To the Russian national anthem, Putin and Crimean leaders signed a treaty on making Crimea part of Russia.
As usual when one of these international crises crop up, Larison is a voice of reason, including this gem, Thank Goodness Romney Isn’t President:
[…] All that Romney demonstrated as a candidate was a knee-jerk hostility to Obama’s policies and equally reflexive hostility to improving relations with Russia. To the extent that he had a coherent idea for how to approach Russia differently, he thought that Russia should be provoked at every turn and that cooperation should be avoided. This approach was rightly mocked during the campaign, and one can only imagine how much more poisonous relations with Russia would be now if it had been official policy for almost five years before the crisis in Ukraine. Had Romney been carrying out his preferred policy towards Russia over the last year, relations would be considerably worse, and we would be saddled with an administration that would go out of its way to clash with Russia on every issue. […]
The only thing I can add is that McCain would have been worse. A few non-crippling sanctions and some even less crippling harsh words are a reasonable response to this unfortunate event over which we have no control and precious little influence.