Obama is smart to make an overture like this to the Russians. They recently just passed Saudi Arabia as the world largest exporter of oil.They are not a member of OPEC and have shown that they will only go along with OPEC if it is in both their immediate and long term interest. They didn't agree to cut production last month because they want to sell as much oil as possible right now. This has helped the US by keeping oil prices low in comparision to last years. In the long run a working relationship with Russia will benefit the US and Russia if we can get over past differences and deal with each other as equals. It will also help us to at least have an alternative trading partner to buy oil from instead of the OPEC cartel making us less exposed to the possibility of terrorist influenced oil pricing.
In this,as in health care, Obama is showing that he has the pragmatic outlook and vision to finally lead this country to the twenty-first century. America was built by bold men with bold ideas. We shouldn't fear a President who is willing to try to break tradition and extend a true hand of friendship to a former adversary. If we give Obama the same respect that we gave to Bush he will most likely go down in history as one of America's greatest Presidents.Anyone who has a pulse should be able to see by now, that the man has a gift from God. The gift of leadership. WE SHOULD NOT ONLY LET HIM LEAD. We should follow his lead.
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