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Yes, unlike NATO, the U.S. government can fast-track decisions on use the military to "protect national interests". But making a case that Ukraine falls into this category in a war-weary country requires Houdini skills.

Practically, it may not require, but it is certainly much easier for a Republican President to make that case. At present Republican warmongering is conflicted by the desire to make Obama and the Democrats 'look weak' on defense. I would bet that Putin has taken that into account.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Apr 13th, 2014 at 07:19:18 PM EST
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