A New Horizon of Nuclear Nonproliferation With Russia

I'm beginning to see the reasons why I voted for Barack Obama in 2008.  With the passage of the no doubt historical healthcare legislation, although with much work needed, Obama has defined himself as someone who is determined to work hard and show no fear when pursuing tough agenda items. 

Healthcare, however, was not the primary reason I voted for him.  Throughout the Bush Administration, the vision of America had been distorted.  We were seen as less of a country who was willing to help, and more of one who was willing to control.  Our doves were overpowered by our eagles, and the worldview of the United States was certainly not positive.

Bush perpetuated a vision of "shame-be-damned, caution to the wind" mentality was willing to bludgeon other countries with Thor's America Hammer.  

This vision, I believe, changed with the election of Barack Obama.  A more rational and warm approach to foreign policy was brought in when he was inaugurated January 20, 2009 (the same time I personally was in a hospital bed bearing a newly acquired "harry potter like scar," but thats a story for another day.)

During this time, peace and cooperation were synonymous with Obama's name, and hope and change were the figureheads of his campaign and the early days of his presidency.  I believe they still are.

Restoring America's reputation as a compassionate (yet strong) country was important to me when I cast my vote on election day, and I believe Obama has started to deliver.  The recent cooperation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama have proved very promising with the reduction of nuclear weapons and furthering better relations with our former Soviet Union friends.

Obama called the pact a step toward "the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." He said nuclear weapons "represent both the darkest days of the Cold War, and the most troubling threats of our time."

Source: Huffington Post

An landmark agreement, due to be signed April 8 in Prague, would help to reduce nuclear arsenals in both countries.  Both Russia and the United States seem to have genuine interest in creating a more nuclear-free world, and this is a refreshing site to see. 

Though being disappointed in the past, I remain cautiously optimistic that this will be the beginning of many great things for both Russia and the United States.

Baby steps America... Baby steps.


It's Vladimir Putin Not Lenin


With the increase in claims of "Socialism!" by the right-wing and tea-party nuts, the concept of Soviet Russia always comes in to play.  Most people I come in contact with, sadly enough, don't realize that Russia itself is not a socialist nation anymore.  No folks, this ended with the Soviet Union's collapse nearly 20 years ago.  The undeserved rage ensues from those uneducated enough to open a world-fact book and realize that Russia is a Semi-presidential Federal Republic (or some variation of those words).

With that all being said, a quick look at the Council on Foreign Relations site (CFR.org) has brought about some unique viewpoints towards the United States relations with the Russians.

As many remember, Joe Biden claimed that the U.S. wanted to "push the reset button on US-Russian relations."  I personally liked this a lot.  Russia, although has had some trouble transitioning from a socialist state to a more democratic one, I believe is trying to distance itself from its totalitarian past.

Heres a blurb from an interview with consulting editor of CFR.org Bernard Gwertzmann

More than a year ago, Vice President Joseph Biden made a speech saying the United States wanted to "reset" relations with the Russians. Has this worked?

The atmosphere of the relationship is certainly very different. If you remember the kind of nastiness of the late Bush administration and the end of Vladimir Putin's presidency, and the anger created by the Russian-Georgian War in August 2008, the starting point was very low. The administration thought that it could get results faster than has proved to be feasible, not just in the area of arms control. They worked hard on getting Russian cooperation as a transit country for getting supplies into Afghanistan, and that eventually started to work but has taken a long time.

President of Russia (albeit in name only) Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama have had several talks in the beginning parts of Obama's administration and things seem to be going somewhat more smoothly than the previous administration.  Talks have resumed for instituting a new version of the START initiative (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) due to Bush's need to put missile interceptors in the Czech Republic and elsewhere (this angered Russia quite a bit.)

Our Russian relations have come a long way from George W. Bush's method of bludgeoning other countries over the head with a hammer resembling the American flag.

The one road block, it seems, is Mr. Vladimir Putin himself.  Due to a pretty large loophole in the Russian Constitution, a president cannot serve more than 2 consecutive terms.  This means that a person elected president could theoretically take a break for a year, then run again for 2 more terms.  This is likely the route Putin will choose to take.  Putin himself is a very mysterious, authoritative man and only time will tell what he chooses to do.

For now, The United States and Russia could use each other to combat Iranian nuclear threats.  Lets distance ourselves from referring to Russians as socialists, because it is simply not true.

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for the full interview check this link





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