While Obama Dithers, Putin Presses His Advantage

Vladimir Putin’s growing tyranny certainly has its surreal aspects, as the Wall Street Journal highlights with this article about how Russian food inspectors are competing to carry out the Kremlin’s edict to destroy foods imported from Western Europe in retaliation for Western sanctions on Russia following its unprovoked assault on Ukraine. Overzealous inspectors are destroying tons of fruits and vegetables, seafood, and cheese — this in a country where fully 15.9 percent of the population or nearly 23 million people now live below the poverty line. That Putin is proceeding with this masochistic food destruction shows – or, rather, confirms — that he values making a political point over the welfare of his own people.