Sunday, March 30, 2014

About that consequences thing ...

Putin's Crimean grab looks like it may lead to a halting, or even a reversal, of the 20-year long shrinking of US military forces in Europe. Whether that is in Russia's strategic interest (one would have thought not) it is definitely a good thing for the US to be sending clear signals about where lines exist.

ADDENDA: President Obama is now running right up against the contradiction between his ambitious goals and contracting means.  Meanwhile, Syrian continues to be a serious balancing conundrum for his foreign policy. While Crimea is continuing a basic theme of Russia's foreign policy for the last 20 years (and, if one goes back to pre-Soviet days, even longer).

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