March 2nd, 2014
01:44 PM ET

How U.S. should respond to Russia

By Fareed Zakaria

In a strange act of historical coincidence, it is 60 years ago this week that Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev handed the Crimea over to the Ukraine. It might not have seemed a big deal in those days – everyone was part of one big, unhappy Soviet Union. But that act has created today’s geopolitical crisis.

Russia has now made its move. It has essentially detached Crimea from the Ukrainian government’s control. What remains unclear is what Vladimir Putin wants to do with it. Incorporate it into Russia? Use it as leverage to negotiate a deal with Ukraine? Both?

In any event, Washington’s response should be clear and forceful. Russia has violated all kinds of laws and norms, including most crucially, a treaty that it signed with Ukraine guaranteeing that country’s borders, in return for which Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons.

For Washington, for Americans, for people around the world, it would be a terrible precedent to allow issues like this to be resolved not through diplomacy, but by force. If Russia could detach parts of neighboring countries with impunity, won’t other great powers like China decide that they too can act in such ways?

So what can be done? Well, for starters President Obama should cancel entirely his attendenace at the G-8 summit to be held in Sochi in June. He should try to persuade the other major powers to follow suit. Russia’s membership in the G-8 should be suspended. Remember,  the G-8 was created to recognize that post-Soviet Russia was behaving like an honorable member of the international community, not a rogue state . If the behavior has changed, Russia’s status should also change.

Militarily there is less that can be done. After all, Russia’s military budget is about 18 times that of Ukraine. But NATO should restart talks on providing assurances to countries like Poland – including perhaps building the missile defense system that was abandoned.

In economic terms, Washington and the EU should consider the only sanctions that would be effective: ones targeted specifically at individuals who could be held responsible for these acts of aggression against Ukraine.

Washington cannot do much to stop Vladimir Putin as he creates facts on the ground in Crimea. But step back and consider what a strategic disaster this is for him. Ukraine has slipped out of his orbit and most of the population there is going to be hostile to Russia for generations. Countries like Poland that had eased up relations with Moscow will now view it with great suspicion. All European countries will put their relations with Russia under review. Even China will surely oppose the brazen violation of national sovereignty, something Beijing is always concerned about. Within Russia people have seen that Putin is terrified of a democracy movement and will brutally oppose it, not really the image he wants to present.

So Putin gets Crimea, which is only 60 percent Russian. Parts of it will be deeply hostile to this Russian takeover – including the population of Crimean Tartars, who are Muslim and getting radicalized. Remember, Crimea is in the Northern Caucasus, the area where Russia has been battling a ferocious Muslim insurgency.

So even as he lines up one more piece – or half piece – on his chessboard, Putin will find that the price he has paid for it will be quite high.

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  1. Bob Ramos

    Militarily there is less that can be done. After all, Russia’s military budget is about 18 times that of Ukraine. But NATO should restart talks on providing assurances to countries like Poland – including perhaps building the missile defense system that was abandoned.
    True but ours is somewhere about 50 times that of Russia. It is so galling that our offensive might is so huge compared to Russia's and all we can do is to "poke homes in the sky". Right now, we need to transfer whatever troops we have in the region and station them all over the Ukraine including the Crimea. We would be joined by whatever NATO countries we can talk/bully/bridge into joining us. Words are useless in this case. Putin does not understand anything but force.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Reply
    • lerianis

      That would only lead to World War III. Russia has nuclear weapons, we cannot bully them like we could Iraq and Afghanistan.

      March 2, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Reply
      • The Penguin

        We have nuclear weapons too? In reality we should forward deploy them under NATO control to the Polish / Ukrainian border, sail a carrier group over to the Aegean Sea, and then buzz Crimea with a few fighter jet flyovers. Putin is aggressive, but right now he's banking on the fact that the US military won't get anywhere near this conflict. Obama has to prove him wrong or else a lot of Ukrainians are going to die.

