Quote of the Day, This Is The Basic Problem About #Ukraine edition.

Ben Domenech:

As for the situation in Crimea itself: while the 1994 Budapest Memorandum does not require that the United States enter into this current conflict, as it is not a formal treaty, it does make the situation for the Obama administration a great deal more complicated than, say, the 2008 situation in Georgia. The Ukrainian situation has a nuclear subtext which matters in the broader context: because Ukraine had to surrender its nuclear arsenal as part of the 1994 agreement, U.S. inaction now sends a signal that nations ought to maintain their nuclear arsenal as opposed to trusting the Americans to defend their legitimacy.


Moe Lane

PS: Elections have consequences.


  • Crawford says:

    The other message — US assurances of your security are meaningless if it might be inconvenient for the president. Bet that’s making Japan, Taiwan, and Israel make some decisions…

    • Luke says:

      Japan, at least, has already been making those decisions.
      I wouldn’t be surprised if the others have as well, with less publicity.

  • nighttwister says:

    Ending the cold war was an incredible feat. History will show that reinstating it was much easier.

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