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Friends, a second article by Nicolai Petro, Russian/Ukrainian PhD at the University of Rhode Island, who has been deeply involved with US-Russia relations for decades. He usually takes a middle of the road approach, but herein he takes the opportunity to assess what has failed and what Trump could do differently, if so inclined.
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(prepared for Russia Direct Report, “The New Face of America,” vol. 4, 2016). http://bit.ly/2gJhA9B
From Obama to Trump: Cold War Averted. What Now?
By Nicolai N. Petro 
The Trump administration has a unique opportunity to change the American foreign policy debate about Russia and move beyond the outdated policy of containment.
Obama’s foreign policy legacy is marred by the failure to improve relations with Russia. This failure is due primarily to his administration’s inability to envision Russia as anything but an obstacle to U.S. interests. Time and again, at key junctures, his administration failed to provide innovative leadership that might have moved Americans beyond the assumptions of the Cold War, and instead fell back on conventional stereotypes about Russia.
Why the Reset Failed
The “reset” serves as a model for the failure of the entire Russian-American relationship. From its inception the Reset rested on the flawed assumption that there was a rift between the values of the Kremlin and the Russian people that West could exploit. Its object was not to engage Russian officials in an open dialogue about values but instead, as the policy’s chief architect Michael McFaul explained, “to establish a direct relationship with the Russian people” over the Kremlin’s head.  As a result a golden opportunity to change the tenor of Russian-American relations by engaging in a real dialogue was lost.
Dear Friends, with all the maelstrom of interpretations in media, and our own personal angst, Michael Brenner’s metaphor about Moby Dick seems apt. Please read and ponder this possibility.
January 15, 2017
America’s Self-Destructive Obsessions
The U.S. population is led from one hysteria to the next, now transitioning from the Global War on Terror to the New Cold War with Russia, a fearful madness that is infecting the collective psyche, says Michael Brenner.
By Michael Brenner
Captain Ahab’s obsessive hunt for Moby Dick was driven by the thirst for revenge. The great white whale had maimed Ahab – in soul as well as body. Ahab was consumed by the passion to restore his sense of self, and make himself whole again, by killing his nemesis – a compulsion that his wooden leg never lets weaken.
America’s “war-on-terror” has become our national mission for restoration. The psychic wound of 9/11 is what grieves us; it inflames our collective passion for vengeance. The physical wound is already healed. By now, it must be memorialized in order for the scar to be seen. It never did impair our functioning. In that sense, little more than a broken toe.