        March 2, 2014 at 6:57 pm |
    • Infidi

      Our military budget is 700 billion, Russia's is 100. That is 7 times more, not 50 times. Given the prices in Russia, in all reality our military budget is probably about 5 times. So you are off by an order of magnitude. There is nothing we can really do.

      March 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Reply
      • ac

        Not that we are good at winning wars anymore.

        March 2, 2014 at 6:43 pm |
      • Sam

        All we know is how to send troops to foreign countries. We forgot what does it feel to defense your motherland. We have to understand Ukraine and Russia is one land named historically Rus. Karl III, Napoleon, Hitler thought like you do. That will be not a question of money. Hitler also thought that Ukraine was sick of Communism and will play on his side... We can't do same mistakes. If we'll touch there "private spots" Europe will be covered by nuclear clouds and than we'll start to negotiate crisis. We don't have time to building the missile defense system that was abandoned.

        Take a look deeply into current crisis. On BBC was interview yesterday with one of Russian generals (I don't remember his name) He said that there will be no war between Russian and Ukrainian army. All Russians and Ukrainians generals 25-30 years ago graduated the same academy (back in USSR). They all friend and/or schoolmates and they will never fight to each-other. The only game they play – tactic movements. Look at Crimea conflict, you named it a war? No gun-shots, one killed!

        Should we ad an oil?

        March 2, 2014 at 7:12 pm |
      • Sam

        *no one killed!

        March 2, 2014 at 7:14 pm |
      • czamdesigner

        Your intel on Russia's Military Budget is way off as they have been pumping money into R&D and upgrading their forces since 9/11. Russia is pushing for expansion across the planet with new bomber air bases and new port bases for their navy. Cuba is now being set up for both as we speak with the latest electronics warfare warship that is there right now in Cuba. This whole Ukraine conflict is just icing on the cake for Mother Russia to return to the days of the cold way that Putin misses so much and the rise of the New Soviet Union...

        March 2, 2014 at 7:15 pm |
      • Sam

        Putin already lost. The only what he can do is to take Crimea back. It used to be a part of Russia for centuries, and 65% of population is ethnic Russians and they want to be part of Russia again. Nobody listened to them in 1991, when USSR collapsed. There will be a referendum for independence from Ukraine in Crimea coming March 30. I'm sure Russia will wait for referendum results.

        March 2, 2014 at 7:31 pm |
    • RAY

      So you want to go to war ?

      March 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • Alan

      I think that the U.S. is trying to show Russia that we won't play by their rules and show that we are more mature but that's obviously not working. I'm not saying that's the right course of action, though, and I completely agree with you. We have to show Putin that there will be real consequences to his actions other than cancelling some meetings.

      March 2, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Reply
      • Pavel

        You have to understand that Obama is not a president of the world and the US cannot dictate what to do to every country. Its obvious that the US made the opposition in Kiev. The US using a word like "democracy" is trying to achieve it's own goals – rule the world and consume all of the world resources to please their own people.
        Dear Americans, ask yourself – WHAT IS THE US DOING IN UKRAIN??? I think an answer like – " is helping the Ukrainian people to establish real democracy" is not clear... think deeply.

        March 2, 2014 at 7:33 pm |
    • JB

      So, you're currently in uniform, right?

      March 2, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Reply
      • Alan

        Not currently but most of my family was and is and I will be joining the Marine Corps so if think that is have a pretty good idea of what's at stake

        March 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm |
      • Roger

        You will be joining???? So, you are what 16 now????? And I am being generous here with your age as your thought process is of a 8 year old!

        March 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm |
      • Alan

        First of all, I am 17 and have already talked to the recruiter, second of all, if you read my other comment, I said there is more that we could do, short of attacking them.

        March 2, 2014 at 7:14 pm |
      • Roger

        I hope yo get your wish and join the marines. They cannot wait to get bozos who are ready to lose their arms and legs for some Ukraine neo-nazis.

