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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Kurt Volker
The flaring of global hots spots such as Ukraine and Syria dramatically illustrates the dwindling influence of President Obama in foreign affairs and the staying power of his perennial rival, Russian President Vladimir Putin, analysts say.
"A missile defense system for NATO? It's going to be hard to keep people committed if they think the U.S. is picking up the tab for Europe," says Kurt Volker, who was ambassador to NATO at the end of the George W. Bush administration.
He noted another example in which Mrs. Clinton gently resisted a White House-driven "groundswell" of support within NATO for reducing U.S.-controlled nuclear weapons stationed in Europe.