Ronald Reagan was a willing pawn of the greatest hoax in history. The Soviets pretended to “lose the Cold War” in a tactical concession aimed to generating an enormous strategic advantage. The narcissistic and dumb Reagan was so eager to congratulate himself for a victory that he pretended such a victory existed. His self-aggrandizing speeches were, undoubtedly, the best comedy show for Russia’s KGB leadership since they showed how easy it was going to be to outwit the dense folks like Reagan.
George H. W. Bush, one of the most inept and bumbling American presidents ever, allowed the Russians to dupe him back in 1991 into believing there was now a functioning democracy in Russia. Instead of crushing the Russians while they were weak, he started handing them over enormous sums of money and aid just as the Russians were regrouping for a fresh round of Cold War hostilities.
Bill Clinton, also not the sharpest knife in the drawer, enjoyed humiliating Yeltsin in public but did everything he could to strengthen Russia and make it easier for it to start new wars.
George W. Bush was incapable of finding Russia on a map and had no foreign policy whatsoever. The Russians kept getting stronger and readier for a new war with the West but Bush was completely oblivious.
Barack Obama believes that if he shuts his eyes really really tight, the problems he is refusing to see will disappear. The result of this approach is that Russians feel increasingly more justified in their contempt for the “weak and impotent” Americans.
Sadly, the absolute majority of Americans who will read this post will see nothing in it but an insult to their partisan sensibilities. And while they adore their party-specific idols of choice, the much more united Russia is savoring collective and public fantasies about delivering nuclear strikes on the US.