obama it’s only because they don’t understand that the Cold War mentality is extinct:
President Obama told The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno that he was frustrated by Russia’s decision to grant Edward Snowden asylum but said the two countries must work together.
“I was disappointed,” he said of Russia’s decision. “Even though we don’t have an extradition treaty with them, traditionally we have tried to respect if there’s a law breaker or alleged law breaker in their country, we evaluate it, and we try to work with them.”
Despite this, Obama confirmed he would attend the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg in September.
“There are times when they slip back into Cold War thinking and Cold War mentality,” Obama said on air Tuesday evening. “What I continually say to them and to President Putin, that’s the past.”
Obama’s trying to convince Putin that the Cold War is over just like he’s trying to get Americans to believe al Qaeda has been decimated, his administration had nothing to do with the IRS targeting conservative groups and that Obamacare won’t be a train wreck.
Obama, unhappy with Russia over Snowden and missile defense disagreements, just cancelled a summit meeting with Putin. There are obviously times when Obama also slips back into the Cold War mentality.