I have class today. Yes, grad school on a Saturday. So light blogging.
Regardless, the world goes on. Especially in the Crimea. Lot’s happening.
Lots of people freaking out about Putin’s request for what is essentially a Russian version of our AUMF, as were requested for Afghanistan and Iraq.
Lots of hypocrisy. Tell me, who will be the first pontificator to cite the seminal George Kennan essay, “The Sources of Soviet Conduct.”
D’oh, 8:03 this morning this tweeter sourced Kennan:
— Aaron Stein (@aaronstein1) March 1, 2014
Can we please move past the Cold War mindset? Please? Pretty please?
Be sure to check my twitter feed. We are trying to get it integrated to posts here.
Troops are moving into the Crimea. Things are moving fast.
Obama’s bluff has been called by Putin. What will Obama do? Fulminate. Cancel his appearance at Sochi G-8 and in the end nothing.
Why? Because we have no vital interests in the Ukraine, as I have long said. Russia would have been happy with a buffer state. Now, we’ll get a partition. Good work DC policy makers. You are the misery multipliers of geopolitics.
And then there is this tweet:
Russia’s neo-imperialism is making NATO expansion look like a better idea in hindsight.
— Steven Metz (@steven_metz) March 1, 2014
Metz is a smart man, but this? No. NATO’s continued Eastward push is exactly what has brought us to this point. Not some phantom Russian neo-imperialism.