When I saw the headline, I had to ask the question:
Did he have his shirt on when he said it? “Putin Reportedly Says Russia Could ‘Take Kiev in 2 Weeks’” http://t.co/7TjtAtJG9A
— Brad Warthen (@BradWarthen) September 2, 2014
Can you believe this? A country that until recently was one of the world’s two superpowers is now in the hands of a guy who goes around saying stuff like this?
So, OK… the Russians are saying this was quoted out of context, which means, we hope, that Putin was saying, essentially, I’m not trying to take Ukraine. If I were trying to take Ukraine, I’d take Ukraine.
But still. The problem here is that Putin is the kind of guy who does say stuff like this, with or without his shirt on. And that’s trouble for all of us…