President Barack Obama (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the latter's country residence home in Novo Ogaryovo, near Moscow, on July 7, 2009, when Putin was Russia's prime minister. Putin said Russia was pinning its hopes on Obama to revive ties with the United States as the two leaders met for the first time.
Vladimir Putin is a lucky man. And he's got three more years of luck to come.
He takes Crimea, and President Barack Obama says it's not in Russia's interest, not even strategically clever. Indeed, it's a sign of weakness.
Really? Crimea belonged to Moscow for 200 years. Russia conquered it 20 years before the U.S. acquired Louisiana. Lost it in the humiliation of the 1990s. Putin got it back in about three days without firing a shot. ...