Russia exports raw materials, oil and gas being the prime money makers. It has added pipelines to export to China, to bypass Ukraine into northern and southern Europe
As Europe currently has no options to replace Russian gas, the sanctions will be limited, and easily bypassed. Russia to my knowledge only exports metals to the US (most important titanium) which can easily be exported to other markets, and as for US exports to Russia are primarily agricultural. US based companies of course export other goods to Russia, but they are made elsewhere (ie asia)
Conservatives believe the government is incompetent, and seek to elect people who will prove it
Ignorance is Bliss Bliss is the same as happiness US Christian conservatives are the happiest in the US according to studies Do you see a connection?
Also, we agree that Putin is not stupid. I don't see him going beyond Crimea unless other events precipitated such a move. One example might be other sections in Ukraine trying to break away and Ukraine's using force to try to quash the separation. Another might involve some kind of Ukrainian military effort to try to reassert control over Crimea (a reckless gamble that would be certain to fail).
It also seems that many Americans don't realize that an insecure world is not good for anyone's prosperity. Post WWII American leaders understood this and implemented the Marshall Plan. Now that is all forgotten. There are those want to be prosperous and yet remain isolationist, the last being an impossibility in today's world.
On a separate note, I believe the proposed cuts in military manpower are rather reckless. Manpower is still crucial and technology is not a substitute for manpower, especially in a world where countries have available options to increase manpower and improve their technology/gain access to improved technology. The current proposal appears to be little more than a reincarnation of Secretary Rumsfeld's "go light" approach that discounted the value of manpower and proved badly off the mark when tested in Iraq. It could not lead to stability following the end of major combat and the security vacuum facilitated the rise of an insurgency.
I wonder what Putin would do if UN troops were deployed in Ukraine.
CNN claiming that a Pentagon official has concluded that Russia now have full operational control of the region