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Re “‘This Is War’” [May 19]: We do not quite believe that our President has been extraordinarily smart or knowledgeable. Vladimir Putin is getting all the political advantages simply because of the White House’s growing mellowness and uncertainty. Moreover, Europe seems to prefer making some big hollow noise to actually deploying any major move. Putin did not use force to annex Crimea—most Crimeans of Russian origin want to be part of Russia. Nor would he invade or occupy Ukraine, for he could just sit and wait for another referendum. Chances are Ukraine, especially eastern Ukraine, would wish to be embraced by Moscow again.