The Winter Olympics sparked to life in a vivid, colorful ceremony of fire and ice in South Korea on Friday, though the diplomacy was tougher to choreograph in the stadium where leaders from nations that are sworn enemies sat close together.
The White House's decision to let the athletes do their thing while avoiding overt support of a regime that has been a veritable thorn in America's side on so many fronts? Perfectly advisable.
It is difficult not to think back to Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and what his triumph said about Adolf Hitler's racial conceits. Perhaps, in 2014, we can send the same message to Vladimir Putin about his gender identity conceits