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March 23, 2014

James Jeffrey: What would Ike do about Ukraine?

In the past several weeks, after tidal waves of criticism directed at the Obama administration’s handling of the Ukraine crisis, supporters have risen up to defend the president, including James Traub in Foreign Policy and Fareed Zakaria in the Washington Post. There is a good deal to be said for their point of view; Russian President Vladimir Putin’s cold-power politics is driving him, not President Obama’s past errors, and the administration has taken steps not unlike those of the Bush administration in the 2008 Georgia crisis. But both Traub and Zakaria go further, comparing the president’s overall approach approvingly to that of President Eisenhower.

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