ROBERT WRIGHT

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Canadians Deploy

Canadian troops have today arrived in Riga to beef up the NATO presence there, which means deterring the Russians from moving on Latvia as they have on Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.  Such maneuvers are long overdue, according to Russia-watchers like Douglas Schoen, author of the 2016 polemic Putin's Master Plan.  "By fracturing the transatlantic relationship between America and its European allies," Schoen claims, "Putin seeks to usher in a new world order."  Strengthening NATO forces in Eastern Europe will certainly temper Russian expansionism.  It may even dampen recent conjecture that the Western alliance is hopelessly divided and sclerotic.