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Roundtable: What's the GOP's alternate plan on Ukraine? Is there one?

(CNN) – There's a fine line between crazy, and crazy like a fox.

Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright had blunt words about Russian strong-man Vladimir Putin and his invasion of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.

"Putin is in many ways I think delusional about it," Albright told CNN's "New Day."

And she's not the only one that feels that way. German Chancellor Angela Merkel thinks Putin isn't "in touch with reality," according to The New York Times.

But whatever is going on in Putin's head, it hasn't stopped Republicans from taking aim at President Barack Obama.

"This president does not understand Vladimir Putin," Republican Sen. John McCain said on the Senate floor.

"There's no question there's an American indecisiveness and weakness," said former Senator Jim DeMint.

"People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears, and drills for oil. They look at our President as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates," said Sarah Palin.

But while Republicans slam Obama for his response to Ukraine, what options are they offering?

Associate editor for The Washington Post David Maraniss, national political reporter at The Atlantic Molly Ball, and Bloomberg View columnist Jeff Goldberg discuss.

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