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  •  I think the Obama administration is gradually (5+ / 0-)
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    getting the policy right - it's containment 2.0. We're not going to get in a war (or even a proxy war) with Russia over eastern Ukraine but we'll persistently keep the economic pressure on over that. The military line comes at NATO and that signal needs to be clear. I don't believe Putin wants war with NATO. He's just pushing wherever he thinks he can short of that.

    "Turns out I'm really good at killing people." - President Obama

    by jrooth on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 11:00:41 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly. It's a new Cold War. (0+ / 0-)

      Where Putin is trying to recreate his old sphere of influence. Containment 2.0 should mean an aggressive sticks-and-carrots approach to Ukraine, covert support for democratization in places like Belarus, and ultimately, democratic rollback of Russia's government.

      This is Putin's biggest fear - if Ukraine moves closer to the West, cracks down on corruption, democratizes, then his own regime will be challenged. We are witnessing a huge geopolitical struggle here.

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