On a Moscow train platform, two men smoke and swap rumors in the frozen evening air.
"I hear they've raised the Russian flag in Donetsk?" one says.
"I hear Crimea, too."
So reports freelance journalist Noah Sneider in Slate.
As Russian troops hoisted their flag over Crimea, President Obama's highly touted "reset" diplomacy crashed and burned. The Russian reset was to have been the crown jewel of Mr. Obama's statecraft, the start of a new era in which Washington and Moscow worked together to solve the world's problems. That naïve dream burst when Vladimir Putin ordered his tanks to roll.