December 13, 2008

HARD TO ASSESS WHETHER THEY'RE LESS OF A THREAT AS AN ENEMY OR LESS USE AS AN ALLY:

Dealing With Revisionist Russia (Ronald D. Asmus, December 13, 2008, Washington Post)

Among the foreign policy challenges facing President-elect Barack Obama is the need for a new strategy toward Russia. Moscow is a partner and competitor: We need to work with the Russians on issues such as Iran and counterterrorism, but Moscow today is also a nationalistic revisionist power bent on rolling back Western values and influence on its borders with Europe.

They have a declining population, dying at ever earlier ages, with an economy that's moving backwards from a rather low high point. If the remote possibility didn't exist that we could use them to nuke the ChiComs and/or Waziristan they'd be completely ignorable.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 13, 2008 10:19 AM
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