A measure of America's strength

Second of two parts

Last week I quoted from the recent article by former U. S. Ambassador to NATO Robert E. Hunter, in which he was highly critical of the policies pursued by Washington since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and the West's total victory in the Cold War.

Hunter noted that President George H. W. Bush tried to advance a vision of "Europe whole and free and at peace," and Russia embraced much of what the West proposed to implement that vision. But the West and the United States in particular, stopped caring whether Russia could be included in Europe as a respected and serious member.

"As a result," Hunter wrote,...