The entire Russian re-set scheme — another Hillary Clinton brainstorm — was a disaster. We eased Russia into the World Trade Organization, kept mum about Putin’s rigged election and undermined our allies in Poland and the Czech Republic (pulling out our anti-missile defense units) — all to assuage Russia. All we did was enable Putin’s domestic repression and international aggression. Our Russian policy, like every other aspect of this president’s foreign policy, has sacrificed human rights in vain hopes of obtaining good relations with dictators. It’s a losing proposition, both geopolitically (it hasn’t worked) and morally.
It would be a small but telling gesture if the Obama administration and all members of Congress would steer clear of Sochi. The athletes in full view of hundreds of millions around the world can compete — and then snag their endorsements. Refusal to grace Sochi with the presence of the world’s political leaders would be a narrowly targeted shot at the Russian strong men, a reminder that there is some cost to their brutality. So how about it: Who will stay home and say no to Putin?