…because the West is weak.
And that’s just the way the Democrats, from Madeleine NotSobright to Barack Obama, seem to like it.
[Update a couple minutes later]
Putin was changing the map while Europe was fixing the climate.
Also, when weak nations provoke stronger ones. Because part of strength is the will to use what power you have.
“It’s like they’re living on another planet.”
As he notes, if Obama’s unwilling to take on the Sierra Club, who should believe that he’ll take on Putin?
[Late afternoon update]
The West’s Ukrainian folly:
The real Cold Warriors understood that crushing the Evil Empire of Communism required us to take into account the interests of Russia as a nation. The elder statesmen who won the Cold War, including Henry Kissinger (whose opening to China flanked the Soviet Union), are trying in vain to inject a note of sanity into the clown show that passes for American foreign policy on both sides of the aisle. The Republican mainstream mistook Tahrir Square for Lexington Common, and then mistook Maidan for Tahrir Square. If only we were rougher and tougher, it is claimed, Crimea would be free today. That is just plain stupid; there is no possible state of the world in which Crimea would not be Russian. We had some ability to influence the terms under which it would be Russian, and we chose the worst possible course of action, namely open hostility combined with impotent posturing.
We have an elite that lives in its own virtual-reality world circumscribed by a failed ideology, unable to learn from its past mistakes (or even to admit that they were mistakes) and condemned to repeat the same blunders again and again. They posture at Putin the way a small boy stands up to the zoo lion behind cage bars. The lion, though, is not entirely without alternatives, as the alarming case of Iran should make clear.
It’s folly on every front.