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“This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility,” Mr. Obama said. “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it’s important for [incoming President Vladimir Putin] to give me space.”

“I understand,” Mr. Medvedev said in response. “I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”

The discussion was especially embarrassing for the president because the Obama administration has publicly stated for the past three years that it will not conduct any talks with the Russians that will result in limits on U.S. missile defenses.

Moscow, however, has stonewalled the talks and continues to insist that the U.S. government agree to legally binding limits on the U.S. NATO missile defenses in Europe.

submarine Sex worries

Navy submariners tell Inside the Ring that one of the concerns emerging from the Navy’s decision to lift the ban on women serving aboard submarines is not from sailors, but their wives.

The Obama administration, as part of its social-engineering efforts in the military, in spring lifted the decades-long ban on women working in the silent service.

The Navy announced in April that it will allow women on submarines.

“There are extremely capable women in the Navy who have the talent and desire to succeed in the submarine force,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said at the time. “Enabling them to serve in the submarine community is best for the submarine force and our Navy. We literally could not run the Navy without women today.”

Veteran submariners have said problems integrating women into the extremely close quarters of submarines has little to do with capabilities and everything to do with sex.

Other than fraternization rules restricting relations between officers and enlisted personnel, there is no prohibition in the Navy — on either surface ships or submarines — on dating.

Two Navy submariners told Inside the Ring that the sub service will have no problem following orders on putting women on subs, despite issues related to bathing and toilets.

“There are a lot of wives who are concerned about their husbands, though,” one officer said.

Submarine tours can last from three to six months, and in the past, wives had few concerns about their husbands straying while underwater.

Now they must worry about infidelity, officials said.

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Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for The Washington Times and senior editor at The Washington Free Beacon ( He has been with The Times since 1985.

He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.

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