That was President Obama's elementary response, in his press conference at The Hague this morning, to Jonathan Karl's simplistic and (attempted) provocative question about Russia and another "red line."
Obama deftly swatted away Karl's reductionism, which was excusable as a journalistic inquiry, but absolutely inexcusable when it comes from elected neocon hackery. Numerous adjectives leap to mind when pondering the potential of a U.S. military response to Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimean Russophones, but "absurd," "reckless," and "suicidal" leap first and foremost.
Sure, the world is a messy place, said Obama. But God help us, he went on to strongly imply, should we ever interpret Russia's regional aggression as the "Number One national security threat to the United States," as a certain strategic misfit of historic political ineptitude recently posed.
Furthermore, said Obama, Putin's actions not unreasonably should be viewed as actions taken "not out of strength, but out of weakness"--for if force is Putin's only effective method of pulling border states into Russia's sphere, then Russia has itself a big, and very long-term, problem.
Obama was clearly in control as the official face of Western unity. It's a shame that so many pols back home refuse to join him, as part of a necessary unified front.