World tension continues to ease

Earlier today we chronicled one of the many reasons Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize.

News wires are even now buzzing with more evidence to buttress that argument:

Russia in a new review of its policy on use of nuclear weapons will reserve the right to undertake a pre-emptive strike if it feels its security is endangered, a senior Kremlin official told a Russian newspaper.

Russian and U.S. negotiators are in talks to find agreement on a new bilateral pact cutting stocks of strategic nuclear weapons. Both sides are working to a December deadline for a new treaty to replace the landmark Cold War-era START pact.

While Moscow and Washington have made progress in strategic nuclear arms talks, Russia’s security may come under threat from regional conflicts and local wars, Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Kremlin’s powerful Security Council, said in an interview with Izvestia newspaper to be published on Wednesday.

Russia was revising its military doctrine to include new terms of use of its nuclear forces, he said, adding that President Dmitry Medvedev, who chairs the Security Council, would be presented with the new doctrine by the end of the year.

“Conditions of using nuclear weapons to repel an aggression with the use of conventional weapons not only in a large-scale but also in a regional and even local war have been revised,” he said, without naming these conditions.

“Moreover, different variants are considered to allow the use of nuclear weapons depending on a certain situation and intentions of a would-be enemy. In conditions critical for national security one should not also exclude a preventive nuclear strike on the aggressor.”

Couple that relaxing communique with the following piece and you should be completely tension free:

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says talking about sanctions against Iran could ruin negotiations with Tehran regarding its nuclear program.

Putin said the threat of sanctions is unneeded at this point because it could scare the Iranians.

He told reporters in China on Wednesday that it’s necessary to continue talks and search for a compromise. He said further measures should only be discussed if Iran fails to heed international demands in talks with global powers about its nuclear activities.

Obama foreign policy… like Paxil on steroids… just ask the Nobel Peace Prize committee.

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