Beyond Putin's prevarications
Did the Department of State just post a listicle? If we can call it that, it's a post that pulls no punches, with a title like "President Putin's Fiction: 10 False Claims about Ukraine." At the New York Times, Clifford J. Levy reacts, "Whoa. State Dept goes all @buzzfeed." Quoting Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the declaration likens Vladimir Putin to the Russian novelist when claiming "the world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote, 'The formula 'two plus two equals five' is not without its attractions.'"
Startled journalists also took note of the fact that Russia Today appears to have already altered their world map images to show Crimea as part of Russia. "Wow. Shameless," tweeted Reuters' Luke Baker, later adding, "Watching events unfold, it's as if Putin is in a movie and living out some fantasy of being the world's Mr Big."
And speaking of RT, people are also atwitter over one of the multilingual network's anchors, who offered her resignation while live on-air in the wake of this week's developments: during the broadcast, correspondent Liz Wahl announced, "Personally I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin." At NPR, Scott Simon admitted, "I don't know @lizwahl & rarely watch @RT_America. But I gotta admire the way she stood up today."
Last but not least, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger sounded off on the escalating calamity in the pages of the Washington Post, recommending that "to settle the Ukraine crisis, start at the end." Doug Saunders with the Globe and Mail confessed, "I've rarely said this about him, but Henry Kissinger is completely right about Ukraine."