It’s almost too sad to watch. As the Washington Post editorial board just headlined, “President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy”. And that’s a verbatim quote.
In fairness the setup began during the Bush administration. George W. Bush famously said of Vladimir Putin:
I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul, a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country. … I wouldn’t have invited him to my ranch if I didn’t trust him.
But if Bush nibbled on the bait, it was Obama who decisively swallowed the hook. As Peter Weber wrote, partnering with Russia lay at the core of Obama’s foreign policy. He called it the reset.
I’m glad to see that some of the bigger guns like Goldman are beginning to admit openly what I’ve been saying for years: Bush helped set the table at which America’s enemies are eating our lunch. That Obama is personally serving the entree is only the inevitable outcome of all that has gone before.