That’s a Good Question
Writing at Atlantic, Jeffrey Tayler asks President Obama ten questions about Ukraine. They’re all good, thoughtful questions. Here’s a key one:
Currently, the United States has 67,000 troops in Europe, down from 400,000 during the Cold War. If, to confront a new Russian threat, Washington decides to beef up NATO forces on the continent, how many more troops will be needed, where will they come from, and, given Pentagon budget cuts, how will they be paid for? Can Europe, which is famously averse to paying its way where defense is concerned, reasonably be expected to make up the difference?
Read the whole thing.
IMO the president has already done everything we should have done or that can do in this particular crisis. If Russian troops start advancing on Kiev, that might change but absent some dramatic move on Putin’s part or more willingness to sacrifice on the part of the Europeans, I’m not sure what else we can do.