Russian Reset Replaced with Snub and Shrug
Well, it’s now officially toast (and has long been unofficially toast).
Here’s the story from the Obama Administration insiders as they advance their narrative on the new Russian way-ahead to the New York Times:
… the [new] United States [position is that it] views much of its relationship with Russia as optional, and while pressing matters will continue to be handled on a transactional basis, Washington plans to continue criticizing Russia on human rights and other concerns. As for the anti-Americanism, the new approach might be described as shrug and snub.
First question: Why would the Administration ever think this relationship would be anything but transactional? Was it due to our shared heritage with Russia, their great democratic past, their record on human rights, the rule of law, or love of free markets?
First answer: Hubris. Obama and his fellow-travelers thought of themselves as being all things good and light. That is, the Obama Administration cluelessly felt they could solve wicked world problems with a visit, a well read speech, a state dinner, or an anachronistic bilateral arms control treaty.
Next question: Should we think China, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Burma, etc. are any different than Russia?
Next answer: We shouldn’t, unless we’re willfully deaf, dumb, blind, ignorant, and apathetic.
In fact, as it regards our GDP, debt, deficit, unemployment, crony capitalism, demographics, government takeovers, leading from behind, etc., these nations—along with Russia—likely have their eyes on America wide open (as opposed to the claimed unreality being spun by the Administration).
The truth is these countries just aren’t that into us… unless it benefits them.