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Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vladivostok September 9, 2012.              REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA  - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  1. Why did U.S. President Barack Obama let this happen?

    That's the question everyone in Washington, DC is asking. It's a perfectly reasonable question to ask—if you are incapable of seeing beyond the very dark hole into which you've placed your entire head.

  2. On a related note, why did President Obama allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to host the Olympics, particularly with the Benghazi scandal still unresolved?

    This is a crucial question, particularly since the International Olympic Committee awarded the games to Sochi in July, 2007. Unfortunately, we may never know the answer—unless House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa succeeds in compelling former IRS nonprofit division head Lois Lerner to testify before his committee.

  3. What should President Obama do now?

    Probably his best option would be a surgical nuclear strike aimed at Mr. Putin, but without inflicting any civilian causalities.

  4. Wait, what? You think starting a nuclear war would be the most efficient way to end this crisis?

    Absolutely. Russia's markets may already be in turmoil, but diplomatic and economic isolation takes time, and force is the only language that thugs like Putin understand. If you want this crisis over by crack of dawn tomorrow, just launch a few ICBMs Moscow's way. Yes, that might create other problems, but there's no denying it would take Ukraine off the table.

  5. You're not being serious, are you?

    Not really. The fallout from a nuclear war would probably decrease the chances of passing a Grand Bargain.

    That being said, it's abundantly clear that President Obama should have waved his magic wand to stop Putin, and it's appalling that he continues to refuse to do so. What good is a magic wand if you refuse to wave it?

  6. Okay, one final question, and try to give a serious answer to this one: Isn't Putin is taking an enormous and foolish risk by invading Ukraine? If so, how could a major world leader embark on such an unwise adventure?

    In short, the answer to the first part of the question is yes. And perhaps the second part of the question would be better answered by U.S. President George W. Bush, who not only looked into Putin's soul, but also knows a thing or two about the perils of misguided invasions in the 21st century.

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