Rich Galen

While waiting for some actual news about that missing airliner, my attention moved back to Ukraine generally, and to the whole sanction thing in particular.

In the modern era when one country - say the United States - decides to use sanctions to bring to bear a change in behavior of another country - say Iran - the sanctions often include freezing any accounts with any connection to the sanctioned nation.

That includes what are known as "sovereign accounts," funds that belong to the nation, and not to any individual, group, or commercial enterprise.

With me so far?

As far as I can tell, the sanctions that have been imposed upon the Russians for wresting Crimea from Ukraine mostly include freezing the assets of about 20 of Putin's closest buddies, and putting them on a sort of "no fly list" as pertains to the EU and the US by warning them no visa would be granted.

In short, they can't be a chaperone for their kids' Easter vacation trip to Washington or Paris and if they did get there their ATM cards wouldn't work.

Vladimir Putin, by the way, is not one of the names listed as being included.

In return, Putin put a travel ban on nine U.S. government offiicals including three U.S. Senators: Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill), John McCain (R-Ariz) and Dan Coats (R-Ind).

Here's what bugs me about that:

I'm not on the list.

I have ridiculed and said bad things about the Russians since they were the Soviets.

Here are some excellent examples:

You Stupid Russians. You don't have the brains of one of your caviar plants.

I hope you all get drunk, fall down your Steppes, and break your collective crowns.

Your mother wears Cossack boots.

We should rename Russian roulette "Freedom" roulette; and the Russian Tea Room in New York City the Freedom Tea room.

We are revising the words of the Sainted Ronald Reagan to: Trust but vilify.

Sarah Palin is planning a TV special during which she spits on you from her front porch.

I want to be on the list! I wonder how they will add people to it. Maybe they'll post the latest list on the front door of the Russian embassy on Nebraska Avenue in a Martin Luther-esque sort of way.

I'll run up there later to see if I've made it.

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Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at