The Litchfield County Times has covered the ongoing confrontation between United States lead NATO and Russia, the “invasion” of Crimea, the referendum on secession and its subsequent annexation; the ongoing unrest in the region with pro-Russian elements seeking control over territory formerly an integral part of the Ukraine. NATO is now threatening to deploy some 40,000 ground forces, including US soldiers, to Eastern European countries bordering Russia.
A speech by Thomas Graham, a managing director of Kissinger Associates, said to be an expert on Russia, was featured in an article in the Times last week. His comments and views as a former Presidential special assistant and National Security Council director were fully covered and need not be repeated except to note that he does not address the issue of a possible military response or fallout from economic sanctions.
The Times also published an interview last month with Gregory Feifer, another Russian expert and the author of “Russians: The People Behind the Power”. Mr. Feifer spoke of his observations of Russia and the course of events, historical, political and economic which have led to the present confrontation but categorically states that military action “is off the table”.
With this I agree, but as a casual observer of events without expertise I feel obliged to comment.