- - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Of his Republican opponents, President Obama once famously told his supporters, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” The president is a tough guy when it comes to his domestic political opponents, but when it comes to Russian President Vladimir Putin, it’s quite another story.

When Mr. Putin brought troops, tanks and automatic weapons to Crimea, Mr. Obama brought a feather duster. Mr. Putin must have seen a picture of Mr. Obama in “mom” jeans and decided taking Crimea from Ukraine would be a piece of cake. His calculations were right.

JOSEPH R. FARRELL

Alexandria

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