I've followed Ukraine pretty obsessively and on cnn and fox predictably the
intellectual exercise is can be summed up with should Obama seem more tough?
Should we be more threatening? Eugene Robinson in The Washington Post plainly speaks far more eloquently than I could about where I think America is in it's soft power, and how things are likely to unfold. Hope you enjoy it.
I'll include a paragraph and a link.
"In the Ukraine crisis, the U.S. has a credibility problem"
......My sentiments, to be clear, are with the legitimate Ukrainian government, not with the neo-imperialist regime in Russia. But the United States, frankly, has limited standing to insist on absolute respect for the territorial integrity of sovereign states.
Before Iraq there was Afghanistan, there was the Persian Gulf War, there was Panama, there was Grenada. And even as we condemn Moscow for its outrageous aggression, we reserve the right to fire deadly missiles into Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and who knows where else...