While the annexation of the Crimea was a matter of military necessity, a Russian occupation of Eastern Ukraine would be an entirely political move on Putin's part.
It's a truly outlandish spectacle to see leading left figures go through their ideological contortions, which are becoming more and more bizarre by the day.
World leaders need to acknowledge that, if they were in Mr. Putin's shoes, they would try to accomplish the same but might do it differently. Hence, condemning the methods used, they need to give Russia and its president a chance to legalize the grab of Crimea.
Tensions between the West and Russia will only be diffused when both sides begin displaying the same level of sensitivity to the concerns of the other that Kennedy's team brought to bear in resolving the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Christiane Amanpour: "We appreciate your giving CNN this exclusive interview, President Putin, and I want to ask you straightway whether it is your in...
Crimea is only the beginning and until or unless the West vigorously responds and restores Ukraine it will face ever mounting challenges and not just from Russia.
When we contemplate the tactical and strategic decisions on Russia, we need to keep in mind the conflict we have always had of how to push back on an illiberal regime, while at the same time send a message of friendship and even love to the Russian people.
You cannot snuff out the right to news and information in the same way that you seal Chernobyl's radioactivity under layers of concrete.
All around me, from pundits to presidents, I hear fear of, and loathing for, Vladimir Putin. I do not believe that that's the proper attitude, and I base my opinion on what I've learned from three men, Pat Buchanan, Igor Makunin and Dmitry Medvedev.
Having misjudged Russia's and Putin's intentions prior to the annexation of Crimea, will the US and the EU repeat their mistake?
Ex-Im Bank first announced Yamal as a pending project in November 2013, the same month that the Kremlin-backed Ukranian government used violence against tens of thousands of demonstrators, and many years after Russia's use of gas exports as a geopolitical weapon began. Ex-Im Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg needs speak out on this issue, and let the public know exactly where Ex-Im Bank stands.
Engaging in counterfactual, what-if history can be uselessly speculative, but here are three demonstrable ways the Obama administration -- and America too -- have been hurt by not prosecuting Bush officials for the crimes of torture and fraudulent war.
Only national unity, in which the individual sets aside his own welfare for the good of the country, Putin believes, can ensure the nation will survive. Russia is a unique civilization, fully entitled to reject the values forced down its throat by the West.
The annexation of Crimea spells out the Putin Doctrine. When looked at closely, it is basically the Brezhnev Doctrine ... but on steroids.
Nowadays, many of those who use the term "Cold War," do so casually to warn against the dangers of a widening Moscow-Washington divide. That's commendable. But others use the term to advocate a renewed military build-up in Europe. That's both flawed and dangerous.
Obama has not acted decisively with Western allies in an effort to end the horrific civil war in Syria. The tragic loss of nearly 150,000 Syrians, 9 million internally displaced persons and refugees, and the massive destruction would still pale in comparison to the near-complete devastation of the nation if nothing is done soon.