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America’s ‘provocative weakness’

by J Michael Waller / inFOCUS / Winter 2014 As it continues its spiraling, across-the-board decline, the Russian Federation is becoming more relevant as a world power. This development became most visible when President Barack Obama effectively placed Vladimir Putin in the driver’s seat to resolve the crisis in Syria. The Russian strongman quickly used

A resurgent Russia challenges US as Obama fails foreign policy test

by J Michael Waller / Investor’s Business Daily / September 5, 2013. US meekness in the face of Russian assertiveness is a danger to international stability and American security, because it can be misunderstood and unwittingly invite a mistaken response. “Provocative weakness is a state in which you look weak, and you inadvertently provoke Russia, and others who