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What should Americans make of Putin's speech, and the policy challenge it implicitly poses for the United States? Some analysts were quick to discount Putin's military claims as fanciful. The new Russian technologies he described were already well-known to U.S. intelligence agencies, analysts said.The U.S. has vast military power to deter Russia, including new weapons systems that are at least a match for what Putin described.With the collapse of the Soviet Union, he said, the nation had lost 23.8 percent of its territory, 48.5 percent of its population, 41 percent of its GDP and 44.6 percent of its military.Just because Putin proposes renewed discussions with the U.S., that doesn't mean it's a bad idea.This barren Russian-American landscape is a perverse consequence of Putin's attempts to meddle in U.S. politics and foster the candidate who kept proclaiming what a great guy the Russian leader was and how much he wanted a rapprochement.Ignoring Russia may be good politics, but it's bad policy.
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