Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters, USA (retired):
Putin establishes facts on the ground. Look, the vote in the Crimean parliament today, begging to be allowed to join Russia — it’s a done deal. The plebiscite coming up in less than two weeks is a done deal. Crimea now belongs to Russia. As I’ve said on FOX before, the only remaining question is how much more of Ukraine Putin will take and when he will take it.
But the weakness, the lack of unity between the EU and the United States — the greed, the financial cowardice — is absolutely stunning, and Putin isn’t going to stop, and he’s going to do worse.
This administration lives in a dream world that negotiations solve everything. This administration, look, they still indulge in this fantasy that you can talk Putin out of Crimea. It is absolutely insane. Putin is not crazy, he’s not delusional; our president and this administration are delusional.
Source: Real Clear Politics .