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Deterrence and bouncing checks
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez

Original Article

Posted By:Hazymac, 4/9/2014 1:06:51 AM

James Perkovich writes in the National Interest that president Obama’s plan for a Nuclear Zero may even be more attractive after the Crimea. (Snip) Bloomberg quotes an expert who says Putin’s actions in Syria suggests wants to go for the psychological kill but the target is not Obama’s psyche itself. That is about as invulnerable as 36 inches of Krell metal. It is America’s credibility that Putin is intent on destroying. The article says: “Russia is now doing everything to ensure that Assad wins convincingly,” Alexei Malashenko, a Middle East analyst at the Moscow Carnegie Center, said by phone.

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At what point do serious policy people in the federal government--Democrats, too, assuming that there are any remaining with a strategic thought in their heads--decide to drop back and punt this dangerously inept Administration out of the political arena? There´s no time like the present. As Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant once said, "Be good or be gone."

      


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