March 20, 2014

Putin Making Cold Warriors Look Like Fools

Liam Halligan, The Spectator

The Associated Press

This Crimea crisis has changed a lot. America and the EU are split, Germany is a new diplomatic powerhouse and Sino-Russian relations are closer, too. Above all, the West’s influence has diminished — by our bull-headed determination to support the upending of Ukrainian democracy and by threatening ‘consequences’ we could never impose, while reinterpreting international laws we ourselves routinely ignore. We stand demeaned and weakened, with far less ability to influence events in the future.

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TAGGED: Barack Obama, U.S. Foreign Policy, United States, Crimea, Ukraine, Russia, Vladimir Putin

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