A serious foreign-policy intellectual said recently that Putins problem is that hes a Russian leader in search of a Nixon, a U.S. president he can really negotiate with, a stone player who can talk grand strategy and the needs of his nation, someone with whom he can thrash it through and work it out. Instead he has Obama, a self-besotted charismatic who cant tell the difference between showbiz and strategy, and who enjoys unburdening himself of moral insights to his peers.
Woe is us that it’s come to this. Especially the morality bit, the last refuge of scoundrels. (Apologies to the shade of S. Johnson)