Is our president learning? Is his legendary flexibility about to reach the breaking point?
(CNN) – Based on intelligence, Obama administration officials are very concerned the Russians are not being truthful when they say their forces near Ukraine’s eastern and southern borders are merely there for training exercises, sources tell CNN.
They’re very concerned. Expect a strongly worded memo any second now.
Officials assess that Russia – as early as coming days – could use any number of pretexts to justify further military incursions into Ukraine.
Moscow could express a need to protect Russian-speaking Ukrainians, or to protect transportation lines from Russia to Crimea, or the energy supply to Crimea from the rest of Ukraine.
Russian troops could accomplish this quickly, officials say, and theoretically before any other nation could even raise objections.
Officials publicly attribute their skepticism to previous Russian assurances that proved false, and privately say intelligence from the field has bolstered this view of Russia’s plans.
Maybe they’ve stopped spying on our phone calls long enough to look at my maps of Ukraine’s energy development regions.