Sheldon Richman: America Is in No Position To Lecture Russia About Imperialism


Obama and Putin
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The conflict in Ukraine has prompted several level-headed commentators to point out that, of all governments, the U.S. government is in no position to lecture Russia about respecting other nations' borders. America, too, has long engaged in empire-building. This history doesn't excuse Russia, writes Sheldon Richman, but it accounts for the less-than awed reception for President Barack Obama's and Secretary John Kerry's sanctimonious utterances.