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Putin takes advantage of U.S. weakness [Letter]

Russian President Vladimir Putin might be on the wrong side of history in the long run, but certainly he has been victorious in the short run which may be of substantial duration ("Obama, Putin and the "wrong side of history," March 21).

President Putin has thumbed his nose at a vacillating and temporizing President Barack Obama with Russia's occupation of the Crimea. Unfortunately, we declared victory in Iraq and Afghanistan while those nations were still in flux, agreed to terms that allow Syria to continue to slaughter its own citizens and reduced sanctions on Iran while that nation continues unimpeded in its nuclear bomb program.

Mr. Putin in Crimea has taken advantage of our perceived weakness and certainly will continue Russia's aggression against neighboring nations. Our foreign policy is in shambles and we certainly know who is to blame.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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