Watching the Sunday morning news shows, there is lot of stupid silly ridiculous commentary, mostly from conservatives out to score political points, that the Crimean crisis is somehow Barack Obama’s fault, that maybe if he had been a stronger, more decisive, more manly leader, Putin wouldn’t have sent troops in.
I’m not going to pretend to understand all the dynamics of what’s happening in Ukraine. I suspect even the people in the middle of it are operating in a cloud of uncertainty. The Ukrainian government was overthrown in an non-democratic but populist manner, the Russians sent in troops to protect their Crimean naval base, to acclaim by much of the local population who is considering seceding from Ukraine in hopes of annexation by Russia. What a mess. It’s not clear to me who’s “right” in this situation.
But one thing I am certain of, Crimea is not about us, and particularly it’s not about Obama. Implying that it is is narcissistically self centered to an embarrassing degree before the world. The situation effects Europe and many of our allies, so we have interests, but we are a distant third party. Let’s try to remember that.