thirty years ago i wouldn't have read anything by buchanan, but now i read everything of his i encounter. this article by him raises some good questions i don't think we'll get any good answers to any time soon;
By the end of his second term, President Ronald Reagan, who had
called the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” was strolling through Red
Square with Russians slapping him on the back.
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive.
And how have we husbanded the fruits of our Cold War triumph?
This month, China’s leader-for-life Xi Jinping stood beside Vladimir
Putin as 3,000 Chinese troops maneuvered with 300,000 Russians, 1,000
planes and 900 tanks in Moscow’s largest military exercise in 40 years.
An uncoded message to the West from the East.
Richard Nixon’s great achievement in bringing Peking in from the
cold, and Reagan’s great achievement of ending the Cold War, are
Bolshevism may be dead, but Russian nationalism, awakened by NATO’s
quick march to Russia’s ancient frontiers, is alive and well.
Russia appears to have given up on the West and accepted that its
hopes for better times with President Donald Trump are not to be.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is berating Russia for secretly trading
with North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions, saying, “Lying,
cheating, and rogue behavior have become the new norm of the Russian
Cold wars don’t get much colder than defaming another country’s culture as morally debased.
The U.S. has also signaled that it may start supplying naval and
anti-aircraft weaponry to Ukraine, as Russia is being warned to cease
its inspections of ships passing from the Black Sea through the Kerch
Strait into the Sea of Azov.