        March 2, 2014 at 7:21 pm |
      • freedom

        I am presuming you are talking about certain military actions like blockading the Black Sea Alan? Any military action, even minimal action like supplying logistical support and such to Ukraine would cause more problems. I am not saying we should not help Ukraine, but we need to be very very cautious about what is going on.

        March 2, 2014 at 7:29 pm |
      • JB

        I meant the OP.

        March 2, 2014 at 7:29 pm |
      • Alan

        I'm not talking about blockading the Black Sea or restricting the Russians movement, but you'd be surprised at what putting a ship full of marines or and aircraft carrier off shore can do.

        March 2, 2014 at 7:38 pm |
    • Giorgio

      You lost your mind,WE invaded all kind of Countries far away from our border and Russia didn't say a word..Crimea is part of Russia like Florida is part of USA . I will like to see what USA will do if the Floridians ,more or less 50% ( like in Ukraine) want to go with Mexico or Cuba ....
      You suggest another war using Nato It's hard but I have to accept that people have a very short memory . Fortunately the people that we have in charge , are screaming war! on CNN but in really will not do anything about . For once the politician inability to do anything is a good thing.

      March 2, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Reply
      • Alan

        I'm not saying that we should just attack them, but we should demonstrate that we are prepared to. But not doing anything except withdrawing from the G-8 meetings.

        March 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm |
      • elricstorm

        That is actually a poor analogy Giorgio. Russia gave Crimea to Ukraine and then agreed to abide by and protect their sovereignty. That's like the U.S. giving Texas to Mexico, promising Mexico that it will protect its sovereignty and then waltzing into Mexico 60 years later and taking it back.

        March 2, 2014 at 7:13 pm |
    • calripson

      This is why thankfully pea brains like you don't work for the state department. No sane American is risking thermonuclear war for Ukraine. Sorry. 300 million Americans and 500 million EU citizens live quite nice lives and we are not about to trade London and New York for Kiev.

      March 2, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Reply
    • Bigoton Ruso

      jajajaja, los americanos dan risa, han invadido paises con cualquier pretexto y ahora se hacen los ofendidos, no tienen verguenza, imperialistas.

      March 2, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Reply
    • skytag

      Great plan. Get us into a war with Russia so we increase military spending, accelerate the growth of the national debt, and get us bogged down in another years-long conflict over something that doesn't threaten a single American. No more wars unless Congress imposes a tax to pay for them. Then see how many people will support them.

      March 2, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • Juliska

      Ridiculous. I don't want my kids blown up over a non issue for the USA. I feel Z.e.r.o threat because it is ZERO of our business.

      March 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  2. Gracia Adeclat

    It's déjà vu superpower tactic ?only the do nothing policy bully ness will win ???

    March 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • eugenehowel

      That Russian Troops invaded Crimea, Ukraine is similar to Nazi invaded Poland.

      I hope Obama is not prime minister Chamberlain of GB.

      March 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Reply
      • ddd_ddd

        Chemberlain was much smarter

        March 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm |
  3. aaron

    I believe Russia had no choice but to move and protect their military base in Crimea... I believe the US would do the same exact thing in the same situation. I also understand the US invested 5 billion into building a Ukrainian "western" democracy" Now that new democracy funded by US dollars ends up being a neo Nazi ultra nationalist movement that wants all Russians out of their country... so of course Russia is going to try and secure their strategic naval base and try and protect the 60% majority of pro Russian speaking Crimeans. Put yourself in Russia's shoes! The US would have done exactly the same thing! Why haven't any shots been fired? They obviously are happy the Russians are there and afraid of this new anti Russian western democracy. The US and EU got their pro western Ukraine and the Russians get Crimea... end of story

    March 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • Michael Nosonovsky

      What a nonsense you are saying. There was absolutely no thereat to the Russian Navy base in Sevastopol from the Ukrainians. In fact, there were all kinds of provocations from the Russian military personnel.

      March 2, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Reply
      • vlad g

        Russia is protecting its assets. New government took over power illegitimately, and navy bases and russian speakers need to be protected. US would do the same thing.

