Professor Vladimir Golstein’s opinion piece (below) in Russia Insider presents a very interesting point of view, especially when one thinks about it in light of a recent poll by the German Marshall Fund portraying a sharp decline in positive attitudes in Germany toward America and President Obama. According this report (in German), the poll found that only 58% of the German people now hold a positive opinion of the US. This is down from 68% only a year ago. Moreover, the percentage of Germans holding a positive view of President Obama has plummeted from 87% in 2010 to 76% in 2013 to 56% now. Golstein’s argument is also interesting when one compares the implications of his ideas to the Russophobic pronouncements and forward force decisions that emerged from the recent US controlled NATO summit.