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Conservatives harbor an odd admiration for Vladimir Putin
Conservatives harbor an odd admiration for Vladimir Putin

It is rather curious, given the American conservative movement’s long and dramatic history of anti-Communism and anti-Russian saber-rattling, that many leading voices on the right are speaking about Russian President Vladimir Putin with varying degrees of admiration.  For some, it is just a matter of comparing Putin’s toughness with President Obama’s alleged weakness. Without suggesting any love for Putin, Republicans in Congress have asserted that Russia’s incursion into Ukraine would not have happened had Obama not been such a wimp in his dealings with Moscow. This line has been pushed especially hard by the foreign policy Tweedledee and Tweedledum of the...

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