The U.S. State Department’s hope that Vladimir Putin will “live by the promise of the hashtag” has been mercilessly mocked, and for good reason.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had a reminder for the State Department:

Others joined Cruz in highly doubting that a hashtag will cause Putin to leave Ukraine:

Whether the answer to that last question is “January 20, 2015” remains to be seen.



‘Good grief’: Obama hopes to deter power-hungry Putin with ‘arrows in our quiver’