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Putin as Goldilocks
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez

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Posted By:Hazymac, 7/7/2014 8:42:23 PM

In the story of the Three Bears, Goldilocks samples 3 bowls of porridge left on the breakfast table by perambulatory bruins. One bowl was too hot; the other too cold; but one was just right. The Russian bear, according to the Economist, was in the same position in relation to the conflict in Ukraine. (Snip) Will Putin, having failed to find the “just right” porridge, now give it up? Pavel Felgenhauer in another Jamestown article says “the Kremlin apparently believes the time is ripe for a decisive drive to undermine U.S. influence and power worldwide and hit at the transatlantic

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Japan is rearming. As disinclined as they are to self-defense, the EU, in the wake of Obama´s strategic impotence, may find itself constrained to develop and exercise its own military power. Putin might have bitten off more than Russia can chew. If the USA turned on the gas spigot and started exporting, Putin´s days could be numbered. But Obama is more interested in polishing Big Green apples than exercising any strategic leadership. This poor domestic and international player can´t leave office soon enough.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tipover, 7/8/2014 12:04:16 AM     (No. 9914635)

I suspect that the EU has fracking opportunities if they decide to put a muzzle on the Greens who have crippled their energy industries. Having a Russian gun at your head tends to alter one´s perspective.

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