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KEVIN CARMICHAEL

Has Putin ridden over Obama?

A couple of weeks ago, Sean Hannity, the conservative political commentator, juxtaposed for the viewers of his Fox News show a picture of a helmeted Barack Obama peddling a bicycle and a bare-chested Vladimir Putin astride a horse.

It was a cartoonish representation of the question that is being asked by less overtly partisan observers in Washington: Has the U.S. president’s less strident approach to international policy turned America into a pushover?