Some of President Obama’s critics on Capitol Hill seem to think his administration has no strategy for dealing with the crisis in Ukraine. That charge is completely wrong — the Pentagon and other government agencies responsible for national security have spent years refining the nation’s military strategy and force posture so that tailored responses are available on short notice. In fact, the latest iteration of the Pentagon’s strategy was released on Tuesday of this week. Among other things, it contains provisions for discouraging escalation, minimizing Russian miscalculations, partnering with regional allies, projecting decisive force if needed, and applying non-military tools where appropriate. The strategy is about as good a fit for the Ukraine crisis as could reasonably be expected without knowing the particulars of the situation in advance. I have written a commentary on the subject for Forbes.com that you can read here.
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