Sunday, February 22, 2009

Soothing the Savage Bear

Obama is apparently reaching out to the Russians, for a new detente:

Obama in his first month has made clear his style in foreign policy: He plays the hand he wishes he had rather than the one he was dealt. He relies on skill -- and a determined optimism that he believes will help shape the outcome -- to make up for low cards.

Russia provides the clearest example. Obama has chosen to put high priority and a positive cast on U.S.-Russian relations in intensifying private contacts with President Dmitry Medvedev, who telephoned Obama less than a week after the inauguration to say that two "young, new presidents" should be able to work together. Medvedev followed up with an effusive eight-page letter and a second substantive telephone call, according to several senior officials here and abroad.

This is so good to hear. After a few of the comments that I heard during the campaign, this comes as a welcome relief.

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