Obama Needs to Restrain Putin to Escape the Carter Malaise

America’s inability to stop Russian aggression in Crimea deepens the kind of 'crisis of confidence' that Jimmy Carter spoke about in his famous speech.

When Jimmy Carter gave his “malaise speech” in July 1979, the Gallup “satisfaction index” with “the way things are going in the U.S.” stood at a lopsided 11 percent to 84 percent, in favor of the dissatisfied. In Gallup’s most recent poll, published last month, the ratio was somewhat better - 22 percent vs. 77 percent – but much of that famous speech still rings true...