Vladimir Putin’s Trollpolitik

One of Ronald Reagan’s favorite Soviet jokes was the one in which an American man brags that he is free to stand near the White House all day and heap scorn on President Reagan. His Russian friend counters that he is free to do the same: he can stand outside the Kremlin all day and heap scorn on President Reagan as well. The 2013 version might have Barack Obama saying he can take to the pages of the New York Times to denounce American military adventurism, as he did in 2008. Vladimir Putin would respond that he can do the same: he, too, can take to the pages of the New York Times to denounce American military adventurism.

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