State friendships are built upon common interests and shared ideals. It’s strange, then, that so many commentators have reacted with shock to the new Russian law banning adoptions to American families. In today’s geopolitical landscape, Russia and America simply do not share interests and ideals. And yet, for years President Obama had been showered with praise for his supposed warming of the U.S.-Russia relationship. Unfortunately, in substantive terms, this warming has been fictional. Vladimir Putin’s Russia is no friend of America. The hard reality is that during Obama’s first term, Russia has been an unrepentant U.S. adversary. And where Russia has gained much from Obama, the U.S. has achieved little in return.