Can we take a mulligan on the Russian ‘reset’?
Remember the tremendous foreign policy victory the Administration claimed in the form of the Russian reset?
Those were heady days indeed: the reset; smart power; leading from behind. These, like spiking the football, played well in the mainstream press. After all, this sort of excitement was a reflection of the bold re-emergence of… what? The bipolarity of the Cold War?
Well, it’s all gotten worse; gone kind of nyet, it has.
Russia’s most senior military officer said Thursday that Moscow would pre-emptively strike and destroy U.S.-led NATO missile defense sites in Eastern Europe if talks with Washington about the developing system continue to stall.
“A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens,” Russian Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov said at an international missile defense conference in Moscow attended by senior U.S. and NATO officials.
Of course this is simply vacuous saber rattling by the Russians but it shows their level of fear regarding missile defense. Still, the idea that we could get cooperation from them when it’s contrary to being completely in their interests is both amateurish and shortsighted.
Can we finally admit the Russians are all about the Russians and just aren’t that into us?