Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Is Obama an American Gorbachev?

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clipped from english.pravda.ru

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev believes that US President Barack Obama still has the support of the electorate despite opinion polls showing his support slipping. Gorbachev had positive comments and words recently when discussing nuclear disarmament treaty negotiations.

"The election of Obama was not an accident," Gorbachev said. "It is true however that there has been some slippage in support for him." While he said that he liked Obama "a great deal," Gorbachev acknowledged that Obama faces considerable difficulties as he attempts to change his country's policies.

"US policy is changing, but it's a difficult process," he said. Gorbachev feels that the United States had missed "many opportunities" in the past, but chances are better with Obama. "I am very pleased that now Obama has changed course and has gone back to dialogue and the process of nuclear arms control," said Gorbachev, speaking through an interpreter.

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