Should the U.S. work toward becoming buddies with Russia/Putin?

Several of President-elect Donald Trump's appointments are noted for their pro-Russian sympathies, and President-elect Trump has himself expresses a level of admiration for Vladimir Putin.

Should the U.S. work at creating a bond with Russia/Putin?  Might we be more influential as friends than as adversaries?

Adding the discussion, you might comment on "should the US become less involved with NATO and the EU?"

Besides asking you to opine about what SHOULD happen, you can also comment on what you think WILL happen.

These are changing times, are they not?

 

Yes, the U.S. should make great efforts to endear itself to Russia/Putin.
10% (2 votes)
Yes, but we should only make moderate efforts.
5% (1 vote)
Yes, but moderately, and with teeth.
40% (8 votes)
Unsure.
5% (1 vote)
No, although if things improve there we should reconsider.
15% (3 votes)
No, any "improvements" would be inauthentic and token anyway.
10% (2 votes)
No way.
10% (2 votes)
Only if a leader besides Putin comes into power.
5% (1 vote)
Total votes: 20
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josh p's picture

I voted the first category. As long as we can do so without generating "entangling alliances" I would think it would be a good thing. I almost selected door number two because I wasn't quite sure what "great efforts" meant but, barring corruption of some kind, I think it could be mutually beneficial. 

Aaron Blumer's picture

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Depends on what's meant by buddies. I can't really think of a definition that doesn't include entangling alliances. The aim should be "optimal distance," avoiding hostility and provocation when possible but seeking "friendly domination." Putin is a thug and Putin's Russia is not our friend.

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