Letter: A modern Khrushchev

Published: Sunday, March 16 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

I read the Deseret News column, "Jay Evensen: Obama could use a dose of 1980s foreign policy right now" (March 3). As much as I like Jay Evensen's columns, I would respectfully disagree.

America's 1980s foreign policy was not fully attributable to Ronald Reagan's rhetoric, but to the actions of a rare, but agreeable, man in the Kremlin by the name of Mikhail Gorbachev.

Granted, Reagan uttered the words: "Mister Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" referring to the infamous Berlin Wall, but Gorbachev, either by choice or necessity let it happen.

I have personally spoken to Mr. Gorbachev and he has a keen mind; but not the bitter attitude associated with Vladimir Putin. Putin is a modern-day Nikita Khrushchev who had to be reined-in by a tougher President: John F. Kennedy.

In a related note, I also disagree with Mitt Romney that Russia is America's "number one geopolitical foe." You can bet China is watching the movements in the Ukraine with greater interest than most average Americans or even Russians. Russia may currently be pounding the war-drums; but China is priming their arsenal and will undoubtedly make bigger moves, eventually, in the overall political chess-match. China thinks long-term and America doesn't.

James Marples


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