A simple, yet always resonant point from a Newsday editorial:
In a recent survey of foreign policy experts, Russia was picked as the ally that least serves U.S. national security interests. That’s partly Washington’s own fault. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia has been provoked and slighted with the expansion of NATO and the air war on Serbia. It’s too late for President George W. Bush to have any influence, but the next U.S. president must persuade Putin that our goals and Russia’s need not be in conflict, especially if Russia intends to play an ever-larger role on the global stage.