America’s recent ambassadors to Russia have gone over like a lead balloon with Vladimir Putin. Time to do something more creative and star-studded to get his attention, argues Nina Khrushcheva in Reuters.
Specifically: “If Washington really wants to wield more influence over Putin, President Barack Obama need only place one call: to former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“Give ‘The Governator’ a sequel as the next U.S. ambassador to Russia.”
Khrushcheva, great-granddaughter of the shoe-pounding Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev who now teaches at the New School in New York, insists she isn’t kidding.
“I am not being frivolous — just pragmatic,” she writes.
The column points out that Schwarzenegger has all the requisite political experience and that Putin has a thing for celebrities and manly men.
Khruscheva believes that by sending Arnold to Moscow, Washington “could offer the Russian leader a photo-op he can’t refuse” and thereby do much more than lectures or sanctions to start to turn Russia back toward the West.
Who knows if it would work. Given Schwarzenegger’s latest box office, he’d probably be game to try.