Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the United States had two options for dealing with the newly independent Russian nation, argued Pozner. The first was to accept then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s offer of partnership, emulating the rebuilding of Western Europe after World War II and “[seeing] to it that democracy [begin] to develop.”
“The other approach,” said Pozner, “was to say, ‘For 40 years you held a nuclear bomb over our heads. You lost the Cold War, and you’re going to pay for it. You’re going to be punished for what you did.’”
Beginning with the drafting of the so-called Wolfowitz Doctrine under President George H.W. Bush, argued Pozner, the foreign policy establishment of the United States adopted the latter strategy.
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