The U.S. Must Engage With Russia
In August, Senator Rand Paul reflected on his recent conversation with Mikhail Gorbachev about the former Soviet leader’s role in passing landmark nuclear-arms agreements with the United States. Dialogue between the U.S. and Russia, Paul argued, remains essential to nuclear-arms reduction today.
I appreciated Rand Paul’s piece on nuclear-arms treaties. His rhetoric wasn’t dripping of partisanship or culture war as so many online are these days, and that was a wonderful change of pace.
Senator Rand Paul’s recent piece describing his visit to Russia suggests he thinks arms-control negotiations and agreements between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. did not exist before the Reagan presidency. This, of course, is not the case, and one hopes that this merely represents standard-issue Republican hagiography of our 40th president (who certainly deserves significant credit, along with Mr. Gorbachev, for his accomplishments) rather than ignorance. This desire to see some sophistication in Senator Paul is undermined somewhat, however, by the precious notion he intimates that Russia’s Parliament is a center of power that is meaningfully independent from President Putin.