Air-dropping himself into Kiev Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the Russian seizure of Crimea is “not 21st-century, G-8, major-nation behaviour.” He said Putin should allow “international observers” to enter Crimea.
This calls to mind Humphrey Bogart’s Fred C. Dobbs facing the gang of Mexican bandidos in “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre”:
Dobbs: “If you’re the police, where are your badges?”
Chief bandido: “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges!”
We may assume Putin would say the masked Russians patrolling Ukrainian Crimea are “international observers.”
As of this week, it’s official. Vladimir Putin has turned Barack Obama totally into Jimmy Carter.