It's been several weeks since the invasion happened. Crimea has been annexed. The world community has responded with sanctions and isolation. But few see the Russian president reversing course. Romney himself has felt secure enough to take the equivalent of a victory lap -- first with a Wall Street Journal op-ed saying that Obama's tentativeness was to blame for a bevy of world crises; then with an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation," in which he waxed critical about Obama's "faulty judgment" and "naivete with regards to Russia."
The told-you-so-ism has frustrated a number of Democrats who argue that people are either ignoring the vaster complexities of world affairs and/or seeing a largely regional conflict in more alarming terms. Russia, after all, invaded Crimea when Putin ally, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, was forced to flee that country because the masses had turned against Russia and toward Europe. How does that make Russia the world's foremost geopolitical threat? As Slate's Brian Beutler wrote:
Calling Russia a "regional power" was, in all likelihood, a well-intentioned slight. As for the other part of the response, this wasn't the president simply declining to say that his 2012 opponent had it right. This was him saying that Romney missed the point and continues to do so.