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Although the current political climate in the United States makes additional financial support to Europe challenging, it is not altogether impossible. U.S. President Donald Trump has signaled that exporting gas to Europe is a priority, and the administration should work with European partners to operationalize that goal and thwart Moscow’s Middle East energy land bridge. Europe’s energy security and America’s influence in the Middle East are too important to cede to Russia.

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Most responsible for that, I suspect, are America’s universities which, since the Sixties, have been increasingly occupied and ruled by socialists of various stripes. Sen. Sanders and AOC may be among the beneficiaries. If so, the rest of us, those who have managed to learn a thing or two over the years, will be the losers.

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The administration should make it explicitly clear that any form of barter or exchange involving any sanctioned entity or sanctionable offense through INSTEX will result in a U.S. response. What is needed instead is a way to ensure alternate sources of natural gas for Europe to obviate the need for Russian energy. This would yield the desired impact of depriving Russia, while ensuring that American allies continue to get what they need.

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