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One of the more vivid political talking points to come out of Washington in the midst of Russia's military incursions into Ukraine is that Russian President Vladimir Putin carried out such provocative actions because of President Barack Obama's failure to enforce his "red line" on Syria and commence with a bombing campaign this past fall signaled to Putin that he would not face consequences.The truth is, anyone who actually believes Putin took military action in Ukraine because Obama backed away from his plans to bomb Syria illegally, doesn't know anything about international relations.Obama indeed foolishly drew a "red line" for the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad: If chemical weapons were used in its civil war, he promised, the U.S. would use military force in Syria.In other words, if Obama had gone through with his promise to bomb Syria, the action would have had no international legitimacy and no congressional consent.When people see the actions of Russia, or some other government, as the result of alleged "weakness" on the part of the U.S. for failing to more readily bomb whatever country at the drop of a hat, what they are really advocating is for America to rule the world by force.
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