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Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 11:45 pm, Wed May 14, 2014.

A good deal of U.S. commentary on Ukraine has focused on whether President Obama is being tough enough. The debate is both unrevealing and unhelpful to resolving the serious issue of how to handle a newly expansionist and nationalist Russia.

It is unrevealing because any U.S. leader would struggle to contain Russian actions in the space that falls within Russia’s former empire and outside the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. George W. Bush failed to prevent the Russian invasion and dismemberment of Georgia in 2008. And history is littered with other failures to change Russian and Soviet behavior.

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1 comment:

  • Peter Neal posted at 8:22 am on Thu, May 15, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 289

    No matter what the writer believes the facts are, the perception that Obama is weak has been held by Putin and the Russian people for years. Obama's meaningless red line in the sand in Syria In the event that Assad used chemical weapons, (he could have easily destroyed Assad's Air Force on the ground with relatively low loss of life on either side) is the most glaring example.
    Also, Obama's inability to slow Iran's or North Korea's nuclear programs, and the general perception around the world that he just wants to be a "nice guy" do not help his ability to be a strong leader. With the notable exception of Jimmy Carter I think any President in my 54 year lifetime would have done a better job.
    I'm sure that those that voted for Obama in the last 2 elections would love to have their decisions validated by being able to say that he was a great president but unfortunately that will not be the case.

     

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