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  •  well, what neocons are aware of (0+ / 0-)

    severely curtails options for discussion.  We tried to isolate Russia in the 1920s.  Didn't work then, either.  More to the point, we realized that we didn't WANT to completely isolate Russia.  I don't think this tells us anything about the trajectory of American power, relatively speaking.  If the tables were turned and the U.S. decided to invade the Baja Peninusla, there isn't much Russia could do in that situation either, just by virtue of proximity.  

    Basing the discussions of relative power around sanctions is also too narrow.  Russia invaded Crimea because it lost a client in Yanukovich, and now has pushed the rest of Ukraine further into the orbit of the West.  Over the long term, this makes Russia weaker, and the  big picture threats (used loosely) to American hegemony have little to do with Putin's military gambits.  

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 02:43:34 PM PDT

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