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Trump's Grand Plan for Russia

Trump's Grand Plan for Russia


President Donald Trump is right: Russo-American relations are at their lowest point in decades, and this reality is mostly the fault of Trump's post-Cold War presidential predecessors.  Trump has made it his mission to rehabilitate the ailing relationship. I believe that the Trump administration is attempting to swing Moscow out of China's nominal orbit (which it has been in since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea) and back into the West's camp.
No, Vladimir Putin is not a nice man, and he certainly has blood on his hands (both figuratively and literally).  But, as former president Lyndon Johnson once quipped about J. Edgar Hoover, "it's better to have him inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in."
Further, Russia's military might makes it a natural, regional counterbalance to the rapidly rising China.  The recent spat between the West and Russia has pushed Russia away and into China's camp – thereby securing China's rise in Asia by removing Russia's threat to China.  Trump must play nice with Russia in order to flip Russia and better manage China's seemingly inexorable rise.
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