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We’ve Got Him Exactly Where He Wants Us

March 7th, 2014 - 9:42 am

Walter Russel Mead says Russia has now blown past three Western plans to restore peace in Ukraine. Here’s the latest:

Plan C, which Putin shot down in the last 24 hours, was apparently based on the hope among some policy makers that a confused and misguided President Putin had made a dreadful blunder in Crimea. The plan was to offer the poor, trapped Russians a graceful way out of their predicament that would ultimately restore Ukrainian unity as the country moved West. The plan collapsed when Lavrov blew off the West and refused to even meet with Ukraine’s foreign minister and now the Russians are kicking the fragments to bits as the Crimean regional authorities announce plans for a referendum on annexation by Russia.

Plan C as Mead describes it is Gandalf-grade magical thinking. Putin doesn’t want an off-ramp; he wants to restore the Near Abroad to Mother Russia.

Putin’s plan goes like this: Help foster crisis in troubled neighbor. Move in troops to “help” and “restore order.” Have locals hold vote to ratify Russian presence and/or de facto (or even de jure) annexation.

Meanwhile, Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom works on new formulations to restore “peace in our time.” And I thought I was only joking a couple of weeks ago on Trifecta when I called him our first Brony-American president.

There are serious measures we could take immediately to really punish Putin, but we won’t because cheap energy is anathema to the Wiggleroom Administration. But Putin means business and we don’t. The rest is just a matter of how emboldened Putin feels, and if a time comes when Wiggleroom decides his ego is hurt enough to do something energetically stupid in response.

Honestly I’d rather we just lose this one graciously.

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I actually have some sympathy for Putin here, or would if he wasn't such an unpleasant, ham handed thug. Russia can not let go of her one warm water port. If I were the Russian leader, my tactic might be different but the goal would be the same: hold on to the Black Sea fleet's home base.

Probably the least worst option here is a Gadsen Purchase. Have Russia buy Crimea from Ukraine. Say $20 billion and a 20 year agreement to buy natural gas at cost.
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Since there are alot of similarities between this crisis and the Munich crisis of 1938, I think Obama should pull a Neville Chamberlain. No, not his "peace in our time" schtick. I mean the formation of a unity government, and when that failed (after the Norway fiasco), to Neville's resignation as Prime Minister in favor of Winston Churchill.
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Biden? Surly you jest.
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Who's our Churchill?
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Aye, there's the rub.
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