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President Obama, by flexing his political muscle instead of his brain and showing Putin who’s boss by canceling his trip to Russia, has lost any chance of seeing Edward Snowden on American soil ever again.
The stage was set for Obama and Putin to bargain face to face over Snowden’s release. Obama could have marched off Air Force One with Snowden in tow, and it would have been a PR moment for the ages.
Now, Snowden may settle in Russia or use his time there to find safe haven in another country.
In short, Obama, to use a basketball term, “choked.”
WILLARD B. SHAPIRA, Roseville
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