Russia declines to give Obama and Kerry their shrubbery

Russia's deputy premier is calling President Obama a "prankster" for the reprisals John Kerry threatened so ominously last week.

As predicted in this space
, the Russians are laughing at us- just as Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry invited them to do by their threat to say "nih!" to Vladimir Putin if he didn't give up his ambitions in Crimea.

Mr. Putin's response to the administration's posturing was to recognize the "independence" of  Crimea, a first step toward its annexation.

While the liberal media can be depended upon to downplay the fact, our ineffectual president has embarrassed himself- and America- once again in this latest caper cut by the most diplomatically inept administration in recent American history.

HT: Drudge