'I told you so.'
That's what I'm sure most of my Romanian friends would tell me about Russia's heavy handed assault on Ukraine — if they weren't so polite.
Almost from the day I arrived in Bucharest in February 1998 (when Boris Yeltsin, not Vladimir Putin, was President of Russia), Romanians tried to convince me that the U.S. was naive about Russia.
There was — and is — plenty of evidence to support their view.
I remember particularly a Saturday in June 1999 as the war in Kosovo was ending. Foreign Minister Andrei Plesu called me at home to tell me the Russian ambassador had asked permission for Russian aircraft to overfly Romanian airspace to reinforce their...