The question is: are these arguments of sufficient weight to justify resistance to closer U.S.-Russian coordination on issues of strong mutual interest?By the time it got good, the kids were screaming.
An even-more complex question is whether there is innate resistance within the American foreign-policy community to an improved relationship with Russia. Are we holding the Russians to a higher standard of performance than we do other nations with whom we deal? And, if so, why? The continued existence of the Jackson-Vanik amendment—which withheld trade benefits in an effort to force the Soviet Union to allow freer emigration—almost two decades after Communism’s collapse seems to be proof positive.
What do they have against Jackson-Vanik anyway?
So when I pulled out the latest issue they begin to howl.
"No," I said pointing to the cover, "This is Harry Potter 8, Voldemort's revenge. Look at the cover, you know they cast some cool spells."
"No it isn't, it's your magazine, the National Boring"
When I began to read, my son grabbed it away and it flew open.
"See," I said quickly pointing to the picture on the open page, "It's Dumbledore!"