Thursday, March 6, 2014

And a little Crimea on the side, please

I'm not a political science whiz, nor am I an expert in geopolitics. My maternal grandparents emigrated from Russia before they met in the U.S. That's it.

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.