March 27, 2014

'Isolating' Russia Isn't a Serious Option

Ian Bremmer, New York Times

The Associated Press

“Isolating Russia” as if it were Iran or North Korea isn’t a threat America can feasibly make good on. Just because Mr. Putin is acting like the leader of a rogue state, his country cannot be considered as such. Russia boasts the world’s eighth-largest economy. Given the exposure of American corporations to Russia, there would be serious pushback from the private sector if Mr. Obama tried to relegate Russia to rogue-state status. The Obama administration needs to preach what it will ultimately practice. Otherwise Washington’s credibility will erode further as it walks back its words.

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TAGGED: United States, Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, Europe, Crimea, Ukraine, Russia

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