Friedman: To Defeat Putin, Kick Him in the Wallet
Globalization can be used to our advantage: op-ed
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 2, 2014 12:06 PM CDT
Russian president Vladimir Putin speaks at a Security Council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 28, 2014.   (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

(Newser) – Some may argue that Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea prove globalization isn't all that it's cracked up to be; Cold War-style politics haven't been wiped out forever. But Thomas Friedman argues that in order to stop Putin, we need to view him in the context of the world's "economic interdependence." He quotes foreign policy expert Michael Mandelbaum: "Putin is not some strange creature from the past. He is as much a product of globalization as Davos Man."

That means we don't need military action; instead, we need to "follow the money," Friedman writes in the New York Times. "It is a new kind of containment." Putin's "petro state" depends on global energy revenues; that's what we should target. We'll all have to chip in: Americans will have to depend less on international energy; Europeans will need to quit Russian gas; Germans and the French will need to cut exports."We can deflate this guy tomorrow without firing a shot if we’re all ready to do something rather than asking the 1 percent in the military to do everything," Friedman notes. "That is what Putin thinks we don’t have the guts to do." Click for the full piece.

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Apr 11, 2014 11:36 AM CDT
I wonder if Russia and the USA might not be partners in a war against China in the not too distant future. China desperately needs land for an ever growing population and the resources that can be had by conquering Russia. Putin seems to be hell bent on restoring Russia to past glory and we need aid in containing the Chinese/N.Korean dragon.
Charles P
Apr 4, 2014 10:26 AM CDT
People who believe that you can defeat ANYONE, simply by economic methods, DO NOT KNOW THE REAL HISTORY OF ANYTHING!!! The COLD WAR was NOT WON just by economic reasons. 5 times I had to use threats of force, to stop Soviet invasions of the U.S. And 4 times I had to use threats of force, to stop invasions of Western Europe! But all the GUTLESS people of America want to be WIMPS and NEVER ACKNOWLEDGE THE WORK I DID! They would rather KISS Russian (SOVIET) BUTTOCKS! Like they all did in the past!
Apr 4, 2014 9:08 AM CDT
Kick Putin in the wallet. If you miss you can always kick him in the AH !