"Do you remember when President Bush’s political adversaries starting ragging on him during the first days after 9/11? Or during the first days of the invasion of Iraq? Me neither. Whatever you think of the holder of the presidential office, if you are actually concerned about the nation’s welfare you don’t go on TV mocking him and saying he’s weak."
Remember how I said that there is worry the Russians might invade the Ukraine? Russian troops are holding “surprise maneuvers” on the border with Ukraine and have their military planes on alert. This doesn’t mean they will necessarily invade, just that they want to be ready to and to make sure people know they can at a moment’s notice. This is why this is the wrong time for the heavy handed threats that the Republicans want us to make and why the statements from the Administration are so carefully worded. This is a time for chess, not checkers, as it were, and the President’s light and nuanced hand on the foreign policy tiller is the right approach if we want to give the Ukrainians time to work things out for themselves instead of Putin imposing his solution.