Walter Moss: Is a macho leader really what we need? Or is such a desire too simplistic, a primitive throwback, perhaps appropriate in pre-modern times, but not today?
Walter Moss: Putin distrusts democracy and believes that Russia and many other countries require a strong state government.
Murray Polner: Putin has challenged the US, which since the end of WWII, has believed—with virtually no dissent at home—that the Middle East is its exclusive playing field.
Walter Moss: Increasing U.S.-Russian tensions over Ukraine would hinder cooperation and reduce U.S. abilities to deal with other important matters such as climate change, nuclear arms reductions, terrorism, ISIS, and Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Murray Polner: There’s a permanent taste for war among the Imperial City’s hawks, now ready to fight with your kids (never theirs) to teach that bastard Vladimir Putin a lesson and show him who’s boss.
Lawrence Wittner: Not surprisingly, the one nuclear disarmament agreement signed between the U.S. and Russian governments since 2003―the New START treaty of 2011―is being implemented remarkably slowly.
Tina Dupuy: Putin combines all the decisiveness of the no-apology President Bush with all the Winter Olympics accolades of no-apology candidate Mitt Romney, but with more shirtless horse riding!
Lance Simmens: Ultra-conservative orthodoxy and its deep penetration into our political system have weakened the country more than any perceived Obama “weakness.”
Hillary Clinton and Hitler Card: Inaccurate comparisons between foreign adversaries and Hitler have served the interests of politicians.
Cold War: The new Cold War is upon us, and the American elites have no suggestions except to fight it again.
International Law: Obama has embedded drone killings into the executive branch in such that future presidents will inherit it.
Global Dilemmas — It was a great gift when Karzai refused to allow American troops to remain. We should take that gift.
Ivan Eland: The real rub is that the current Russian leader, unlike his predecessor, the drunk buffoon Boris Yeltsin, refuses to be an American lackey and endure post-Cold War US insults.