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Monday, August 21, 2017

Two Cheers For Sanctions On Russia

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

Economic sanctions work better as a symbol than as a solution. The United States government imposed them on Cuba’s Castro regime in 1960, and it’s still in power. We imposed sanctions on Saddam Hussein but had to invade Iraq to remove him. We imposed sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, which is humming along.

So anyone who expects big results from the legislation putting new ones on Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, which President Donald Trump signed Wednesday, will probably be disappointed. But that doesn’t mean it’s a mistake. Showing Vladimir Putin he can’t attack us with impunity is worth doing regardless.…

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