Russia Our Greatest Foe? I Think Not

I’m a supporter of Mitt Romney. Overall, I think he’s run a good campaign, and his moderate positions on many issues have convinced me that he is the only one who can beat President Obama in November. However, his recent comments on the United States’ relationship with Russia signify a man who is dangerously out of touch with current geopolitical foreign affairs.

At this point, I’m sure most of you know how this debacle started. If not, let me quickly fill you in. About a week ago, President Obama met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul. During their conversation, a hot mic caught President Obama telling Medvedev that after his election in November, he would have more flexibility in terms of nuclear weapons and missile defense.

Alas, this mishap has been completely covered up by the liberal media. Evidently, no one really cares when our President publicly states that he will be more “flexible” after being elected. But, I digress. What I really want to talk about is our relationship with Russia as a whole.

Since the end of the Cold War, our relationship with the ex-Soviet nation has been rocky at best. Missile defense sites have been built and scrapped, there have been nuclear buildups and nuclear drawbacks, and of course, there have been countless political differences. Taking all of these things into account, is Russia truly our “Number 1 geopolitical foe?” Absolutely not.

For years, one of the things that has irked me most about the Republican Party is its readiness to vilify Russia as a world power. I believe that a strong relationship with Russia is the only way to maintain stabilization in a volatile Asia that includes Communist powers like China and North Korea. If North Korea were to invade South Korea, for example, wouldn’t it be far better if Russia were on our side, instead of aiding Kim Jong-un?

America has much to gain from Russia, and Russia has much to gain from the United States. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship, and one that I hope can slowly be improved. I worry that if Romney is elected President, he will destroy our relations with this necessary, international political power. No matter how much we want to deny it, we need Russia, and Russia needs us. Nothing good can come from a negative relationship.

As such, I would call on all of our elected officials, especially President Obama, to continue improving our relations with President Medvedev and President-elect Vladimir Putin. With deep ties to the Russian Federation, America would have a trusted ally with which to combat the growing power of North Korea and China, as well as dangerous rogue nations like Iran.

I believe that President Obama has done an admirable job so far improving U.S.-Russian relations. Hopefully, for our sake, he continues to foster this relationship. Contrary to what Mr. Romney thinks, Russia is not our greatest enemy. America would be far better off if they were our greatest friend.

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