Following Monday night’s nuclear test in North Korea, newly installed secretary of state John Kerry placed calls to get in touch with his counterparts from the key regional powers. But one key player didn’t deign to get back to him. One reporter suggested that it seems Kerry has been “frantically trying to call Foreign Minister Lavrov.”,
The great fallacy of progressive foreign policy is the assumption that other nations and ideologies are reactive. If we treat them well, they reciprocate. If we treat them badly, there’s blowback. That’s why the Reset Button didn’t work in Russia, but it did set the stage for a series of Russian humiliations of Obama
Here is the only way the world actually works. There are civilized countries and savage countries. In a civilized country, the government and people may not like you, they may cheat you and take advantage of you in all sorts of ways, but they will not drag your corpse into the street for their amusement. In savage countries they will do that unless they have good reason to fear the consequences.