Putin confronts an America that is edging closer together


Joe Biden is fond of saying “it’s never been a good bet to bet against America,” and even those of us who thank the good Lord he’s president have rolled our eyes at this old chestnut. It sounds like outdated wishful thinking with a twist of fuddy-duddyitis.

But given the bipartisan support for the Biden administration’s moves to pour weapons into Ukraine and turn the screws to Russia’s financial institutions, Biden’s claim has some basis. Our raw partisan divisions must have encouraged Vladimir Putin to conclude that we would roll over rather than punish him for his barbarism against Ukraine.

But to a remarkable degree, Americans agree that Russia’s wholesale slaughter of Ukrainians, its naked attempt to conquer a sovereign state and its obliteration of Ukrainian cities and towns just can’t be accepted — and that both morality and self-interest dictate that we…

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