We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We are advised to avoid posting breaking news here so as not to create the expectation that we will do that (ie, it's not our "mission" as a website to be up-to-the-minute with news, but just to post what we find interesting, when and if we get around to it - and we're often off-duty on weekends), but sometimes it's irresistable if I happen to be at my desk:
McCain's been all over this from the get-go, issuing statements and holding press conferences. Obama's read a couple of boilerplate statements and has been hiding out ever since. Guess he's afraid he might have to face reporters without his TelePromptor.
I am just an old soldier and Marine, not a diplomat thankfully. I say give Putin a ring of angry NATO backed countries around his neck and let him choke. I like how the nations the Russians bullied in the past are the most resistant to them now. Russia is a pitiful, shrinking country run by criminals; hopefully this is their last hurrah.
As for Iran, I hope we can find a way to cause the mullahs and Revolutionary Guard who run the place to fall. The Persians seem like a good people with a really bad government.