The latest from the world’s latest crisis spot, via CNN
Russian President Vladimir Putin today accused the United States and other Western nations of a double standard in criticizing his nation’s incursion into Crimea. He said the U.S. acted in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya without a U.N. resolution authorizing that action or by “twisting” U.N. resolutions.
Putin also said Russia is not trying to make Crimea a part of Russia. Only people who live in Crimea can determine their future, he said.
I don’t know enough to offer ideas on meaningful statecraft against a powerful bully, beyond the sanctions already under discussion. I do know that tall talk and bluster from some in Congress is cheap. I’m surprised, though it’s early, Hawk Tom Cotton hasn’t already issued another statement.