Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Putin's Actions Warrant a Measure of Prevention

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Putin's Actions Warrant a Measure of Prevention

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I share the concern of Dan Simpson's July 13 column, "We Never Seem to Learn" - that the United States should reconsider the scope of our role on the global stage and weigh against domestic needs.

But let's not be indiscriminate about it. His presentation of facts regarding the Russian situation on the borders of NATO - a six-decade successful anchor of foreign policy - seems deliberately obtuse.

His high confidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin has no intent to attack neighboring territories, and demand for intelligence to merit this move, is perplexing in the face of very recent as well as long-standing Russian history.

Two years ago, Russia annexed Crimea and continues its use of force against Ukraine. …

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