Our old friend Max Boot has a post at Commentary that demonstrates a common confusion about how credibility works in international politics. Boot argues that Russian President Vladimir Putin offered NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum because he doesnâ€™t fear Obama because Obama hasnâ€™t yet gone to war in Syriaâ€¦ or something. Iâ€™ll let him explain:
Obama understandably doesnâ€™t want to get stuck in the Syrian morass. But he should understand that when the president of the United States makes threats and then fails to make good on them, that has consequences for Americaâ€™s dealings with the rest . . .
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