When Hitler sent troops into Rhineland in 1936, his army was so weak that “two gendarmes on bicycles” (William Manchester) could have stopped them, and the German general staff was convinced that when he was stopped, Hitler’s government would collapse. But as the generals planned a new government, Hitler had taken the measure of his foe and sent the troops across the bridge to make an “uncontested arrival.” The roundup of the Jews and native French followed immediately thereafter. You, but not Obama, know the rest of the story.
UPDATE: Putin asks Russian parliament to (rubber stamp) his decision to mobilize troops and send them into Ukraine. Just in case his arrival turns out to be contested after all, I suppose. Reached on
the golf course, out-of-town, weekend fund rising trip, President Obama declined comment.