Russia, Crimea + Doing “Something”

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Why you should care

Because in blood and treasure terms: war is expensive.

They disagree on a vast panoply of policy issues, but both Democrats and Republicans are grumbling over Russia’s snatch of Crimea with a terribly similar tone and tenor. The general question is: “Why doesn’t he do something about this?”


The magically vague something leaves interpretation so open that it seems like it most often means “something that I want.” But what the statement amounts to, more cynically considered, is little more than a political posture that has the appearance of action.

Do we want to appear to take action? Or do our nation’s political classes truly want to act? What form would action take? Moreover, such a moment demands we consider whether might always most sensibly makes right. So let the grappling begin.



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