I doubt whether Russian President Vladimir Putin is clinically delusional, though German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright seemed to have suggested as much during the current Ukraine crisis. It may well be true, however, that Putin’s long-standing desire to restore Russia to its former greatness has seriously impaired his judgment.
By all accounts, Putin is a very intelligent man, cold and calculating. But those qualities alone, contrary to the views of some Republican leaders, do not necessarily make him a better or stronger leader than President Barack Obama — or Merkel, who is playing a crucial role in this latest standoff between Russia and the West.
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