Wiretap: The Putin problem

What to do about Putin and Ukraine? There are serious critics, and there are those who just like to use the words “feckless” and “Obama” in the same sentence. Roger Cohen writes that, although Obama has said Putin will pay a price and Kerry has spoken of a “huge price,” that “Options are now limited. This is the Age of Reluctance, a time when American power is dominant but no longer determinant.” Zbigniew Brzezinski says that NATO, and Obama, must show Putin that there is a serious price to pay.

Cohen writes that this is Putin’s Crimean crime. Via the New York Times.

Brzezinski: Everything is determined by how Putin believes the West will respond. Via the Washington Post.

Dana Milbank asks how Obama can be the feeble dictator and the feckless tyrant. Via the Washington Post.

A call for help. What the Kitty Genovese story, now 50 years ago, really means. Via the New Yorker.

Twitter and the 81-year-old sex symbol. Via the Atlantic.

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