Essentially, what has likely happened is that a Russia, fully integrated into the European system as an independent state with strong sovereignty, was perceived by those with power in the United States as too big of a threat in the long run. A European/Russian partnership in an era where the demise of the dollar is inevitable, was simply something that the US could not tolerate as such a partnership would eventually significantly eclipse the US in the future.
In the final analysis, that may be what the war is about.
That said, the US has come out of this with the upper hand, although some, for political purposes would like to paint Obama as weak in comparison to Putin because of this. The reality of the situation is that Ukraine, at least the western part, has been torn from Russia, likely for good. But this has come at the expense of relations with Russia, and could, if not managed properly, result in a very nasty war that will destroy modern human civilization. I really don't think it was worth that.
Last edited by MildSteel; 09-10-14 at 01:21 PM.
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy