During the Bush administration, there was a big deal made about the so-called “Bush Doctrine.” With that in mind, I want to take a look that the “Obama Doctrine” with regard to Russian relations.
On June 24, the White House released a fact sheet on US-Russian relations, and the “Reset.” It read like this:
In one of his earliest new foreign policy initiatives, President Obama
sought to reset relations with Russia and reverse what he called a
“dangerous drift” in this important bilateral relationship. President
Obama and his administration have sought to engage the Russian
government to pursue foreign policy goals of common interest – win-win
President Obama outlined the steps that he would take to reset US-Russia relations. These steps included:
– A New START Treaty that reduces limits on U.S. and Russian deployed strategic warheads by approximately one third. Now we have Russian bombers practicing nuclear missile runs on the US.
– Russia confirmed
that it will not deliver S-300 missiles to Iran, in accordance with a UN resolution.
Iran now has the missiles, claiming that they made them locally, but rumor has it that they were sold to Iran by Croatia.
– The United States and Russia were to have collaborated closely within the
framework of the G20 on measures to address the global economic crisis,
and on the coordination of the reform of financial regulation.
Sanctions put in place because of the Ukraine crisis have forced Russia to deepen ties with China and other states that have grown tired of the US using its economic influence as a club.
The Obama doctrine is an abject failure.