February 7, 2014

Why Is Vladimir Putin Smiling?

John Fund, National Review

The Associated Press

Barack Obama has proven that he can dominate and intimidate his domestic political opposition — Republicans still feel the sting of his “take no prisoners” negotiating style on the budget and debt limit. Obama the Chicago Street Fighter once famously told a Philadelphia crowd during the 2008 campaign that when it came to Republicans: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” But when it comes to dealing with foreign leaders, Obama continues to practice his famous “leading from behind” strategy. As far as Vladimir Putin is concerned, that basically means the U.S. is satisfied with a bronze or silver medal in international influence, while he can go for the gold.

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