Ignoring climate change, inequality and unemployment, America has focused on a showdown with a Nevada rancher, which now transforms from news story to GOP talking point for this year's midterms and the Presidential race to come.
After decades of tepid negotiations, Russia and China concluded a gas deal, with Russia being the supplier. Russia's Deputy Premier Arkady Dvorkovich announced that the deal will be sealed prior to Putin's visit to China next month. So, what happened?
Since I wrote my blog on Punishing Putin, I received several phone calls from friends offering suggestion. The response I liked best was : "Ignore Him!" Many will say, but you can't ignore him. He just violated several international laws and created a military confrontation in Europe.
Over the last two weeks, Western nations have announced a layered sanctions plan to deal with Putin's aggression in the Ukraine. The layering, Western leaders advised, will be commensurate with Putin's future moves. The truth of the matter is that are few tools to deal with the Ukraine crisis.