"This is without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe, they fight every cause for the world's worst actors, the idea that he has more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed." — 3/26/2012
Want "crippling" sanctions on Iran? How about international condemnation of the Syrian government? How about reducing U.S. dependence on Pakistan for the war effort in Afghanistan? The road leads through Moscow, and picking a fight with the Kremlin before Romney's even elected isn't the best way to start.
There are legitimate criticisms to be made of the Obama administration's "reset" policy, from the downplaying of human rights violations to concessions on missile defense. But two decades after the end of the Cold War, most Americans don't see Russia as much of a security threat, and evince little desire to ratchet up tensions with Moscow.