        March 2, 2014 at 7:01 pm |
      • aaron

        not yet, but Putin has to look at this new Ukrainian government's negative position towards Russia and know its only a matter of time. So he acted while they were are at their weakest. You don't wait until they are organized and strong, you kick them when they're down.

        March 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm |
      • freedom

        No vlad. We would do the intelligent thing and tell any Americans to please evacuate the area to the nearest safe zone.

        March 2, 2014 at 7:26 pm |
      • aaron

        Picture a strategic American military base off the coast of the USA with millions of Americans living around it with 100's of years of history of American people living there and all of a sudden the friendly country has a coup and hates Americans and wants them all out after 100's of years of partnership... Do you think we would just pack up and leave when you know very well that that country is in turmoil and stands defenseless? Do you just get up and leave when the American people that live there want you there and support you more than the coup? Do you just leave behind a highly strategic military base? There were no shots fired for a reason. The Russians are wanted there more than they want the new government there... there are deep and complicated historical roots at play here and only the Russians and Ukrainians fully understand it.

        March 2, 2014 at 7:45 pm |
      • terry tan lim

        nonsense ! Look at the chronology of events. Did Russia act before or after the west incited the so called 'Democratic Movement' in Ukraine ? This world would be a better place to live in without a country or countries trying to lord it over less militarily and economically powerful countries as if they have the God-Given Right to dictate their dictum to the rest of the world. Remember that life is a cycle,some times you're up ,sometimes you're down.

        March 2, 2014 at 8:04 pm |
  4. northerstar

    If you do nothing to stop Putin now, he will go after everything he wants to regain that was part of the former Soviet Union. He want Crimea because of the Naval Bases located there. In no way does the Crimea "belong" to Russia anymore than Poland belonged to the USSR. Stalin just took it.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  5. Bryan

    A week ago according to Fareed, Putin was the biggest loser. Three days ago, he's interviewing Jimmy Carter's (of course) Secruity Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and the consensus was Russia would not invade. Fareed also praised our Libyan policy. At what point do we just stop listening, because it would be more productive.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • Ted

      Agree. Zakaria is the biggest flip-flopper on CNN staff. He false predicted the outcome of every single event from Libiya to Syria to Ukraine. He is exactly the kind of reporter that matches the incompetence of another loser in WH.

      March 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  6. Victor

    When the U.S. discusses 90 min with Putin about violation of international law, does that sound funny and hurting at the same time?
    This paper is supposed to talk about what the U.S. can do, but half of it is about G-8 membership, the other half is to say effectively that please Putin don't do it, it will hurt your image...

    So what else?

    March 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • W. Vincent

      the article makes valid points though. the other eastern euro countries will have much icier relationships with russia, and the missile defense shield can be on the table again (i'm not sure how effective it is but putin sure does get his panties in a twist any time it's brought up). what benefit has putin gained from this?

      March 2, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Reply
      • Victor

        On the contrary, maybe the eastern European countries will be more cautious in messing with Russia. They know the U.S. cannot save them like this.

        March 2, 2014 at 6:41 pm |
    • Bryan

      It was probably an 88 minute apology.

      March 2, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  7. Frank

    Noble peace Prize for Putin I say....

    March 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • Dandy

      I suspect there are some other awards that might be more suitable for his ridiculous actions. Perhaps a Darwin award would be more suited to the situation..

      March 2, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • Ted

      Gulag is still there and its very peaceful indeed.

      March 2, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  8. W. Vincent

    We have plenty of options here. Just because none of our options involve the military doesn't mean they won't sting when put into place.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  9. G_Edwards

    In another CNN home page headline: "Obama disarms a heckler"

    Seems like Pres Obama found the level that he's comfortable operating at.


    March 2, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • Dandy

      Whoops wrong article... Try to stay on topic Nit Wit.

      March 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Reply
      • G_Edwards

        Not surprising that a simpleton can't see the correlation. Blind faith, must be comforting.

        What's the phrase? Ignorance is bliss.


