President Obama's cancellation of the summit with Putin demonstrates the extent of the deterioration in American Russian relations. In a short time, the U.S. and Russia have moved from what some in Washington viewed as a hopeful partnership to an adversarial relationship.
Republicans Senators are upset that President Obama might eliminate nuclear weapons we no longer need for our security. And as we have seen in other areas, the president's political opponents are not going to let facts and history get in the way of a good argument.
The U.S.-Russian relationship has always been a complicated and multifaceted one. But, yesterday's U.N. vote, the third veto from the Russia Federation on the issue of Syria alone, is proof that the Obama strategy has failed.
The Russians are not our friends. No one wants a new Cold War to break out. President Obama's willingness to conspire with Dmitry Medvedev at a secret meeting raises the most serious questions about his character and his policy.
The United States and Russia are at a potentially fateful crossroads in their relations. Twenty years after the end of the Soviet Union, the relationship features more elements of cold-war conflict than of stable cooperation.
Winston Churchill famously summarized his view of Russia as "[A] riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." Even for the Russian people, Churchill's view remains largely true today, particularly in the business sector.