Obama doesn't scare Putin [Letter]

March 04, 2014

Regarding "Putin ready to invade Ukraine; Kiev warns of war" (March 1), there's little chance that Russian President Vladimir Putin will be misled by President Barack Obama's warning, since it's well known that Mr. Obama's inner circle of senior advisors relish diplomatic language.

The dreadful finality about a confrontation with Russia makes Mr. Obama's warning laughable.

The absence of a robust U.S. foreign policy will make it difficult to cull together a believable U.S. response. Clearly, unfolding events in Syria, Iran and Iraq offer strong evidence that a United States-led rescue is overly optimistic.

Mark M. Spradley, Chevy Chase

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