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Russian saber-rattling has Eastern Europe craving NATO protection
Russian saber-rattling has Eastern Europe craving NATO protection

Red lines haven't been kind to President Obama. When he warned Syria's Bashar Assad against using chemical weapons, Assad used them anyway. When he warned Russia against seizing Crimea, Vladimir Putin went ahead and annexed the place. But there was Obama in Poland this week, solemnly reaffirming the biggest and brightest red line in U.S. foreign policy: the 1949 North Atlantic treaty that commits the United States to defending its allies in Europe against any outside threat — which these days, once again, means Russia. The U.S. commitment to its allies, Obama said, is "rock solid." To underscore the commitment, he proposed a $1-billion "European Reassurance...

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