There is nothing new to report. Obama is stymied as to what to do. The Russians have pretty much consolidated their hold on the Crimea. The Ukrainian government is still without any options other than suicide, or holding their breath to make the
Soviets Russians leave their country alone.
The West has threatened monetary and trade sanctions against the Russians, and the Russians reply forcefully, “Don’t do that!”
We all know that Russia depends financially on energy exports in natural gas and oil. It would seem that we could interrupt that flow of exports, thereby interrupting the flow of funds to their treasury. Whatever sounds good is not always good.
First of all, if we cut the natural gas pipelines from Russia to Eastern Europe, we not only mess with the Russians, but we also mess with the natural gas supplies of the European nations. Secondly, the Russians might decide to do that themselves in an exercise of hegemonic muscle.
So, what should we do? I don’t know. I do know the reason we elect leaders is to handle difficult situations to the advantage of the United States and its allies. The best long-term solution is to get new leadership. The best short-term solution is to play whatever cards we have, but that requires some courage of which our current leadership has none.
What do you think?