The failure of Washington’s most adventurous power assertion in post-Cold War period can no longer be papered over
by Patrick L. Smith
All of a sudden, straight out of nowhere, Ukraine creeps back into the news.
There is renewed fighting in the rebellious eastern regions. There is political warfare in Kiev. There is paralysis in the upper reaches. There is some new formation called the Revolutionary Right Forces occupying the Maidan—the very same Independence Square where, two years ago this past Sunday, months of protests tipped into violence and an elected president was ousted.
All of a sudden. Straight out of nowhere.
Now you know what you are supposed to think as the flowers of corruption and ultra-right atavism burst forth in Ukraine. Shall we insist together on remaining in what is quaintly called the real world?