In Foreign Policy, Mitt Romney writes a stinging answer to Dmitry Medvedev's bash of the former governor.
It is not an accident that Mr. Medvedev is now busy attacking me. The Russians clearly prefer to do business with the current incumbent of the White House.
And it is not hard to understand why. The record shows that President Obama has already been pliant on missile defense and other areas of nuclear security. Without extracting meaningful concessions from Russia, he abandoned our missile defense sites in Poland. He granted Russia new limits on our nuclear arsenal. He capitulated to Russia's demand that a United Nations resolution on the Iranian nuclear-weapons program exclude crippling sanctions.
.... In his dealings with the Kremlin, as in his dealings with the rest of the world, President Obama has demonstrated breathtaking weakness -- and given the word "flexibility" a new and ominous meaning.
Meanwhile, today, the notorious former Soviet paper, Pravda, escalates Romney vs. Russia with this extraordinarily unkind description of Romney (hat tip: Weekly Standard).
"Electing Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States of America would be like appointing a serial paedophile as a kindergarten teacher, a rapist as a janitor at a girls' dormitory or a psychopath with a fixation on knives as a kitchen hand. His comments on Russia are a puerile attempt at making the grand stage and boy, did he blow it."
If you remember, this latest escalation was prompted by Romney's searing criticism of Barack Obama's hot mic moment, which segued into Mitt calling Russia the United States' biggest geopolitical foe.
That led Medvedev to rail against Romney for engaging in stereotypes that "smell like Hollywood."
Romney vs. Russia is clearly hitting up, and demands that appropriately aggressive and hostile Cold War iconography be used to illustrate it -- like "The Nutcracker."