With all the emphasis on mutual cooperation in framing the new arms control treaty, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton helpfully took the process a step further Friday when a Russian reporter asked about getting the deal ratified in the U.S. Senate and the Russian parliament.
"You're right. Just as we have to go to our Congress, President Medvedev has to go to the Duma. And I think President Obama has said that he would send Rahm Emanuel
to Moscow," Clinton said of the president's acerbic, tart-tongued chief of staff. "And we all endorsed that offer. So, if it -- you know -- if President Medvedev wants to take us up on it, we're ready."
Of course, Clinton's offer was made in jest -- wasn't it?
Clinton definitely wasn't
joking when she said U.S. negotiators dug up a Russian proverb in working out details of a verification regime whereby both countries can inspect for compliance by the other. President Reagan often used the old saying, Clinton recalled: "Trust but verify."