By Tom Cohen
I’m sure that’s a comfort to most Ukrainians, who have tens of thousands of Russian troops inside their borders, and additional tens of thousands more massed just outside their borders. In this article I found the following quotes from our commander in chief:
“There are ways for us to hopefully influence Russian decision-making and one of the most important things we can do on that front is make sure that the Ukrainian government is stable, that its finances are stable, and their elections go forward as currently scheduled.”
“Hopefully we can design sanctions that minimize the impact on American companies or Italian companies and maximize the impact on Russian entities.”
“Hopefully we don’t have to use them.”
“We’re continually hopeful Russia walks through the door of diplomacy and works with all of us to try to resolve this issue in a peaceful way.”
I’m glad Mr. Obama is a man of hope, but hope is neither a policy nor a plan. Mr. Obama has hope. Mr. Putin has boots on the ground. I wonder which will be more effective? So far, the results have been pretty obvious.