I find this simultaneously depressing and confusing:
The Wall Street Journal reports that the State Department is “telling American athletes competing in the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics to avoid wearing team gear outside the games’ venues amid growing concerns over terrorist threats in the Russian resort town.”
According to the Washington Post, the FBI thinks the Russians aren’t listening to their suggestions or accepting their help: “David Rubincam, who served as the FBI’s top representative in Moscow from May 2011 to October 2012, said the Russians have been reluctant to accept American aid in securing Sochi and are suspicious of the offers of assistance.”
Depressing, because I don’t like hearing about how American lives could be at risk. Confusing, because you would think that Vladimir Putin would be sufficiently concerned about getting a black eye at the Games to make sure that every potential troublemaker within a hundred miles would be on ice between now and the closing ceremonies. I mean, he’s a strongman, right? What’s the point of being the Big Boss if you can’t handle the duties?
PS: This is, by the way, a rare case where the administration’s hands are kind of tied. The Russians are apparently not operating in their own best interests, and they’d probably be just as stupidly touchy if a Republican was in the White House. Treasure this moment of me giving the Obama administration the benefit of the doubt here, folks: it doesn’t happen very often.