America is Addicted to Sanctions

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  • Ukraine is a good case study in the ineffectiveness of sanctions.

The best way to think about the role of sanctions in American foreign policy is to regard it as an addiction.

  • Nicolai N. Petro
  • The National Interest

Think about it.

The inability to change the behavior of even the most rinky-dink nations must be enormously frustrating to those at the helm of the world’s lone superpower.

Skep 2bThis leads, not surprisingly, to the search for ways to assuage this sense of failure and reassure Americans of their perpetual global dominance.

Sanctions fit the bill perfectly.

First, because they can be sold as an…

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