A Dearth of Options

With 50,000 Soviet–oops, I mean, Russian troops poised on the Ukrainian border, we know what Putin’s ready for.

What are we? Talks … maybe.

Like politicians everywhere, our administration will declare victory–if not “peace for our time”–citing how much worse it could have been.

Who’s next? Moldova?

2 thoughts on “A Dearth of Options

  1. While I didn’t like all of Condaleezza Rice’s decisions while in office with Bush, I do respect her scholarship on Russia. She’s not happy about Obama’s decisions and she makes a good point. Putin is scary man, not to be trusted. I hope international, and many nations, will band together to put pressure on him. In my opinion, Obama is fine on domestic issues but he knows less about foreign policy. I hope he listens to people who know more about Russian thinking than he does.

    • I agree.

      In fact, almost every President had had to learn international politics on the job. They get elected locally (Wasn’t it Tip O’Neill who said “All politics is local.”), but have to deal with America’s position in the world–whether we like it or not.

      An Italian colonel told me that’s the only way NATO works: American leadership. Not because the Americans are good at it, but because they don’t trust each other enough to let one another lead. They can comfortably blame the Americans if anything goes wrong, but they don’t have to worry about being double-crossed or their sovereignty abused.

      “Russia is [still] a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” as Churchill said.

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