BUTIf the US did occupy, what would be the consquences?
Notice i kept the debate alive here though if we agree i shall allow it to die.
The military intervention scheme may be far fetched, as well as the economic sanctions, but remember that both nations realize the economic influence that the U.S. has and both have worked to create economic zones of pooling with ASEAN and ASEAN+3, as well as the Shanghai Corporation Organization, with the sole purpose to diminish the economic as well as military influence that the United States enjoys in the world. Such actions as last resort may very well be taken to show the U.S. it is not the only player. China has more to lose than Russia, as China is holding on to $4.9trillion U.S. debt, but as consumer markets are cultivated in the rest of Asia and elsewhere China could decide to call in those loans and bankrupt the Hegemon.
"Let our position be absolutely clear: An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force." -- Jimmy Carter, 23 Jan 80
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
As I've said before, we need to leave the entire scheme as the power is clearly in their court.
"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu