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Once More, With Feeling: What Does Putin Want?

To get people thinking.  He has succeeded in that.

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The first bright light on the murky  situation  in Ukraine shone Friday when Ukraine officials “sharply criticized” the Biden administration, according to The New York Times in its Saturday edition “for its ominous warnings of an imminent Russian attack,” saying that the US was spreading unnecessary alarm. Since those warnings have been front-page news for weeks in the Times and The Washington Post, Ukrainian president Volodynyr Zelensky implicitly rebuked the American press as well. As the lead story in the WPost indignantly put it, he “ [took] aim at his most important security partners as his own military  braced for