Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Adviser Harlan Ullman writes for UPI on the standoff between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin and how it might end:

If the situation in Ukraine were not so dire for the Ukrainian people, what a parody this could be. Facing off are two Mr. Cools.

In the eastern corner is President Vlad Putin emulating tough guy actor Humphrey Bogart but in a smaller version of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s muscular body. Whether Vlad thinks he is Peter the Great, Nicholas II (the last of the Romanov line) or Mikhail Gorbachev (who imploded the Soviet Union), his bare chested he-man style is surely good for the Russian soul.

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