ROBBINS: Bad bet: Putin confronts an America that has edged closer together |


President 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It sounds like sweet, outdated wishful thinking, naive cheerleading with a twist of fuddy-duddyitis.

But given the bipartisan support for the Biden administration’s moves to pour weapons into Ukraine and put the screws to Russia’s financial institutions, Biden’s claim has some basis. Our raw partisan divisions must have encouraged Russian President 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…

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