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Posted on 01/06/2014 2:38:17 AM PST by cunning_fish
MOSCOW With mutual trust all but gone, the United States and Russia enter a new year full of challenges that will test whether the worlds nuclear giants can salvage their relationship.
The Winter Olympics, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the case of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, turmoil in Ukraine and Syria, and the uncharted consequences of the shale gas boom all threaten to bring new difficulties and irritants.
Things were supposed to be easier by now.
Five years ago this month, the Obama administration took office vowing to repair Washingtons tattered relations with Moscow. In a burst of optimism, it set about cultivating a productive relationship with Russias relatively new and seemingly forward-looking president, Dmitry Medvedev.
That plan hasnt worked out. The White House hadnt counted on the determination of Medvedevs patron and successor, Vladimir Putin, to turn Russia sharply away from integration with the West.
Today, President Obamas approach the much-vaunted reset has fizzled, unable to deliver on its promise to build new trust between the two countries.
What went wrong? After a 2013 in which the extent of the breach became clear, each country freely blames the other.
Moscow says Washington doesnt heed its opinions most recently about Ukraine and violated the spirit of the new relationship by interfering in Russian politics. Washington denies that and points to a steady stream of anti-American pronouncements and actions by Putins government.
The White House insists that it hasnt given up on Russia, but there is only so much time and attention it can devote to low-reward relationships. Putin, on the other hand, appears to discern a threat in nearly everything the United States does, and it is clear that the collapse of the reset has left little momentum for further cooperation...
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Apparently, Bush messed things up so badly that not even the greatness of hussein may be able to fully repair the damage.
Hillary thought that “Reset” meant that Russia would go back to Communism. She was sorely disappointed...
obama and his butt monkey, clown posse are WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR FOREIGN POLICY FAILURES WITH THE ENTIRE WORLD. WHAT YOU REFERENCE WAS JUST ANOTHER OBAMA LIE FROM THE PRINCE OF LIES... THAT IS ALL OBAMA HAS... LIES AND FAILURE!