Say what you will about President Barack Obama -- don’t mind if I do -- but the guy could deliver a knockout line. Let’s remember one smash hit that’s close to Keating quality. Before the debates of 2012, Mitt Romney, then-GOP presidential nominee, had publicly declared Russia to be the USA’s “number one geopolitical foe.”  The 1980s called, said Barack on TV, and they want their foreign policy back.

Oh, how we in the West laughed. The Cold War was some old guy thing. Five minutes later, it had become retro-chic, with a knitted Pussy Riot twist. The 1980s kept calling, and today the Cold War is reborn as US policy. Even as purportedly progressive outlets continue to report Trump-Putin conspiracy theory as fact -- if you’ve bought US intelligence community talking points cheaply as most journalists have, get your refund from Putin critic Masha Gessen -- the tanks roll toward Russia and the money rolls out.