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When all right-thinking people in the nation's capital seem to agree on something – as has been the case recently with legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia – that may be a warning that the debate has veered into an unthinking herd mentality.Sanctions were already an overused tool of foreign policy before President Trump last week peevishly signed into law a measure imposing new penalties on Russia, Iran and North Korea. Congress also gave itself the power to review any presidential attempt to undo the Russia sanctions, specifically.If this were any other president than Trump, and any other antagonist but Russia, I suspect Trump's arguments would have gotten more support.Trump is as sanctions-obsessed as Congress, it should be noted.In questioning congressional review of sanctions, I'm not excusing Trump's behavior.This doesn't mean that every congressional zinger fired at Russia is sensible, or that every Trump attempt to preserve executive authority is a potential conspiracy count.
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