This is a response to Sean Wilson‘s recent post regarding the Russian foreign policy speech. Specifically, his first response to a comment. I don’t always agree with his opinions, but I always find them fun to read. Please check out his blog.
It’s true, Russia does blame everything on the U.S.
But the concern now is that the U.S. is Velcro® and every attack, insinuation, and insult seems to stick.
I’m not so sure that they see the American light fading so much as they see their own lights shining brighter. The government there isn’t as influenced by popular culture/opinion as in the U.S. and their assessment is, consequently, less coloured.
And by lightS, I include China and India in there as well. Russia, in particular, has always had those resources, but just not the means to fully exploit them. This is true in China as well, to a lesser degree. India, the new kid, just stepped into Muscle Beach and intends to fully exploit the exposure.
But I don’t think it’s a good idea to support independence movements within the bloc just yet. We’re in turmoil as well, and if it’s not executed properly (as is very likely) this will come back to bite us in a way that will make Afghanistan look like San Francisco.
What Americans do extremely well is use its existing strength, means, and ingenuity to exploit the moment. But Americans are not as adept at adaptation when it comes to foreign assault (political, diplomatic, and incidental) as the public isn’t as lovy-dovy with the government right now. Responses are somewhat sluggish lately and often inappropriate (it seems). This is because we’ve started removing our trusty shades.
In this atmosphere Americans shouldn’t use the same attacks in this state.
But let’s not delude ourselves. Russia is still Russia.
Irrespective of the current political ideology that’s very important to remember in all future dealings with the country. Governments may change in the blink of an eye. People, as a whole, are quite a bit slower at change.
It’s a brave new world out there, and America will need to rely on its greatest strengths far more than any time since WWII. Some ideas may die a painful death in these times, but let’s keep the funerals short so we can move on to bigger and better things.