— The Erimtan Angle —

‘President Barack Obama has moved wisely with his administration’s progressive travel and financial sanctions against Russia’s ruling elite over Russia’a assault on Ukraine, but has failed to seriously begin building a domestic understanding that support for Ukrainians is vital to US interests, former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski said. The Ukraine crisis is “the most important challenge to the international systems since the end of the Cold War,” Brzezinski told an audience at the Atlantic Council, yet “right now a significantly larger number of Americans are interested in the basketball championship.” For the United States to respond to Russia’s aggression “in a responsible, serious, fashion,” it is politically essential for “president at some point now … to start telling the American people what is at stake here.” Brzezinski called for Obama to make a major policy address on Ukraine — from the Oval Office or elsewhere — to do just that. Brzezinski spoke during a two-day conference on the future of Europe sponsored by the Atlantic Council (29 April 2014)’.

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