The Bush administration has transformed American relations with Russia into an ongoing confrontation due to policies that ignored the concerns of the Russian government about its security. The Bush plan to build missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic was a deliberate attempt to intimidate Russia by offering bogus reasons such as the need to prevent “rogue nations” from attacking Europe. Why should the United States construct missile bases to defend Europe when the European Union is perfectly capable of implementing such a plan? The American support of Georgia without seriously investigating the situation regarding South Ossetia only resulted in disaster for all concerned.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said it hoped “the new people in the White House will learn from the mistakes of their predecessor.” The world hopes so.