        March 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm |
  10. Dandy

    If this is in fact a major blunder by Putin then the worse thing we could do is to react as if it was anything but ridiculous.
    We need to put our foot down but don't put our forces face to face with theirs. There needs to be a way for Putin to back down without total disgrace. Sounds like Putin stepped in it big time..

    March 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Reply
    • G_Edwards

      Keep dreaming.

      As another poster wrote, President Stompy Feet IS putting his foot down, and Pres Putin ignores him.


      March 2, 2014 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  11. Gadfly

    "...Russia has violated all kinds of laws and norms..." Perhaps true in strictly legal terms, but when has the US honored such laws and norms unless it suited it? (e.g.. Iraq and many others)
    "For Washington, for Americans, for people around the world, it would be a terrible precedent to allow issues like this to be resolved not through diplomacy, but by force." LOL. What a joke. US uses force anytime it wants to. That IS American diplomacy... "Our way or no way." The USA will use economic force or military force, whichever suits it, but it will have its way.
    "... President Obama should cancel entirely his attendenace at the G-8 summit.." Why not get rid of the G-whatever and save a bunch of tax dollars. It's a worthless neoliberal junket.
    This entire piece is lightweight propaganda by a MSM talking head. No balance. What is Russia suppose to do when the US/EU coup in Kiev ends up in neo-Nazi hands.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Reply
    • Sam

      We did the same in Vietnam, Grenada, Iraq, Kosovo....

      March 2, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  12. Kerry

    Russia did it with Afghanistan and they are doing it again. It seems world powers all keep making the same mistakes.Pity the Russian people will have to suffer because of it. But the free world holding specific people accountable is a good move. They might look at others who have fallen before them. It could keep them in check, one would think. But when ego is involved, there is not telling.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  13. Infidi

    This article misses the whole point. Putin does not want to take Crimea. He wants another puppet state, just like he did in Abhazia and South Osetia. One would think that a CNN journalist would be a little bit more perceptive of the world affairs.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • aaron

      I don't believe Putin can make Ukraine a puppet state now... too many other western influences are swarming that country. He would have to invade Ukraine and there would be too much bloodshed and turmoil... but he will hold onto Crimea and his strategic naval base there. I don't think much more will happen.

      March 2, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • Bryan

      The Russian flag is being raised in the Crimea as the Russian Army has taken it. Russia just passed a law making it easier for parts of Ukraine to join Russia. But they don't really want it. That's a good one.

      March 2, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  14. Mustang Cobrajet

    To answer the question how should we respond to Russia. The US shouldn't respond at all. We are in debt how much? Is it 17 trillion? If our government can't balance our budget and handle our own business here in the US, we don't have the money or the smarts to try handling another country's.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  15. ac

    We should hope for a successful diplomatic result. Afterall, we are not very good at winning wars anymore.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  16. puddintane

    I bet Kerry makes a detour through Colorado and takes a lot of weeeeeeeeeed with him, its Kumbaya time

    March 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  17. bshugart

    Love the armchair warriors chest beating while never having served in the military. They are so anxious to send our children to war with no thought to the end game. The American people are sick and tired of these costly and endless wars that rob our economy while enriching the defense contractors. We can hurt Putin without firing a shot, and we should…..

    March 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  18. Daniel Cabrera

    rofl what? fareed still thinks putin is dumb or soemthing, do you not think he has already weighed all this potential risks. Im not defending him or anything, but hello. Putin has shown over and over again that he is a geopolitical force that is very intelligent, i might want to add what happened to Georgia, and what happened in Syria, both plays were a success for Putin. In this moment he has moved another chess piece, but this is no peon that he moved, he moved a knight and as a knight you always have a route of escape, and thats precisely whats happening, while threatening a country he also has a route of escape that he will use but positioning his knight in a new point in the map; he will have crimea one way or another, but hell stop there, back off and even if it comes to that ask for forgiveness from the ukrainian people saying that he was worried about his citizens but that he is friends with ukraine, that it was all a misunderstanding. But thinking that hell suffer much for it.... no man... your really wrong this time. You normally have very good analysis, but as i have been reading all these days about the problems, Russia is in a very strong position, there is very little the west will do, but he wont just yet play the Queen, that will come in a few years.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  19. Issy

    It is difficult for Obama to move against Russia from a superior moral platform, considering that we have a more extensive history of invading other countries, not to protect American lives but to guarantee access to natural resources. We invaded Iraq in a war deemed illegal by the United Nations, under the false pretense of ridding that country of weapons that never existed. Perhaps Russia is acting according to the rules of the new world order that we have created?

