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Should the United States arm Ukraine for its fight against Russian President Vladimir Putin? Before you say “Duh,” consider this: Arms shipments alone are almost never enough to enable a smaller, weaker actor to defeat a big-time power. If the U.S. commits itself to sending arms to Ukraine, it’s signing up for more than military aid.

When Ukraine needs more help, America’s credibility will be on the line — and pressure will be great to escalate even to the point of air support.

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