He would render a great service to his own country and world peace if he were to reflect on a costly lesson, well learned, by Russia's greatest and most ruthless Tsar.
This is a deceptively deep puddle: on the surface, you have the fact that Crimea is the sovereign property of the Ukraine and Russia is, by most definitions of the word, occupying it. But Crimea is vocally pro-Russian and the Kremlin's marching orders have been met with general warmth by its residents.
A Ukraine aligned with the economic and political forces of Europe is a good thing in the long run, for Ukrainians particularly. But it's a real poke in the eye to Russia. What did we think would happen -- Putin would stand aside?
The tenets of Obama's foreign policy, his wish to disengage from the Bush era wars, and pivot towards the Pacific rim, are not just endangered. They are unravelling.
This is one of those rare moments in history when the foreign policy decisions that European governments make today determine the kind of countries their citizens wake up in tomorrow. Selling out is not an option.
Before the U.S. gets too worked up about the Russian "invasion" of Ukraine, it should recall its own invasion in 1983 of the idyllic island of Grenada some 100 miles from the United States.
The man is brilliant at manipulating the media for his countries' best political interests. Putin is a man who is very comfortable in his own skin, even when opposing the rest of the world.
I hate to think what may happen if the GOP take over the Senate in 2014. The economy may still recover but it will take much longer to come back because there will be unending nothingness happening and the working poor will suffer even further.
When American presidents are perceived as weak, bad things tend to happen. This reaction went through my mind last September when President Obama, aft...
At the time, the Bush White House sounded an awful lot like today's Obama White House. Yet unlike today, the Putin-led excursion in 2008 completely failed to spark the panicked rhetoric that's become Fox News' trademark since Russian troops crossed over into Ukraine last week.
What we are watching unfold before us is surely the hoped-for beginning of yet another Russian Renovatio -- and not just a dictator fantasy, but rather a collective desire -- "The Body" is being restored.
There was a certain ambiguity to the situation. These people were Germans, not Czechs. And Hitler asserted that this was his last irridentist claim. Given this ambiguity, it made it easier for some to appease Hitler rather than confront him.
One of the responses of the Obama administration to the largest crisis in contemporary relations between Russia and the United States might be to curtail America's largest oil company Exxon Mobil from continuing its joint venture with Russia's largest oil company Rosneft.
After the Cold War, the American self-image became that of the "sole superpower." We were the only 800-pound gorilla in the world, and therefore we could do what we pleased without having to worry about any other country's ability to stop us. Russia, under Putin, is reasserting itself as the second weighty gorilla in the room.
Let's stop making Ukraine's crisis into an occasion for Chicken Little-like warnings, jeremiads about the erosion of American power (not everything is about us), rants about Obama's fecklessness, and calls for showing Putin who's boss.
The thing is that Americans should be following the current crisis in Ukraine. This is an important sociopolitical situation that affects our econom-- OMG, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are engaged?!