Bear Watch ’14: Vlad Speaks
NRO’s Corner continues to have good stuff on the Crimean Crisis.
Andrew Stuttaford: Putin’s Crimean Roar
Putin’s big speech today was (very, very) light on honesty, and time is too short for now to list all the omissions and distortions, but, as a recital of the Kremlin’s public case (and as a hint of the real thinking behind it) it is nonetheless worth reading in full.
Joel Rosenberg: How Dangerous is Putin? Just Look at His Own Words
Who is Vladmir Putin? The evidence suggests he sees himself not so much as Russia’s president but as a new czar for a new age. He is determined to expand Russian territory by taking back what was lost when the Soviet Union imploded and restoring the glory of Mother Russia. Sensing weakness in Mr. Obama, he is ready to “go on the offensive” and “hit first, and hit so hard” that his opponent “will not rise to his feet.”
And most entertainingly (and ominously), Victor Davis Hanson: ‘This is the last territorial demand I have to make in Europe’
I have taken upon myself sufficient sacrifices in the way of renunciations. Here was a limit beyond which I could not go. How right this was has been proven, first by the plebiscite in
Austriathe Crimea; in fact, by the entire history of the reunion of AustriaSouth Ossetia and Crimea with the ReichRussia. A glowing confession of faith was pronounced at that time — a confession such as others certainly had not hoped for.
Don’t ask impertinent questions like that jackass Adept Lu.