What’s Up with Russia?

Within the magical world of the White House and State Department, everything might be hunky-dory with regard to Russia and the Obama administration’s signature “reset” policy is an unquestioned success. Several months ago, I was on a National Public Radio show with another think tank analyst whom often serves as an Obama administration proxy. He sang the praises of the “reset,” arguing that Obama’s initiative resulted in Russian logistical cooperation, for example, allowing the United States to use the Manas airbase in Kyrgyztsan. To attribute Russian acquiescence to NATO supply through its territory to the “reset,” however, ignores Russian realism: Moscow fears Taliban resurgence and spread into Central Asia and, after initial suspicion, has been perfectly happy for American forces to hold the Islamists at bay.

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