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Letter: Putin's invasion

Published: Friday, March 14 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Charles Krauthammer makes little sense with his theory that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into Ukraine because President Barack Obama is weak.

"The president's foreign policy is puzzling," Krauthammer asks, "Can Putin be faulted for believing that if he bites off Crimea and threatens Kiev, Obama’s response will be minimal and his ability to lead the Europeans even less so?"

He continues, "Would Putin have lunged for Ukraine if he didn’t have such a clueless adversary? No one can say for sure. But it certainly made Putin’s decision easier."

That line of logic is a bit like this one:

-Last fall, as they watched a handful of renegade lawmakers temporarily paralyze America, Putin and his advisors began planning to take back the Ukraine. You can almost hear Putin chuckling, "Those Americans can't get out of their own way."

So how will this current crisis end? Krauthammer wants us to believe the answer is rooted in a rewrite of Catherine the Great's 19th century strategy in Crimea. I'm not buying it.

Even in the middle of the most contentious and at times, seemingly unsolvable, issues between the two superpowers, these adversaries found a way out. It's time to add Putin and Obama's names to this short list of Russian-U.S. problem solvers.

Denny Freidenrich

Laguna Beach, CA

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