March 14, 2014

Why (This Time) Obama Must Lead

Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

The Associated Press

The crisis in Ukraine was produced by two sets of blunders, neither emanating from Washington. The European Union’s vacillations and — most significantly, of course — Russia’s aggression created the problem. But it will be up to President Obama to show the strength and skill to resolve it.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, United States, European Union, Russia, Ukraine, Barack Obama


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