The Short, Unhappy Life of ‘Reset’

by Rich Lowry

My Politico column today:

The “reset” with Russia had a brief, unhappy life. It began with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presenting her Russian counterpart with a mistranslated reset button reading “overcharged.” It ended with current Secretary of State John Kerry denying knowledge of the late, unlamented policy on Meet the Press on Sunday: “Well, I don’t know what you mean by the reset.”

Memories are short in Foggy Bottom. And understandably. Who wouldn’t try to forget a geopolitical initiative that has been exposed as willful naiveté and strategic obtuseness from the beginning?

George Kennan wrote the famous Long Telegram at the outset of the Cold War. President Obama would have needed only A Very Brief Telegram at the outset of his administration: “Bush’s fault.”