Hawk or dove? Biden offers a bit of both on Ukraine

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President Biden's former boss might have told him that the 1980s called to ask for its foreign policy back. There was a heavy dose of Reaganesque "trust but verify" in Biden's response to Russia's professed drawdown along the Ukrainian border.

Biden is walking a careful line: The United States does not want Russia to invade Ukraine, but neither does it want to go to war against nuclear-armed Russia over this non-NATO member. Ukraine is peripheral to our interests, but the norm that stronger countries should not routinely overtake weaker ones is worth upholding even apart from Russian President Vladimir Putin's general bad-guy status.

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