The End of the Ukraine Crisis
Putin has signed the Duma's act of annexation of the Crimea. That region is now a state of the Russian Federation. Russian mobs (at least they are said to have been crowds, not Russian troops) took over two Ukrainian warships yesterday. Russian forces continue to mobilize along the Ukrainian border.
This is an utter route not just of the Ukrainian state but of NATO and the US. Vice President Biden on his just completed journey of reassurance to eastern Europe encountered nothing but skepticism and scorn among US allies there. None has any faith in the ability of the Obama administration to counter this or further Russian expansion. All fear more is coming.
Politically biased to the bone, the progressive press in the US is starting to rationalize this fiasco in an attempt to mitigate its impact on the November elections. Some comments go so far as to say all parties including the Ukraine are better off with the Crimea as a part of Russia, a theme on par with a prior but by now abandoned one that Putin had fallen into Obama's cleverly laid trap. Some lies are so transparent all one can do is roll his eyes.
The only question now remaining open is where the next opportunistic move will occur as other nation-states act to achieve expansionist objectives while this incompetent, impotent clique of petty political hacks remains in power in Washington. The one about Obama's capacity to deliver a minimally functional foreign policy even in the face of naked armed aggression has been answered.