John McCormack is outraged by the double standard applied to meaningless goodwill gesture gaffes:

Can you imagine if this had happened in Bush administration?

Can anyone imagine the Bush administration attempting to defrost relations with Russia by making goodwill gestures? Of course you can’t, because for most of the time they were either in denial that relations were declining or they blamed Moscow for everything. Had they ever made such an attempt, they might have been forgiven if the prop being used as part of the gesture had the wrong word on it. Even if the prop was hokey, this entire “reset button” approach is welcome. I am concerned that it seems a bit too glib, as if the last decade or two of provocative policies can simply be erased from memory by hitting a button, but the direction for the moment is encouraging.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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