Regardless of how American critics of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy have framed it, Russia has serious long-term interests in Ukraine and we don’t. They’d’ve acted much as they have and we’d’ve done what we have regardless of who was president of either country.
If I have a criticism of the Obama Administration’s handling of the crisis in Ukraine, it’s contained in TR’s terse summary of his own policies: “Speak softly and carry a bit stick.” We still have a big stick, even with the defense cuts proposed by the Administration we’ll still have the biggest stick in the world. We can’t escape from the reality of our big stick. I just think we should be speaking more softly than we are.