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Trump vs. Obama-Biden Is No Contest on Russia Policy

  • August 01, 2021

It is a strange experience to read John Bolton’s “Foreign Policy Returns to Normal, for Both Better and Worse” (op-ed, July 28). One does not have to love President Trump to realize his administration was firmer with Russia and China than the administrations that preceded and followed it. As Walter Russell Mead wrote some years ago: If Mr. Trump were Vladimir Putin’s lackey, he would have limited fracking as much as possible, blocked U.S. oil-and-gas pipelines, cut military spending and tamped down tensions with Russia’s ally, Iran. Mr. Trump did none of this. President Biden is doing all of it. Can’t Mr. Bolton, an experienced foreign-policy hand, see this?

Stephen W. Houghton II

New York

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