Obama Should Seek Detente With Medvedev: Buchanan

Russian leader leaves opening to derail march toward new Cold War
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2008 3:46 PM CST
President-elect Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in Chicago today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Dmitry Medvedev is signaling that Russia and the US could have a less contentious relationship under Barack Obama, and Obama should heed the call, Pat Buchanan writes in the American Conservative. “Russia does not want the Cold War II that the departing neocons wish to leave on his plate,” Buchanan writes of Obama, and two recent acts by Medvedev bear this out.

Medvedev intimated that missile sites intended to offset the planned US installations in Poland were not set in stone. And he’s offered use of Russian land to help supply NATO forces in Afghanistan. “This has to be seen as a gesture of friendship,” Buchanan writes. Obama should reserve judgment on the missile shield, not move on NATO membership for Ukraine, and, above all, “invite Medvedev to Camp David.”