That Putin seems to be "Backing Down" may very well be a result of understanding his actions will lead to great damage to his regime, or might simply be more subterfuge, only time will tell. Anyone who feels they know the details here well enough to state one side has outplayed the other must be seen as little more than an armchair quarterback with delusions of grandeur.[/QUOTE]
Putin has gotten what he wants....secured his naval base and put Ukraine on notice. He has no need or even want to take the rest of the country. He took Crimea which historically has been part of Russia and has a large percentage of its population who consider themselves Russian. Do you honestly think after Europe, Britain, and Germany refused to engage him that Ukraine will consider closer ties with the west or will instead pay attention to what Russia wants? I wont even get started on the stupidity our government brought up. Putin could hurt us badly economicly if he carried out his threats.
Ok, I can understand the idea of not being "morally justified" to just give money to a country who wasn't an ally. Ok, I can get that... I'm not saying the loan should happen or that it shouldn't. I'm just saying that there are a lot of rather hostile countries to the USA who have been receiving money from the USA to show friendship or to be "nice" to other countries.
1bil $ is pennies. It is much, to you and me, but to the govt... not really.
That billion dollars would be better spent here. Why do we got to prop up all these countries around the world? If we were down, they would kick us in the teeth.
It's GREAT to be me. --- "45% liberal/55% conservative"
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
The EU was pretty active, vocally, from the beginning, from after Vilnius when Yanukovych refused to sign the treaty... there are tons of news about it, you just didn't read them. The US just hopped in this discussion in the past week since Russia got involved, the EU has been in this for almost 4 months, condemning Yanukovych, telling Russia to not interfere with the protests, condemning the violence... for crying out loud. Look at the news.
Yes, we don't have the brightest bulbs over here either, but we've been in this from the get-go.
EU tells Russia to withdraw troops or face possible sanctions | Reuters
EUobserver / Ukraine crisis: EU threatens asset freeze on Russian officials
In 2 days time there is a EU meeting to determine the sanctions but for now the threats are real... though it may seem that the UK will pussy out. Anyway... it's not like they want to be part of the EU to begin with.Ukraine crisis: EU threatens asset freeze on Russian officials
Talk may be cheap, but it's better than war. The US has only done talk too. Everyone talks so that guns don't start firing. Talk is good.