Greenfield: It takes a rogue nation to stop a rogue state

The international community looked into Putin’s eyes and blinked. Multilateralism has failed as badly as it did in the days of the League of Nations, but then again it never actually worked.

The international order that everyone pretends is a real force in world affairs is really the United States and a few partners doing all the work and letting the diplomats and bureaucrats of the world pretend that they matter. Without America, the United Nations would be just as useless as the League of Nations.

With America, the United Nations is only a deterrent when the United States puts its foot down and the rest of the world doesn’t get in the way…

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