    March 2, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  20. terry tan lim

    why can't you simply admit that the real sinister plot of the western bloc is targeted both towards not only Russia but also
    China. Let's please call a spade a spade and not otherwise. To put it in simple terms, they are simply trying to derail Russia's emergence as an energy power and at the same time China's supposed dependence on Ukraine for the supply of aircraft engines. For the last century wars around the world,big or small, has always emanated from the west. Make no mistake however that during this age of thermonuclear war even the U.S. and it's European Allies can't escape the effect of such a holocaust. In the end it's the ordinary citizens who will suffer the consequences of such an event, simply because the politicians and the top brass of their military have their "BUNKERS" to retreat to in the event that war breaks out. Do you have one to retreat to? I know i don't.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:48 pm | Reply
    • aaron

      exactly, this chess match has been going on for years and in Russia's own backyard. Picture Russia giving Canada billions to start a new pro Russian government... what do you think we would do?

      March 2, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  21. Hear The Truth

    March 2, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  22. Hear The Truth

    March 2, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  23. Goorun

    The Crimean peninsula is NOT in the Northen Caucases. Somebody buy a globe for the author.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  24. befair

    What the US should do, is to ask for the democratically elected President of Ukraine to return home and work with the democratically elected parliament to find the best solution for their country and the people that elected them. US, Russia, EU and everyone else should mind their own business. Who are these people who declared themselves leaders of Ukraine and why should we trust them?

    March 2, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  25. Marsha

    What should we do? We should stay out of it. We should keep out mouths shut and stay away – completely. This is not our battle and when Obama et al speak they just make things worse.

    Just because we have lots of military personnel and equipment doing nothing does not mean we should get involved in yet another "undeclared' US war.


    March 2, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  26. Rk

    The world should take this opportunity to teach a lesson to Russian cabinet and Putin for making a move like this. Freeze all their assets and let Russians pay 3 times the cost of this move in the ball park of 1 trillion $ before they can get the sanctions off and assets. This is a great opportunity for the world to make an example of this incident so others will not try.

    March 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  27. He's A Chronic Liar

    Why would anyone listen to the drivel that falls out of Zakaria's mouth? This man has been wrong more often than Obama lies. Take away his platform, CNN, please, the world will be a smarter place.

    March 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  28. deran

    what a bunch of bull,if there is a bully on world scene that is US.Start from Chile,Argrntina,Vietnam,Laos,Kambodia,Irak,Afganistan,Grenada,Cuba,Balkans,Libia,Egypt,Palestine.How mani countries got invaded that are way outside US sfere of influence.Do not forget also first and only country that used nuclear wepons whose militari budget for 2013 was 600 billion,more than entire world plus.

    March 2, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  29. Abbey

    Here's what should happen. Send Zakaria and Piers Morgan to the Ukraine. I'm sure they can find some work around there. The work they do here is marginal since they clearly choose to be political agenda talking heads.

    March 2, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  30. Hiernonymous

    Before we get too bellicose with Putin, we'd best make sure that we're very sure about the principles we're standing on. What argument do we plan to make to Russia that we're not going to hear echoed by the Nez Perce, Mexico, and Hawaii? Didn't we use our military to help detach Panama from Colombia? Had the Russians tried to interfere in any of those situations, would it have made us more reasonable, or more committed to our course of action?

    This sounds like an issue much better left to the EU or the UN.

    March 2, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Reply
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