K Street Bets on Putin
2:32 PM, Mar 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It comes as no big surprise that K Street has no plans to impose sanctions on Russia … or itself.
As Kevin Bogardus at the Hill reports
It is a long-standing business relationship, after all, that has withstood previous crises like that unpleasantness over Georgia and:
Well, one person’s strongman is another person’s valued client. And business is business. K Street is an easy target but it is not alone in considering self-interest in the present crisis. France is building warships for the Russians and one wonders if Paris will cancel the contracts as a way of showing Vladimir Putin that the West means business.
In the coming days, one can expect the sanctions to be finely calibrated by the practitioners of Smart Power so as to insure the least possible disruption to business-as-usual.
Russia is playing hardball while the West is playing chess.
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