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The Washington Post editorial board is out with a brutal critique of President Obama's foreign policy and handling of the crisis in Ukraine.
For five years, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which "the tide of war is receding" and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past. Secretary of State John F. Kerry displayed this mindset on ABC's This Week Sunday when he said, of Russia's invasion of neighboring Ukraine, "It's a 19th century act in the 21st century."
That's a nice thought, and we all know what he means. [...]
Unfortunately, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not received the memo on 21st-century behavior. [The Washington Post]