A full discussion of the Crimean crisis will have to elude this blog, at least for the time being. There is simply too much to be said.
However, it can be said that the Obama administration veered from heated rhetoric to a surprising meek silence, all within the period of a couple of weeks. Vladimir Putin has emerged looking stronger. Pres. Obama has emerged as something of a paper tiger.
If the larger fall-out of the re-possession of Crimea by Russia will be something of an increased counter-force to the rampant, raging greed of Western corporatism, then at least that much good will have come from this event.