Obama’s decision on Russia

by Chris Zappone

As he makes the talk show rounds, his decision not to meet directly with Putin makes sense. It also makes sense that he’s still going to the G20 as to have boycotted that would limit the US options – a la the 1980 boycott of the summer olympics.

The Russian crackdown of open demonstrations of gays at the Sochi Olympics is an interesting development.

Obama has already spoken out on gay rights. Gays in the US are boycotting vodka. But Russia urge for political repression has opened it to a new vista of subversion, I would guess.

Online and in reality, there is no shortage of images that can be repurposed in a campaign to mock Russia on this issue. And the Olympics are the world coming to Russia, no less.