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New Sanctions on Russia

"We don't know if it'll work."

Apr. 28, 2014

Barack Obama announced new sanctions on Russia Monday in the latest effort to deter Vladimir Putin’s aggression toward Ukraine. “The goal here is not to go after Mr. Putin personally,” Obama said, but instead his inner circle. “The goal is to change his calculus with respect to how the current actions that he’s engaging in could have an adverse impact on the Russian economy over the long haul.” Current sanctions certainly haven’t been sufficient, and the new round is still very targeted rather than broad. Indeed, even Obama is uncertain, adding, “We don’t yet know whether it’s going to work.” That pretty much sums up his approach to foreign policy.

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