Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012 blighted Russia’s chances of peaceable evolution. That will stay so while he and his inner circle hang on to power, perhaps beyond 2024. Russia and the rest of us will suffer in consequence.
The President’s attitude toward Russia’s leader—and toward authoritarians world-wide —affords liberal internationalists the opportunity to link a defense of national security with an appeal to our highest democratic values. Democrats must lead.
In late June, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard asserted that “the neocons in the Trump Administration” were pushing the President to war. Here’s the thing, though: There are virtually no neocons in the Trump White House.