T. Belman. Rubin is old school. I suggest that the US should partner with Russia. Cut a deal. Trump and Cruz both support this. Divide Syria and both defeat ISIS. Cede eastern Ukraine and Crimea to Russia. After all a majority of the citizens are Russian. Consider allowing Russia back into Libya in order to instill order in place of chaos. Libya can’t be allowed to be controlled by ISIS which would enable ISIS to control North Africa. Russian control of Syria would protect Europe from Muslim infiltration.
When Governor Mitt Romney described Russia as the greatest geoplitical foe the United States faced, President Obama ridiculed him. “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” the president quipped. And yet today hardly an American warship departs Norfolk, Virginia or Mayport, Florida that is not tailed by a Russian submarine or shadowed by a Russian spy ship. Russia continues to prop up puppet states on Georgian territory, occupy Crimea and huge chunks of Eastern Ukraine, and sabre-rattle toward the Baltics. While the Kremlin suggests it has joined the international fight against the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh), the operations it has conducted — carpet bombing of non-ISIS targets and villages — constitute as clear a case of war crimes as anything conducted by any state in the last couple decades. While Hillary Clinton continues to insist the ‘reset’ policy she championed as secretary of state was a success, Russia has not only revitalized its nuclear arsenal and doctrine but it has actively begun to demonize the United States and its leaders as enemies.