The melodrama of Crimea continues. Obama seizes and freezes assets of Putin’s friends and advisors. This is an international sanction I was unaware of: I studied diplomatic history as part of my graduate studies in political science, but I don’t recall running across the practice of seizing assets belonging to individuals who happen to hold public office in foreign countries we want to “punish”, nor have I any idea of what law allows the President to do so. Perhaps he needed some funds to pay for the First Lady’s vacation in China? But I thought the American taxpayers were picking up that tab? I seem to be out of touch.
But the Russian annexation of the Crimea is pretty well accomplished, with the last Ukrainian holdouts being a small Coast Guard post where the officers are said to be arming themselves with clubs – a rolling pin, to be exact – in order to have the means for resistance if the Russians come into the base.
I disagree with the doctor’s sort of give-up response, but mostly agree about the rest of the mess.