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The paper bear makes nice

Russia has a Rodney King moment on missile defense. (As predicted here a few weeks ago.) But they’re gonna want more from Obama than they are giving. So begins diplomacy. The Times of London reports Russia is a “paper tiger.” I thought it was a bear. DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Images

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks at a meeting in Tashkent on January 23, 2009. Russia is ready to cooperate with new US President Barack Obama on Afghanistan and help with the transit of supplies and in the fight against terror, Medvedev said. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / KREMLIN POOL / DMITRY ASTAKHOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia has a Rodney King moment on missile defense. (As predicted here a few weeks ago.) But they're gonna want more from Obama than they are giving. So begins diplomacy.

The Times of London reports Russia is a "paper tiger." I thought it was a bear.

Russia has a Rodney King moment on missile defense. (As predicted here a few weeks ago.) But they’re gonna want more from Obama than they are giving. So begins diplomacy.

The Times of London reports Russia is a “paper tiger.” I thought it was a bear.

DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Images

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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