March 4, 2014

No, U.S. Weakness Didn't Encourage Putin

Peter Beinart, The Atlantic

The Associated Press

The post-Cold War period has brought one long march by America and its allies closer and closer to the border of Russia itself. But there was no reason to believe that Russia—which under Putin has been regaining its confidence on the world stage—would go on contracting forever. And by 2008, when Russia sent troops into parts of Georgia, it was already clear that NATO’s expansion onto former Soviet soil had come to a halt.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Ukraine, Barack Obama, Crimea

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