Those here old enough to remember the Real Cold War may share with me a certain puzzlement over the current hysteria about Russia. Yes, they hacked our 1916 election (to what effect we don't know). Yes, the mighty nuisance Donald Trump made a Russia reset one of his campaign point (for what purpose we don't know). And yes, Congress and the Justice Department should look into the hacking and the possible collusion between Trump's campaign aides and Russian somebodies (that this may come to nothing, or nothing criminal, is possible but not likely). And then, of course, there's Ukraine, the Crimea, and Russian saber-rattling in its Near European neighbors. So there is cause for concern. Add to that the hot breath of the media (including responsible media) blowing up an anti-Russian storm.
Robert Hunter, former U.S. ambassador to NATO, raises some pointed questions about all of this: "The Foreign Policy Price of Trump's Russia Scandal" at LobLog. Long but readable. Not wonky. Points to some undiplomatic and inartful moves during the G.W. Bush and Obama Administrations. What do you make of all of this?