By John W. Lillpop
Another devastating policy failure by Barack Obama made the news recently. In the latest Obama fiasco, the promised “reset” of US relations with Russia has failed utterly, leaving thousands of Russian orphan children in the lurch, and denying hundreds of American families the opportunity to adopt orphans in need of good homes.
As reported at the reference:
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Friday a measure that bans the adoption the Russian children by U.S. families effective January 1.Good heavens, it appears as though Obama’s reset scheme is driving US-Russian relations back to the cold war era!
The action could affect hundreds of U.S. families seeking to adopt. Americans adopted close to 1,000 Russian children last year, according to U.S. State Department figures.
Though the number has been dropping in recent years, Russia remains the third-most-popular country -- after China and Ethiopia -- for U.S. citizens to adopt.
The U.S. State Department said it "deeply regrets" the law announced by the Kremlin.
"The Russian government's politically motivated decision will reduce adoption possibilities for children who are now under institutional care," it said in a statement. "We are further concerned about statements that adoptions already underway may be stopped and hope that the Russian government would allow those children who have already met and bonded with their future parent to finish the necessary legal procedures so that they can join their families."
The announcement was a wrenching one for Aaron and Jenny Moyer, coming in an adoption process that was well under way for them to become parents of a Russian orphan named Vitali. They carry photographs of them and Vitali together during their visits to Russia.
"He's our son," Aaron Moyer said. "In our hearts, he is our son."
The couple, who have two biological children and one adopted American child, said they are relying on their faith to see them through the uncertainty.
"We want not just our son, but all the kids over there to have families and to grow up and know the love of a mom and dad," Aaron Moyer said.
The Russian measure also bars any political activities by non-governmental organizations receiving funding from the United States, if such activities could affect Russian interests, Russia's semiofficial RIA-Novosti news agency said.
And it imposes sanctions against U.S. officials thought to have violated human rights.”
This is yet another reason why the American people must not elect—or reelect—naïve, inexperienced, clueless community organizers to high public office!