We knew this because Obama is sensible and never had any intention of doing anything about Iran's nuclear program, or about the internal conflict in Syria. The only reason he said, and continues to say "there will be consequences, they've crossed a red line, we cannot allow", etc. is just to pacify Red State America. That's it.
The tough talk, even if it's cheap, is like a security blanket for these folk, who are just scared of anything they don't understand and just want the US military to "kick butt" everywhere.
To the next point. Is the US all angelic and innocent? HELLZ NO! But that is no excuse to allow Russia to occupy another countries territory. So trying to play the old "but X is no better so you shouldn't be saying anything" game is not going to get you anywheres.
Third point. If the Crimeaians want to be a part of Russia and agree with Russian policies then they should move to Russia. Using them as an excuse to take over another country's territory is pathetic and opens up a whole can of worms that no sane country or individual really wants. That should be obvious considering this is the second time that Russia is trying to take over another country's territory on the same premise.
I have an answer for everything...you may not like the answer or it may not satisfy your curiosity..but it will still be an answer. ~ Kal'Stang
My mind and my heart are saying I'm in my twenties. My body is pointing at my mind and heart and laughing its ass off. ~ Kal'Stang
Yes, that's correct. If Obama does something to try to deter Russia (sanctions, freezing of assets of high-ranking Russian officials, businessmen), all Russia has to do is turn around and deliver its latest, greatest air-defense systems (S-4) to Iran.
And voila, Congress will back down and retract the freezes, sanctions, etc. because it's soooooooo desperate to do anything at all to coddle the Israeli regime. So the US govt. doesn't really care about international law, invasions, etc.; it really just cares about propping up the aggressive Israeli regime and defending its interests at all costs, and because Putin knows that, he has an ace in the hole--you do anything to me, I'll make Iran's life easier.
And that's the fundamental problem--the reason why the US is seen as weak on the international stage. In the past 50 years, in spite of its bellicose pro-freedom rhetoric, the US govt. has demonstrated by its actions that it doesn't really care about freedom; it just cares about maintaining its oil interests and the Israeli regime at all costs and uses "fighting for freedom, democracy" as a ruse to make its invasions popular among the gullible US public.