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House Speaker John Boehner recently delivered a fiery indictment of Russia and the Obama administration’s entire “reset” in Russian policy. From the vantage point of two longtime Russia watchers — one a Republican who served in the George W. Bush administration and the other a Democrat who served in the Pentagon under President Bill Clinton — Boehner misses the point. That central point is that Russia matters a great deal to a U.S. government seeking to defend and advance its national interests.


Allison, Graham and, Robert D. Blackwell. "10 Reasons Why Russia Still Matters." Politico, October 30, 2011.