George W. Bush
John Bolton's bad advice for Obama on Ukraine

To the editor: I scanned former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton's Op-Ed piece for any mention of how his onetime boss handled a similar crisis: Russia's partial annexation of Georgia in 2008. ("U.S. still has time to stake out a position of strength on Ukraine," Op-Ed, Aug. 19) Bolton cited only George W. Bush's 2008 "plan" to incorporate Ukraine into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. There was nothing about the Bush administration's measured response on Georgia, which was basically to do nothing. Nor did he touch on Russian President Vladimir Putin's obvious motive in annexing Crimea: to preserve Russia's access...