I have been scanning op-eds on what West/US can/should do on the Ukranian crisis and I must say there are not too many sensible approaches out there, except for, maybe,
“The power of sanctions against Putin on Ukraine,” Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings, March 3, 2014. There
are also quite a few pieces that acknowledge that West cannot and shouldn’t do much.
- “In the Ukraine crisis, the U.S. has a credibility problem; It’s meaningless to rattle sabers if the whole world knows you have no intention of using them,” Eugene Robinson, Washington Post, March 4, 2014.
- “Crimea, Credibility, and Intervention,” Paul Pillar, National Interest, March 2, 2014.
- “U.S. has few options to hold Putin accountable;” Peter Baker, New York Times, March 1, 2014.
And, of course, there are many step-by-step guides on how to start a new cold war, such as
- “NATO Needs to Move Now on Crimea. Action may provoke — but so does doing nothing.” Adm. James Stavridis (Ret.) Foreign Policy, March 1, 2014.
- “Answering Russia,” Denis Corboy,William Courtney, Kenneth Yalowitz, National Interest, March 4, 2014.
- “How can the EU impose costs on Russia?,” Stefan Meister & Andrew Wilson & Kadri Liik & Mark Leonard & Vessela Tcherneva ECFR, March 3, 2014.
- “Putin's long game,” Stephen J. Hadley and Damon Wilson, Washington Post, March 4, 2014
I am not saying West should sit on fence and watch, but while rolling out a set of thinkable and unthinkable policy recommendations some of these authors conviniently ignore costs that this would incur as they ignore fundamental question of whether US should rush into a new cold war even before (and if) Crimea breaks away or (if) Putin invades Eastern provinces.