That's reality folks! Skipping over this fact and leap-frogging into Putin deciding to put boots on the ground simply makes all the rhetoric coming from the US and friends nothing more than a steaming pile of BS and a feble effort to rewrite history to justify their actions.
Based on the reaction from many Americans I can only assume that many respondents live in a self-imposed bubble when it comes to looking at the big picture; an ego-centric conditioning that looks to have been successfully executed post Vietnam. Much like the fantasies woven by the Bush/Cheney neo-cons that led the US into 2 senseless and disastrous wars that made people like Cheney and his ilk rich but had absolutely no role in promoting freedom and democracy.
Because of the waste and chaos we are still wallowing in more than a decade later there is no way a sane and reasonable person can even argue this fact. Rewriting the history on these debacles remains futile much like chasing windmills.
There was a time; pre Vietnam, when Americans were much more attentive when it came to this kind of stuff; possibly the "draft" had a role to play? Protests (real one's, not staged for cable) were effective in many instances; but there was a high price to pay ; e.g. Kent State.
Dissension in today's America requires a permit and need to be choreographed behind concrete barricades, far from their intended targets and with the knowledge somewhere in the back of one's mind, that America has the largest prison population on the planet; including those "evil" demonic countries like N Korea.
America seems to have not only become mostly unhealthy and obese physically, but also intellectually.
I refer to it as "mental flab" similar to the one around those politicians waist lines but, in this case between the right and left hemisphere of the brain.
Even though I'm an Obama supporter (still have my 2008 T-shirt) I'm afraid his "wrong side of history" comment regarding Putin and Ukraine is on the "wrong side of reality" and anyone buying into this fantasy is just caught in a rerun of the Iraq episode.
I suppose being a lame duck and amazingly having gray hair rather than no hair after the ongoing beatings he's been taking, he probably has surrendered to the realization that his ideals and understanding of constitutional law carry little to no weight in the decrepit political arena that has evolved in this country. A sure sign of how bad it is are the number of old timers who are crawling out of the ring in total dismay and disgust and not even willing to take it on.
To send our Secretary of State with a plane load of cash (which I thought we were short on?) to meet with a handful of political anarchists is definitely not the message you would expect to be sent by a country who boast being built on "laws" and stalwart defenders of freedom and democracy.
Suffice it to say that if one were to take the true meaning of democracy as laid out in our Constitution and compare it with what exists today we would quickly realize that someone (Americans) has been asleep at the wheel for quite a while now.
Kerry must have slept through Iraq, Afghanistan, Lybia, attacks on Pakistan and Yemen and a recent military coup in Egypt. Either that or he's stashed a bottle of scotch in his carry-on. How else could one explain his making this comment with a straight face?
“It is not appropriate to invade a country and at the end of a barrel of a gun dictate what you are trying to achieve,” Mr. Kerry said. “That is not 21st-century, G-8, major-nation behavior.”
Adding insult to injury he's taking "food stamp" cuts tax dollars to bankroll the anarchists. Tsk.Tsk.
The centerpiece of the American aid package is the $1 billion loan guarantee, which is intended to cushion Ukrainian households as the new government undertakes wrenching economic changes that are expected to be demanded by the International Monetary Fund and contends with the reduction of energy subsidies from Russia, which has challenged the new government’s legitimacy.