Everyone knows that the road to unpersonhood and poverty begins with the elimination of Russian as an official language. It shouldn't surprise anyone that ethnic Russians freaked out when one of the first official acts of Ukraine's parliament was to ban Russian.
The fact that NATO insists on getting engaged reveals the elephant in the room: underlying the crisis in Crimea is Nato's undisguised ambition to continue two decades of expansion into what used to be called "post-Soviet space".
During the last five years, no world leader has done more to undermine international law than Barack Obama.
The neocon holdovers in the State department hope that they can neutralize Putin as Obama’s ally in trying to tamp down tensions with Syria and Iran – and thus put American military strikes against those two countries back under active consideration.
John McCain called Obama “naïve”—as if simply rushing in and talking loudly will keep either us or the Ukrainians safe. This is not a game, as fun as it can be for politicians to treat it as one.