I strongly support the new sanctions announced today by President Obama, which are far more powerful and persuasive than the weak sanctions previously announced. The move by the president, preceding the coming Group of Seven summit, is a major step forward. My hope is that Russia and President Vladimir Putin will be formally removed from any role and any position with the Group of Eight, which would be permanently restored to the Group of Seven.
I find myself in general (but not complete) agreement with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on these matters, and believe his strong position is one more service to our country, of many, that McCain has offered.
Rather than simply refer to "President Putin," I would rather describe Putin as the Russian neo-Soviet strongman-for-life, whose ambitions to re-create the Soviet empire must be stopped with strength and unity from the democratic world.
Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Bill Alexander, then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.