The Obama administration’s attitude in its early days was best summed up by then White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: “No crisis should go to waste.”
That attitude has been carefully refined over the years to its current edition: “If a crisis tries to go away, do whatever it takes to keep it in play.”
Russia’s annexation of Crimea is an accomplished and almost certainly irreversible fact of life, and Vladimir Putin has apparently abandoned pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas of eastern Ukraine to the tender mercies of incoming president Petro Poroshenko.
So, what’s going on at the Summit formerly known as G8 (downgraded to G7 after Russia’s exclusion from it over the Ukraine affair)?
Why, talk of more sanctions against Russia for “unacceptable interference” in Ukraine, of course.
Apparently nothing short of moving the entire Russian army east of the Urals will suffice as evidence of “acceptable non-interference.”