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Opinion Josh Hawley’s lonely, manly stand against Finland and Sweden

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) voted against NATO membership for Finland and Sweden. Frida Ghitis: The Missouri senator was the only senator to vote against the move. She says the move is a massive failure for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ghitis says the U.S. economy continues to be the largest and most diversified in the world; China is a weaker power compared with the United States. She says this muddled thinking can’t survive first contact with logic; Finland, Sweden add far more to NATO than just their robust economies and their well-trained and well-equipped militaries. Ghitis writes that the shift of these nations from neutral status to NATO membership is a huge success, at negligible cost. In strategic terms,

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