History tells us that since the days of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s, almost all of our American presidents have tried to get along with Russia. Columnist Pat Buchanan on this page points to the history of our relationship with Russia since the 1930s in arguing that we should not restart the Cold War because of what is happening in Ukraine.
We don’t agree entirely with what he wrote but he’s right on some points as to the record of our dealings with the Soviet Union and now Russia. You could even say there is a history of the United States, and other countries, pampering Russia and trying to engage its rulers.
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