I NEVER said I like what the Russians are doing
I AM saying we shouldn't act all shocked and outraged that 'decent' nations don't act in this way when we have a LONG list of just such actions.
Russian national interest is VERY clear-
Crimea was never part of the Ukraine until arbitrarily attached in the mid 1950's by a defunct organization. It has been 'Russian' since the 1783. The Ukraine on the other hand was still being kicked around like a football between various nations.
Crimea has very important military facilities- we still hold Gitmo for whatever silly reason past a poke in Fidel's eye. We hung onto Subic bay long past any military need- and lets NOT consider the dozens of bases in Japan and other places that serve little if any real purpose other than to tie up personnel and drain the treasury. But the Crimean bases ARE important and serve a true purpose.
Crimea is 58% Russian, 24% Ukrainian- over here that would be a landslide vote
Now what the USofA is doing is attempting to continue a flawed policy of close containment- it doesn't serve US interests to push a confrontation on Russia's border, the Cuban Missile Crisis should have been a cautionary tale. The Ukraine has far more benefited from a close association with Russia than with the West. It had a President theif who was leaning Russian and now they want a President thug leaning to the West- but unless the West is willing to pay Russia to keep the natural gas flowing to the Ukrainians it makes little sense to 'break away'.
Is it in the USofA's interest to put our money into Russian thug pockets OR have the Russian thugs short change their profits to keep the Ukraine in their sphere of influence? What possible gain does the USofA get from the Ukraine?
THAT is the issue, not who likes touchdowns....