This article by Gordon Hahn is response to: Foreign Policy’s, 28 June 2012 issue, article “Putin’s Got America Right Where he Wants It" written by Michael Weiss. The article can be found below following Gordon’s comments.
By Gordon M. Hahn
As I have noted elsewhere, while I disagree with almost everything President Barack Obama has done, I as a conservative regard his ‘reset’ policy as one of a few small bright spots during his tenure. We conservatives naturally do not want to see him re-elected, but it is not necessary to distort his record on Russia to achieve that eventuality.
Prior to Obama’s presidency, American policy on post-Soviet Russia had been an unmitigated disaster. It was high time we acknowledged our mistakes and made some compromises with Russia––if only in our self-interest. The U.S. needs Russia on a host of key national security issues ranging from Iran’s nuclear ambitions to the war against global jihadism.
Unfortunately, as the U.S. presidential campaign shifts into high gear, Republicans of various persuasions are mounting a campaign to undermine what they see as the potential ‘reset’ feather in Obama’s cap. The days are long gone when American politicians engaged in at least some restraint in the ‘gotcha’ political culture, particularly when an issue revolves around U.S. affairs beyond our shores. Now every international event is interpreted as if by political operatives straight from campaign staffs in the effort to undermine their political opponents. This was true during George W. Bush’s two terms, and it is true for Obama. This means killing the “U.S.-Russia reset” in the minds of the American people, one article after another, in the U.S. mainstream media’s already severely-biased Russia coverage.