So I can't pretend to have any ethnic knowledge of the issues embroiling Ukraine, Crimea, and Russia.
But from a PR perspective, I ask:
- Did Mr. Putin really believe a couple of weeks of glowing TV coverage of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi would erase any notion of him as a control-hungry leader?
- Is there no one in Moscow who can teach him to scowl less often?
- And does the sight of Russian armored vehicles say anything besides "war," rather than "defending our people in Ukraine?"
We should all know better.