Whitewashing the Failure of Bushs Russia Policy<quoted text>
Bush had 3 months left to his term. He instituted sanctions. What did Obumbler do when he came into office? He eliminated the sanctions. Then he had Hillary go and 'reset' relations with Russia after doing nothing about Georgia.
Obumbler set the table for Crimea not Bush. Wake up.
As perverse misreadings of history go, there arent many worse than what Lowry has done in this column. Notice how he skips through the entire Bush presidency as if 2001-2009 had been one long attempt to cooperate with Russia that ended badly. That is exactly what it wasnt. It was a period in which the U.S. consistently pursued policies that were certain to antagonize Russia, which undeniably did antagonize Russia, and which the Bush administration seemed to pursue in no small part because they antagonized Russia.
The silly soul-gazing remarks at the beginning of Bushs presidency were the sort of thing one would expect from a president as clueless on foreign policy as he was, but in terms of policy the last administration reliably did almost all of the things that Moscow opposed. It is not possible to understand Russian behavior over the last ten years without acknowledging the extent to which U.S.-Russian relations were wrecked by several Western policies, chief among them being Bushs push for missile defense in eastern Europe and NATO expansion into the former USSR. If the Bush administration suffered from any illusions, it was that the U.S. could consistently goad and provoke Russia in its own region without consequences. By the end of Bushs second term, that illusion was dispelled, and it was in order to repair the substantial damage that had been done in the previous five or six years that the U.S. successfully sought to find common interests with Russia.
will the Bush apology tour ever end?