President Obama makes it clear: There will be no U.S. military intervention in Ukraine.
That’s a relief.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir “Tough Guy” Putin makes it equally clear: Don’t mess with Russia.
Now, are the Russians tougher than we are? Which military establishment is stronger than the other one? This loyal American knows the answer to both questions.
None of that is the issue. World peace and the consequences of trying to force the Russians out of Ukraine militarily are too horrible to ponder.
The only option now must be the economic one.
The European Union is pondering even more stringent sanctions on Russia. So is the United States of America, working in concert with the EU.
Meanwhile, the critics back here at home — far away from the struggle — keep yammering about the “military option.” None exists.
Russian troops reportedly have “invaded” Ukraine, violating that country’s territorial sovereignty. Obama has condemned the Russians, including Putin. He’s vowing that Russia will pay a price for its violating its neighbor’s territory. The sanctions already imposed are taking a big bite out of a Russian economy that’s on the ropes as it is.
Are we going to bomb the Russians? No. We should put the economic squeeze on them.
Keep tightening the vise, Mr. President.