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Great piece! I respect the realists, but they are wrong and kind of smug about it.

This is excellent: “Putin has absolutely no interest at all in running his straw man army into a buzzsaw of American steel. This was a dynamic we saw consistently in Syria — Russian forces and mercenaries went out of their way to avoid US forces because when fighting broke out between them, it ended very badly for the Russians. There was no World War III.”

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